Pyong-Dan, the Dear Leader

Maybe it is time to rename the Murray-Darling River.  Would not a more apt name be the Yalu River?  After all, the “original” Yalu River keeps the hostages of North Korea from escaping to the Communist Party run China.

Is there a better metaphor?

This morning, TAFKAS was listening to the latest IPA Looking Forward Podcast.  In this podcast, our friends were detailing some of the amazing levels of administrative incompetence of the Victorian Government.  Listen for yourself.  It is breathtaking.

While listening, TAFKAS was reflecting.  What is worse – a corrupt government or an incompetent government?  At least with a corrupt government, there is some incentive to keep the hostage alive.  If you kill the hostage, there is no-one left to pilfer from.  This is why, as Mancur Olson described, our governments evolved from roving bandits to stationary bandits.

Perhaps there is a solution for Victoria’s ills.  Could the Victorian ALP second people from the NSW ALP to help run the place?  It won’t be great, but at least some parts of the economy and society might survive.

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30 Responses to Pyong-Dan, the Dear Leader

  1. shady

    You make the mistake of thinking they are either corrupt or incompetent when really they are parasites.

  2. incoherent rambler

    all of the above

  3. H B Bear

    A corrupt government can be changed. An incompetent one can kill. Pink batts and boat people anyone?

  4. Bruce

    And, when being parasitic starts to provide insufficient “nourishment,” they will go full “predator”.

    They may even be warming up to that now.

  5. Tim Neilson

    What is worse – a corrupt government or an incompetent government?

    Here in CFMEUistan we’ve embraced the power of “both”.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Maybe it is time to rename the Murray-Darling River.

    And da Nile is a river through Yarragrad.

  7. Penny

    Just listening to a UK podcast (James Delingpole and Toby Young) they were discussing Australia and what’s going on in Melbourne and were aghast that the extreme over reaction compared to the 247 deaths

  8. Joanna Smythe

    How can you say all those poor people in Victoria are hostages when, according to the media, the polls show they love their leader are seem quite happy, for the most part, to go along with all the restrictions he is imposing daily. We all know the hypocrisy of a lot of it. There must be hundreds of small business owners who could collectively voice their opinions and do something other than moan, but they don’t.

  9. Joanna Smythe

    How can you say all those poor people in Victoria are hostages when, according to the media, the polls show they love their leader seem quite happy, for the most part, to go along with all the restrictions he is imposing daily. We all know the hypocrisy of a lot of it. There must be hundreds of small business owners who could collectively voice their opinions and do something other than moan, but they don’t.

  10. WolfmanOz

    Penny
    #3537466, posted on August 6, 2020 at 10:41 am
    Just listening to a UK podcast (James Delingpole and Toby Young) they were discussing Australia and what’s going on in Melbourne and were aghast that the extreme over reaction compared to the 247 deaths

    Do you have a link ?

  11. Diogenes

    How can you say all those poor people in Victoria are hostages when, according to the media, the polls show they love their leader seem quite happy,

    Stockholm Syndrome ???

  12. stackja

    Perhaps there is a solution for Victoria’s ills. Could the Victorian ALP second people from the NSW ALP to help run the place? It won’t be great, but at least some parts of the economy and society might survive.

    Jenny Macklin and Steve Bracks are already running the place. Dan just MSM figurehead.

  13. John Bayley

    How can you say all those poor people in Victoria are hostages when, according to the media, the polls show they love their leader seem quite happy…

    115% of North Koreans have enthusiastically voted for the Dear Leader.
    In the USA, dead people vote Democrat, times 200% most of the time.
    Coming soon to Victoriastan near you.
    No wonder the voters are excited already.

  14. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    What is worse – a corrupt government or an incompetent government?

    The situation in Disasterstan is such that the populace are suffering/existing under a regime that is clearly both.

    The existing regime simply cannot be dignified with the term “government”, as that would confer some semblance of legitimacy. Dunderhead Dan Xi Man and his ALP and knuckleheaded union cronies (now wholly owned by the CCP) have less than zero of the latter.

  15. duncanm

    What is worse – a corrupt government or an incompetent government

    Neither.

