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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hammer and sickle

Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
Mao Zedong

It hasn't been a great couple weeks for communism. In Venezuela, President Maduro is continuing his predecessor's massive nationalism campaign, announcing plans to take over Clorox.

The Venezuelans are surviving by being on the serious dole from Beijing and have also refused to pay an estimated $3.5 billion dollars the country owes the international airlines. Inflation is at 63% in the latin american country and it looks like things are really going to hell in a hand basket.

Why would anyone want to do business with people like this? And you may want to think twice before doing business in Cuba, a country that has been arresting opposition figures and dissidents at an alarming rate.

Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicarauga's socialist rulers are, in the best authoritarian tradition, all changing the laws so that they can be perpetual Presidents for the rest of their lives.

An interesting conundrum for the Argentinians as well, a New York judge holding the country in contempt for not paying off the vulture capitalists who have plundered the country by buying their debt for pennies on the dollar. The tone of the New York judge has been rather strange, wagging his finger in the face of a sovereign country. I would tell him to piss up a rope, personally.

Still the left wing Peronistas running the country have not helped the economy which is currently in catastrophic economic free fall and there have long been serious allegations of self enrichment schemes.

Mainland China shows us that you can never trust the word of a communist regime, backtracking on explicit promises to instill one person, one vote by now requiring Hong Kong to elect candidates that have been "pre cleared" by Beijing. This thing could get very ugly very quickly.

Russia seems bent on fomenting aggression with the neighbors to the west, they are also now talking about cinching up repression and "securing" the internet. Putin is a throwback to the Stalinist type Russian boss. Absolutely ruthless. Lenin would be so proud. They just love him in Beijing.

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