Posts Tagged ‘ communism ’

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.

Climate alarmist = communist


We’ve known for a while that climate alarmists are really just one world government communists.

It’s nice that one of them has finally admitted it.

North Korea talks tough


The latest:

North Korea’s media on Saturday threatened “1,000-fold” military build-up as the United States ruled out lifting sanctions to try to coax Pyongyang into resuming talks aimed at its nuclear weapons programs.

A thousand fold? BWAHAHAHAHA!

China ponders: to censor or not to censor?


The brief by 23 former high level senior government officials to end censorship was up on the Chinese internet for a bit…before being censored.

Believe it or not, China’s constitution actually has a guarantee of freedom of speech, not that it’s ever been exercised.

But why? What could the Chinese government possibly be worried about?

PS Get your China Channel add-on today!

New video of North Korea’s next leader, Kim Jong-un


With such little real info that ever comes out of North Korea, sometimes it can be a bit hard to properly visualize the goings-on of that not-so-quaint “state”.

Thankfully those Taiwanese 3D animation guys are here to help.

More from the team here.

The Greens’ global economic policies translated


Well, since they’re going to control the Australian Senate starting next July, it’s probably best to have a look at their policies. Being an expat Aussie living in South Korea with mainly American friends, perhaps it’s a good idea to start with their global economic policies.

They sound nice and fluffy, but are essentially cryptically worded. But bing’s here to help with some handy translations… translations and/or commentary will be in bold.

Measures

The Australian Greens will:

11. support mechanisms to promote sustainable international trade.

That means less trade, which means fewer jobs, yet higher taxes to pay for carbon offsets and ripoffs and other hot air scams that won’t do anything to help the environment but will do plenty to make us all poorer and lower our standard of living.

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North Korea vs South Korea


Not going to say too much political. The pictures speak for themselves. Thanks to some of the kids at my school who found these and more pics on a South Korean blog.

Apartments for higher level military




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North Korea prepares for transition of power


More signs that North Korea’s “Dear Leader” is about to bite the dust. June 7th saw an unusually-timed convening of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament. This was to set in stone Kim Jong-il’s third son, Kim Jong-un, to take over the reigns of power. Probably more of a puppet at first, time will tell whether he “ascends” like his father and grandfather did.

Andrei Lankov explains:

A few days earlier, on June 3, the official North Korean wire agency reported that one day before, Yi Che-kang, the first deputy chairman of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party, had been killed in a traffic accident. The victim of a car crash was, formally speaking, second only to Dear Leader Kim Jong-il in the party hierarchy.

This news had to be suspicious: North Korea’s traffic is arguably the thinnest in Asia, but the country has a long tradition of traffic incidents taking the lives of high officials. The first such incidents occurred in the early 1970s, during the transition of power from the country’s founding father Kim Il-sung to his son.

Nowadays, the new dynastic transition is unrolling. In early 2009, after long delays and much hesitation, Kim Jong-il decided that his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, would become the next great leader of the country.

And this:

Kim Jong-un however is widely seen as the strongest candidate of the three sons. He is a keen basketball player, who took no prisoners on the court and who would ruthlessly analyse his own and others’ performances after games finished.

Kenji Fujimoto, a former sushi chef to Kim Jong-il, told the Times that Jong-un possessed “inner strength. If power is to be handed over then Jong-un is the best for it,” Mr Fujimoto continued. “He has superb physical gifts, is a big drinker and never admits defeat.” The West has been warned.

All we need is another world leader who plays basketball…

The “required” personality cult building up around Kim Jong-un is still in its infancy, but it is clear the North are really getting the ball rolling.

Any day now...




Re North Korea; will China finally step up to the plate?


Bronwen Maddox hopes so. As you may know, Kim Jong-il is in China at the moment (I thought I posted something about that the other day, but apparently not), and I agree with Maddox, it must be to get some support for the North’s shockingly bad economy.

With North Korea’s military so huge, and it’s nuclear capability, taking out Kim and/or just letting the country collapse completely just isn’t an option, but Maddox makes a good argument that China must, and probably will, set some tough conditions on the ailing leader and his plans for succession to his third son.

[China] will have to tell Kim that he must earn its support. It is in China’s interest to do so; to pretend that the status quo is stable is self-deception. This visit will show whether China, at last, recognises the need for it to take a stand.

Let’s hope so. I’ve said before that any real solution to the North Korean conundrum will have to come from within the regime. And China has the most power of persuasion when it comes to that.

Yet unfortunately, I also agree with this statement by Maddox:

But even though the contrast between China’s prosperity and North Korea’s paralysis could not be more stark, it is unlikely, to judge by his willingness to force his country into starvation, that Kim will learn the lesson.

And that’s a real shame with perhaps the only silver lining on that cloud being the North Korean military might, just might, put down its arms in revolt and hold up its hands instead.

That would be the better, if not more fanciful, option. That said, something not too dissimilar happened in Russia and East Germany at the “end” of the Cold War.

It’s one thing to have fun and games and be all ideological about the Communist North, but realpolitik suggests that North Korea is here to stay, and that gradual yet effective internal change – with China’s help – is the most probable and plausible solution… and effective enough in causing the least pain – for them and for us.

Besides, the North surviving but ceasing to be a threat will please South Korean taxpayers.

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