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Socialism or death!

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Much as I doubt the outcome of the revolution in Venezuela, I do in many ways admire the plucky Hugo Chavez. It’s always interesting to watch someone impress themselves upon a nation, and indeed the globe. I fear it will end badly myself.

It is affordable on an oil windfall. The essential obstacle to socialism is motivation, and without the windfall it would become a paper display. But for those of us with the luxury to observe it from a distance it is comparative politics in the making. People will write about this experiment for decades to come.

So big up the revolutionaries… just not in my back yard. Even Blair is better than that kind of risk.

But what about the tourists going to support this revolution? Why is it that the stereotypes for leftsis and facists work so well, and why do they both love dictators?


Written by rexinfinite

January 22, 2007 at 3:26 pm

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  1. The essential obstacle to actually existing socialism is not “motivation”, it is the people you have to kill to redistribute their wealth.


    January 22, 2007 at 5:26 pm

  2. Since when was that an obstacle? Killing people is not an obstacle, it is a speed bump, and in fact, being lucrative when economies of scale are applied*, has a high level of motivation.

    It is perhaps the only part of socialism that shares a platform with capitalism, democracies, and facists.

    *It doesn’t typically pay to kill one person, even for an insurance pay out or inheritance. The culprit is too obvious. It’s better to organize a national slaughter… the pyramid always works.


    January 22, 2007 at 5:37 pm

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