Category: Socialism

Dec 13 2019

Andrew Yang Suggests Nationalizing Pharmaceutical Industry

Remember all the fantastic pharmaceutical breakthroughs accomplished in the Soviet Union, and how they improved humanity’s standard of living? Neither does anyone. The more socialism is imposed, the less innovation can exist in the field of medicine. The astonishing advances made in the United States will be relegated to the past if Democrats prevail.

Barks presidential candidate Andrew Yang:

We have to give the federal government authority to negotiate drug prices and use standard international price reference points so pharmaceutical companies can no longer exploit our market and the American people.

If these companies are not willing to compromise [i.e., obey], we need to ensure the U.S. government has the ability to force licenses for these drugs to companies who will. Additionally, we need to authorize the creation of public manufacturing facilities to make these drugs, as well as other necessary drugs and unprofitable but necessary medications, for the American people.

In other words, he wants to move toward nationalization of the drug industry.

Try to imagine the bureaucrats at the DMV coming up with new treatments for cancer or diabetes. We will be lucky if aspirin is still available. But at least if it is, it will be subsidized.

A socialist might argue that pharmaceutical breakthroughs only help people to live longer anyway; why would you want people who are mostly done paying taxes and who pose an increasing burden on the healthcare system to live longer?

On a tip from Scott D.

Dec 09 2019

Portland May Require New Buildings to Accommodate Homeless

The moonbats running Portland are approaching levels of leftist tyranny not seen since the Russian Revolution:

Under a proposal introduced to the PSC [Planning and Sustainability Commission] on Nov. 12, the building design process would require owners to “provide opportunities” to the homeless population “to rest and be welcome.” Many are interpreting the vague language—specifically the “rest and be welcome” requirements—as potentially forcing owners of new commercial and residential real estate to build “spaces” for homeless men and women to camp out on private property, even in apartment buildings. …

Oriana Magnera, who presented the idea, told her fellow commissioners the city needs “spaces where [homeless] folks can feel supported and safe.”

The next step is for the actual owners of the property to be evicted to make more room for the homeless. Refer to Ayn Rand’s We the Living to see how this worked in Russia.

Once property rights go out the window, all other rights will follow.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Dec 09 2019

AOC Lies About Starving Without Food Stamps

Socialist congresscritter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who grew up in the upscale NYC suburb of Yorktown Heights, and who attended outlandishly expensive Boston University, says her family might have starved if the Trump Administration had been around to revamp food stamp work requirements for able-bodied 18- to 49-year-olds who do not have dependents.

“Many people” will starve? What an absurd lie. Among the top health problems afflicting the poor in this country is obesity. Private charities collect more food than people will eat:

[Los Angeles County] has the nation’s largest population of people who are “food insecure,” or don’t know where their next meal is coming from. At the same time, the food banks that serve the region have to throw away food or turn down donations because of lack of adequate storage space or the means to get food to people who need it, and the difficulty in matching the flow of food donations to the demand.

It is not enough to provide free food. Apparently, you must go door to door and regurgitate it predigested into the needy’s mouths, like birds feeding their young. Otherwise, the food will pile up so that donations must be turned away.

What hunger occurs in this country results from mental illness, not poverty per se. If you want to see actual starvation, implement OAC’s Green New Deal.

On tips from Henry B.

Dec 04 2019

Growing List of “Unnecessary” Treatments Under Socialized Medicine

If you are going to get a hernia, make sure you don’t do it in a country with socialized medicine — or as Democrats now call it, “Medicare for All.” Hernia repair is regarded as “unnecessary treatment” by England’s National Health Service:

In total some 34 diagnostic tests and treatments for patients in England have been highlighted for the cull by the NHS and doctors’ groups.

Looks like these will be offered only in exceptional circumstances. Maybe you have to bribe someone, or be a member of an “oppressed” minority group.

Among the treatments highlighted are CT and MRI scans and blood tests for cancer.

Bureaucrats argue that these scans and tests could cause anxiety, so patients may be better off without them. Obviously, being assured that you do not have a serious condition is not stressful. They must want the public to believe that it is better for a serious condition to go untreated than for patients to get upset by learning about them.

The actual objective, of course, is to save money. Yet again we see that when healthcare is free, it eventually becomes so exorbitantly expensive that it cannot be obtained.

