Hugo Chavez Esta Muerta
Time Magazine amazes me this morning. It prints one of the most intelligent and thoughtful descriptions of who and what Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez was during his brief, frightening and frenetic life.
Chávez called himself a “21st century socialist.” In reality he was a throwback to the dogmatic and authoritarian 20th century socialism of Castro, Cuba’s former dictator, and to the 19th century caudillo tradition of Chávez’s demigod, South American independence hero Simón Bolívar. Chávez hoped that being democratically elected would obscure the fact that he didn’t govern all that democratically. It didn’t. So it’s tempting to dismiss him as an anachronism, a vulgar populist famous for gratuitous yanqui bashing — for calling then U.S. President George W. Bush a malodorous “devil” at the U.N. in 2006 — an erratic and messianic retro-revolutionary whose country’s vast petrowealth let him indulge his Marxist nostalgia.
For many, Hugo Chavez was a living, breathing throwback to the Cold War Era. A fitting reminder of how dead, backwards and bereft of original thought the so-called Progressives truly are. This was their icon, their Homo Universale. Ecce Homo! That man was Hugo Chavez.
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Julia’s Come A Long, Long Way
Barack Obama’s political ad team introduced us to Julia. What a poor, misunderstood and insulted woman. If she exists, she is a pariah. If she is a composite, nobody with pride would admit to being one of the models. Julia appeals to no one of an independent mind for two reasons. She is totally dependent and seemingly isolated. This combination of factors weakens Julia to | Read More »
Truth, BS, SS And Ponzi Schemes
“It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie,” Perry said. “It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.” (HT: Houston Chronicle) Governor Rick Perry has been known to unleash some fairly flamboyant | Read More »
What A Failed Auction Abroad Should Tell America
The United States of America has spent the last year embarked upon a dangerous experiment; of dubious provenance, with no foreseeable outcome that doesn’t end up in tears. Our nation has shifted towards statist policies; at truly alarming rates. So rapidly have we nationalized that our open-minded and wonderful President forgot that he owned the corporation that produced Scott Brown’s pick-up truck when he mocked | Read More »
Entropy, the Commons and Why It All Went to Scat on the Phoenix Light Rail
When we do feel that we’ve paid too high a price to preserve our public square? Worse yet, if it all goes too far, what in the heck are we going to able to do about it? Property translates into rights and power. In modern America, we own less and less of it and share more and more of it. It’s something to think about as we all enjoy the egregious grossness of a bombed-out reprobate on the Phoenix Light Rail.
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The Moratorium on Brains
I become increasingly convinced that a socialist USA would have no better morals or ethics than the former USSR. There is no decency, inherent to us as a people, that would cause us to pass laws and enact policies similar to what was done in Russia, under the Bolsheviks, and get anything different than the Gulag Archipelago as a result. This new and creepy form | Read More »
So, What’s The Big Hang-up, Joe?
A lot of people got really angry with a character named Joe the Plumber in recent days. He not only had the unmitigated gall to ask Barack Obama a question; he asked him a hard and rather loaded one. And that, according to the Martha Stewart Set, is not a good thing. So this low-brow, Chris Daughtry-looking plumber asks Barack Obama whether he wanted to | Read More »
Welcome To The World of Logical Outcomes
It seems that the British National Health System is facing a cost crisis due to rapidly increasing rates of childhood obesity. They may not be facing it yet, but they have smart people working for them, maybe even a Evil ORSA or two, who have drawn them a picture of what’s approaching down the pike. The British government has seen this picture and judged it | Read More »