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The American left has long had a love affair with communism. They loved Joseph Stalin. Until he made a nonaggression pact with Nazi Germany that allowed Hitler to wage World War II. Which devastated the left. For they felt their true love betrayed them. But they rejoiced when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. So they could love Uncle Joe Stalin once again. Even though some 20 million Soviets died because of Stalin’s nonaggression pact with Adolf Hitler.
All during the Cold War the left urged détente with the Soviet Union. They wore t-shirts with pictures of Che Guevara. They carried pictures of Chairman Mao. They admired Ho Chi Minh. They wanted to normalize relations with Cuba. They liked Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. And just loved Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. When it came to communist/socialist regimes nationalizing industries and oppressing their people the left professed their undying love. Why? Because they hate capitalism. Just like these communist/socialist dictators. Who put their people ahead of profits. Like they do in North Korea (see NASA photo shows North Korea is in the dark by Dylan Stableford posted 2/26/2014 Yahoo! News).
While you were sleeping, North Korea disappeared.
Well, not exactly. But a recent image taken from the International Space Station shows the mysterious, dictator-ruled country almost completely in the dark…
Even the capital of Pyongyang (population: 3.26 million) is a relatively dark, compared with smaller cities in neighboring South Korea and China.
The reason? According to a recent report by the Korea Institute for National Unification, electricity in North Korea is “sporadic and unreliable, with homes that have electricity often receiving just a few hours per day.” About half of North Korea’s 24 million people live in extreme poverty, with most homes and apartments “heated by open fireplaces burning wood or briquettes.” And many “lack flush toilets.”
The North Korean regime hates capitalism. Just like the American left. Because capitalism puts profits before people. Which is why New York City has an incredible night life unlike Pyongyang (or any other North Korean city). Not to mention cellular networks and smartphones. Broadway and night clubs. Times Square and Greenwich Village. Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. Trains and air planes. Allowing anyone to get where the party is. New York City. Things they don’t have in North Korea. Because North Korea doesn’t have capitalism. Like New York City. The city that never sleeps. Thanks to electric power lighting up the night. Something North Korea doesn’t have. Because North Korea doesn’t have capitalism. Or lights.
The American left loves liberal New York City. It is the center of their world. Even though it was built with capitalism. But the left loves socialism. And communism. Where they put people before profits. And those people sit in the dark doing nothing once the sun sets. And defecate in holes in the ground because they have no flush toilets. Something else you can do all night long in heated buildings throughout New York City. Because New York City has capitalism. Which makes life better. At least according to the American left. For their favorite city is a city that capitalism built. Unlike that communist city they’re not flying to for a good time. Pyongyang.
Tags: American Left, capitalism, Communism, dictator, flush toilet, Hitler, New York City, North Korea, people before profits, profits before people, Pyongyang, Soviet, Soviet Union, Stalin
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President Obama is launching a war against income disparity. Because under his 5 years or so as president the rich got richer while the median family income fell. This income gap is the source of all our woes. Or so he says. And it can lead to other bad things. Like violence between the classes. Which is why he’ll say we need to raise the taxes on the rich. To help everyone else who has suffered under the Obama economic policies. So everyone has everything they could ever need or want. And be happy. Where people will live together in peace and bliss. Like in socialists countries. Where they put people before profits (see Former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear slain resisting robbery by Jorge Rueda, The Associated Press, posted 1/7/2014 on The Star).
Assailants shot and killed a popular soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela and her Irish ex-husband in the presence of their 5-year-old daughter when they resisted a robbery, authorities said Tuesday.
Monica Spear, 29, and Henry Thomas Berry, 39, were slain late Monday night on a roadside near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela’s main port, after their car broke down, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement…
Venezuela has one of the world’s highest murder rates and violent crime is so rampant that Venezuelans tend to stay home after dark…
According to the non-profit Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, the oil-rich South American country’s murder rate was 79 per 100,000 inhabitants last year.
Hugo Chávez was an extreme anti-capitalist. And he turned Venezuela into a socialist paradise. Putting people before profits. But like all other planned economies it just led to shortages of everything. And because the state couldn’t provide like a free market could a profitable black market developed. Where what limited goods there were ended up selling at higher prices. Leading to great income disparity. As people with money could buy what they needed from the black markets while the poorer people could not. And went without.