At least parents who want a transsexual trophy child will be delighted to learn that at last word an NHS clinic was still providing gender reassignment treatment to kids as young as 3 years.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Nov 15 2019

Commies Propose Green New Deal for Public Housing

The point of the global warming hoax is to justify massive government overreach as exemplified by the Green New Deal, which is a euphemism for communism made more miserable than ever with environmental radicalism. In case anyone doubts it, socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez provided confirmation yesterday by announcing a Green New Deal plan exclusively focused on public housing.

Via The Hill:

The proposal calls for an investment of $180 billion over 10 years to sustainably retrofit and repair public housing with the goal of eliminating all carbon emissions. The housing units would meet the zero-emissions goal through the use of solar panels and renewable energy sources.

“Investment” is liberal propagandese for “flagrant waste.”

Something similar has been tried on a smaller scale on AOC’s home turf. The New York City Housing Authority paid an average of $1,973 per unit to install LEDs in housing projects so as to stop global warming. Multiply that by a number too large to comprehend and you have the Bernie/AOC Green New Deal for Public Housing.

Even if Bernie and AOC acquire enough power to inflict this madness, and hold on long enough to achieve national bankruptcy, the climate will continue to fluctuate as it always has and always will.

Lest anyone kid themselves that Elizabeth Warren is less radical than the aforementioned green Stalinists, she endorses this massive, senseless waste of money, just as she endorsed AOC’s literally insane original Green New Deal.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Oct 31 2019

Rand Paul Sounds the Alarm on Socialism

If the hardcore socialists who are becoming increasingly dominant in the Democrat Party secure sufficient leverage, the economy be destroyed. Americans are likely to die by the tens of millions. We know this from history, because such people have taken over countries in the past, producing results that by now are easily predictable. Yet the USA is so saturated with moonbattery that no one seems more than vaguely concerned, as if we could keep giving more power to people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and have life hum along indefinitely. Rand Paul is an encouraging exception:

Speaking on the matter during an interview with C-Span, Paul said “nobody in the media seems to care that what AOC is supporting or what Bernie is supporting is Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot, and all these terrible ideas, and they get away with it because they aren’t challenged.”

Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation explains why we are sleep walking toward the edge of the abyss:

“When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas.”

This education is not taking place, because education and the media are controlled by Marxists, quasi-Marxists, and their sympathetic fellow travelers. As Edmund Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

On a tip from Kate P.

Oct 31 2019

Socialist Sanders Poses in Front of Empty Shelves

At last a little truth in advertising from a politician. Bernie Sanders is a socialist. Just as capitalism is associated with the cornucopia of affordable goods you can find at your local supermarket, socialism is associated with the empty shelves found in hellholes where socialists like Sanders have taken control (e.g., Venezuela). He poses below with fellow socialist Rashida Tlaib in Detroit, a city that has been destroyed by demographic transformation and consequent leftist politics. Never mind his duckspeak about Kurds; the hilariously appropriate backdrop is the story:

“People accuse” Sanders of being a socialist? He calls himself a socialist. He’s accused of being a communist (see here and here) — not that there is much difference in the long run.

Via Legal Insurrection.

Oct 17 2019

Are Democrat Voters as Socialist as Democrat Pols?

In economic terms, capitalism equals freedom and socialism equals slavery. Freedom generates vastly more wealth, but socialism has a selling point too: it affords more opportunity to exert coercive power over others through Big Government.

The increasing dominance of Marxists and quasi-Marxists like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and the Squad indicate that the Democrat Party is rapidly becoming socialist. But outside hotbeds of extreme moonbattery, are Democrat voters really ready to flush their country away?

Campus Reform sent Eduardo Neret to Westerville, Ohio in advance of the Democrat debate there on Tuesday to see how people feel about capitalism versus socialism:

Hopefully, the Democrat Party will not succeed in pulling its supporters off the rails to the left.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Whatfinger.

Oct 14 2019

A Just Society: Another Catastrophic Scheme From AOC

Her Green New Deal, reminiscent of the transformational schemes imposed by the Khmer Rouge, was not the last word in utopian lunacy from the Future of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That plan aims to impose socialism in the name of the climate. With “A Just Society,” she takes a slightly more incremental approach by radically expanding the welfare state. This is done largely by redefining poverty to make self-sufficient people eligible for a variety of welfare programs — i.e., empowering them to confiscate other people’s money via Big Government.

