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  • Posted by  $  Abaco 2 years, 11 months ago
    Interesting, very. I've been mulling over having something like the following put on a bumper sticker: "Hitler was socialist. Pol Pot was communist. No thanks."
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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 years, 11 months ago
    Since Ms. Rand's death things have changed somewhat. I think it might be more appropriate today to say that both are by murder, since the vote is being overridden by the use of gimmicks such as executive orders, and hidden agendas by burying outrageous rules within 2,000 page laws.
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  • Posted by KYFHO 2 years, 11 months ago
    It seems that we are heading more toward fascism: censorship, secret police, government regimentation of industry and finance, with citizens being completely subordinate to governmental whims. Of course we are more and more communistic in the sharing of the wealth programs that are in place (even though in truth it should work more like a commune rather than a sweat shop for those of us still earning) and the so called public ownership of lands and goods . Of course there is the trend of this administration to inject socialism into our industry by demeaning, vilifying and negating capitalism. So is the endgame a progression of: socialism>communism>fascism>and finally a dictatorship being touted as 'one-world-order'?
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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 2 years, 11 months ago
    She saw the essence of history viz. the individual's relationship to the group. The group has never stopped trying to take what the individual has and the individual has never stopped trying to keep what is his.
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  • Posted by Danno 2 years, 11 months ago
    Shadow Government Statistics is going with a 90% chance of Hyperinflation starting in second half of 2014.

    I think China could make a bold move to realign trade around the Yuan. But it must move quickly. Ever see the movie "Rollover (1981)"?
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  • Posted by strugatsky 2 years, 11 months ago
    The economic and social system is socialism. That is, government control of the means of production and distribution of the wealth (or misery). Communism is a religious pipe dream fed to the masses that promises to correct all the injustices in the world. Very much like Heaven is fed to the believers of other religions. A popular joke in the Soviet Union was: “we see communism on the horizon…” Humans appear to be genetically wired to want to believe. Typically, the more primitive a person is, the more he wants to believe. So, without any logic or proof, people have been swallowing injustice in front of them and believing in future Heaven; likewise, they have been exploited, abused and murdered, but marched on in the belief of bright communism on the horizon. If anyone can figure out exactly how this works, they’ll have a total control of the populations current and future.
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  • Posted by  $  Maphesdus 2 years, 11 months ago
    "The term 'Communism' signifies just the same as 'Socialism.' The use of these two words has repeatedly changed during the past decades, but always the question that separated socialists from communists was only a matter of political tactics. Both aim to socialize the means of production."

    ~ Ludwig von Mises, "Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis,"
    Chapter 2: Socialism, Section 1: The State and Economic Activity, page 45 or 56 (page numbers vary depending on the edition)
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    • Posted by squareone 2 years, 11 months ago
      ..and enslave the citizen.
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      • Posted by  $  Bobhummel 2 years, 11 months ago
        Exactly. All for the public good.
        Public good be damned!
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        • Posted by  $  stargeezer 2 years, 11 months ago
          As was explored in Atlas Shrugged, if you do something "for the public good" you are doing it to benefit yourself. The prophets of public good are ALWAYS the first hogs to feed at the public trough.

          Show me a person who only works for the "public good" and I'll show you a person who is a government employee or benefactor. If they are not attempting to cushion their own bed with dollars taken from producers at the point of a gun, they are building a power base that will remove more from a producer than a single "hog" could ever eat in it's lifetime.

          Public good always takes from producers to give "some" to non-producers - the balance will be absorbed in administrative costs (ie. feeding the workers of public good").
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