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Why socialism always puts bad people in charge

In Monday night’s Venezuela post, our wise commenters said:

socialism doesn’t work because it is an unjust economic system. the people in power take things from people that work…

The wrong people will ALWAYS be in charge, because for socialism to work you have to have completely altruistic people in charge…

Yes. Except, it’s even worse than that 😉 The biggest problems with socialism are:

  1. It wrecks the Price Mechanism. Even if you had truly altruistic people in charge, such an economy still can’t function.
  2. Only bad-or-stupid people want a wrecked price mechanism. Thus, only bad-or-stupid people advocate socialism. And the bad people know how to shepherd the stupid people; thus, the bad people always end up in charge.

By Price Mechanism, I mean free markets discovering and signalling the prices of things. To review how that works:

  • All goods and services must be rationed, by one means or another.
    • because human needs are infinite
    • whereas human time (used to produce goods and services) is not
  • Markets ration things by having people pay a market price for the available supply.
    • If something is in short supply, those who have the highest “score” in terms of being both able and willing to pay, will get it.
    • “Willing” as in, free will / the person’s choice.
  • The market price moves up and down, accomplishing two big things as it does so.
    1. It coordinates people’s consumption activities. (Those who are unwilling or unable to pay for a thing at its current price, look for substitutes.)
    2. It coordinates people’s production activities. (As a thing’s price moves higher, it induces people to produce more of it.)
  • The coordination is spontaneous and responsive to changing conditions, because it is voluntary.
  • If you interfere with the price mechanism, you interfere with (or even block) that coordination.

OK, so the price mechanism is objectively great. It induces voluntary coordination among vast numbers of people – thus enabling the Division of Labor. Who would want to mess with that?

The answer is: People who gain by interactions that are not voluntary. People such as moochers, thieves, thugs, politicians and bureaucrats. People who lack the ability or willingness to produce. People who hope to live by altering or preventing market outcomes. People who think they can plan and control others better than those others can. People who are willing to gain by keeping others down.

In short: People who gain by dictatorship. Arrogant people who enjoy using force on others to prevent the peaceful activities and outcomes that people would otherwise create on their own.

That’s the nature of socialism. It’s not a noble ideal. It’s a curse, an evil. Like the Mafia, it’s always led by bad people because it *is* bad, in its nature. It can never be desired by people who are both good-hearted and knowledgeable. Therefore, it can never be led by them. And, even if it were somehow, it still wouldn’t function – because of the wrecked price mechanism.

This feeds into how the term “socialism” is defined.

  • An old, strict definition is: public ownership of the means of production.
  • But people today use the word with a much broader meaning: Any system where a governing authority intervenes in markets, preventing the market price mechanism from operating.

The socialist planners always proclaim their good intentions. And they always make things worse. And it’s not an accident or a failure to apply socialism; it’s inherent in socialism.

Wrecking the price mechanism kills spontaneous, voluntary coordination; and that’s the point of the thing. It’s why stupid-or-bad people love socialism. They WANT to control others and prevent market outcomes. It’s not a proverbial “unforeseen consequence”; it’s the point.

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Reminder: Government health care is sub-DMV health care

Talk to a leftie and you will often hear how wonderful Canadian health care is. “Why can’t we be like them?” Crowder did an expose of Canadian health care in 2009 that is still relevant:

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Here’s the summary. Canadians pay huge taxes for “free”, “universal” health care. It makes people wait, and wait, and wait. Many people either give up altogether (and their condition gets worse), or go to a private clinic.

That’s how they reduce patients to a manageable number. Economics 101 teaches us that all goods must be rationed by one means or another, and “waiting” for people to quit the queue is how they ration Canada’s public health care.

From Crowder’s anecdotes it seems that Canadians, if they don’t quit, will wait usually about four times as long as Americans. For example, last year I went to an emergency room on a Sunday afternoon. It took 20 minutes to get the triage nurse’s attention, then another hour to see a doctor. In Crowder’s video, they visit a Canadian emergency room on a Sunday. It takes them about an hour and a half to see the triage nurse, and then 5+ hours to see a doctor (except they quit at the 4-hour mark).

