Category: Socialism

May 26 2019

The Mass Breeding of Useful Idiots and Impending Marxism

America has always been wealthy and free, but it won’t stay that way if the number of people who oppose economic freedom and freedom of speech keeps increasing. Black Pigeon Speaks explains why the USA may succumb to oligarchical collectivist authoritarianism — i.e., Marxism:

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May 20 2019

Long Waits for Gasoline in Oil-Rich Venezuela

Milton Friedman famously said that if Big Government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand. To get an idea of how right he was, consider that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, but is under socialist control. In its second-largest city Maracaibo, gasoline is exceeding difficult to obtain:

Some drivers said they’d had to wait almost 24 hours to fuel up, and people have been grabbing catnaps on the hoods of cars or in truck beds. …

A satellite cruising over Maracaibo on Thursday captured pictures of cars lined up for a mile (1.6 kilometers) through the city to the pumps…

US sanctions intended to drive the socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro from power are blamed for the shortage. Meanwhile, “state run oil-firm PDVSA is producing 10 to 15% of its capacity.”

On the bright side, if you do manage to obtain any gas in Venezuela, it is so heavily subsidized by the government that it is virtually free.

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May 12 2019

Socialism Does Not Work

If anyone would know, it is people who have managed to escape from Venezuela: socialism does not work.

There is not much use trying to get this message across to AOC or Bernie Sanders. From the point of view of socialist rulers, socialism works just fine. Last I knew, Hugo Chavez’s daughter was still fabulously wealthy, even if most Venezuelans are lucky to avoid starvation.

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May 06 2019

Moonbats Admit Universal Basic Income Doesn’t Work

Some egalitarian concepts are so terrible that even the moonbats at the Guardian admit they won’t work — like universal basic income:

A study published this week sheds doubt on ambitious claims made for universal basic income (UBI), the scheme that would give everyone regular, unconditional cash payments that are enough to live on. … Research conducted for Public Services International, a global trade union federation, reviewed for the first time 16 practical projects that have tested different ways of distributing regular cash payments to individuals across a range of poor, middle-income and rich countries, as well as copious literature on the topic.

It could find no evidence to suggest that such a scheme could be sustained for all individuals in any country in the short, medium or longer term – or that this approach could achieve lasting improvements in wellbeing or equality.

The same could be said for socialism in general. Unfortunately, that won’t stop politicians from trying to buy votes with it.

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May 05 2019

Hollywood Blacklist, Then and Now

The liberal elite is never more hypocritical than on the topic of the Hollywood blacklist that supposedly darkened the land in the days of McCarthy. Watch TCM’s Noir Alley for an example; virtually every week, host Eddie Muller waxes indignant on the horrific oppression communists in Hollywood once endured.

Now the foot is on the other hand, as Ted Striker would say:

Although he had nothing to do with the HUAC or the Hollywood blacklist, Joe McCarthy is remembered as the personification of resistance to communist infiltration. McCarthy turned out to be more right than anyone knew. Yet he is demonized to this day by people who use the tactics they denounce him for using. A major difference is that McCarthy was trying to defend his country, not destroy it.

May 04 2019

Understanding Socialism

It is clear what socialism does for people like Joseph Stalin, Nicolas Maduro, and Bernie Sanders. It provides them with wealth and power. But what about their supporters, who believe in socialism even though they will never become socialist rulers themselves?

If you asked them, they might tell you that they are motivated by compassion. They would be kidding themselves.

Socialism is not about compassion; it is about envy. This deadly sin is the engine that drives socialism. Bill Whittle is at his best as he illustrates:

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May 02 2019

End-Stage Socialism

Starting-stage socialism features demagogues righteously proclaiming that they want to rob from the rich to give to the poor because they are kind and generous. End-stage socialism like they currently have in Venezuela looks like this:

Meanwhile, rising Democrat star Ilhan Omar says the problems in Venezuela are the result of America being a bully:

“A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have sort of set the stage for where we are arriving today,” she told PBS’ “Democracy Now!”

“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States,” she added.

Give leftists like herself enough power and you will see what it means to bully, as Venezuela demonstrates.

On a tip from Jester.

Apr 30 2019

Economic Inequality Myths

It isn’t rocket science. Only the willfully stupid could fail to understand that as the rich get richer, the poor get richer too. Economic inequality is only a problem for people who wallow in envy.

