Feel like eating at an award winning Marxist Vegan restaurant?

Well, you can’t not any more…it went out of business.

A ?Marxist? ?collectivist? ?worker-run? restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, closed its doors this week after customers complained that they could no longer tolerate the bizarre hours, high prices and long lines.

The Garden Diner and Cafe?previously known as the Bartertown Diner?featured a vegan, vegetarian and raw food menu that had met with significant national acclaim. But the restaurant?s business model, which did not allow for bosses or managers, promised a ?living wage? to all employees and a strong union, did not allow the restaurant to make enough profit to stay in business.

Worse still, while the food?earned Bartertown a spot on VegNews?s??10 Hot New Vegan Restaurants? list, customers complained that it was almost impossible to get a meal at the diner.

People frequently noted on the restaurant?s Facebook page that they waited more than 40 minutes for a sandwich?and that?s when the diner was even open. Because the employees set the shop?s hours by group decision, the restaurant opened and closed at random times, leaving potential sandwich buyers totally confused. ? Read more »

Phil Quin on the cringeworthy whining of the left over Castro’s death

We’ve seen Clare Curran’s stupid “legend” statement and Steffan Browning almost shedding a tear over Castro’s death.

Phil Quin is disgusted by it all…and contrary to what Andrew Little says, he’s not a right-winger.

While it is often attributed to him, Mark Twain may not have ever actually said “history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes”. Whether he uttered the words or not, it certainly needed saying.

Jarring echoes of the far left’s shameful past reverberated around the Twittersphere yesterday in the wake of Fidel Castro’s passing. Current Labour MP Clare Curran and former Alliance Minister Laila Harr? were just two of many who took to social media to express grief over the Cuban tyrant’s death. Castro, Curran gushed to her followers as if mourning a beloved guitarist, was a “legend”; Harr? went further, asking, “who in our Parliament will be able to move a motion capturing the grief and gratitude of millions for the life of #FidelCasto (sic.)?”. The answer, one hopes, is nobody.

But “grief and gratitude” for what exactly?

The banning of trade unions? Threatening nuclear war against his neighbours? Imprisoning and murdering thousands of journalists, dissenters and unionists? Countless, well document human rights abuses, including the systematic persecution of gays and lesbians?

Or is it the 79,000 extrajudicial killings?

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Stick a fork in it, Venezuela is done

Socialists always seem to forget that you need capitalism in order to pay for the socialism.

Venezuela forgot that and now they are finished.

Venezuela no longer can feed or care for its people. Yet many Americans have forgotten what socialism really is. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns as if Karl Marx was just another Santa Claus.

Real socialism largely disappeared decades ago. The collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellites effectively ended the age of collectivism.

Nevertheless, oil-rich Venezuela since became a flamboyant exponent of socialism. Its travails should remind us how America?s power is built upon a prosperous economy. Prodigal spending at home and promiscuous intervention abroad are undermining our nation?s economic foundation.

Like most Latin American nations, Venezuela never enjoyed a genuine market economy. After years of misrule, Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez attempted a coup in 1992. He failed, but six years later frustrated Venezuelans elected him president, leading to his ?Bolivarian Revolution.? Before his death in 2013 he nationalized industries, provided bountiful social benefits, spent wildly on domestic and foreign ventures, turned the state oil company into a fount of political patronage, and imposed price controls. ? Read more »

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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The decline of Marxism and the rise of Islamism in the Third World

A reader sent in this fascinating article which links the rise of Islamism with the fall in popularity of Marxism. It looks at the differences between migrants in Australia today compared with migrants after World War Two. It also highlights the fact that the majority of?refugees on the boats to Australia are not actual refugees but instead economic migrants who would not be accepted as migrants due to their lack of marketable skills and education. Finally it points out the danger of Islamic Terrorism to the West and the need to curb immigration in order to protect Australia.

Many, perhaps most, of the difficulties and malaise currently being experienced by the West, including Australia, stem in large measure from two factors: the unprecedented increase in population in the Third World, and the replacement of secular, universalistic ideologies, especially Marxism, by religious fundamentalism.

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Photo Of The Day


Felix Dadaev (left) in the 1940s and the real Joseph Stalin (right).

Felix Dadaev (left) in the 1940s and the real Joseph Stalin (right).

Stalin?s Body Double, 1940s

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How does the common good get served without socialism?


Avatar / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners

One of our new commenters, who signed off as “26 and wondering” left this on a video post last night where it wouldn’t have had the exposure it deserves

Collective humans:

I am as far away from socialism and communism that you can throw me at this stage of my life. I am not earning mega bucks. I am not a trust fund baby. I am paying my way happily in the knowledge if I keep going I will be sweet. I genuinely hold the belief that you should take control of your life.

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General Secretary. It’s been bugging me

Scoop Media’s Alastair Thompson has stood down as the interim General Secretary of the Internet Party.

Vikram Kumar has taken up the role of interim General Secretary of the Internet Party.


Isn’t that just odd? ? Read more »

The biggest issue facing middle NZ is…

So, we have just had the Labour party national conference and the biggest policy launched ahead of election year, a policy that middle New Zealand is clamouring out for, is introducing a state-owned provider for insurance?

Really? I mean really, seriously? This is it from Labour?

Why is it that in by-elections Labour roll out rinky-dink, half formed, ill-conceived policy ideas. In the Botany by-election it was GST off fruit and vegetables for example.

This conference was in Christchurch and there is a by-election so they roll out a state funded insurance company policy?

Are they really saying that the biggest thing concerning middle New Zealand is the price of their insurance?

Clayton Cosgrove is even more shameless than David Cunliffe. He announces that “”New Zealanders have seen their premiums rise by 30 percent over two years. They believe insurance companies are making money hand-over-fist.”

Did he stop to consider that insurance companies have just been cleaned out by hundreds of thousands of claims, caused not by government policy but rather two significant earthquakes in a region that no one ever thought would have an earthquake? ?Premiums have risen for a large number of reasons…but rapacious greed on behalf of insurance companies isn’t one of them. ? Read more »

Cunliffe and Miliband, peas in a pod, and a rotten one at that

Ed Miliband is lurching Labour hard left, David Cunliffe too is lurching Labour in New Zealand hard to the left.

Previously Labour in both countries mimicked each other in slogan and in policy, seeking to represent the “squeezed middle”, noie it is apparent they are lurching hard left.

David Cunliffe is doing so in the mistaken belief that the electorate wants hard socialism, and also to attempt to squeeze out the Greens. Ed Miliband has no competition on the left so it beggars belief that he is trying it.

The result will be the same for both leaders…failure. Both John Key and David Cameron have a simple job.

Now David Cameron and the Conservatives must make a well-defined, unambiguous fight over state power versus individual liberty.

Somehow it has become the received wisdom that Ed Miliband?s conference speech presents David Cameron with a big problem. In the blink of an eye ? or in the course of just over an hour ? the Labour leader went from hapless, hopeless loser to Major Electoral Threat. Never mind that almost nobody in the street (if the broadcast vox pops and endless anecdotal evidence are any indication) seemed to believe the Miliband promise of frozen energy bills.

Forget that he had nothing to say about the issues that we know the voters actually care about: the economy, immigration, welfare reform, etc. No, by some peculiar commentariat alchemy, Mr Miliband?s address ? aimed shamelessly at the hall, rather than at the country ? was a game-changer.? Read more »