Deprivation and corruption led to ever greater income disparity. As criminals and those in government lived well. While the people suffered abject poverty. Leading to a society that became so lawless that the people hid in their homes after dark. This is what you get with socialism. Well, that. And an oppressive police state. To keep those suffering abject poverty from rising up against the government. So those in government can continue to live the good life. While they continue to ‘fight for the people’. Who never seem to escape from their abject poverty.
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The Democrats have a mission. To reduce the income disparity between rich and poor. To reduce the rate of violent crime. For the only reason people ever hurt one another is because they are wanting for the basic necessities in life. And they sometimes take them forcibly from those who have them. But if there is no income disparity there is no rich and poor. So no one would ever hurt anyone.
Which is why Democrats work so hard to reduce the income disparity between rich and poor. Their tool? Income redistribution. From those according to ability. To those according to need. Like Karl Marx wanted to do. But socialism never really caught on in the United States. As most Americans see the abject failure it has been. But this hasn’t stopped other nations from experimenting with it. In 1999 Hugo Chávez became president of Venezuela. And he proceeded to make Venezuela socialist. Here are some highlights of his work pulled from Wikipedia:
Following Chavismo, his own political ideology of Bolivarianism and Socialism of the 21st Century, he focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country as a part of a social project known as the Bolivarian Revolution. He implemented the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution, participatory democratic councils, the nationalization of several key industries, and increased government funding of health care and education and made significant reductions in poverty with oil revenues. The Bolivarian Missions have entailed the construction of thousands of free medical clinics for the poor, the institution of educational campaigns that have reportedly made more than one million adult Venezuelans literate, and the enactment of food and housing subsidies…
Closely aligning himself with the communist governments of Fidel and then Raúl Castro in Cuba and the socialist governments of Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, his presidency was seen as a part of the socialist “pink tide” sweeping Latin America. Along with these governments, Chávez described his policies as anti-imperialist, being a prominent adversary of the United States’s foreign policy as well as a vocal critic of US-supported neoliberalism and laissez-faire capitalism. He supported Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and was instrumental in setting up the pan-regional Union of South American Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Bank of the South, and the regional television network TeleSur. Chávez was a highly controversial and divisive figure both at home and abroad. On occasion he used undiplomatic language towards other world leaders, having compared US president George W. Bush to a donkey and the devil.
Hugo Chávez created a socialist paradise in Venezuela. One that would have pleased the father of socialism. Karl Marx. Chávez destroyed the income disparity between rich and poor. Making the people happy. Where they linked their arms together and sang Kumbaya. Like the hippies in America did as they lived in their socialist/communist communes. So you think the people would be living together in a brotherhood of man. Like John Lennon sang about in his song Imagine. No possessions. No greed or hunger. Just everyone living as one. So how is that socialist paradise? Well, the people aren’t living as one in a brotherhood of man (see Venezuela’s Homicide Rate Rises, NGO’s Report Says by the AP posted on ABC News).
A non-governmental group that tracks violent crime in Venezuela says the country’s homicide rate has risen again in 2013 and has quadrupled over the past 15 years.
The Venezuelan Violence Observatory estimates that 24,763 killings occurred this year, pushing up the homicide rate to 79 per 100,000 inhabitants. It was 73 per 100,000 people in 2012. In 1998, the rate was 19.
The more Chávez made Venezuela socialist the more violent crime there was. That’s not what’s supposed to happen according to the Democrats. It’s supposed to create a brotherhood of man. Like John Lennon sang about. Not make more people kill each other. Apparently not only was Karl Marx wrong. But the Democrats are wrong, too. Imagine that.
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Socialists who attack capitalism say they are the champion of the poor. And yet the poorest of the poor are in socialist countries. Where some live without indoor plumbing or electric power. While the poor in capitalist countries can suffer from obesity. And most if not all have indoor plumbing and electric power. As well as refrigerators, microwaves and televisions.
Venezuela is an anti-capitalist, socialist country. So you would think it’s a poor person’s paradise there. But because of runaway inflation only the rich do well in this socialist paradise. While the poor can barely afford to live (see Venezuela jails 100 ‘bourgeois’ businessmen in crackdown by Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago, Reuters, posted 11/14/2013 on Yahoo! News).
Venezuela’s socialist government has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.
“They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!” Maduro thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. “We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment.”
The successor to the late Hugo Chavez also said his government was preparing a law to limit Venezuelan businesses’ profits to between 15 percent and 30 percent.
