Monday, March 7, 2011

Something to chew on when bleating about 'Socialism'

“Believing that certain forms of the state or certain forms of governing are socialist and certain forms are ‘free’ is erroneous and a bit ridiculous. All governing states are socialist by nature. The state by definition derives its control and power to enforce its monopoly by confiscating and redistributing the resources of its populace. It cannot survive without acting in this manner. While it may not directly control the ‘means of production’, to ensure its survival and growth it will control the necessary proportion of the product of those same productive means.

Attempting to try to ‘unsocialize’ the state is futile. One political party referring to the other as ‘socialist’ is hysterical. All politics that exist within the state monopoly are only variations on the question of who the wealth will come from and where it will go. This has always been the nature of the state.”
- Yuri N. Maltsev, former member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s economic reform team

1 comment:

  1. Pretty good.

    I grew up as an "army brat" in the 1950s, my father was a CIC officer. I'm told that he actually did catch enemy agents, although he very seldom mentioned it to his dying day.

    But, in those High and Far Off Times he had a son who was an...enbarrassment.
    I hated school, hated Sunday school and church, and was otherwise "disaffected. Didn't buy what I was told about the relative difference between the "free" and "communist" world. And I wasn't even ten years old! Poor dad...

    But they would tell me about the horrors of living in Russia... and I had to think some more.

    The world I lived in was almost a mirror to the one the loathed and degraded commie clung to his existence in, when it came right down to it.
    I made the mistake of pointing out the similarities between my life and "theirs", and said I wished I WAS there. They had an edge, actually: they wouldn't make me go to church, and they got to wear these really neat fur hats in the winter.
    As I said, poor dad.

    And now, half century later, turns out that all the things the "commies" did that were "evil" and "reprehensible" turned out to be a reasonable appliance of statecraft, sadly necessary. They were actually virtues that we didn't understand as yet. Who knew? the nazis. Japanese, and commies were actually visionaries! We should have sat at their feet and learned.
    On the other hand, our "virtues" have turned out, I'm told, to be "quaint", stupid, weakness.

    On my weekly sojourn in the waiting rooms of the local VA I love to hear the old, well, older geezers excoriating "socialism", especially "socialised medicine".
    They are obviously not into looking around themselves and examining the actual situation.


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