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Abbie (eldest daughter) moved to Boston and is spending this weekend in New York. She was at Ellis Island. She sent me this picture, asking if this is why I rail against big government:

I said, "Yup."

Such mutual aid societies require people to work with each other, creating strong social ties. When the government steps in and takes care of it, there's no reason for such societies to exist, with the result that those social ties fray until they simply snap, resulting in the atomization that is modern society.