Likewise, an acquaintance of mine recently needed a cancer surgery. He got it in weeks; in Canada it would have taken months. This is what Bernie and Hillary want to bring us to.

Liberals Gather to Celebrate the Murderous Ideology of Collectivism

Posted by V the K at 9:32 am - May 1, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

May 1 is the day American leftists and fellow travelers around the world celebrate the most brutal, dehumanizing, and destructive ideology the world has ever known.

Stalin murdered at least 20 million people, and probably more, in order to bring about a “fair, just, equitable society,” while the progressive reporters and editors of the New York Times cheered him on. Mao murdered more than 70 Million in the Course of the ‘Cultural Revolution;’ which began as an exercise of college students seeking to purge their society of ideological impurity (does that sound familiar?). And then there was Cambodia, where the ideological soul brothers of Antifa murdered 2 Million people; including by bashing children’s brains out against trees to punish them for the political incorrectness of their parents.

Whether they call themselves “Communists,” “Progressives,” “Democratic Socialists,” or “Anarcho-Communists,” it doesn’t matter. These are just different labels for the same thing; an ideology where the individual is absolutely subjugated to the state.

Update:  The New York Times publishes a love letter to the murderous ideology of Communism.

Can’t wait for the killings to start!

The Red Scare in Perspective

Posted by V the K at 8:20 am - March 9, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Democrats have been trying to hype the New Red Scare ever since Hillary lost, warning us that because Trump’s National Security Advisor had a conversation with his Russian Counterpart and his Attorney-General met with the Russian ambassador while a senator that this was proof… PROOF… that Trump was about to hand control over to the Kremlin and we’d all be forced to eat borscht and work in shoe factories for our new Soviet Overlords.

Well, comrades, it seems the Democrats were not at all concerned that President Obama’s right-hand advisor (the rat-faced slumlord Valerie Jarrett) for eight years was an Iranian-born hardcore Soviet Communist.

According to Judicial Watch, Jarrett’s father, Dr. James E. Bowman, a pathologist and geneticist, “had extensive ties to Communist associations and individuals.” The FBI files obtained by Judicial Watch show that “in 1950, Bowman was in communication with a paid Soviet agent Alfred Stern, who fled to Prague after getting charged with espionage.”

Valerie Jarrett’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett (1917-2004), “was also another big-time Chicago Communist,” according to FBI files obtained by Judicial Watch. “For a period of time Vernon Jarrett appeared on the FBI’s Security Index and was considered a potential Communist saboteur who was to be arrested in the event of a conflict with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR),” reported Judicial Watch.

According to the FBI documents, Vernon Jarrett’s job was to “write propaganda for a Communist Party front group in Chicago that would ‘disseminate the Communist Party line among … the middle class.”

“Faithful to her roots, [Valerie Jarrett] still has connections to many Communist and extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Judicial Watch. “Jarrett and her family also had strong ties to Frank Marshall Davis, a big Obama mentor and Communist Party member with an extensive FBI file.”

Sic Semper Socialism

Posted by V the K at 12:21 pm - February 26, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The socialist revolution in Venezuela has… as all socialist revolutions always do… devolved into violent Government repression and endemic poverty.

Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line – three times more than in 2014. Yet even as the country becomes increasingly unlivable, the socialist government is more entrenched than it has been in years. A sense of hopelessness has settled over what was once among the richest nations in South America, a belief that nothing will really change.

This is not the least bit surprising to anyone who understands socialism. But American leftists like beloved Democrat Bernie Sanders lavished praise on the socialist regime in Venezuela, even as their corruption, violent oppression, and dysfunction became obvious.

For a brief period in 2015, there was a brief glimmer of hope as opposition parties gained a brief toehold, and there was some possibility of reform. But then, the Obama Administration stepped in.

