Friday, June 22, 2018

THEY HAVE NO IDEA.



A recent survey in the West Isle reveals that "millennials" in various degrees, favourably view socialism as a form of government, around 60% acceptance.

Sadly it also reveals almost all of those surveyed are in total ignorance of the slaughter and collateral deaths that socialism has delivered wherever it has been adopted.

It all fits with the oft quoted mantra variously attributed; If one does not believe in socialism at twenty, that person has no soul but if still a core belief at forty they have no brains.

As a third former, Utopia, with all equally  sharing the spoils created by a combined effort seemed eminently fair and reasonable. Then doubts came along that rulers and those in power seemed to enjoy a bigger slice of pie and it all gelled when in an elective subject for UE  I joined an Agriculture management class where Wally Stark included reading and study of "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. Looking back what an inspired bit of mind broadening that was.
My adoption of capitalism and rejection of socialism  became deeply embedded.

This was all before the welfare state had blossomed and born its tragic fruits. It was in an era of Widows benefits, Universal superannuation (at 70), Miners benefit for those whose health had been seriously impaired from inhaling coal dust, The family benefit (often the only money many mothers had for discretionary use) and various veterans pensions for those damaged in service of the nation in necessary welfare introduced by the first Labour Government of (St) Michael Joseph Savage beginning in 1935.
 Even in those early days astute Maori leaders including Sir Henry Ngata foresaw the destructive outcomes that would follow mass welfare, particularly for his Maori people.
A simple country boy was able to work out for himself that success followed work, savings, frugality and common sense with welfare a safety net for those with issues that prevented participation in the work force. As an alternative Life style it was never considered an option.

The most disturbing part about the revelations from the Australian research comes to me not from the unquestioning belief in  socialism but from the total dearth of knowledge that exists about the slaughter that accompanied the establishment of the USSR, the subjugation of the Warsaw pact countries, the Cuban revolution, the coming of Mao and the Chinese communists and more recently the total disaster of the Kampuchean regime of Pol Pot.
A Che Guevara tee shirt is cool but a swastika totally verboten and of course that includes a totally false construct, a concept that Her Schikelgruber was a right winger, what part of "National Socialist Workers Party must be ignored to enable that falsehood to germinate, emerge and grow.
Even the current great experiment that sees Venezuela sitting on vast oil reserves yet having its people queue for toilet paper with starvation a constant for all but the ruling elite seems to be entirely missing from the understanding of a millennial and worse still, university educated having even higher acceptance levels for socialism.

At least those involved in education must be satisfied  they have that part of human evolution working just fine for their dreams of Utopia.
Of course they are in total denial of the wisdom of Baroness Thatcher who predicted "Socialism will only last so long as access to other peoples money exists".
Also the light at the end of the tunnel for those who have successfully taken control of young minds at all levels of edu indoctrination is ignored by them, the shock and dismay when it is revealed as an oncoming train will be a sight to see but that is someway down the track. The tunnel is still under construction.

7 comments:

David said...

Sadly it also reveals almost all of those surveyed are in total ignorance of the slaughter and collateral deaths that socialism has delivered wherever it has been adopted.

BULLFUCKINGSHIT! Tell that to the Scandinavians.

It all fits with the oft quoted mantra variously attributed; If one does not believe in socialism at twenty, that person has no soul but if still a core belief at forty they have no brains.

And if they can't tell the difference between Socialism, Communism, and Despotism then they are further in to the Sherry bottle than good health requires.

It was in an era of Widows benefits, Universal superannuation (at 70), Miners benefit for those whose health had been seriously impaired from inhaling coal dust, The family benefit (often the only money many mothers had for discretionary use) and various veterans pensions for those damaged in service of the nation in necessary welfare introduced by the first Labour Government of (St) Michael Joseph Savage beginning in 1935.

Yes, the Socialists had to step in to remedy the ills created by Capitalism. Such has been the whole of capitalism's history, just as laid out in "Animal Farm", the bosses getting richer while the workers struggle to survive.

Psycho Milt said...

Sadly it also reveals almost all of those surveyed are in total ignorance of the slaughter and collateral deaths that socialism has delivered wherever it has been adopted.

Well, admittedly New Zealand has been subject to slaughter and collateral deaths, but that was delivered by colonialism rather than socialism. Socialism's been pretty much an un-alloyed good here. To be fair, the article was about Australia, not NZ, but Aus has universal adult suffrage, labour unions, publicly-owned infrastructure and public education and health systems the same as NZ does so I think it's comparable.

paul scott said...

David and Psycho on one page. David goes from the dumbing down of Society to coal dust, yes it's the coal dust.
Socialism would fix all that, everything would be truth and beauty, we must destroy Western Societies and hand over what remains to the diverse people.
They wuz coloured Kings.

David said...

Poor Lolita's Brother, his maid has left him so he has to polish his own knobs.

How many children have you dabbled today?

Paranormal said...

PM you must live in a particularly sheltered ivory tower if you think socialism has worked in NZ. You're the first one to rant about inequality and poverty, yet what we see in NZ is the unvarnished result of 50 years ofr creeping socialism.

Isn't it interesting that the only two terms of reform in the past 35 years have not been reversed and set up the next few decades of prosperity. Sadly I fear we'll see socialism overwhelm those reforms with the current mindless coalition.

Psycho Milt said...

Socialism had a hell of a lot more influence on NZ society 50 years ago than it does now. The inequality and poverty we see now is a result of the decline of socialism in NZ since the 1970s, not its growth. The current government will hopefully repair some of the failures of the last one, but that's about it. If you must worry about something, worry about authoritarian nationalism - it's currently the biggest threat facing western democracies.

Snowflake said...

Subnornal’s definition of socialism is an very odd one I suspect, that involves the state doing anything other than financing a police force in order to keep the smelly poor people out of his neighbourhood. What you won’t see is him explaining his reasoning and using evidence. Shrieking about communism is as logical as it gets.