More Glittering Success for Latin American Socialism
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  • bigfire

    Socialists in both country look at what Bob Mugabee have done with his country with envy on why they cannot bring that kind of paradise to theirs. They’ve tried very hard to realize that dream though.

  • Fat_Man

    “It’s almost as if socialism tends to end in poverty and misery, no matter how rich the soil at its disposal.”

    Socialism always fails. Always.

  • bpuharic

    One wonders how much evidence you actually need to convince people socialism is a failure. Decade after decade socialism is tried and decade after decade it fails. Happened to be reading an article in the “Nation” about the ‘resurgence of American marxism’. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    • Stephen

      Kipling addressed this in The Gods of the Copybook Headings when he wrote, “And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire…”.

  • Bill Dalasio

    I understand why so many want to say socialism is a failure. Like me, actually, you’re judging it by it’s ability to create widespread prosperity. And on that ground, it most certainly is a failure. However, if you judge it by it’s ability to secure the power of those in charge, it’s much less a failure. It consistently proves quite successful, actually. When the state controls the means of production, one’s ability to produce, and therefore survive, depends on the beneficence of the state. And of course, those in power have the added benefit of being able to cream off amounts so vast that the caricature of a robber baron would be envious in contrast.

  • teapartydoc

    Artificial scarcity is a hallmark of socialist policy. It can be used in extreme cases, such as in the early Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin, to actually starve possible opponents genocidally, or as is usually the case, the scarcity can be used to pad the pockets of supporters who are granted special privileges in doling out whatever the scarce item is.

    • Actually Stalin starved his population because he took the products of Russian agriculture and sold them on the global market in order to obtain foreign capital to assist in industrialization.

      It wasn’t an attempt at genocide, and you should understand history before commenting on it.

  • teapartydoc

    But things are great in Sweden, right?

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