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Michael Caine on how to save England

Michael Caine has a new movie out called Harry Brown about a crusty old Brit who has had enough of the drugged-out violence and starts whacking bad guys. Unsurprisingly he has caught a fair ration of shite about that from the same weak-kneed, spineless weasels who created a society where there is no order. They based the movie on the actual situation in many parts of the country and couldn't even put a lot of things they learned from the police in the movie as they thought no one would believe how bad things really are. Caine's character is an old soldier who has had enough and that could apply to Caine as well as he served and believes that everyone should have some skin in the game. Here is some of an interview he did with the Onion's AV Club (which does serious reviews not satire).

AVC: But do you think the movie might actually encourage an “us against them” mentality rather than “we should help these people”? The audience I saw it with cheered every time you killed someone.

MC: No, I don’t think so at all, because in the cinema the people we’re killing are really bad people. Let’s put it another way: 80 percent of any gang is not there to attack someone. They’re there so no one will attack them. We’re aiming at that 80 percent that you could possibly save, if you want to put it that way. There are quite a high percentage of people in there who are sociopaths, psychopaths, or hardened criminals who you’re not going to reeducate. All we want to do is reeducate the ones who are too scared. [Laughs.]

AVC: And as part of that reeducation, you’ve suggested reinstituting the National Service.

MC: Well, not National Service as I knew it. Just six months, non-combat. 

AVC: What do you think that will do for them?

MC: That will bring about discipline. That will bring about a right to be here, to be in the country. You will have learned to defend your country and yourself. 

AVC: Just to clarify, when you say “a right to be in the country,” do you feel as though if you haven’t served in the armed forces, you have less of a right to be in the country?

MC: No, but you would have a firmer right. I was born in the country, but I felt more of a right to be there once I’d been a soldier. 

AVC: So do you think that disconnect is why these kids we’re talking about maybe feel left behind—that they don’t feel like part of their country?

MC: The ones that I talked to, and I talked to a great many of them, obviously—we shot at night around there, and we used many of the real young men in the movie—the ones I talked to, the thing that I came away with was that they felt they’d never been given a chance. Myself, I thought they’d been given a chance and had mucked it, but I thought they should be given a second chance. 

There are some pretty common sense sentiments that you don't hear nearly enough. There is a struggle underway between those who believe the state is the responsible for caring for people and those who believe in individual responsibility. We can win this battle and the over steps by all of the statists makes it possible.

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