The Obama administration then dispatched a top diplomat to walk back the opposition leaders and tempt them with a Vatican-sponsored dialogue, which has since collapsed. In hindsight, to many it felt like capitulation, with the only result being that Maduro was never punished for trampling on the constitution. Now, there is an effort underway to block opposition parties from competing in future elections altogether.

So, the Barack Obama Administration saw that a violent, oppressive socialist state was in danger of being reformed, and so they sabotaged the opposition.

Quelle surprise.

Socialism Helps Achieve Michelle Obama’s Dream

Posted by V the K at 9:48 am - February 21, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

As FLOTUS and in-between her lavish taxpayer-funded vacations, Michelle Obama’s pet project was to coerce Americans to be thin and hungry.  Venezuela nailed it.

In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food.

The extreme poor said they dropped even more weight than that.

The 2016 Living Conditions Survey (Encovi, for its name in Spanish), conducted among 6,500 families, also found that as many as 32.5 percent eat only once or twice a day — the figure was 11.3 just a year ago.

In all, 82 percent of the nation’s households live in poverty, the study found.

Leftists like to pretend that Venezuela isn’t “real socialism,” even though the state centrally plans economic activity, controls the means of production, sets nationwide wages for workers and prices for consumer goods, controls all media, aggressively redistributes wealth, and offers single payer health care and free college education. Up until a couple of years ago, this was enough for Venezuela to qualify as a socialist triumph.

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A Feral Socialist

Posted by V the K at 8:55 am - February 8, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Article by Bill Whittle that really can’t be excerpted but must be read in its totality to be appreciated.   It concerns his speech before a group of young, aspiring totalitarians and being heckled by an unkempt socialist woman.

Sometimes, I think if you look behind every bit of social justice nonsense or attempts to quell liberty, you’ll find a group of heavy, unmarried, middle-aged, publicly-employed white women.

Democrat-Socialist Beloved by the Base Says America Sucks

Posted by V the K at 8:41 am - January 20, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Bernie Sanders owns three houses and says America is “the worst country on Earth.”

“No, we’re not a compassionate society in terms of our relationship to poor and working people. Our record is worse than virtually any other country on earth. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty than any other major country on earth and half of our senior, older workers have nothing set aside for retirement. So I don’t think compared to other countries we are particularly compassionate.”

This guy would have been the Democrat nominee if the nomination process hadn’t been rigged because he reflects the philosophy of his party better than Hillary.

One Box For Optimism

Posted by V the K at 9:09 pm - January 1, 2017.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Comrades, Zombie thinks this Trump thing is not only going to work out okay, but represents a major, long-term defeat and setback for the progressive left. Not sure I agree, but wouldn’t it be nice?

Donald Trump’s victory in November was not only the most important election result of our lifetimes, but ranks as one of the most significant events in recorded history, on par with the French Revolution or the fall of the Berlin Wall. And I’ll tell you why.

Western society is super-saturated with leftist propaganda. Politically astute non-leftists see it everywhere and complain about it incessantly — because it is ubiquitous. In fact, most of our waking hours are spent noticing, commenting upon, getting outraged by and then futilely combatting the endless, relentless leftist slant to everything in modern culture.

Every news broadcast. Every movie. Every lesson in every classroom. Every social signifier in public. Every poll. Every TV show. Every tribal shibboleth. In ways large and small, overt and covert, subtle and blatant, the society around us is infused with progressive ideals and agendas, whether you realize it or not.

The term for this process, in Marxist theory, is cultural hegemony, a phrase that was coined by communist philosopher Antonio Gramsci to describe how the political power-structure of a society is always determined by the cultural norms of that society. A conservative-minded populace will always vote for conservative-minded leaders, so the way to achieve communism in advanced nations, he argued, would be to first change the culture so that progressive ideals become dominant, and then people will simply vote themselves into communism without the need for a revolution.

And then November 8, 2016 happened, and BOOM: It was all revealed to be a lie. Not only did the indoctrination fail, but the general impression that the relentless indoctrination had always been successful was itself a gigantic meta-deception.

