Tag: Communism

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Zweig evoked an enchanted world, ordered toward comfort and high culture. He told me that I lived in a place where everything reliable and good had been twice destroyed, like pieces in a peaceful game of chess swept to the floor by the hand of some passing sadist. And he wrote of a spiritual force […]

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Power Without Production


shutterstock_217626877About 33 minutes into the last Ricochet Podcast, Bret Stephens added his voice to the chorus suggesting we shouldn’t overly fret about China because their economic numbers are rigged and their production levels are nowhere close to our own, however quickly they are improving. Alright, let’s suppose that China’s economy is truly lackluster. Does that make it less of a diplomatic and military threat?

The Soviet Union was doomed from the start for the simple reason that communism doesn’t work. The USSR survived by claiming territories and sucking the life out of its members, which it could only do for so long. It’s economy never had a chance in the long run.

But that inevitability didn’t matter for half a century.

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In Gil Reich’s thread “Cheer Up! The Bright Side of the Middle East” (a welcome dose of optimism), he repeats a popular claim about Russia’s diminished role in world affairs since the end of the Cold War.  Russia and China support the Iran – Assad axis. But today’s Russia and China have neither the power nor […]

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Relearning Everything


In a world where access to the sum total of all human knowledge is only a few clicks away, human ignorance of history remains a rather magnificent thing to behold. We are born blank slates, without an ounce of knowledge or wisdom. Theoretically, 12 years of training at expensive government daycare centers (or schools) is designed to combat this ignorance. Yet not a day goes by where old, discredited ideas aren’t repackaged and presented anew as a recent stroke of brilliance.

From The Guardian today, we receive the wholly novel idea that if something is important (like tampons), it should be free. As this is the first time we’ve ever considered the question of whether the government can create better access to things people need than the free market, I will allow the author a full hearing before erupting in riotous laughter.

Budapest Journal: One Two Three


My last night in Budapest was terrific. At a remarkably preserved 1930’s Art Deco movie house on the Buda side of town, the Danube Institute held a screening of Billy Wilder’s breakneck comedy One Two Three.

It’s a Cold War comedy, set in 1961 before the Wall came up — awkwardly, the Berlin Wall was constructed during the filming, requiring the entire unit to decamp to Munich to finish the shoot. And it’s about as politically incorrect as imaginable. James Cagney stars in what was to be his final film, until the small role in Ragtime 20 years later.

Lonely Commies


okcomradeI’m ashamed to admit that I do, often, read Buzzfeed. Good thing too, because if I didn’t I may have missed the news that there’s a dating sub-group on Facebook called “OKComrade” — a play on the popular capitalist-friendly site, OKCupid. It’s for communists who want to meet a significant other communist. Well, let me rephrase that. To “other” someone is a currently popular progressive phrase denoting the use of logo-patriarchy to marginalize and demean another equal being. So, let’s just say it’s a place for pinkos and Reds to meet up.

Although, I can’t imagine it’s all that hot. From a post a few hours ago:

OKComrade shared a timeline.

2 hours ago

Fighting Oppression vs. Fighting for Home


In his book Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg touches on the widespread sympathy for fascism and communism in the United States in the years leading to World War II. Many others have written on the subject.

It only now occurred to me that many of “the Greatest Generation” who were sent to fight the Nazis, Mussolini’s fascists and the Soviets might have been supporters of those regimes before the war. Is there any history of this?

Missing Communism (A Bit) — by Steve Manacek


The unfolding drama in the Ukraine brings back memories — for those of us old enough to remember it — of the bad old era of Brezhnev and the Evil Empire. But also a certain nostalgia. Because, in those days, the badness of the USSR was understood — by most people not living on university campuses — to flow in large part directly from its (leftist) ideology. If the State is responsible for everything, then the State can do anything — and ultimately will.

While the better sort of classical liberals — the Moynihans — took care to point out that they believed there were things the State should not be responsible for, most ordinary people intuitively understood that if you pushed leftism beyond a certain point, bad things would happen. In effect, the Soviet Union stood as a kind of grim specter behind leftism, providing an ever-present reality check to liberal visions of the beneficent State. Whenever the true nature of the Soviet Union intruded into the consciousness of large numbers of Americans, conservatives, while sincerely empathizing with whoever the victims were, at least had the satisfaction of seeing their core beliefs validated, their ideas, arguments, and personalities taken a bit more seriously, and those of their opponents to some degree discredited.