Rising tides lift all boats. Ebbing tides leave all of the boats on their side in the mud. America is proof of the former. Any country that ever tried to implement Marxism is proof of the latter.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Apr 30 2019

Watch Bernie Sanders Praise Cuban Revolution

Cuba was a prosperous country, which enjoyed a European-level standard of living. Then came the Cuban Revolution. Communists took control of the government. Now Cuba is a totalitarian hellhole. The inmates of this half-starved prison nation are so desperate to escape, they attempt to cross 90 miles of shark-infested waters on inner tubes.

Bernie Sanders has made a lucrative career out of espousing the same ideology as Cuba’s wicked rulers. Although he calls himself a “democratic socialist,” this is a euphemism. Sanders is a communist (see here, here, here, and here).

Would Sanders do to America what the Castro brothers did to Cuba? Judge for yourself, after watching the footage below of him rejoicing over the Cuban Revolution and defending it against his own country. This was long enough after the fact that we all knew how catastrophically that revolution turned out:

There is no guarantee that America could survive putting people like this in power.

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Apr 29 2019

Profiles in Moonbattery: David Bentley Hart

Given their air of pompous superiority, aren’t liberal elitists of the type writing for the New York Times embarrassed to have their viewpoint personified by someone as conspicuously low-class and witless as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Let’s ask David Bentley Hart.

Bentley Hart bellyaches that he had to watch Fox News at an airport, “with the prime-time shows hosted by those two almost indistinguishable fellows with the suety faces, bouffant coiffures and nerve-racking mezzo-castrato voices.” This forced exposure to an opposing point of view inspired him to respond gallantly to an observation attributed to Ben Stein that AOC’s ideology could take us down the Stalin/Hitler road:

I am painfully aware that the male Fox commentariat nurtures its sickly obsession with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez partly because they resent her cleverness, charisma and moral vitality, but mostly because they suspect that in high school she was one of those girls they had no hope of getting a date with (though, really, she comes across as someone who could look past a face of even the purest suet if she thought she glimpsed a healthy soul behind it).

Talk about embarrassing; we just stumbled onto a love letter. That’s right Bentley Hart, your heart throb might return your affections despite your suety face. Don’t lose hope!

While we are here, let’s see how an elitist progressive justifies wanting to destroy the most successful nation in human history and replace it with a dysfunctional hellhole via socialism:

It may be amusing to hear Republicans assert that a military kleptocracy like Venezuela is a socialist country because its government uses that word when lying about itself (rather in the way that North Korea claims to be a people’s democratic republic). It may make one wince to see Senator Bernie Sanders obliged (as he was on Monday at a town hall hosted by CNN) to explain once more that the totalitarian statism of the Soviet Union had nothing to do with the (far older) tradition of democratic socialist thought. But fair’s fair, it’s not much less bizarre to hear a “progressive” like Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, assert that “socialism” simply means state seizure of all the means of production. (Had Marx and Engels only known this, they might have spared themselves the effort of denouncing the socialists of their time for failing to call for a completely centralized economy.)

Surprise! Venezuela, North Korea, the Soviet Union, et cetera do not represent “real” socialism. Never saw that one coming.

What does represent it? Every successful Western country except America, which isn’t socialist because it is full of dummies:

Only here is the word “socialism” freighted with so much perceived menace. I take this to be a symptom of our unique national genius for stupidity. In every other free society with a functioning market economy, socialism is an ordinary, rather general term for sane and compassionate governance of the public purse for the purpose of promoting general welfare and a more widespread share in national prosperity.

If I understand his editorial correctly, a capitalist economy is socialist so long as it carries on its back a big welfare state and the government controls healthcare. America has a huge welfare state, but the government does not yet completely control the healthcare sector, so we are dumb, not socialist.

A country that really is socialist — like Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge or the USA under AOC’s Green New Deal — is not socialist, because its inevitable collapse into a retched slave state would make David Bentley Hart look like a fool.

On a tip from Lyle.

Apr 24 2019

Potheads on Socialism

Brace yourself for moonbattery more potent than Godfather OG. Will Witt wades into a 420 festival in Denver to learn what potheads think about “free” healthcare and socialism in general:

Surprise! Useless degenerates who have burned off half their brain cells think someone else should pay for everything. This is why the welfare state and legalized marijuana go together about as well as the welfare state and open borders.

On a tip from Wilberforce.