Officials say unscrupulous companies have been hiking prices of electronics and other goods more than 1,000 percent. Critics say failed socialist economic policies and restricted access to foreign currency are behind Venezuela’s runaway inflation.
So what’s to blame for these high prices? Capitalism? Or socialism? Well, if you blame a devalued currency and a scarcity of basic goods, you have to blame socialism.
Venezuela’s official inflation, 54 percent annually, is the highest in the Americas…
Given Venezuelans’ anxiety over inflation, and scarcities of basic goods from toilet paper to milk, Maduro was risking a backlash at the December 8 nationwide municipal elections…
Critics say the moves do not tackle the roots of Venezuela’s economic malaise, like an overvalued bolivar that forces many importers to buy black-market dollars and then pass those costs on to consumers.
The government has ordered local telecom companies to block various websites showing the bolivar at 10 times the official rate of 6.3 to the greenback on the illegal market.
The socialist economy of Venezuela can’t provide the basic necessities. So they have to import a lot of goods. But before you buy a country’s exports you have to exchange your currency first. And when you’ve devalued your currency by printing money to pay for a welfare state you don’t get a lot of foreign currency in exchange. Because your money is worthless. And no one outside the country wants it. For what are they going to spend it on? It’s not like Venezuela has a booming export market to shop at. So when you can’t exchange bolivars for US dollars you have to get US dollars some other way. On the black market. So you have a currency that has some purchasing power to pay for those US exports.
So inflation, scarcity and the cost of black market US dollars adds a lot of costs to businesses. Which they have to recover somehow. And the only way they can is through higher prices. Which hurt the poor the most. For they’re not getting big pay raises to keep pace with rising prices. In fact, Venezuelans don’t even want to hold on to their own currency. Because it’s losing purchasing power at such a great rate that the longer they hold on to it the less it will buy. Which is why they want those imports. Because you can’t inflate manufactured goods. So they hold their value. Unlike a savings account full of bolivars.
It’s not the bourgeois capitalist parasites making life miserable for the poor. It’s Venezuela’s socialist policies. Just as similar policies caused people to flee Cuba on rickety boats to get to America. And East Germans risked their lives to climb over the Berlin Wall. If you put two societies close together, one socialist and one capitalist, the flow of people between the two will be from the socialist state to the capitalist state. Which is why socialist states are often police states. So they can prevent their people from escaping their socialist paradise.
Tags: anti-capitalist, black market, bolivar, bourgeois, capitalism, capitalist parasites, devalued currency, higher prices, inflation, purchasing power, runaway inflation, scarcity, socialism, socialist countries, socialist paradise, Venezuela
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Following the Seven Years’ War the British Empire was in debt. And needed to raise some money. The American colonists benefited well from the British victories over the French. So they turned to the American colonists for their funding woes.
Now the British citizens in the American colonies had no representation in Parliament. So they had no say in taxing matters. Unlike British citizens on the other side of the Atlantic. Basically, the British in the American colonies were second class British citizens. Which ultimately led to their declaring their independence from the British Crown. And why Thomas Jefferson wrote “all men are created equal.” And the Founding Fathers believed this. Unlike the current administration (see White House Declares Truth Telling A Firing Offense Fires Phone Operator For Telling Truth by IBD Editorials posted 10/25/2013 on Investors).
To date, no one in the Obama administration has been fired for the Hindenburg-like Affordable Care Act. Oh, wait, there is one: The lowly telephone operator who told the truth about it to Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
One can be forgiven for wondering if this White House has some wimpy aversion to firing anyone, given the scale of unpunished blundering seen in the Benghazi attack, the IRS suppression of political dissent, the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal and now the incompetence of the ObamaCare rollout.
But there does seem to be one offense where a red line has been drawn: telling the truth. That’s what cost ObamaCare telephone operator Earline Davis her job…
Yet as Davis was punished for rules she knew nothing about, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who repeatedly lied to Congress and the American people about the readiness of the ObamaCare exchanges, and who had been excused earlier for illegal electioneering on the grounds she didn’t know the rules — remains on the job.
The Obama administration is less like the Founding Fathers and more like George Orwell’s Animal Farm. With President Obama playing the role of Napoleon. Who eventually reduces the Seven Commandments of Animalism to one. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Just like in the Obama administration. Where Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is more equal than a lowly telephone operator. And everyone in the Obama administration is more equal than those outside of the Obama administration. At least based on their actions.
