“In 1905, France passed a law that made all churches built before that year government property,” says the WSJ in an article titled “Decades of Neglect Threatened Notre Dame, Well Before It Burned.”

Ah, another government failure which will be ignored by everyone except libertarians, because the state, in popular ideology, can do no wrong. The most radical solution that will ever be considered will be to shift around some bureaucrats in the “culture ministry.”

If Notre Dame were in private hands, the fire would have unleashed a storm of calls for nationalization. “That’s capitalism for you,” people would shout.

But in reality, that’s socialism for you. Bring even more of it about, and such disasters will be a daily occurrence. Civilization will burn once more.

If it burns, privatize it. If it stops burning, privatize it still.

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