    As CS Lewis said:

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

  16. Lee

    What is worse – a corrupt government or an incompetent government?

    In Victoria, I believe it’s a case of the worst of both worlds – corruption and incompetence.

    I notice on the Andrew Bolt blog that some of the usual leftist, Andrews-apologist trolls (of which there are a lot) are attempting to deflect attention from Dictator Dan and his government’s handling of the virus with: “but look at what Trump is doing,” as if that has got f..k all to do with Victorian’s woes.

  17. Penny

    WolfmanOz
    Sorry my phone won’t let me attach a link
    Search James Delingpole RICOCHET podcast the podcast is called Mea Culpa , with Toby Young

  18. Penny

    I emailed the office of Greg Hunt asking why isn’t HCQ allowed to be used in Australia
    Received an email in response saying that it’s dangerous and doesn’t work
    I rang back this morning and asked if they had looked at any other studies that stated how successful and safe HCQ has been, no was the answer
    They haven’t looked at the the Henry Ford Health System study on HCQ
    Don’t appear to have heard of Dr Harvey Risch from the Yale school of public medicine
    They are unaware that there are about 60 studies now showing the effectiveness of HCQ
    Either they are lying, lazy or incompetent, or for political reasons don’t want this to work
    How can a drug that is listed as one of the safest and important drugs in the world suddenly become highly toxic ???

  19. Menai Pete

    Am I mistaken or does Andrews wear the same (boring check pattern) shirt every day. Maybe his press conference is sponsored by Lowes.

  20. WolfmanOz

    Penny
    #3537671, posted on August 6, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    WolfmanOz
    Sorry my phone won’t let me attach a link
    Search James Delingpole RICOCHET podcast the podcast is called Mea Culpa , with Toby Young

    Found it – Many Thanks !

  21. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Am I mistaken or does Andrews wear the same (boring check pattern) shirt every day. Maybe his press conference is sponsored by Lowes.

    What sort of kickbacks/payola is the vile piece of excrement receiving the frigging “north farce*” as well?

    *Deliberate.

  22. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    How can a drug that is listed as one of the safest and important drugs in the world suddenly become highly toxic ???

    Yes, it’s a mystery.

  23. John A

    duncanm #3537557, posted on August 6, 2020, at 11:37 am

    What is worse – a corrupt government or an incompetent government

    Neither.

    As CS Lewis said:

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    And in the 19th century, Gilbert & Sullivan satirised it thus:

    [King Gama:]
    I love my fellow-creatures
    I do all the good I can
    Yet everybody says I’m such a disagreeable man
    And I can’t think why!

    From Princess Ida

  24. Robber Baron

    #BoycottNorthFarce is trending.

  25. Penny

    Spurgeon Monkfish 111
    Quite !!

  26. How can you say all those poor people in Victoria are hostages when, according to the media, the polls show they love their leader

    It’s true,JS.
    We’re fucked.
    I just got my travel permit for tomorrow, thanks be to the Leader, comrades!
    Permitted work will lead us out.
    I’ve always loved MLA

  27. stackja

    471 cases, eight deaths as Premier faces flood of questions on hotel quarantine
    Police have vowed to come down hard on “selfish” protesters who plan to join an event being billed as a “Freedom March” in Melbourne’s CBD on Sunday. Police say the protest will put Victorian lives at risk.

    Dennis Shanahan, Alex White, Alanah Frost and Shannon Deery, Herald Sun
    August 6, 2020 4:54pm

    This coronavirus article is unlocked and free to read in the interest of community health and safety.

    ‘SELFISH’ PROTESTERS ENDANGER LIVES: POLICE
    Anti-lockdown protesters are planning to defy authorities with a rally in Melbourne’s CBD on the weekend.

    More than 100 people are listed as attending the protest, billed as the “Freedom March” outside state parliament on Sunday.

  28. Squirrel

    Increasingly reminded of Malcolm Bradbury’s Slaka, a grim little place where cleaners make a little extra by freelance spy work.

  29. gafa

    How can you say all those poor people in Victoria are hostages when, according to the media, the polls show they love their leader are seem quite happy

    Propaganda from a State Controlled and obsequious, self-interested, “Essential” class Media.

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