Tags: Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, more equal than others, Obama administration, Obamacare, telephone operator, telling the truth
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Politicians lie. Especially those on the left. Why? Because their policies have a record of failure. So when they campaign for office they don’t tell the truth. Because the people don’t want their taxes to go up. They don’t want more regulations that might put them out of a job. They don’t want higher unemployment. They don’t want more environmental policies to save the world from global warming when the earth hasn’t been warming as predicted.
The people have rejected socialism. So when the left campaigns for office they don’t use the ‘s’ word these days. Even though their policies have but one goal. To turn the United States into a European social democracy. Despite some of these social democracies moving away from their socialist ways (see Is Rightward Shift In Norway, Australia A Trend? posted 9/10/2013 on Investors).
Elections held in recent days in two modestly populated but economically significant countries show that the global political pendulum may be swinging back toward conservatives.
First came the triumph of Australia’s Liberal (conservative) Party and its socially conservative Catholic leader, Tony Abbott, in national elections last weekend.
That was quickly followed by the surprise victory of the Conservative Party’s Erna Solberg, dubbed “Iron Erna” for her staunch conservatism, in Norway’s national elections.
A mere coincidence? Not likely. Polls show people in most developed countries are fed up. Angry rank-and-file voters are turning away from leftist parties that push welfare spending, higher taxes, increasing debt, more regulation, open-border policies and tight environmental restrictions.
Politically, socialist ideas no longer sell so well.
Which is why politicians on the left lie. President Obama said if you liked your health insurance plan you could keep it. Which was a lie to pass Obamacare. As Obamacare was only a stepping stone to socialized medicine. And the first step in getting there was to first destroy the private health insurance industry. And with no private health insurance industry there would be only the government to step in and be the insurer of last resort. And, voilà, national health care. A devious way to get there. But, then again, socialists are devious. Because they know people don’t want what they’re selling.
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The problem with big government bureaucracies is that they’re always looking at ways to create new public sector jobs. It’s why the U.S. federal government grows with each passing year. And why the Chinese are considering this (see Miss your mark in the toilet? Pay $16 fine by AFP posted 5/20/2013 on The Times of India).
People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in a Chinese city, officials said â€” [sic] provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced.
The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, the southern boom town neighbouring Hong Kong, although draft regulations seen by AFP did not specify a minimum quantity of spillage required to be classed as a violation…
Users of China’s rumbustious weibo social networks poured scorn on the measures, raising the prospect of hordes of toilet inspectors being deployed to inspect performance.
“A number of new civil servant positions will be created. There will be a supervisor behind every urinating person to see whether the pee is straight,” wrote one poster.
Another added: “Very good measures. I expect they can create 20 jobs on average for every public toilet…”
Chinese toilet discipline can be notoriously wayward, with pictures of people defecating in public sometimes appearing on weibo.
No surprise, really. Dirt-poor peasants who have nothing of the basic comforts of life—such as indoor plumbing and flush toilets—are moving to the big cities into a world they’ve never known. But the public defecation is not the outrageous part of this story. That thing about the potty police is. And I feel sorry for the nervous pee-er who can’t go when someone is watching them. Waiting to observe his urine stream. So the potty police can give them a slap on the buttocks and say, “Nice pee pee.” Or go Sergeant Hartman all over them. (That’s a reference to the drill sergeant in the movie Full Metal Jacket. We’d link to a YouTube clip of one of his many R-rated tirades but decided not to. Those who are familiar with the movie will understand the reference. And those who aren’t probably won’t enjoy hearing his abusive potty mouth. On a side note, I met him once at an air show. Active duty Marines waited in line to have him insult them and make them drop and do pushups. Just so they could say he did. People love R. Lee Ermey that much. He’s a great American. A Vietnam veteran who served in combat. And was a real-life drill instructor. But I digress.)
Can this happen in the United States? Well, if anyone had said the federal government would force you to buy something against your will a decade ago no one would have believed it. But here we are with Obamacare. And the individual mandate. So, men, enjoy your urinations in public restrooms while you can. For it may not be long before you have a federal bureaucrat observing your urine stream. For Big Brother may be watching you…go pee pee.
