Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hiroshima > Detroit

Chain emails... They just keep coming, and they always stay massively incorrect and deceptive. This time, and email comparing present day Hiroshima and Detroit. Oh, and trying to blame it all on the Democrats and welfare... What?!


This shows how destructive Unions and Democratic polices are on certain cities in America. Proof is in the pictures. As what was announced this past week that Detroit is declaring bankruptcy. People have been fleeing the city and the Democratic control for years now.


66 years later!

What happened to the radiation that lasts thousands of years?


We all know that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.
However, we can see the progress made by the people of that land during the past 65 years.



What has caused more long term destruction - the A-bomb, or Government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

Japan does not have a welfare system. Work for it or do without.
I don’t think there has ever been a better explanation of the importance of incentive than this example …

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.


Okay, that's the email. And it's not surprising that there are several problems with it's presentation, and it's claims. Let's take a look.

The first issue is that the city pictured in the email isn't Hiroshima, but is Yokohama, Japan. Let's take a look at Hiroshima both at night and in the daylight.

Hiroshima Memorial (near) Modern city (rear)

A little less flashy than Yokohama, but still quite an impressive recovery for a battered city. But are the photos really a good comparison? The email shows night photos or the heart of what is supposed to be Hiroshima, and compares it to individual abandoned houses (often further out of the city center) during the day. But what does Detroit look like if you picture it at night, and focus on the city center?

Suddenly Detroit doesn't look like a picture of total despair and abandonment. Yes, parts of Detroit are horrible and crumbling. But the way the email presented the comparison is just dishonest.

But why are growing areas of Detroit being abandoned while the Japanese rebuilt after total destruction? Well, one reason is population, and another is space. Japan is an island nation with a high population. That means that space is at a premium. Abandoning a whole city really isn't an option. But the USA is comparatively huge. So areas can just be left behind, and people easily start anew elsewhere. Hiroshima having to be rebuilt would easily explain why most of it's building are newer and more modern than Detroit's. Everything was destroyed! They didn't really have much choice but to rebuild now did they?

But what of the reasoning that welfare programs are the reason for Detroit's downfall, and that the lack thereof is the reason for the rebounding of Hiroshima? Well, to say that there is no welfare in Japan, is untrue. It is much tougher to receive if you are young, as able bodied persons that are well and under 65 are expected to first turn to their family for help. But once you turn 65 or are sick or disabled, the social safety-net is quite strong. So they have a welfare system, but it works much differently.

It works there, but probably wouldn't here since Japan is much different culturally than the USA. There is a strong feeling of shame amongst Japanese that have failed. That is something I feel that most Americans have lost. Low income and unwed Japanese couples also have far less children. They live responsibly, rather than exploiting the outrageous aid rules that we have. Much different people, following much different rules. And it works in Japan because of the impressive Japanese work ethic.

But is Socialism to blame in Detroit? No, it's actually not. Interestingly, Japan has a much more even distribution of wealth than in the USA. They also have universal medical care and comprehensive day care. So no food stamps, but medical care for all? The conservatives must love them and hate them at the same time. And if Socialism is the problem in Detroit, what of the European countries that Republicans like to call the hotbeds of evil Socialism? If that really is the problem, why aren't great expanses of Europe looking exactly like the abandoned images of Detroit?

Since Europe isn't being abandoned and run down, perhaps 'Socialism' isn't what ills Detroit. Ironically, the problem with Detroit might be a combination of Capitalism and greed. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Capitalism. But even it needs plenty of checks and balances. Detroit is an example of a perfect storm. The economy hit the chutes. Big companies, being big companies are out to make the largest profits they can. Larger profits meant moving production away from Detroit, and in many cases, outside the country. These means lost jobs and empty buildings. More people needing jobs, combined with less available jobs means that the local economy crashed deeper. So it's not really that people are abandoning Detroit because of Socialism, but unchecked Capitalist companies turned their back on the city and people of Detroit.

So yes, the story of Hiroshima is amazing and inspiring. But the political angle of this email's conclusion couldn't be much more false. In the future, would an honest email be too much to ask?

-Brain Hulk

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