The stated goal is to end “income inequality.” There is only one way to do this: give the government power to prevent anyone from earning more than anyone else. Everything must be held to a lowest common denominator. This entails disincentivizing every positive quality that allows the human race to advance: hard work, creativity, innovation, ambition, et cetera.

Via Fox News:

As Matt Weidinger of the American Enterprise Institute notes, a 2018 report found that if the standard used in Ocasio-Cortez’s legislation were applied to the residents of New York City, roughly 40 percent of all households would be considered impoverished, compared to only 14 percent under the current standards.

Raising the poverty line would push tens of millions into federal programs like Medicaid and food stamps.

Some are more equal than others under socialist rule. As noted recently (e.g., here and here), criminals occupy a high rung on the social justice ladder.

The Just Society proposal would also prevent government agents from denying convicted criminals access to federal welfare, health, disability, education, and other government social and welfare benefits on the basis of their conviction – regardless of how serious the offense was.

Illegal aliens, an even higher rung:

The same would be true for immigrants who are residing in the United States illegally. Under Ocasio-Cortez’s plan, immigration status cannot prevent welfare eligibility, giving millions of people now here in violation of federal law access to taxpayer-funded public benefits.

Keep in mind that Democrats are rigidly opposed to any effective border defense and to the enforcement of immigration law. In essence, this would put the entire planet on an extravagantly generous American welfare system.

The economic collapse that would inevitably ensue is not a bug but a feature. Refer to the Cloward-Piven Strategy for details.

A Just Society would also escalate the homelessness epidemic that has been turning California into something out of a zombie apocalypse movie:

The Just Society would also enact strict housing price controls on landlords, lowering the incentives for developers to construct new housing projects.

Fortunately, AOC only represents the lunatic fringe of the Democrat Party. Unfortunately, “the lunatic fringe of the Democrat Party” is redundant.

AOC’s fellow socialist Elizabeth Warren has been running close with the imploding Joe Biden for the presidential nomination.

“It’s going to take big, structural change to tackle poverty and inequality in the U.S., and @AOC’s ‘A Just Society’ is just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we’ll need to get it done,” Warren recently tweeted.

Warren, among other presidential candidates, also endorsed AOC’s insane and malevolent Green New Deal. The lunatic fringe is the Democrat Party.

Hat tip: Liberty Daily.

Oct 07 2019

Former Chinese Prisoner Jennifer Zeng on Socialism

Like the ideology of today’s radicalized Democrats, communism is a form of socialism — i.e., oligarchical collectivism. When socialists promise “equality,” they mean equality as slaves under the heel of a tiny but all-powerful ruling class. Jennifer Zeng would know. She escaped from behind the Bamboo Curtain:

The difference between Democrats and ChiCommies is that Democrats have restraint on their power. They would like to change that.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Oct 01 2019

Celebrating 70 Years of Communist Rule in China

It would be hard to imagine a more appropriate way to celebrate 70 years of communist rule in China than by shooting a pro-democracy protester in the chest at point blank range with a live round.

Via Summit News:

The incident occurred on Hoi Pa Street in Tsuen Wan during demonstrations to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China.

The victim is reportedly a high school student.

China has doubled the number of its troops stationed in Hong Kong as one expert warns that the soldiers could be preparing for a “total breakdown in order.”

That would justify a total crackdown, along the lines of Tiananmen Square.

Today’s communist rulers are less communist than Mao, so people aren’t starving or getting executed in large numbers. But the authorities are still communist enough to do this:

Millions of Bernie Bros would vote to impose the same thing in the USA.

Sep 14 2019

Elizabeth Heng Ad Gets AOC’s Goat

2018 and presumably 2020 Fresno, California Congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng, whose parents escaped the Khmer Rouge, has a clear idea of what radicalized Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want to impose on America:

My parents lived through the torment and devastation caused by the evils of socialism, and I refuse to just stand idly by as progressive socialist leaders in Congress, the mainstream media, and Silicon Valley mock our generation and destroy American principles, under the guise of “progressivism.”

AOC’s Green New Deal probably gives her parents déjà vu. This ad hits hard:

How do you suppose AOC responded? That’s right — by calling Elizabeth Heng a racist:

When all you have is the “racism” hammer, every potential threat is a nail.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Vlad Tepes.

