January 17, 2011
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I have my suspicions that the guy in the video is David in Qatar.
50 minutes long, so set aside some time to watch this. It is worth it.
Either it's David, or this guy is reading all David's blogs and making videos based on them.
So trading the tyranny of the state for the tyranny of the majority (or more likely the tyranny of the wealthy) leads to a better society than the imperfect but functioning one we have? No sale on that bottle of snake oil for me.
It's always amazing to me how the far left and far right are really just mirror images of each other. What this guy is offering is basically a right wing version of the Bolshevik Revolution. That worked out so well, why not give it a shot at the other end of the spectrum...
Looking back I think 90s in Russia were the closest to the free market state I am ever going to see. The state was pretty much catatonic because nobody was sure what to do, the economy collapsed. Some functions such as education, healthcare, military continued on auto-pilot (even though people performing them were paid almost nothing in worthless money) but the rest of socialist supports were gone and everybody had to fend for themseleves . People grew their own veggies, companies bartered goods and paid their people in goods their produced because the money was worthless. You would go to a local farm market and there would be people selling chrystal vases (yeah, very useful), socks, shoes and whatever else their companies produced or they managed to steal. That time created some great artists and enterpreneurs and many more crooks and almost everybody who could fled the country for greener pastures including myself. That time was a great learning experience in terms of survival but it was very hard because if you have no start capital, no customer base, no protection, no tools of trade and no means to aquire them then how do you put yourself to productive use and provide for yourself? My math&physics education was useless. What happens to people who can't get capital or who don't have necessary skills, do you just leave them to starve? The reality is always more complicated than theory even though I agree with many points presented.
russiangambit - was life better in Russia in the 1980's than in the '90's? Not a rhetorical question, I really do not know.
> russiangambit - was life better in Russia in the 1980's than in the '90's?
For some it was much better, especially if you were a communist party boss or a famous artist or a scientist. For general population the opinions differ. You can decide for yourself. Do you like the army life? The life in USSR was sort of like an army - you had almost all your decisions made for you, but you had guaranteed job and food and shelter. The food, however, was very bland - bread, milk, potatoes were the staple. Meat wasn't availble in regular stores but had to be bought on a farm market from villagers who grew their own cattle on a side, apart from the collective farms. Each village family usually grew one cow or a couple pigs a year and sold them in town for meat. You had free education, free healthcare ( or variable quality), free housing, free time. Everything was very very expensive compared to the money we mad, so the life was very simple, spartan. The saving grace was that it was this way for 99% of the population so there wasn't as much jealosy as you would normally expect.Housing int he cities was a huge problem. You had to get on the waiting list and may be in your 40s you'd get your own 1 room flat, until then you had to live with your parents. . Well connected jumped ahead on these lists all the time. It was very unfair.You couldn't build yor own house in the city even if you did everything yourself. In the villages there was land available but nobody wanted to live there. Life was easier somewhat in the city. Some villages only got electricity in the 80s. They worked in the collective farms and most of the labor was manual like in the middle ages.
I only lasted for about half of the time span of this video, though I agreed with the main arguments discussed. It was obvious that a fair amount of effort was made to put this together. I just wish it was broken up into more easily chewed chunks.