Tags: big brother, China, potty police, public toilet, urinate, urine stream
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The American left wants more government intervention into the free market. Because they hate and don’t trust corporations. Because they are motivated by profit. Even putting profits before people. Whereas government puts people before profits. So everything is better when government intervenes. Which is why the left loved Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. They love Cuba. They loved the former Soviet Union. Because they were all socialist utopias. Where they put people before profits. Of course, people are robbing women of their hair in Venezuelan streets. Cubans have risked their lives crossing the ocean to reach Florida on just about anything that floats. And the Soviet Union is no more. Because they couldn’t provide for their people. Despite putting their people before profits.
Another communist country the left likes is Vietnam. Especially since the communists got the Americans to give up and go home. Vietnam is still communist. But like China they add a sprinkling of capitalism to the communist stew. A sort of state-capitalism. Capitalism with the heavy hand of the government involved. The way the American left likes it. And how are things there? Well, they are having quite the problem in their coffee industry (see Crippling debts brew a coffee crisis in Vietnam by Nguyen Phuong Linh, Ho Binh Minh and Lewa Pardomuan posted 8/15/2013 on The Globe and Mail).
But its coffee industry is now in crisis, plagued by tax evasion, mismanagement, insolvency, high interest rates and a credit squeeze. Many coffee operators are trapped with crippling debt and banks are reluctant to lend them more money.
Vietnam’s credit crunch is blamed largely on state-owned enterprises that borrowed big during the economic boom of the past decade and squandered cash on failed investments, which has left banks crippled by one of Asia’s highest bad-debt ratios…
Few coffee exporters are willing to talk about their financial problems. In communist Vietnam, people are often reluctant to speak publicly about politics and business, especially to foreign media…
Vietnam’s 2013-2014 coffee crop is forecast to be a bumper harvest, around 17 million to 29.5 million 60-kg bags, based on a Reuters poll. This will add to a global oversupply and pressure coffee prices which have lost about 10 per cent since October…
A government assessment of the coffee industry paints a bleak picture. The value of non-performing loans or debts in the sector likely to go unpaid stands at 8 trillion dong ($379-million), or 60 per cent of all coffee industry loans, said a July circular signed by the Deputy Agriculture Minister Vu Van Tam…
Unscrupulous middlemen have also played a part in the crisis, cheating exporters by selling them weighted coffee bags and inferior beans which are difficult to sell or fetch lower prices.
“What I found out is the market there is quite dirty. Middlemen often sell poor beans to exporters. They even put metal bolts in the bags to outweigh them,” said Joyce Liu, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.
You don’t have middlemen putting bolts into bags to make them heavier in free market capitalism. For any inferior product in a free market doesn’t remain long in a free market. As people will simply stop buying an inferior product. And it could take years for a company to rebuild its tarnished image. If they ever can. This is what happens when you put profits before people. People win.
So who caused the credit crunch? State-owned enterprises. As people in government are horrible at business. For if they were good at it they would be in it. But they’re not so they regulate it. Or run a state-owned business. Not because of their business acumen. But because they had friends in higher places in government than anyone else.
Loans are important in any agricultural business. Because all of your expenses come long before you can sell anything. So they take on big debts at the beginning of the season. That they plan on repaying after the harvest. As long as prices don’t fall because there is a bumper crop. But if they do they may not be able to earn enough to repay their bank loans. Which is why 60% of all coffee industry loans will likely go unpaid. And why bankers don’t want to loan them any more money. Or charge a really high interest rate when they do. For if a banker knows that every other loan he or she writes will never be repaid it makes a banker very reluctant to loan any money. And what they do loan has to have such high interest rates to cover the loans that are never paid back.
This is why governments should not interfere with free markets. For when they do they just make everything worse. Because they’re just not good at it. Unlike oppressing their people. That they’re very good at. Which is why people are “reluctant to speak publicly about politics and business, especially to foreign media.” Something unheard of in free market economies. But quite common in these socialist utopias. Yet the left still favors them over free market capitalism. Go figure.
Tags: American Left, capitalism, coffee industry, coffee prices, Communist, credit crunch, Cuba, debt, free market, free-market capitalism, government intervention, people before profits, profits before people, socialist utopias, Soviet Union, state-owned, Venezuela, Vietnam
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You know the machines are taking over the world when everyone must have a smartphone these days. Even the North Koreans (see Skepticism as NKorea shows home-grown smartphone by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer, posted 8/16/2013 on Yahoo! Finance).
