All links good MHA.But the Chavez article I thought particularly well done. Well rounded and insightful. But depressing in the end. It is a pity that oil has become such a manipulative substance. Chavez could do little without the money from such.It is a shame and so sad to see the evil of socialism being used to exploit even further the poor of Venezuela. But the world turns I guess.I found this though to be, well what, scary or lunacy;"whose "21st-century socialism" entails the use of computer networks to decide who should get what, providing the long-awaited "mathematical-conceptual solution of the problem of objective value."Let's hope the Hil isn't following events down there very closely.
Luther,I agree the Chavez article is the best of this bunch, by far. It deserved the gold star but I didn't have time today to put it in. I barely had time to push the one button that said "publish".The Chavez situation is serious and I believe people are underestimating the threat there.
That's some provocative stuff!
The kicker is, he's been elected --and the last time, fairly, and by 60-plus percent. Lots of turds getting elected in the new democracies. The saving grace is, they can be dumped in subsequent elections --unless the rules change, as with poor old Venezuela.
"Fairly" might be a bit of a stretch, but the point is valid, nonetheless. He was. Elected by those who wish a bit of milk out of that government teat. We will certainly see that here in 08. And that is the crux isn't it, those who wish to have, versus those who wish to do. Those who are willing to take a chance on that brass ring and those who say it belongs to 'all' of us.
Hitler was elected too.This puts the lie to the oft-proposed idea that democracy alone is the panacea to cure all political ills.In fact the ancient Greeks believed the opposite, namely, that democracy inevitably led to dictatorship, as day to night. This is one reason why the founding fathers set the US up as a republic and not a democracy.
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