Not sure Zombie is completely right. Yes, the Democrat-Socialists failed, but not necessarily because of their failed ideology or failed propaganda machines, but because both were hitched to a decrepit, corrupt, power-mad, brain-damaged NichteinmenschlichFrau who lost by thin margins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin and won the popular vote (mainly due to “honor system” voting in California and other blue states. {“Hey, as long as you say you’re legal to vote, we’re not going to check.” 80 ballots sent to one two-bedroom apartment. Nothing suspicious here. }) There are still millions and millions of Americans who look at the socialist examples of Venezuela and Zimbabwe and say, “Yes, but we can make it work here!” I don’t assume the Democrat-Media complex has been defeated at all.

The Overtly Fascist Imagery of the Clinton Campaign

Posted by V the K at 9:55 am - December 13, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

I realize the election is long over. I’m not into beating a dead, corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, and possibly brain-damaged horse. But I was reading about the Cuban poet Armando Valladares. He was imprisoned for 22 years in a Cuban gulag by leftist icon Fidel Castro. Specifically, he was sent to the gulag for being the only person at his work who wouldn’t put an “I’m with Fidel” sign on his desk, as all good revolutionary Communists were required.

“I’m with Fidel.” That slogan, sort of reminds me of Hillary’s slogan, “I’m with her.” Doesn’t it?

Also, the ubiquitous “Stronger Together” slogan of the campaign… I always thought it was rather lame and ambiguous. (And of course, always rendered in light-blue and dark blue to signal there was no place for red state America in this “Stronger Together” union.) But “Stronger Together” is also literally a fascist slogan.

The symbolism of the fasces suggested strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break. Similar symbols were developed by different fascist movements; for example, the Falange symbol is five arrows joined together by a yoke.

Democrats are keenly aware of symbolism. In fact, they elevate symbolism above everything else. So, they had to be aware that Hillary’s campaign was overtly and openly embracing the symbols of Cuban Communism and old school fascism, right?

Comment Promotion: Castro and Teh Gheys

 Commenter Cyril on Fidel’s Legacy of gay oppression.

The Cuban Freedom Flotilla (of 1980), however, involved a little secret that very soon came out. Socialist Cuba had—and has—the distinction of being the world’s only nation to experience a mass emigration based on sexual preference. Huddled in the crowded boats fleeing Castro’s Cuba were an estimated 10,000 homosexuals.

The attack on homosexuality began within a few Years of Castro’s taking power. Long before the crusades of Anita Bryant or Jerry Falwell, Castro stated that “those positions in which one might have a direct influence upon children and young people should not be in the hands of homosexuals, above all the educational centers.” A homosexual was a “deviate” who could never rise to the level of conduct required of “a true Revolutionary.”

Gays suffered greatly at the hands of the two new socialist bureaucracies. Thousands of them were placed, without benefit of trial, in camps run by the Military Units for Aid to Production. Basically these were forced labor camps, where gay people were mistreated and often assaulted and where it was not unusual for them to be executed or driven to suicide. After a while, international protests compelled the closing of these camps, but the persecution has continued in other forms

But, The Gay Left sees things differently.

There are others, including some LGBT activists, who have lauded Cuba’s government for providing free education and health care, while fighting poverty and discrimination, the Blade notes.

“Pain, emptiness, commitment are very intense and difficult feelings to separate,” gay Cuban blogger Francisco Rodríguez Cruz, who supports the Castro family, told the Blade. “It’s like going through the story of my life.”

And some gay and AIDS activists who visited Cuba earlier this year noted a thriving gay scene and reported that the government-run health care program has benefited Cubans living with HIV.

The same people promoting the fake news that “Mike Pence wants to electrocute gay teenagers” have no trouble defending a despot who murdered and brutalized gay people and sent AIDS sufferers to concentration camp. Because Socialist.

BTW: That “thriving gay scene in Havana” is the petri dish where ‘Cuban Super AIDS‘ was probably spawned.

Also, look at pictures of Havana from before Castro’s revolution and Detroit from the same period; both thriving. Then look at Havana after 50 years of Socialist rule and Detroit after 50 years of Progressive Democrat rule. Tell me again how Socialism works.

