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Tag: Socialism
  • “Socialist” French president turns out to be yet another imperialist

    After promising to withdraw all troops out of Afghanistan, French President Francois Hollande pulls an Obama as he backpedaled on that alluring campaign promise and pledged that 1,400 French troops will remain in Afghanistan. Just do not call them “combat troops!” On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, Hollande announced that France is actually withdrawing just …

  • Lessons From the Ever-Independent Orwell

    It is an uncommonly known fact that Eric Blair, better known by the pen name of George Orwell, was a socialist. This is seems astonishing in light of his extensive literature that seems to tear apart the myth of the socialist paradise. But you see that is precisely the point — though a socialist, Orwell …

  • What do Tetris and Communism have in common? Everything. Kind of.

    I recently stumbled across one of the greatest pieces of creative genius on YouTube that I’ve ever seen. Ever. The British Artists Dan Woods and Donald Newholm, “Pig With The Face of a Boy” are collectively known as “the world’s best neo-post-post-music hall anti-folk band.” And by George, they are.  These men are the geniuses behind A …

  • “Resist Socialist Slavery”

    While driving today I passed an older man who was wearing a veteran hat holding up a sign that said “RESIST SOCIALIST SLAVERY” in front of a jewelry store which has a Gadsen Flag flying from its flagpole. I snapped a picture of the scene with my iPhone. Here it is:

  • Is there a positive side to communitarianism?

    I have a new article at Rethinking the State — which now has several new authors including Nathan Fox-Helser, Andrew Butler, and Paul Monroe — about the positive aspects of communitarian systems.  I know that some people at YAL are pretty hardcore individualists and/or Objectivists, so I’d love to hear your take on the idea. …

  • Re: Capitalism Without Guilt

    Mikayla, I think libertarians justifiably have many disagreements with Ayn Rand. (her famous denunciation of us as “ippes of de racht”) was particularly short-sighted) However, her principled argument that — despite the common cry of American humanities professors — socialism wasn’t “too good for people” but rather, people were “too good for socialism” is the sort of …

  • Statism ≠ Socialism

    More often than I can even remember, I have heard Barack Obama and his policies referred to as socialist.  This demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of what we are up against in terms of attempting to reform our current government.  We do not live in a socialist country — we live in a statist one.  Obama …

  • Chavez Says Military to Control Prices

    Martial law anyone? Venezuela’s uber socialist president, Hugo Chavez, has said that the Venezuelan military will control consumer prices. Since the Venezuelan currency has devalued, Chavez said, “I want the national guard in the streets, with the people, to fight speculation.” He event went further and called pre-pricing a form of robbery. Chavez has encouraged …

  • Ron Paul on Larry King Tonight!

    Tune into Larry King on CNN tonight at 9 pm ET for a health care reform debate. Ron Paul will be squaring off against the congressman with what seems to have dozens of marbles jammed in his mouth, the loveable Barney Frank. This should be a wonderful show.

  • Some Anti-War Comments from the Left…the Far Left

    Before everyone becomes concerned about my sources, yes, I am aware that I am quoting an article from the World Socialist Web Site, which is “Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).”  However, I’ve run across stuff from these guys repeatedly on Twitter, and though I severely disagree with their economic plans, …