On the road again …

On the road to serfdom that is.

Kevin Williamson from National Review just published another article with his usual sharp observations and insights – Venezuela Reaches the End of the Road to Serfdom

Here are two particular points, scary points:

The food shortage (in Venezuela) is especially severe right now, so the Maduro government has just passed a decree empowering itself to conscript workers — public-sector or private — into the state’s collectively run farming, food-processing, and food-distribution businesses. The pattern here will be familiar to those familiar with the history of socialism in Russia and China.

and

When one of our so-called progressives (Bernie Sanders) looks at a Nordic welfare state, what he always says he wants to replicate here is the relatively high taxes and relatively large public sector. It’s never Sweden’s free-trade policies, Denmark’s corporate-tax rate (which is far lower than our own), or Finland’s choice- and accountability-driven education system. When the American Left expresses its envy of Western Europe, it’s never Switzerland’s minimum wage ($0.00) it wants to reproduce, only bigger and more rapacious government. But the relatively large Danish public sector does different things than does the U.S. public sector, and it does them differently. A larger U.S. public sector would be a great deal like the current U.S. public sector — ineffective, captive to politics, corrupt — but bigger.

At least the Greens have a model to copy.

 

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17 Responses to On the road again …

  1. Nelson Kidd-Players says:

    Spartacus, get rid of those extra hyphens in the url of your last post, and we shall be able to comment!

  2. stackja says:

    At least the Greens have a model to copy.

    Lee Rhiannon is ready to take Australia down the conscript road.

  3. Bear Necessities says:

    Wha has happened in Venezuela is not a bug, but a feature.

  4. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker!) Gray says:

    I think that what every country needs is a permanent libertarian resistance movement. We already have underground and black markets, so we could link them up to trade with each other, and promote free enterprise and Capitalism. Instead of just moaning about Venezualans, we could be selling, or bartering, goods to them, such as guns, and food.
    Any takers? (I would call the movement Aurarchy, standing “For Gold, and the Golden Rule!”; i.e. gold as money, and free trade as the goal. (Aur-archy= Gold-rule.))

  5. H B Bear says:

    Jeez nothing would get ol’ Doris Bagshawe’s juices flowing more than rounding up the IPA staff at gunpoint and driving them to the countryside to work in the fields.

    Real Year Zero stuff comrades.

  6. Ant says:

    The road to serfdom is paved with free shit.

  7. Rabz says:

    Jeez nothing would get ol’ Doris Bagshawe’s juices flowing more than rounding up the IPA staff at gunpoint and driving them to the countryside to work in the fields.

    Real Year Zero stuff comrades.

    What will be hilarious will be the big piles of ditched Erkos as hipsters desperately try to avoid being mistaken for people who can read (yes, I know, they’re all pretty much illiterate anyway).

  8. Fred Lenin says:

    Di nateale urged turnbull to send a study group to Venezuele to formulate a plan for Australia to go down this progressive road . Turnbull expressed interest as this could lead to a republic with him as president forever,he urged that the unity of the national green laboral party be maintained and steps be taken to eliminate criticism of the party . Movees are afoot to declare non party senators null and void ,their non compliance with the party line is intolerable in a progressive society .The study group will be led by comrade “phat phil” adams ,mike “hellair” carlton and a supporting cast from the alpbc.

  9. Lem says:

    The paradox of “planning” is that it cannot plan, because of the absence of economic calculation. What is called a planned economy is no economy at all. It is just a system of groping about in the dark.

    LVM
    RIP

  10. hzhouswife says:

    I give it about 10 years until we elect a politician whose career consists of a Political Science degree, Masters in Labour History, and a Trades Union sponsored PhD in “The Venezuelan Pathway “.

  11. OneWorldGovernment says:

    hzhouswife
    #2109725, posted on August 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I give it about 10 years until we elect a politician whose career consists of a Political Science degree, Masters in Labour History, and a Trades Union sponsored PhD in “The Venezuelan Pathway “.

    The names might change but we have them now.

  12. tbh says:

    Nothing would give me more pleasure than deporting our cohort of hard-left idiots to Venezuela to find out what socialism really means.

    There appears to be no point in arguing with them though. They never, ever accept that places like that are now showing what happens when you follow leftism to its logical conclusion.

  13. Mother Lode says:

    What is more annoying, tbh, is that they show no interest in what might have gone wrong in the various Socialist failures.

    Just the rubric that “It wasn’t true socialism…” And the promise “…but ours will be.”

  14. Rabz says:

    “It wasn’t true socialism…” And the promise “…but ours will be.”

    “Trust us, we’re not insane – this time, our implementation of socialism will work.”

  15. Drink Up Socrates says:

    The dripping idiocy of attempting to cleave the welfare state from socialism has spoiled my Health Department provided orthotic shoes.
    So you say, in the welfare state fantasy world that you promote only those genuinely in need seek access to the workers’ purse. Yup, that works.
    I’ll concede that there are some examples that support your fantasies. The positive communal dynamics of new culture leadership communities such as Auburn and Dandenong support your hypothesis perfectly. No Fucker wants to work so they are all disadvantaged and must be supported.
    The people who piss me off are those worn-out arseholes in Port Kembla who want money just because they are crippled from 45 years of hard work and have been net taxpayers, all their life.
    I could go on but my fury at seeing a car salesman regurgitating the ‘take it in the arse’ Turnbull propaganda on this site is more than I can tolerate.
    Someone invent a better word for Moron.
    “Eh, Sailor, wanna good time”.
    You, Sir, are a whore.

  16. Andrew M. says:

    MemoryVault prediction confirmed: Liberal party now more leftist than the Labor party.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-04/banks-to-report-to-economics-committee-malcolm-turnbull-says/7690736

    “However no other businesses are required to justify their commercial pricing decisions in this way,” [Bankers Association] chief executive Steven Munchenberg said.

    Earlier, Mr Turnbull said requiring banks to justify their actions in person to politicians would “drive some cultural change”. “What this will do is create a regular and permanent method of accountability and transparency for the banks,” he said. … The Prime Minister differentiated the new policy from a royal commission by saying the latter would come to an end, whereas their reports to the parliamentary committee would be ongoing.

    Viva El Presidenté!

  17. JohnA says:

    Mr Sanders may want to look at Denmark as an example, but if he does he had better make it work in Virginia or Tennesee which are about the same land area.

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