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A town “sucked into the earth”


A hangover from communist-era Russia.

The benefits of Capitalism (and why the alternative is far worse)


Janet Daley has an excellent piece in the Daily Telegrapgh (UK) today. She hits on the notion so many have nowadays of some vague, fairer, better system out there – somewhere – that would be better than the free markets we have today.

However, we are reminded that that “fairer, better” system was tried last century. It’s called Communism (and you can include its baby brother, Socialism, in there too). Yet Daley laments that the utter failure of Communism never really permeated into the mass consciousness after the fall of the Evil Empire in 1989.

The failure of communism should have been, after all, not just a turning point in geo-political power – the ending of the Cold War and the break-up of the Warsaw Pact – but in modern thinking about the state and its relationship to the economy, about collectivism vs individualism, and about public vs private power. Where was the discussion, the trenchant analysis, or the fundamental debate about how and why the collectivist solutions failed, which should have been so pervasive that it would have percolated down from the educated classes to the bright 18-year-olds? Fascism is so thoroughly (and, of course, rightly) repudiated that even the use of the word as a casual slur is considered slanderous, while communism, which enslaved more people for longer (and also committed mass murder), is regarded with almost sentimental condescension.

Daley ponders, and I’ll paraphrase, whether this is because Communism looks better on paper, that it seems fairer at first glance.

I’d say it does.

I don’t know who said it first, but Capitalism is great – the best – because it truly understands human nature. It understands that we actually are pretty greedy and selfish (whether we like it or not). The delicious irony is that whilst Communism purports to enshrine freedom and fairness, in reality it delivers tyranny as we witnessed last century.

And in turn, the beauty of Capitalism is that whilst it “encourages” us to be greedy and selfish, it is actually that which in a free market which ends up helping our fellow man far more than what I’d like to think of as enforced fairness that only resulted in “corruption and a new hierarchy based on party status.”

Indeed.

More people need to know that whilst Capitalism isn’t perfect, it’s the best we have and that any alternative being touted these days is but a rehash of an already tested and failed experiment – Communism and its ilk – that resulted in death, bondage, poverty and misery for millions.

Read Daley’s full argument here.

H/T JM Heinrichs

 

A carbon tax DOES NOT represent economic freedom


Quite the opposite, what with it’s wealth redistribution, hamstringing of business, and cost of living rises for everyone coupled with flat incomes and job losses.

The following video concludes with a focus on the US, but its essential argument is so very relevant to Australia; $60 billion per year coal industry threatened, live cattle trade quashed, and… that carbon tax that will do nothing* to help the environment.

*If Australia meets its emissions targets, it will mean we save what China emits every 5 days.

H/T Say “Yes” to More Taxes

Begone foul treacherous wicked Red Witch, and take your little dog, too!

BTW, did Julia Gillard just halt and bring to its knees an entire industry (live cattle exports) essentially by decree??? Are we even living in a Democracy anymore?

North Korea breaking


Not just the children as we saw with footage a while back (since removed from YouTube), but nowadays, the Kim Jong-il regime can’t even feed its army properly, despite its “Songun” or “military first” policy whereby the army gets first dibs at all the food etc.

Shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist, the harrowing footage shows images of filthy, homeless and orphaned children begging for food and soldiers demanding bribes.

The footage also shows North Koreans labouring on a private railway track for the dictator’s son and heir near the capital Pyongyang.

That’d be right. There’s always a select few who get to live it up thanks to the socialist, fascist or communist boot being firmly planted on the population’s neck.

The most telling info is here, though.

Jiro Ishimaru is the man who trained the undercover reporter to use the hidden camera.

“This footage is important because it shows that Kim Jong-il’s regime is growing weak,” he said.

“It used to put the military first, but now it can’t even supply food to its soldiers. Rice is being sold in markets but they are starving. This is the most significant thing in this video.”

The other main significance is that while stuff is being smuggled out of North Korea, a lot of stuff is also being smuggled innamely information.

Lot’s of NK info can be found here.

Direct link to the slideshow here.

This link might work for the video.

The Communist farce


What was that about a classless society, that Communist dream?

Wikileaks strikes again (man, making the West look better must be making Assange squirm)!

Malcolm Moore at the UK Telegraph:

“Despite Communist Party rhetoric regarding the creation of a ‘classless’ society,” the cable said, the compounds in which Xi Jinping’s generation grew up were “ironically the most precisely class-based mini-society ever constructed”.

Everything from which kindergarten or supermarket a leader could use to what car he could own was determined by Party rank. “The children of this revolutionary elite were told that they, too, would someday take their rightful place in the Chinese leadership”.

Heh.

Those poor Lefty followers. Reminds me of the Obamaphiles in the US. What was that about him helping out middle America?

Yeah, he sure did.

/sarc

“Communists are as bad as Nazis”


Via Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds:

Communists are as bad as Nazis, and their defenders and apologists are as bad as Nazis’ defenders, but far more common. When you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest. They should not enjoy the consequences of their behavior.

Reynold’s argument is far longer than that snippet, so do read it.

H/T Tim Blair.

More on Hitler here. Yes folks, he was a leftist.

Cancun: About to FAIL


Nevertheless, Australia still wants to lead the way towards global Leftist governence.

AUSTRALIA has thrown its support behind a legally binding carbon emissions target under a single treaty as the best way to tackle the environmental damage caused by greenhouse gases.

But Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said today the Gillard government was also willing to be flexible on the question in seeking a “comprehensive legal outcome”.

The minister’s comments during an address to the UN climate change conference in Mexico indicate an acceptance of the political reality that individual voluntary agreements from countries on reducing carbon pollution could be the best negotiators can achieve.

Wait a minute. Let’s fix that…

AUSTRALIA has thrown its support behind a legally binding global communist government target under a single treaty as the best way to tackle the sovereign nation’s damage caused by individual rights and freedoms.

But Global Political Climate Change Minister Greg Combet said today the Gillard government was also willing to be flexible on the question in seeking a “comprehensive legal outcome”, adding that it didn’t “necessarily have to be legal.”

The minister’s comments during an address to the UN global communist conquest conference in Mexico indicate an acceptance of the political reality that individual voluntary agreements from countries on abandoning their hard fought for sovereignty could be the best negotiators can achieve.

UPDATE

What emissions targets really mean:

THE working poor are struggling to pay utility bills, as soaring power and water prices plunge households into debt.

Australians are lodging complaints at the record rate of 40 each working hour with the referees of last resort — the nation’s utility ombudsmen.

Complaints compared to last year are up a whopping 96% in WA, 48% in TAS (and TAS is our Greenest state), 43% in NSW, 10% in VIC (well, it is our Leftist heartland full of rich uban elitists), and 2.7% in SA. Only Queensland has seen a fall, that fall being 6%.

Global warming alarm is breaking families – a communist’s wet dream.

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