lars are spent on people in the last three
months of their lives, and that number is
going to be growing. We debate whether
aluminum is the cause of Alzheimer’s, but
even the WHO isn’t positive about it, nor
is the CDC. Yet more than 50 percent of us
think the Affordable Care Act is treasonous. Government is intruding in our lives,
according to more than 50 percent of us
supposedly. The overwhelming sentiment
is that we don’t want government to …. do
what exactly? To tell us we have problems?
The media can surely do that. Of course
Dan Brown will tell you, too.
the eyes of the 14th century poet, Dante,
and his vision of Hell.
Dante scared the hell out of the people
who read it back then, sending them
rushing back to the Church for salvation.
Inferno may not scare the modern reader
into taking action against the world we
have created, but it did serve to infuri-
ate this writer into being angry at those
“who maintain their neutrality in times of
Ken Brownlee, CPCU, is a former adjuster and risk manager based in Atlanta,
Ga. He now authors and edits claim-adjusting textbooks.
A ‘Libertarian’ Idea
E. J. Dionne’s column in The Washing-
ton Post June 10, 2013, says that we once
tried a libertarian state in the U.S. It didn’t
work very well. The idea is that govern-
ment should not get involved in anything
except basic defense. No welfare state.
No grand plans to see that medical care
is available to all. No standard education.
Each state and each person is responsible
for him or herself. Thus, says Dionne,
“when the Great Depression engulfed us,
government was helpless, largely hand-
cuffed by this anti-government ideology
until Franklin D. Roosevelt came along.”
He cites Michael Lind, a political
science scholar, as noting that “most
countries we typically see as ‘free’ and
prosperous have governments that con-
sume around 40 percent of their GDP.”
Lind continues, “Libertarians seem to
have persuaded themselves that there
is no significant trade-off between less
government and more national insecurity,
more crime, more illiteracy and more
infant and maternal mortality.” Dionne
adds, “This matters to our current politics
because too many politicians are making
decisions on the basis of a grand utopian
theory that they never can—or will—put
In Inferno Brown has matched the WHO
against a brilliant (or mad) scientist who
genetically creates a virus that solves the
over-population problem. I won’t give away
the plot, but though it be fiction, Brown
has taken a very real problem, that of the
bulging world full of hungry people, and
brings it boldly to our attention through
rough day at the office?
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