Bayou Calvinist

A Somewhat Eclectic Discussion by a Law Student Concerning All of Today's Major Topics, as well as, a Few Not So Major Topics

Friday, June 17, 2005

How Many Times Must Communist/Socialist Policies Fail Before Some People Learn; Perhaps Nicaraguan's Have Learned?

It always pains me to see the impoverished of the world go to central planning, socialist economic schemes in search of relief from their daily battle with poverty. The ability of demagogues to get so many people to believe in a system whose history is nothing but failure simply amazes me. I don't so much blame the average person who doesn't know anything which he or she isn't told. I place all the responsibility on the shoulders of those "educated" elite who are too attached to their love affair with Marxism, Post-modernism, Socialism, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, or whatever -ism to realise that their's is an ideology whose time has gone and refuse to find a new way forward. In equal amounts I blame those power hungry despots who either trick themselves into believing that they are helping the poor or are too stupid to see what a monster they've truly become. For without these people, the common man would have continued along the sometimes dangerous and not always easy path that ends in overall economic sufficiency. Instead many places today are far worse off than they would be minus the socialistic influences of their past. One such place is Nicaragua. For this reason I was sad to hear of the return to prominence of Ortega and his Sandinistic minions in the past year or so. Apparently a vocal and moderately sized resistence has grown up around the current President in opposition to Ortega. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.


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