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June 9th, 2016
11:56 am


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Sentimentality about Communism
Terry Gross interviews Nicholas Casey, a reporter who's currently covering Venezuala and who previously spent some time embedded in the FARC, a revolutionary/criminal organization in Colombia.

Venezuala has become a nightmare-- Chavez and his successor Madoras wrecked the economy and the result has been dire poverty as a direct result of extreme unthinking redistribution. It's not just that the price of oil fell, it's that the government gave away the money which was needed for the maintenance of the oil industry.

What's shocking to me is that, in the second half of the interview about the FARC (kidnappers, rapists, slavers, murderers), Gross and Casey seem to be kind of nostalgic and tolerant about the communistness of the FARC subculture. They're also horrified, but still, I'd say they think the Communist trappings are kind of cool.

At this point, I expect that any right-winger reading this is cracking up. Why didn't I know this already? I sort of did, but this broadcast makes the matter so very clear.

The link is to a transcript. I don't think there's any strong reason to listen to the podcast unless you like podcasts, want to judge what I'm saying about the emotional tone more carefully, or want to hear Chavez' singing.

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Date:June 9th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't consider myself a "right-winger"—libertarians are "right-wing" only from the perspective of Marxists who think everyone who's not a Marxist is part of a unified axis of reaction—but, yes, I tend to think of the monstrous evil of communism as common knowledge. You probably know the old joke "If you're not a socialist at twenty you have no heart; if you're still a socialist at forty you have no brain." Well, by that saying I have no heart. . . .

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Date:June 9th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
I would say that a lot of libertarians are culturally right wing, but I agree that libertarianism in general isn't right wing.
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Date:June 9th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
I was shocked to read that Hugo Chavez's daughter is suddenly the richest person in Venezuela. She inherited billion of dollars stolen from the country by Hugo Chavez.

Stalin, of all people, is now being rehabilitated in Russia. Fondness and sentimentality for the bad old days?

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Date:June 10th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
In Stalin's day, Russia got respect.
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Date:June 10th, 2016 12:29 am (UTC)
Also they had order, with no pandering to weaknesses such as human rights.
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Date:June 10th, 2016 09:46 am (UTC)
It's amazing how people can be nostalgic about authoritarian states. People in France still love Napoleon. Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler all still have their fans. Trump wants to restore a semi-imaginary authoritarian past in America.
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