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  1. Jul 2019
    1. it seems very possible to get the same improving life expectancies as the US without octupling health care spending.

      Support for socialism is rising among young people in the US. Is the support rising because people are looking at the data themselves and coming to the conclusion that socialism is better, or that there's more this kind of information available for use by advocates to make the case for socialism? If you look at the data yourself, you don't necessarily go to socialism as the solution, as PG's and Tyler's posts make clear.

  2. Jan 2019
    1. Système de Politique Positive

      A work by Auguste Comte (System of Positive Polity in English) published in 1851-54, which emphasized morality and moral progress as the central preoccupation of human knowledge and effort.

      https://www.britannica.com/topic/System-of-Positive-Polity

  3. Aug 2018
    1. But those who believe that the future must inevitably be socialist tend to be very old, or very marginal to the real political discourse of their societies.

      and then there are the millennials...

  4. Jul 2018
    1. Leading thinkers in China argue that putting government in charge of technology has one big advantage: the state can distribute the fruits of AI, which would otherwise go to the owners of algorithms.
  5. Feb 2017
    1. Participatory decision-making involves the participation of all persons in deciding issues in proportion to the impact such decisions have on their lives.

      How does one determine where the impact falls? What type of models are economists making?

  6. Dec 2016
    1. Helen Keller became a member of the Socialist Pary in 1909 and by 1912, she had become a national voice for socialism and working class solidarity.

      Helen Keller was a main voice for socialism and suppurated it very much so.

  7. Nov 2016
    1. Castro’s commitment to fighting racism in Cuba wasn’t as much an explicit mission as it was a convenient byproduct of adopting the Soviet model of governance — when you start to eliminate private property, mechanisms of systemic racism are rendered impotent.

      I love this paragraph.

  8. Aug 2016
    1. But second, a sense of what could have been. What if Stalin hadn’t murdered most of the competent people? What if entire fields of science hadn’t been banned for silly reasons? What if Kantorovich had been able to make the Soviet leadership base its economic planning around linear programming? How might history have turned out differently?

      I asked my brother, who writes about Soviet economics, whether he ever had this sense of sadness at what could have been. He responded that in his experience everyone who studies the period shares this feeling.

    2. First, amazement that the Soviet economy got as far as it did, given how incredibly screwed up it was.

      I feel this.

  9. Feb 2016
    1. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

      Of course, the cynics would rather not admit that it's possible for a human whose basic needs are met to consider that benefit divided unselfishly is still non-zero benefit, or is possibly even greater than selfish benefit.

  10. Oct 2015
    1. “O sistema do marxismo é fundado em princípios morais, enquanto o capitalismo só está relacionado a ganho e rentabilidade... Não considero a ex-URSS, ou a China, ou mesmo o Vietnã, verdadeiros regimes marxistas... Penso que [sua] falha principal é que eles colocaram muita ênfase na necessidade para destruir a classe governante, na luta de classe, e isto encoraja o ódio e negligencia a compaixão... Penso em mim como meio marxista, meio budista.”

      Olavo cita esta frase numa aula do curso de História Essencial da Filosofia, e logo depois comenta brevemente: "pois eu digo, tu é meio mentiroso, meio idiota!". o efeito cômico é maior do que neste artigo.

      Depois ele prossegue dizendo que depois desta não respeita mais o Dalai Lama como autoridade espiritual de coisa nenhuma, diz que ele sofre da Síndrome de Estocolmo e afirma: "se o sujeito tivesse consistência espiritual não cairia nisto".

  11. Sep 2015
    1. Falando muito sério, este homem fala da pobreza da "música de massa" (o jazz, principalmente) e da piora geral da qualidade da música, mesmo a "erudita", e põe a culpa toda no "capitalismo", sem o menor pudor.

      É estranhíssimo. Será que toda a mentalidade esquerdista que hoje nós conseguimos identificar facilmente com todas as formas de destruição da cultura não existia nessa época? Ou existia, mas não estava formal e individualmente ligada à esquerda política como hoje está? Se sim, este homem pode estar sendo sincero -- mas não podem os esquerdistas que, hoje, repetem o mesmo discurso, quando a situação claramente já não é a mesma.

      De qualquer forma, o diagnóstico do problema não bate nem um pouco com a defesa de propostas esquerdistas de qualquer tipo, que, como vemos hoje, só o fazem piorar (e isto já devia ter ficado claro na época em que este artigo foi escrito).


      Contribuindo para o atestado de sinceridade do artigo há Roger Scruton, que o leva a sério quando vai falar de música quase 80 anos depois.

  12. Aug 2015
    1. Stockholm City Council now has an official housing queue, where 1 day waiting = 1 point. To get an apartment you need both money for the rent and enough points to be the first in line. Recently an apartment in inner Stockholm became available. In just 5 days, 2000 people had applied for the apartment. The person who got the apartment had been waiting in the official housing queue since 1989!

      onde foi que eu vi uns esquerdistas as belezas do controle de aluguéis outro dia? algum desses sites de esquerda brasileiros, eu acho.