Apr 22 2019

Socialism Creates Deforestation in North Korea

By now most people have figured out that radical environmentalism is a Trojan horse for centralized economic authoritarianism of the type we see in North Korea. At least if progressives achieve their objectives, the birds will sing happily in lush forests. Or maybe not: Read more »

Apr 21 2019

How Wealth Is Created

Left-wing ideology is constructed upon a foundation of lies. A keystone lie is the concept of zero-sum economics. Producing wealth does not take wealth away from those who did not produce it; on the contrary, it creates a wealthier world that benefits everyone. Too bad grade schools don’t teach how wealth is created the way Jason Siler explains it. We would be safe from Bernie Sanders. Read more »

Apr 01 2019

Prince Charles Helps Promote Cuba’s Demonic Regime

In honor of April Fool’s Day, let’s turn our attention to someone who distinguishes himself by his foolishness, Prince Charles:

Charles and his wife, Camilla, thumbed their noses at the victims of Venezuelan atrocities last week with an official trip to Cuba—the first ever by a member of the British royal family.

The Castro regime enthusiastically circulated photographs of the British delegation in front of a Che Guevara icon in Havana, a tired and gimmicky invocation of 1960s radical chic that’s even more farcical in the 21st century.

Che Guevara is known to all but the clueless as the chief executioner of a totalitarian dictatorship — Cuba’s answer to Felix Dzerzhinsky and Heinrich Himmler.

Under Castro rule since 1959, Cuba has gone from being one of the most developed countries in Latin America to a low-rent tourist destination famous for child prostitution, crime, poverty and political prisoners. Communists did this in the name of equality. Images of the “revolutionary” military dictatorship’s elite celebrating a pampered Englishman who epitomizes birthright privilege are beyond parody.

More recently, we have seen Venezuela, the former wealthiest country in Latin America, reduced to a dysfunctional hellhole by similar leftist politics. Cuba has played a key role in propping up Nicolas Maduro’s socialist dictatorship by helping him build a police state.

In addition to traditional torture, techniques employed include killing dissidents in front of their families and torturing family members to persuade rebels to turn themselves in. By participating in Cuban photo ops, Prince Charles has signed his name to all of this.

In his defense, at least Prince Charles has brought public attention to a serious medical condition: encephalomalacia.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 29 2019

GPA Socialism

Students love socialism, if only because their professors tell them to. But this opinion changes if socialism means that what they worked for themselves gets coercively redistributed to the undeserving. Cabot Phillips confirms this on the campus of Florida International University by testing the popularity of GPA socialism:

With this short video, you could rest the case against socialism and the hypocritical fools who endorse it.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 27 2019

Venezuela Is Socialism

The collapse of Venezuela has confirmed the obvious: socialism is not only tyrannical but dysfunctional. However, moonbats will never give up on it, because socialism affords them absolute power.

Some even try to gaslight the gullible into believing that the collapse of Venezuela has nothing to do with socialism. This is an arrogant lie. John Stossel confirms that Venezuela is socialism:

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 21 2019

Hilarious Venezuelan Military Footage

In light of the Venezuelan military footage below, maybe Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and any other allies Nicolas Maduro may have among the radicalized Democrats are right that US forces must stay out of Venezuela no matter what happens down there. Imagine American troops trying to fight while rolling on the ground laughing.

This training video was supposedly released “in an attempt to intimidate American Armed Forces”:

I’ve seen scarier scenes on the Benny Hill Show.

Looks like the socialist regime has run the military about as well as it runs the oil industry.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Mar 17 2019

Moonbats Prefer Maduro to Trump

At least even moonbats would have to agree that we are better off with Trump than with a socialist tyrant, in light of what has been going on under Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. People have been reduced to eating pets and zoo animals, while Maduro refuses to let aid into the country. They are so desperate, they are resorting to sewers in search of water. A booming economy under Trump is better than that, right?

Wrong, according to “Hands Off Venezuela” protesters who rallied at Lafayette Square near the White House yesterday:

If he’s watching this, Bernie Sanders must be wringing his hands with glee.

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Mar 17 2019

Expat Daniel Di Martino on Venezuela and USA

Venezuela has actually put into practice the ideology promulgated by agenda-setting Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Let’s see if they think it would be a good idea for the USA to follow suit. Daniel Di Martino had to flee his country. He gives a first-hand report on what socialism did to Venezuela and what it will do to us:

If we could get this video in front of enough voters, America might be saved from the likes of AOC, Bernie Sanders, et al. But don’t expect the mainstream media to show anything like it.

On a tip from Kate P.