North Korea’s announcement that it is mass producing a home-grown smartphone has been met with skepticism in the tech industry in South Korea and abroad.
The North’s state media last week showed leader Kim Jong Un inspecting “Arirang” phones at a Pyongyang factory. The Korean Central News Agency’s Aug. 10 report said the factory began manufacturing smartphones “a few days ago” and they were already in high demand.
No. They’re not.
…access to the global Internet is severely restricted and mobile phones used on the state-authorized network cannot make overseas calls. The North’s Intranet gives access to government sanctioned sites and works with its own browsers, search engine and email programs, according to South Korea’s Unification Ministry.
So, in other words, people can use these smartphones to only access the state propaganda that they are already being bombarded with. Not the rich entertainment environment available just south of the border in South Korea. Where people actually want smartphones. Well, not smartphones per se. But the cyberworld the smartphones bring to them. A cyberworld strictly FORBIDDEN for the average North Korean. So, yeah, there is a high demand for smartphones in North Korea. Just as there is a high demand for famine and state-oppression. Which, sadly, are the only things North Korea has an abundance of.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and the Korean Peninsula remains technically at war. Since then, the South has prospered and produced giant corporations such as Samsung Electronics Co., which is the world’s biggest maker of smartphones, computer memory chips and displays. The North’s economy has languished under socialist central planning though the capital Pyongyang is an oasis of relative affluence.
And there’s the problem. Socialist central planning. If that would ever go away the people could use smartphone like their neighbors to the south. As well as losing their constant fear of famine. And state-oppression. Of course for that to happen will require the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. With the North becoming like the South, of course.
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The former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China (back in the days of Mao), North Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba all have great police states. Not to keep people out of their countries. But to prevent the people inside their countries from escaping to the capitalist West. Why? Life was better in the capitalist West than in the communist East. Where nations in the capitalist West didn’t need a secret police to keep their people from escaping. But needed strong immigration controls to keep their countries from being overwhelmed by refugees trying to escape to their lands. Yet despite this history of communist failures there are still communist parties in countries trying to attract voters. Preferably the ones who don’t know about that history of failure (see Communist Party makes a comeback … in Japan by Gavin Blair, The Christian Science Monitor, posted 8/5/2013 on Yahoo! News).
Founded in 1922, the JCP is the oldest political party in Japan, and has enjoyed constant representation in parliament for longer than any other. But until recently, its image was one of older activists and it struggled to attract younger voters.
July’s elections were the first in Japan where online campaigning was permitted, and it was the JCP that is widely seen as having made best use of it. As well as savvy leveraging of social networks and video streaming platforms, the party created a series of online mascot characters that addressed individual issues such as the planned consumption tax hike, shady business practices, the heavy US military presence on Okinawa, and constitutional change.
“We were able to use the Net to reach out to younger people, many of whom don’t read newspapers or watch TV much. Through the characters, we could communicate issues simply and appeal to young voters,” says party spokesperson Toshio Ueki, who reports that the characters’ webpages got 1.5 million hits in the weeks before the poll.
Sound familiar? That’s how President Obama won election twice. By reaching out to younger people. The people who probably know the least about economics. And history. That’s how people who want to change a country do it. By getting people who don’t have the foggiest idea about what happened in the world in the last century or so. Who simply don’t know of what people tried. And what has failed. With communism pretty much at the top of the list of things NOT to do based on past history.
If we did take power, the JCP wouldn’t try to implement a Communist economy immediately. It would require huge changes and we would seek the support of the people for each step,” Kira says. “And we would want to use the best parts of the current economic system, too.”
Japan is pretty close geographically to some of the great communist failures. The former Soviet Union. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) back in the days of Mao. Vietnam. And, of course, North Korea. Places that have all gotten better with a move away from communism and towards capitalism. Except North Korea. Which is pretty much unchanged. And the former Soviet Union. Which is no more. But the biggest part of the Soviet Union lives on. Russia. Which had moved towards capitalism. But now is drifting back a bit.
History has shown where there is unfettered free markets life is better. For this is the direction of all immigration. From countries with highly fettered markets to countries with less fettered markets. Older people know this. People who read history know this. Or lived it. People who understand classical economics know this. But young people? They haven’t a clue. Which is why all candidates who want to expand the power of the state over the people target young people. For with them all they have to do is to promise more stuff and more freedom. Even if they promise to deliver these with policies that have throughout history done anything but.
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