Sep 08 2019

Why the DSA Is Dangerous

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) go beyond liberal. They are literally communists, in the terrifying tradition of genocidal dictators Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot.

Because they are moonbats, it is tempting to laugh at these lunatics. But Trevor Loudon gives an idea of just how much of a threat the organization poses:

As Eeyore notes at Vlad Tepes,

The one fact that Trevor did not have time to include, is that the Democratic Socialists of America is likely a turn around on Lenin’s original party, the Social Democrats.

The official name of the Bolsheviks was the Social Democratic Labor Party. Communists describe themselves as “democratic” for the same reason they describe their authoritarian slave states as “republics.”

The USA spent $trillions developing and maintaining a vast nuclear arsenal on the understanding that it would be better to go up in a mushroom cloud than to subsist as slaves under communism. But the real danger was never that communism would be inflicted from abroad. It is a cancer that arises from within.

The demented and malevolent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, who serve in Congress as Democrats but are products of the DSA, constitute only the tip of the spear. There will be many more like them as the radicalism of the Democrat Party spirals out of control.

Here DSA National Director Maria Svart boasts about the power DSA has already achieved, and outlines plans to acquire still more while “normalizing socialism.”

The objective is the same as it has always been for communists: universal enslavement. When they succeed in taking control, the results invariably consist of absolute tyranny and extreme poverty, often entailing the deaths of millions by starvation, as in Russia and China.

These maniacs are viewed favorably by both the media establishment and the Democrat Party.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Sep 06 2019

Robert Mugabe Departs for Hell

The last dictator standing from this repressed Nando commercial…

…is standing no more:

The controversial former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was confirmed dead on 6 September 2019, after a lengthy stay in a Singapore hospital. As one of the men who led his nation to independence from the British through then-liberation party Zanu PF, Mugabe’s legacy proved to be problematic following three decades of authoritarian rule.

“Problematic” is putting it nicely. As socialist dictator, Mugabe drove out the white farmers who had established his country as the Breadbasket of Africa, reducing it to an absolute basket case characterized by starvation, 90% unemployment, 89.7 sextillion% inflation, wanton corruption, societal collapse, and political repression. But at least he provided a role model for the people steering South Africa’s course.

On tips from ABC of the ANC, StephaneDumas, and Grumpy Cat.

Sep 02 2019

European Version of Democrat Death Spiral Hits Filipstad

The small town of Filipstad is experiencing a Swedish version of the Democrat Death Spiral, which was earlier described as “a vicious cycle by which miserable economic conditions lead to government dependency and class envy, leading to Democrat electoral victories, leading to higher taxes and crippling regulations, leading to still more miserable economic conditions.”

America already had an unassimilable underclass, which converted Detroit from the “Paris of the Midwest” to what it is today. Swedish politicians have to import their unassimilable underclass from the Third World. The way it works over there, the virtue-signaling government brings in massive numbers of needy “refugees”; native Swedes become tired of getting bled dry to support them and leave; the tax base shrinks, requiring ever higher taxes to support the needy refugees.

The odds of anyone but a socialist getting elected in a region that has been destroyed by this process are nil. The socialists will make every effort to bring in more refugees.

Breitbart reports:

Filipstad took in many asylum seekers during the migrant crisis of 2015 and now [is] facing increasing costs as unemployment among migrants has surged and financial assistance rates have tripled, broadcaster SVT reports.

There are jobs available in Filipstad. But they require qualifications that the colonists do not have.

The same thing is happening in the much larger city of Gothenburg. Malmö is already probably lost; the unemployment rate there is twice the national average and is likely to rise still higher as native Swedes are driven out.

Regarding the country as a whole,

A 2018 report stated that the unemployment rate for native Swedes was a mere 3.6 per cent while the foreign-born rate was much higher at 19.9 per cent.

If you want to see the near-term future of Europe, visit Detroit. The long-term future will look more like Mogadishu.

On a tip from Feet2Fire.

Sep 01 2019

He Windsurfed 90 Miles to Tell Us This

When Big Government gets so out of control that it becomes the societal equivalent of stage IV cancer, this is called socialism. It is a matter of life and death not to succumb to this condition. Don’t take my word for it. Here is a guy who knows socialism well enough to have windsurfed across 90 miles of shark-infested ocean to escape from it:

Of course, Democrats wouldn’t throw you in jail for eating meat. Not yet, anyway. For now, they will settle for punitive taxes.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

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