No one in New Zealand is pleased with the recent spate of murders across the country recently, with 10 so far in this month. Even less encouraging, is in which age group most murderers and murder victims come under.
Take the recent murder of 22 year old Krishna Naidu recently in a dairy in south Auckland. That was committed by a 16 year old, who stabbed and killed the dairy employee after producing a knife. He was tackled by a civilian after acting suspiciously after the murder, and had been arrested when the police arrived at the scene.
18 year old Michael Hutching was found floating dead down the isolated Clutha River earlier this month, in a mattress weighted down by wrought iron bars, but was stabbed before being thrown in the river. The accused murderers (a middle-aged couple) also facescharges for raping a 15 year old girl less than a fortnight before the time of the murder.
A 15 year old was killed by a 50 year old for tagging a fence in Manurewa, the same suburb of Auckland where the stabbing of Krishna Naidu took place, which was the suburb's second murder in two days.
Most shocking of all, a 14 year old (!) -that's my age- has been accused with a recent murder of a 24 year old man in Tokoroa two days ago. New Zealand's youngest murderer, who murdered a pizza deliverer when he was just 12 back in 2001, has had his parole delayed. Even so, he's only serving a seven year jail sentence.
But surely, the 10 murders this month are hardly normal, and hardly representative of New Zealand life?
You may want to think again. We live in a PC, cotton-wool society where no one is ever responsible for their actions, good or bad. Murder someone? It's society's fault. Accomplish something? Society's responsible. This kind of collectivist philosophy, which provides a philosophical incentive to lie, cheat, steal and murder, is the result of over 200 years of Kantian and Hegelian philosophy.
Back several decades ago, murders were a rarity in New Zealand, and everywhere. If you committed a murder, you were given a long jail sentence without parole, and you did the time right through. It was your fault, you paid. These days, if you murder, you're back out on the street within a few years, and the jails are full with people doing time for victimless crime -all the while, making NZ all the more dangerous.
A perfect example of exactly how far this is entrenched in New Zealand society are the recent absurdities surrounding Graehme Burton. Arrested for murder in the early 90s and thrown into jail, he terrorized prisoners and guards, and had his parole hearing in 2006. Terrorfied to speak up, he succeeded with his parole hearing and was out to murder innocent New Zealanders again. The result was the death of a man and the injury of two others above the hills of Lower Hutt.
Now, he's rightfully on trial again. But here's the story: the investigation into the murder makes a costly legal mistake, wasting $18,000 dollars in legal fees. So who pays the bills? The murderer? Hell no! Instead, the wife of the murdered man has to pick up the cost, adding to the terrible distress she will undoubtedly be feeling.
Who gets the sanction? The murderer, a man of pure evil- at the expense of the victim. Forget about Hank Rearden's sanction of the victim -this is the exact opposite. The sanction of the murderer.
So how does a society operate on these premises? You're seeing it in New Zealand. A society of crime is the natural result from a society that philosophically treats murder as indifferent, as something that's part of human nature, of the metaphysically given and not for man to change. Logically, a society with this underlying Kantian collectivist philosophy will naturally lead to the lack of self esteem and respect of its participants. And this leads to crime and murder. After all, how can a man with no respect for himself and his achievements possibly have respect for others and their achievements?