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These Are Facts

Posted by V the K at 1:34 pm - November 26, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The Democrat Left is mourning the loss of their Communist Icon Fidel Castro.  Here is what Canada’s Leftist Hipster Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to say.

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

“Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.”

Jimmy Carter, same song, second verse.

Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead.

 

Here are the facts about the left’s favorite commie:

  1. Castro was an old-world communist dictator who hated individual freedom & maintained power by oppressing & terrorizing his own people.
  2. Castro murdered those who disagreed with him.
  3. Castro ran concentration camps & filled them with “undesirables,” including dissidents, homosexuals, AIDS victims, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Afro-Cuban priests & others declared “unfit” for the moral Cuban revolution.
  4. Castro personally asked the U.S.S.R to nuke the United States.
  5. Che Guevara, a Castro cabinet member, said if the nukes were under Cuban control, they would have launched them “into the very heart of the United States….the victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
  6. In 1996, Castro shot down American civilian aircraft, killing 3 Americans.
  7. Life for an average Cuban was hell under Castro. Restricted religious freedom, healthcare, food, movement, technology, transportation & regular forced separations of families.
  8. Castro’s own daughter & sister fled his rule.
  9. Castro banned all music by the Beatles in 1964.
  10. On an island nation, owning or riding on a boat was illegal under the Castro regime.

Hat Tip: Benny Arthur Johnson

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Democrat Left Loses a Hero

Posted by V the K at 9:24 am - November 26, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

If there is a hell — one of humanity’s greatest monsters is burning in it today.

No, not Carol Brady.

Fidel Castro is dead at ninety. Far too long, if you ask me. Castro was a brutal, Socialist, dictator who consigned millions of his people to life in an oppressive, impoverished gulag where they enjoyed no civil liberties and no human rights. He sent troops around the world to commit atrocities against civilians; imprisoned, tortured, and murdered political opponents (or any critics of his regime), sponsored terrorism, and… oh yeah.. sent gay Cubans to concentration camps.

And to the Democrat left, he was a hero.

Bernie Sanders was a huge fan of Fidel Castro, praising him for having “educated their kids, gave their kids healthcare, totally transformed the society.” Bernie Sanders also said that he thought Cuban style bread lines were pretty neat (Reminder: Half the Democrat Party voted for this guy). New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, spent his summer break from college helping Fidel Castro spread communism in Nicaragua. (John Kerry and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey also counted themselves as allies of Nicaragua’s Castro-style Sandinista dictatorship). Democrats of the Congressional Black Caucus  traveled to Cuba in 2009 and returned with gushing praise for the murderous, bloodthirsty autocrat. An NPR reporter described a kiss from Castro’s brother as though it were a Holy experience. Hollywood leftists including Harry Belafonte, Jack Nicholson, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone, Steven Spielberg, Charlize Theron, and, of course, Michael Moore have heaped praise on the dictator. Most recently, NFL socialist douchebag Colin Kaepernick appeared in Miami wearing a Castro T-shirt. Beyonce and Jay-Z honeymooned on Castro’s island gulag. (Canada’s Prime Minister and the Leader of Britain’s Labour Party are also in mourning, the latter referring to the Marxist dictator as “a champion of social justice.”)

Goes to show what the left actually means by “social justice,” (i.e. labor camps for opponents of socialism).

And of course, Castro’s mass-murdering, racist thug Che Guevara is a fashion icon on the left.

No doubt, millions of Democrats will be mourning the death of this brutal, absolutist dictator whom they have long envied for being able to fundamentally transform his society against the will of his people… just as they would wish to do here.

BTW: Castro died with a Net Worth of close to a billion dollars.

So I guess Obama’s dilemma is whether to mourn the loss of a fellow traveler, or once again take credit for something he had nothing to do with.

Washington Post: “Hillary Lost Because of the States, So Let’s Abolish Them.”

