2008-10-14

Pat Buchanan and the End of Democracy

Via hugeasscity.

Never let it be said I don't give props to conservatives who nail it.

If you buy that communism is socialism plus totalitarianism, which is the scarier half?

Socialism is a model for economic matters and deals with income distribution and social programs. I would claim at the extreme it's pretty stupid.

Totalitarianism is a model for government and deals with who has political power and how it's exercised. I would claim at the extremes it's pretty scary.

This is where Pat's article comes in: The End of Democracy.
In a survey of 24 countries by Pew Research Center, the nation that emerged as far and away first on earth in the satisfaction of its people was China. No other nation even came close.

"Eighty-six percent of Chinese people surveyed said they were content with the country's direction, up from 48 percent in 2002.... And 82 percent of Chinese were satisfied with their national economy, up from 52 percent," said the Times.
Scary. His conclusion even more so.
Democratic capitalism, it would appear, now has a great new rival-autocratic capitalism. In Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, nations are beginning to imitate the autocrats of China and Russia, as some in the 1930s sought to ape fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

The game is not over yet. We are going into extra innings.
Preach it, brother.

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