Trotter says Capitalism kills but it has nothing on Communism/Socialism

Skulls of the victims of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot

Skulls of the victims of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot

Chris Trotter has gone nuts again…but his friends at The Standard think he is on fire…this is why:

Capitalism kills. It has done so from its earliest beginnings, and it does so still. The only distinction between the history of capitalism and the history of the Mexican drug cartels, is that the cartels have never pretended to be advancing the progress of humankind.

He even tried to lay the blame of deaths in Russia at capitalists feet.

Notwithstanding its logical absurdity, it is the condemnation one hears most often from the Right: that the Left, in the shape of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or the Communist Party of China, is responsible for upwards of 100 million deaths.

They forget, of course, that the vast majority of those killed were individuals who refused to accept the right of either of these parties to impose their will on the people in whose name they had accomplished the overthrow of the old oppressors. Whether it be the rebellious Russian sailors at Kronstadt in 1921, or workers and peasants across the whole of China from 1949 to the present day, whoever, in the name of justice and equity, takes a stand against an oppressive system of domination, coercion and exploitation is, by definition, a leftist.

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Comment of the Day


Socialist’s Logic No.4

National irresponsible for the mismanagement of the economy by putting all its eggs in one basket with the reliance on China’s dairy trade.
National irresponsible for negotiating expanding trade options through the TPPT free trade agreement.

National irresponsible for not responding to refugee crisis in Europe. The consequence of the wars in the middle east.
National irresponsible for sending troops to middle east to combate the causes of the refugee crisis.

National irresponsible for wasting money on flag referendum.
Labour 2014 manifesto plans to hold referendum on flag change.

Selective Political Correctness No 1:   Read more »

Left wing logic fail


If you listen to the left wing they all believe in the wonders of socialism…and advocate for increased minimum wages, advocate for a “living wage” and constantly carp on about equality and equity.

How did that all work out for a company in the US when their brain dead CEO decided to pay everyone the same irrespective of skills?

When Dan Price, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firmGravity Payments, announced he was raising the company’s minimum salary to $US70,000 a year, he was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

“Everyone start[ed] screaming and cheering and just going crazy,” Price told Business Insidershortly after he broke the news in April.

One employee told him the raise would allow him to fly his mum out from Puerto Rico to visit him in Seattle. Another said the raise would make it possible for him to raise a family with his wife. Overnight, Price became something of a folk hero — a small-business owner taking income inequality into his own hands.

But in the weeks since then, it’s become clear that not everyone is equally pleased. Among the critics? Some of Price’s own employees.

The New York Times reports that two of the company’s “most valued” members have left the company, “spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises.”

Maisey McMaster — once a big supporter of the plan — is one of the employees that quit. McMaster, 26, joined the company five years ago, eventually working her way up to financial manager. She put in long hours that “left little time for her husband and extended family,” the Times says, but she loved the “special culture” of the place.

But while she was initially on board, helping to calculate whether the company could afford to raise salaries so drastically (the plan is a minimum of $US70,000 over the course of three years), McMaster later began to have doubts.

“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are the least equipped to do the job, and the ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump,” she told the Times. A fairer plan, she told the paper, would give newer employees smaller increases, along with the chance to earn a more substantial raise with more experience.

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Cooks and Stewards Union did for me

by George

How do we become the political animals we are?

I would imagine that across the political spectrum there are those of us who are intelligent, inventive, radical and just plain dumb. Do we become so entrenched in our views of the world that nothing will divert our thoughts from the path we choose to travel? It is fascinating that many of us live in the same environment, work in similar occupations, enjoy similar social and sporting occasions and yet are so opposed politically. Why is this? I don’t pretend to have the answer but I believe that one’s life experiences can impact on one’s political outlook.

But even that raises contradictions. Take John Key as an example. Brought up in a state house, by a solo parent (without government financial support), and yet he embraced capitalism which enabled him to become extremely wealthy and eventually become a very popular National Prime Minister. He viewed his upbringing as glass half full. He witnessed sacrifice, extreme toil and commitment from his dedicated mother. This example suggests that hard work, regardless of its social status, will reap its rewards.   Read more »


Poor old Chris Trotter, he is back on his Greek delusions

Dear old Chris Trotter, he is back making up wistful stories about the demise of the socialist ratbags in Greece, who seem to believe they can have a free ride paid for by other hard working people like the Krauts.

He thinks there are three groups commenting on the Greek crisis, the first group is the largest and are those who simply don’t care.

