“Do Something” Is a Dangerous Demand to Make of Politicians
Do Something, goes the suddenly popular chant. In response to the wave of mass killings this year, it’s being shouted at any available political figure. Be careful what you ask for.
It’s hard to imagine anything good can come of this slogan. To demand the state do something, anything, is short sighted and even dangerous. A politician is always willing to do something. Do the right thing is another matter entirely.
Let me say, however, that I understand the motive for the chant. Why do we have states? Why do we elect political managers of them?