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Category: Socialism/Communism

Dec 12 2023

Open Thread

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

Nov 11 2023

Open Thread

The ratio between supervisory and producing personnel is always highest where the intellectuals are in power. In a Communist country it takes half the population to supervise the other half. - Eric Hoffer

Nov 05 2023

Holiday in Cuba

The punk band Dead Kennedys was woke, but the lyrics to the song “Holiday in Cambodia” suggest even they understood where leftism leads. For all his moonbattery, Jello Biafra would know better than to take a holiday in Cuba:

Deanna Lang was hoping for at least a little bit of relaxation when she jetted to Cuba for a beach vacation with her mother and her five sons in April.

Instead, the Winnipeg woman claims cockroaches, filthy guest areas and thefts of children’s belongings from her room ruined their weeklong stay at a Sunwing Vacations resort.

She is suing for the $8,000 she wasted on a vacation to socialist hell.

“I feel I literally had my pockets robbed,” wails Lang.

Welcome to socialism. At least she didn’t end up with her head on a stake, like in the song.

Vacation in a totalitarian country that lobbied the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on the USA and you can’t expect much sympathy, even in Canada. Maybe she could get her case heard in Hollywood.

Soon Canadians who want to holiday in Cuba won’t have to spend $8,000. At the current rate of decay, it won’t take long for Justin Trudeau (rumored to be the illegitimate offspring of Fidel Castro) to reduce Canada to Cuba North — just like the original except without the nice weather.

On a tip from R F.

Oct 06 2023

Open Thread

Socialism and federalism are necessarily political opposites, because the former demands that centralized concentration of power which the latter by definition denies. - Felix Morley

Sep 21 2023

Open Thread

Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society. - Antonio Gramsci

On a tip from Jester.

Sep 19 2023

Brandon Johnson Wants Government Grocery Stores

After leftists like Justin Trudeau are finished deliberately destroying supermarkets in the Marxist tradition of controlling the population through the food supply, grocery stores will be run by the government. Chicago’s leftist Mayor Brandon Johnson wants to skip to that stage straight away:

Johnson said he wants to open city-owned grocery stores to serve neighborhoods that have become “food deserts” after four Walmart stores and a Whole Foods closed.

At least the government stores might get a police presence to protect them from the mobs of shoplifters who created the “food deserts.” Then again, with explicitly pro-criminal Johnson in charge, they probably won’t.

According to the Chicago Police Department, thefts are up 25% to-date year over year. Robberies are up 11%.

That’s what Chicagoans voted for. The city has entered the terminal stage of the Democrat Death Spiral and will soon resemble Detroit and Mogadishu

To get an idea of how well the government grocery stores will be stocked, visit the USSR. No wait, that collapsed. Visit Venezuela. But whatever food might be found will be produced in accordance with global warming theology, and no doubt there will be special discounts for “marginalized” racial and sexual groups.

On tips from Occam’s Stubble, Wiggins, and Ed McAninch.

Sep 17 2023

Justin Trudeau Comes After Canadian Grocery Stores

The war on energy and wasteful public spending have predictably driven up prices, particularly for food. This is not a bug for liberal policy, but a feature. As Vladimir Lenin said, “The worse, the better.” People have been conditioned to turn to Big Government for solutions to their problems, despite Big Government having caused most if not all of them. Unaffordable food is an easy problem to exploit.

Justin Trudeau says it is “not okay” that the people who provide Canadians with food make a profit doing so. So Big Government will have to step in, applying liberal logic by lowering prices with higher taxes:

As Founding Father John Marshall observed, the power to tax is the power to destroy.

Canada had no Founding Fathers. Rather than rebel, Canadians waited for the British Empire to wither away. It is not surprising that they are decaying more quickly into oligarchical collectivism, although the USA is not far behind.

What makes Justin Trudeau so dangerous is that he is hard to take seriously. He is a metrosexual soy boy. But he is also a tyrant whose ambitions might be worthy of a Bolshevik.

History buffs will recall that Stalin used control of the food supply to consolidate power. Most liberals sporting Ukrainian flag pins probably don’t know that Uncle Joe (as FDR affectionately called him) starved to death approximately 4 million Ukrainians during the Holodomor. But their leaders know.

Rumor has it that Justin Trudeau is the illegitimate son of communist dictator Fidel Castro. I’m starting to believe it.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket and Wiggins.