Posted by V the K at 12:11 pm - November 16, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

You know, because obviously the best way to govern a continent-sized country with a highly diverse population is to centralize all power and authority in one city on the East Coast.; the Progressive Dream.

A federation of states was a wonderful idea in the late 18th century, but represents an unnecessary and costly burden in the early 21st. Two layers of government — federal and local — offers a cleaner, more sensible and much more affordable system than our current one, a notion not unlike cutting out the middle layer of an overly bureaucratic, inefficient company. Eliminating this middle layer would save the American people billions of dollars a year, the kind of money that could go a long way toward paying down our national debt or preparing for our looming crises in Social Security and health care.

How, he doesn’t explain. Maybe the same way Obamacare made health care more affordable and efficient.

To the Progressive Left, states should serve as nothing more but administrative districts that enforce the edicts of the Great City of Washington and the Enlightened Progressive Political Class that knows what’s best for everyone.

Midnight in America

That dark title comes from Peter Schiff, the investment analyst and libertarian ninja. His article’s conclusion:

Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president who was swept into office promising great change. He made good on his “Morning in America” promises to cut taxes and regulations. But he failed in his promises to reduce spending. …[and now after others did even worse,] the economy of 2016 has far deeper problems than the economy of 1980. Reagan’s morning now looks more like Trump’s midnight.

Trump did not make this mess, but he will likely be in office to clean it up.

The question is: Will President-Elect Trump be able or willing to clean it up? As Schiff puts it:

…as bleak as the picture Trump painted of the current state of the U.S. economy, it was not bleak enough. Before things can actually get better, they must first be allowed to get much worse. Decades of government promises to supply voters with benefits taxpayers can’t afford must be broken, starting with many of the promises Trump made himself to get elected.

(Emphasis added) That has been my chief criticism of Romney (in 2012) and of Trump all along: Although they were “truthier” with the voters than their Democratic opponents, they still didn’t tell voters nearly enough of the truth.

After eight years of President Obama, we now have a national debt of $19.8 trillion by official figures; and something far north of $100 trillion when you include the “unfunded liabilities” (the future benefits promises that the government should report, under proper accounting standards – and does not). States, and especially their pension funds, also face a great crisis where they won’t come close to meeting their future promises. This is all very different from when Reagan took office.

Based on his speeches about “infrastructure” spending and his past track record, Trump’s first instinct might be to run up the U.S. debt up to even greater heights than Obama has. But at some point, Trump’s deficit spending will hit a wall: a full-on recession (it’s overdue) and a new financial crisis, wherein world markets simply won’t allow the United States to carry on as before.

What happens then? Will Trump give Americans the bad news about serious cuts to their benefits and hopes? Or will Trump flounder, protect special interests – maybe hyperinflate the dollar – and allow events to destroy him and us?

Anyway, it’s been fun to watch the left-wing butthurt over President-Elect Trump these last few days; but realism compels me to start being a wet blanket again. America’s problems, especially its debt problems, are beyond anything that even Trump had acknowledged.

He won’t be able to fix them by magic. And in a way, left-liberals are right: the next four years will be awful, for many.

Trade-Offs

Posted by V the K at 8:02 pm - September 14, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

I have often described the Faustian bargain of the left being: “We will let you do whatever you want to anyone in the bedroom, if you allow us complete control of everything outside the bedroom.” In other words, the left will happily trade away all freedom and opportunity for unlimited sexual license.

A comment from Venezuela’s democratic socialist president, (I’d say “dictator” but he was “democratically” elected, and is therefore a “democratic socialist president”), proves the truth of this bargain.

During a broadcast this weekend promoting new socialist food distribution policies, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro jokingly referenced a popular nickname for the nation’s dire food shortages, telling a crowd, “Maduro’s diet gets you hard – no need for Viagra!”

The Venezuelans willingly voted in this man and his predecessor, because he promised to eliminate income inequality, and offered a vast expansion of Goivernment services (free health care, free college education, and so forth) to be paid for by “the rich.”