Then there are people like me, and most readers of this site who he describes like this:

Then there’s the group that regards the unfolding Greek crisis as a simple morality tale. According to this view, the Greeks awarded themselves a lifestyle they had not earned and paid for it with other people’s money. When the music stopped and their creditors came a-calling, the Greeks were required to discover just how unpleasant life can become when excessive debt falls due. As far as this group is concerned, the Greeks are in the process of being taught some very valuable lessons. On no account, therefore, should the EU be encouraged to remove its knife from Greece’s throat.

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Asking debtors to pay up is now terrorism?


Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Athens’ creditors of “terrorism” in an interview, a day before Greeks vote in a high-stakes referendum on the conditions of the country’s bailout.

“What they’re doing with Greece has a name – terrorism,” Varoufakis told the Spanish El Mundo daily on Saturday.

“What Brussels and the troika want today is for the “Yes” (vote) to win so they could humiliate the Greeks.”

“Why did they force us to close the banks? To instill fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism,” he said, referring to the IMF, European Central Bank and the EU.

These idiots have been living beyond their means.  They have not heeded all the warnings and offers of help along the way.  And now that the Day of Reckoning has come, everyone else is to blame.   Read more »

Greeks still in denial that they can keep spending other people’s money with no consequences

Greece is about to tip over. The stupid socialist idiots running the place still think they can keep using other people’s money without there being any consequences.

They are wrong and about to find out just how wrong they are.

Allister Heath explains just precisely how bad the situation is for Greece.

Tragically, Greece itself is now very close to the brink. It is set to default on its €1.6bn payment to the IMF on Tuesday and its referendum will determine whether or not it quits the euro, or if it is able to cling on for a while longer.

There are generally four steps to social and economic collapse. First, the middle class loses access to its money, either because the banks shut or go bust in a mass, uncontrolled manner. Second, food and supplies start to run out in supermarkets as foreign suppliers slash lines of credit or domestic companies are banned from sending cash abroad.

Third, the state starts printing money uncontrollably, and hyperinflation sets in. Fourth, the lights start to go out, with power cuts and a generalised failure of the infrastructure. This process has now started, and could easily spiral out of control.

Greece is very much at step one, though it could end up in stage two much more quickly than many realise. In the short term, the public will probably put up with the limits on how much cash they can withdraw.

One week isn’t that long; and the money is still theirs. But businesses, as well as individuals, are also being affected, and it is here that the constraints could bite most dramatically over the next few days.   Read more »


Face of the day

French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

Finally it is hitting home to the political leaders in Europe that their countries are under attack. It has been happening for a very long time to Israel but they didn’t care when it happened to Israel.

“It’s difficult for a society to live for years under the threat of attack,” he told French journalists. “The question is not if there will be another attack … but when.”

How difficult does he think it has been for the Israeli people? He and so many other misguided ‘intellectuals’ simply did not understand that Islamic terrorism against Israel is not about land but about forming a worldwide Islamic Caliphate and that Israel is just one of the countries on their list. It is Global Jihad and no, it is not because countries have done something to ‘provoke’ the attacks.

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Bad luck if socialism gives you the sh*ts

It really is bad luck if socialism gives you the shits, as the chances are there is no toilet paper to assist in the clean up.

Venezuela’s product shortages have become so severe that some hotels in that country are asking guests to bring their own toilet paper and soap, a local tourism industry spokesman said on Wednesday.

In Merida, a state in western Venezuelan that’s known for its stunning mountain landscapes, small hotels are struggling to stock their rooms with basic supplies, especially as the busy Semana Santa or Holy Week holiday gets underway.

“It’s an extreme situation,” says Xinia Camacho, owner of a 20-room boutique hotel in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada national park. “For over a year we haven’t had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared.”


Montilla says bigger hotels can circumvent product shortages by buying toilet paper and other basic supplies from black market smugglers who charge up to 6-times the regular price. But smaller, family-run hotels can’t always afford to pay such steep prices, which means that sometimes they have to make do without.   Read more »

The real reason behind the UN’s continued scare campaign over global warming

Here is a clue for you…the UN isn’t interested in saving the planet from a non-existent threat, it is actually interested in controlling the planet, and one of their top officials has proved it.

The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man’s stewardship of the environment. But we know that’s not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this.

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.

Referring to a new international treaty environmentalists hope will be adopted at the Paris climate change conference later this year, she added: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

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