OLD CZECH TRUISM – AS GOOD AS NEW


Here is some humorous commentary on central economic planning that used to circulate in socialist Czechoslovakia’s “underground” (i.e. where the 99% lived).  It strikes me as being eminently applicable as we watch Obama try to implement central planing in the U.S.

The Five Stages of [Central] Planning

1.  Pre-project ecstasy
2.  Reality-imposed sobriety
3.  Search for guilty parties
4.  Punishment of innocents
5.  Rewarding individuals who had nothing to do with it

Now, think of the thousands of “shovel-ready projects” that Obama’s “dream team” planners, still in the grip of profound Stage 1 intoxication, had told us were “out there.”

Plus ça change, plus ça même chose…

Anyway, the question, then and today, is how anyone can think that he/she/it can encompass and understand, let alone control such a vast and chaotic system as the economy of a nation.  Fortunately, we do know the answer to that.  It is the ultimate form of greed: namely insatiable hunger for unchecked power over others, driven by intellectual arrogance and fed by demiurgic ideology.

The second – and more immediately relevant – question is: how do we protect ourselves from such arrogance, and the dictatorial violence that accompanies it wherever it goes?  The answer to that lies in the polling place, that “inconvenient booth.”

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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2 Responses to OLD CZECH TRUISM – AS GOOD AS NEW

  1. Greg Kukukin says:

    It is the ultimate form of greed: namely insatiable hunger for unchecked power over others, driven by intellectual arrogance and fed by demiurgic ideology. – This is right! But polling may bring another leg pulling,,,

  2. Reblogged this on IN ENGLISH INSTITUTE and commented:
    i like it

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