Sep 09 2023

Open Thread

The masses favor socialism because they trust the socialist propaganda of the intellectuals. The intellectuals, not the populace, are molding public opinion. - Ludwig von Mises

On a tip from Jester.

Sep 07 2023

American Libraries Have Been Repurposed

American libraries have fallen to the Long March Through the Institutions. Consequently, they have been repurposed, and no longer serve as repositories of American culture. On the contrary, they serve as a network to destroy that culture through socialist organizing.

Emily Drabinsky, the self-described “Marxist lesbian” who was elected president of the American Library Association, stated from the beginning that under her control the ALA would be used to promote the global warming hoax, wage class warfare, and punish people for being Caucasian in the name of “economic justice and racial equity.”

She is living up to expectations. Here she confirms that libraries are to be used as sites of socialist organizing:

We spent $trillions on a nuclear arsenal to defend us from these people. We were willing to blow the whole planet up rather than be enslaved by them. Then we let them take us over from within.

On a tip from Barry A.

Aug 29 2023

Open Thread

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff. - Frank Zappa

On a tip from StephaneDumas.

Aug 26 2023

Biden Unlawful Food Stamp Expansion Drives Up Prices 15%

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone pays. When the Biden Regime bypasses Congress to expand food stamps by decree, guess who pays for the bags of Fudge Rounds that 5’3″ 300-pounders put on their EBT cards? You do — not only directly through taxes but also through higher prices:

The Biden administration’s “unlawful food stamp expansion” is driving “massive spikes in grocery prices,” a new government watchdog report finds.

The Foundation for Government Accountability reveals that Biden’s 2021 expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program drove up food prices by over 15%.

“In 2021, the Biden administration rushed through the largest permanent increase in food stamp benefits since the program was created, hiking benefits by an average of 27 percent,” the report stated.

Congress could repeal the expansion, which it never authorized. But as Democrats know, handouts work like a ratchet, moving us ever closer to their objective. Few politicians have the belly to tell moochers they can no longer force their neighbors to pay for their third helping of ice cream. Every step toward Marxism is permanent — at least until the house of cards comes crashing down.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the food stamp expansion could cost United States taxpayers more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

Good thing the government has printing presses to pay for all this spending.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Aug 23 2023

Open Thread

Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals. - Clare Boothe Luce

On a tip from Jester.

Aug 13 2023

Final Solution to Socialized Medicine Wait Times

It doesn’t take a degree in economics to grasp that if something scarce and valuable is provided for free, there will be long waits for it. But there is a cure for the long wait times implicit in socialized medicine.

Great Britain, infamous for socializing the healthcare system instead of rebuilding its economy after World War II, illustrates the problem:

More than 7.6 million people in the United Kingdom – around 12 percent of the total population – are waiting to receive routine hospital treatment from the country’s socialized healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS), representing the highest figure since records began in 2007 and increasing by another 100,000 since May.

Problems caused by progressivism tend to progress.

Just under 400,000 people have been on the NHS waiting list for more than a year, around 7,000 people have been waiting for treatment for over 18 months, and more than 20,000 have waited longer than two months (62 days) for urgent cancer screenings, according to data released by NHS England.

Canada too has burdened itself with socialized medicine. It steps forward with the solution. You might call it the final solution:

Kathrin Mentler, 37, lives with chronic depression and suicidality, both of which she says were exacerbated by a traumatic event early this year. Feeling particularly vulnerable in June, she went to Vancouver General Hospital looking for psychiatric help in dealing with feelings of hopelessness she feared she couldn’t shake.

Instead, Ms. Mentler says a clinician told her there would be long waits to see a psychiatrist and that the health care system is “broken.” That was followed by a jarring question: “Have you considered MAID?”

MAID (medical assistance in dying) is a euphemism for execution as healthcare. If abortion is healthcare, so is MAID.

Canadian authorities have presented MAID as a solution for anorexia, PTSD, being poor, and needing a wheelchair lift (not for regretting sex change surgery though).

Inevitably, it will be applied to solve the problems most concerning to those in charge, namely, racism, homophobia, transphobia, Eurocentrism, et cetera.

On tips from R F and ABC of the ANC.

Aug 07 2023

Open Thread

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

On a tip from Joe DeCaro.

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