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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Victor Davis Hanson: Welcome to Very, Very Scary Times


From Victor Davis Hanson:


These are the most foreboding times in my 59 years. The reelection of Barack Obama has released a surge of rare honesty among the Left about its intentions, coupled with a sense of triumphalism that the country is now on board for still greater redistributionist change.
There is no historical appreciation among the new progressive technocracy that central state planning, whether the toxic communist brand or supposedly benevolent socialism, has only left millions of corpses in its wake, or abject poverty and misery. Add up the Soviet Union and Mao’s China and the sum is 80 million murdered or starved to death. Add up North Korea, Cuba, and the former Eastern Europe, and the tally is egalitarian poverty and hopelessness. The EU sacrificed democratic institutions for coerced utopianism and still failed, leaving its Mediterranean shore bankrupt and despondent.
Nor is there much philosophical worry that giving people massive subsidies destroys individualism, the work ethic, and the personal sense of accomplishment. There is rarely worry expressed that a profligate nation that borrows from others abroad and those not born has no moral compass. There is scant political appreciation that the materialist Marxist argument — that justice is found only through making sure that everyone has the same slice of stuff from the zero-sum pie — was supposed to end up on the ash heap of history.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Epaminondas said...

I have some advice for those who honor the Constitution, ..
FROM A SMART GUY

TURN ON
TUNE IN
DROP OUT

That which destroys a govt gone mad with power, and deluded by self righteousness takes more than one form

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 7:35:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I hear ya'.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 7:53:00 pm  

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