Mar 14 2019

AOC Does Not Understand Capitalism or Socialism

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a driving force in the Democrat Party — is a socialist devoted to eradicating capitalism. Yet she does not understand either capitalism or socialism, mistaking moronic slogans for meaningful definitions. Successful businessman Andy Puzder of Carl’s Jr fame confirms it:

If AOC did understand what capitalism and socialism are, to espouse the views she does would require her to be evil rather than ditsy. For now I’ll save that allegation for the sinister characters pulling her strings.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 14 2019

Oil but No Water in Socialist Venezuela

Under socialism, you eventually run out of everything except equality. This includes water, as those who have not yet escaped Venezuela are learning:

Residents in San Diego, Carabobo state, flooded social media with pictures and videos of the black water while complaining it had been contaminated with oil.

That gives an idea of how much oil Venezuela is floating on, which is why it was the wealthiest country in Latin America prior to socialism. Venezuela has the largest proven reserves of crude oil in the world. Under capitalism, that oil would be converted into money, and the money would build functional infrastructure that would provide citizens with water. Under socialism, the oil is useless, because you can’t drink it or even bathe in it.

The city has suffered with an intermittent water supply for months, made worse by a week-long power blackout that has completely cut it off in some areas, local journalists said. …

People have been forced to scavenge for water from sewers, drains and rivers. …

The blackout has worsened the situation of a country already facing a hyperinflationary economic collapse that has spurred a mass migration and turned once-basic items like corn flour and toilet paper into unaffordable luxuries.

Sympathy is tempered by the fact that Venezuelans voted for this. True, their elections have degenerated into charades, but this ball was started rolling when the Venezuelan version of Bernie Sanders was legitimately elected by the same sort of spiteful, envious fools who infest our own country in alarmingly large numbers.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 04 2019

Capitalism Versus Socialism

Generations of brainwashing by the leftist-dominated education and media establishments have reduced us to the point where we actually have to defend capitalism versus socialism.

Capitalism is based on human greed, socialism is based on human need, right? Wrong. As businessman Andy Puzder demonstrates, it is actually the other way around:

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Mar 01 2019

Bernie & the Leftists

Blue Collar Logic introduces the worst band ever: Bernie & the Leftists. They only know one song, because they only have one goal — maximize government power by imposing a system similar to that of the USSR.

The reason their ideology failed in Russia is that it is tommyrot. In addition to being dysfunctional, it is morally wrong.

Bernie has a point when he praises breadlines. In socialist Venezuela, a breadline would be a good thing, as it would imply that there might be some bread.

On a tip from Lyle.

Feb 24 2019

Marxists Behind Oakland Teachers Strike

Oakland teachers are on strike. Given the staggering greed that characterizes teachers strikes, as well as the ideology teachers often inculcate in the classroom, no one should be surprised to learn that Marxists have been instigating and organizing behind the scenes.

The Oakland Education Association has launched a Bread for Ed program to raise funds to buy food for teachers and kids who are normally fed by the government through schools. The initiative is supported by East Bay DSA.

DSA stands for Democratic Socialists of America, the same people who gave us Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her Marxist Green New Deal. Its primary objective is the abolition of capitalism — i.e., economic freedom — in favor of subsistence as government slaves.

Bread for Ed has other supporters, but none plays such a crucial role. Look what we find at the bottom of the Donor Box page:

A note to all supporters: Per OEA’s request, funds will be collected by East Bay DSA and paid out to our local food provider partners, and remaining funds will be sent to the OEA member assistance fund (strike fund). East Bay DSA is a 501c4 so your donations are not tax-deductible.

They have already raised over $132,000 toward a goal of $150,000 on the Donor Box page. That buys a lot of sandwiches. Who knows what else it might buy for the communists collecting the money?

Other supporting organizations include the International Socialist Organization, Northern California. Click through and you will see plenty of fists belligerently raised in the air, symbolizing the triumph of communism over liberty. The organization is openly Marxist, specifically with a Leninist orientation. Lenin is the communist dictator who invented the concentration camp, which was later copied by the Nazis. Not the kind of people most of us would want involved in education.

Speaking of people most of us would not want involved in education, check out this page from the official magazine of the California Teachers Association, which praises the Black Panthers:

Bread for Ed ties directly into the radical, racial justice work started by the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s. The free breakfast the Panthers gave to children in Oakland spurred the government and school districts to beef up their in-school food programs.

The Black Panther Party was a race-based revolutionary organization that did not stop short of murder. Other activities included drug dealing, pimping, rape, extortion, and assault. Oh, and feeding the children.

The Long March Through the Institutions has claimed public education. Kids could not be in worse hands.

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. - Vladimir Lenin

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