If the Democrats had not rigged their primaries to facilitate Hillary’s coronation, a man advocating the exact same policies would be the Democrat nominee for president.

Do I Ever Miss Living in Maryland?

Posted by V the K at 1:02 pm - May 22, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Nope.

 

The Montgomery County (MD) Council, citing the unmet needs of a school system facing explosive enrollment growth and a widening academic achievement gap, voted Thursday to raise the average residential property tax bill by 8.7 percent — the largest increase in seven years.

 

The tax hike required a unanimous 9-to-0 vote because it exceeds the charter limit on tax revenue that the county can collect each year. The increased revenue will help underwrite a $5.2 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, with about half of the money resulting from the tax increase going to Montgomery County Public Schools.

The intent was to stave off what members saw as a tipping point for the 156,000-student system, which is expected to enroll an additional 10,000 students over the next five years — many of them speaking little to no English. To boost funding for school construction, the council on Wednesday agreed to fund nearly all of the district’s six-year,$1.73 billion capital budget request.

Speaking of Blue-on-Blue Violence

A Hillary Clinton supporter is horrified to discover what it feels like to be on the other side of a vicious left-wing street protest.

As Hillary supporters made their way out of the gymnasium, an officer in riot gear pointed and said “that way only.” I stopped in my tracks when I saw where he wanted us to go. The sole exit from the campus was a narrow walkway approximately 40 feet long, lined 2-3 people deep on each side with more than a hundred screaming, cursing, jeering, angry Bernie supporters pushing hateful signs into people’s faces. They stood above the path on a two foot cement border wall, looming over and into the walkway, shouting SHAME ON YOU!

A scan of the signs revealed the same tired slurs rotated out against Hillary for decades. “Liar,” “Wall Street Shill” “Murderer” “Frack You” “Hillary Deports Children” “Clinton Crime Family” “Release the Transcripts.” A large sign written in drippy red paint screamed “Honduras!” and “You killed Berta Cáceres!” Conspiracy theories abounded, each one could easily be refuted with basic research from reliable sources, or a visit to snopes.com.

Entering the gauntlet, two protesters cursed and shouted through megaphones mere feet away, ringing eardrums. One of the megaphone men was dressed in a loincloth, partially exposing himself, his face painted red and wearing a headdress of feathers. A young girl in a pink jacket jabbed her fingers at people as they passed and yelled “Get out of here, get out of here! You’re not from here, none of you!”

Every single Hillary supporter was forced to pass through the tunnel of hate. Some smiled defiantly, flashed peace signs, sang and danced their way through. Some angrily flipped the bird and shouted back, shoving signs out of their faces. Some took pictures, some covered their faces and ran, some sheltered their children and elders. A number of people using wheelchairs or walkers navigated carefully through the bellowing mob. No one was spared. A handmade sign with Hillary’s autograph was ripped from a child’s hands and torn up. Children cried and parents’ faces registered shock, gears turning: “How will I explain this behavior, and why they’re so mad at us?”

The Democrat Party’s chickens have come home to roost.

The Triumph of Democratic Socialism

Posted by V the K at 5:58 am - April 28, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

I imagine if you’re a Bernie Sanders supporter (Sandernista), a two-day work week sounds pretty sweet; or maybe like too much effort. (“Two whole days? But my teachers said I was SPECIAL!”)

The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save electricity. Then, Maduro announced that millions of officials will now work only Mondays and Tuesdays, taking the rest of the week off in a bid to save electricity.

Electricity shortages in the country with largest proven reserves of oil in the world. Socialism is amazeballs.

Some Venezuelans complain that the country is starting to resemble the dystopian series “The Hunger Games,” in which districts suffer for the benefit of a heartless capital city.

And the five richest counties in the Unites States are those surrounding Washington DC. We’re feeling the Bern already.

There, Fixed It For You

Posted by V the K at 9:05 am - March 16, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The addle-pated lackwits who are supporting Bernie Sanders have distributed many, many stupid memes on the internet. Ace highlighted this one, and I took it upon myself to edit it to standards of… um… reality.

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