Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Dialectical Contradictions Of A Leftie-Run Society

Here's an interesting essay, modeled after a famous Soviet-era joke which listed the six paradoxes (or "dialectical contradictions") of the Soviet socialism. Here's how it was back then:
  • There is full employment - yet no one is working.
  • No one is working - yet the factory quotas are fulfilled.
  • The factory quotas are fulfilled - yet the stores have nothing to sell.
  • The stores have nothing to sell - yet people got all the stuff at home.
  • People got all the stuff at home - yet everyone is complaining.
  • Everyone is complaining - yet the voting is always unanimous.
And here's how it goes nowadays:
Economic justice:
  • America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
  • Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
  • They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
  • Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
  • The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
  • They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.
Hollywood cliches:
  • Without capitalism there'd be no Hollywood - yet filmmakers hate capitalism.
  • Filmmakers hate capitalism - yet they sue for unauthorized copying of their movies.
  • They sue for unauthorized copying - yet on screen they teach us to share.
  • On screen they teach us to share - yet they keep their millions to themselves.
  • They keep their millions to themselves - yet they revel in stories of American misery and depravity.
  • They revel in stories of American misery and depravity - yet they blame the resulting anti-American sentiment on conservatism.
  • They blame the anti-American sentiment on conservatism - yet conservatism ensures the continuation of a system that makes Hollywood possible.
In fact, there's a lot more. Check out the essay to see how those dialectical contradictions affect other aspects of our lives. Here's just one more out of many:
Public education:
  • Liberals have been in charge of education for 50 years - yet education is out of control.
  • Education is out of control - yet liberal teaching methods prevail.
  • Liberal teaching methods prevail - yet public schools are failing.
  • Public schools are failing - yet their funding keeps growing.
  • Their funding keeps growing - yet public schools are always underfunded.
  • Public schools are always underfunded - yet private schools yield better results for less.
  • Private schools yield better results for less - yet public education is the only way out of the crisis.

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