When the Hell Did We Step Through the Looking Glass?

OK, the world is really upside down. Reality has just become more inverted than an expensive Bangkok whore during fleet week. A former KGB head is warning us against the perils of socialism. (H/T LC Caveman)

Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”

Ya listening there Jugears?

“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”

Nobody except Teh Magic Negro™ and his band of merry Kool Aid drinking serfs lining up at the Federal teat like a pack of starving swine.

Sounding more like Barry Goldwater than the former head of the KGB, Putin said, “Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.”

I wonder of Putin is one of those Rush listeners Teh One™ despises so much. Sure sounds like it.

So here we have the nation which vanquished communism racing headlong to socialism and state dependency, while the defeated communists embrace free market capitalism and warn us about the danger of the economic suicide we are committing. If 20 years ago you would have told me that the enemy I was prepared to fight would one day sound more like Reagan than our own president, and that we as a nation were embracing the very evil I was fighting against, I would have had you committed you to an asylum. Now all I can do is shake my head in disbelief. And load some more magazines.

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    Nomad says:

    Sounds like someone doesn’t want that golden goose strangled & roasted before he gets his investments moved, & I’ll bet that lucre isn’t coming home to St. Petersburg, either. : :em02:

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    Chuck says:

    That’s it! The world has turned completely upside down. I never thought I would see the day that the US would have the most leftist government in the world.

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    LC Spare Parts says:

    Maybe Vlad can verify what I heard an hour ago. Did a Russian ship loaded with ammo for our market do a U turn in mid Atlantic and head for home? Whazzup? Despotism. Yesterday; Wallyworld: today; Vimpel.

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    rickn8or says:

    And in related news, all normal operations ceased as Hell was rocked by a third consecutive day of widespread snowball fights.

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    There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.”

    Now, how did they wind up with a capitalist who’s a better economist?

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    Tallulah says:

    Well, there’s pork in the treetops now, folks.

    Wonder how it got up there?

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    LC Anniee451 says:

    Crunchy, if you haven’t read this, it’s a MUST READ by Yuri N. Maltsev, economist on Mikhail Gorbachev’s Economic Reform Team who was born in and lived in the Soviet system all his life before emigrating to the US in 1989. (Gorbachev was indeed pure Marxist, and any pretensions towards a free market really were just that.)

    He describes all of it in excruciating detail. Putin would be a fool not to know any of it. The whole thing must be read, but to tantalize you, try this:

    A young man from a peasant family I knew had heard that market activity was legal, and decided to raise a pig to sell in the market. For six months, this hopeful entrepreneur devoted his time and money to caring for it and feeding it, hoping he would earn twice his money back by selling it. Never was a man so happy as when he took the pig to market one morning. That night I found him drunk and depressed. He was not a drinker, so I asked him what happened. When he arrived at the market, a health inspector immediately chopped off a third of the pig. The inspector said he was looking for worms. Then the police came and picked the best part of it, and left without even saying thank you. He had to pay bribes to the officials in charge of the market to get a space to sell what was left. And he had to sell the meat at state prices. By the end of the day, he earned barely enough to buy one bottle of vodka, which he had just finished drinking. This was Gorbachev’s new market in a nutshell.

    This ought to be mandatory school curriculum.

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    LC Anniee451 says:

    If this isn’t too annoying, I’m kind of fed up with hearing the word “pork” even though I do call the bill “Porkulus Maximus.” The whole thing is wrong in its very inception; the entire IDEA is wrong. There shouldn’t be a bill at all (except possibly one to slash taxes and slash spending.) Discussing whether there’s pork in it is kind of like debating whether we should rearrange some deck chairs on the sunken Titanic as it falls apart at the bottom of the ocean.

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    LC Jon Imperial Hunter says:

    @#$&*)__+_)^%$$$^&)(*&)))_^*^$^@^$((*)^*$&$(&_*)^*^%(((_(*)^% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Looking glass, Hell.

    It’s a rift in the fabric of space/time… a temporal distortion, alternate reality, parallel universe, Alice In LaLa Land hallucination!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    LC Anniee451 says:

    Did anyone else read where there was a family who was charged and taken to court because they TRIED to clear useless brush and deadwood out from around their house and was charged millions of dollars or something by assfuck enviro-fascists in Australia, and NOW they turned out to be heroes because ONLY their house survived?

    And that the same thing happens in California?

    What kind of a MAD FUCKING WORLD ARRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEE we really living in? SERIOUSLY???!

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    Crunchie

    Effin’ hell, mate. You nailed this sucker right and proper. If an ex commie bastard like Vlad Putin is telling The West how an economy should be allowed to run (not ‘how an economy should be run’) then this is a wake-up call. A big one.

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    Grimlock says:

    Wait, what? When did Putin become against Socialism? Am I in the right reality, or did I wake up in some Star Trek alternate universe and now everyone is going to have gotees? Or is Putin just mocking us here that still have some sense?

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    mindy1 says:

    We ARE in bizarro world-and I do not like it. :em98:

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    LC Bulldada says:

    Putin/ Palin 2012!

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    LC FreedomFighter says:

    It kinda makes me wounder if the Russians would have the collective backs of the true conservatives in the unfortunate event of a Civil War Unrest. Wouldnt that be ironic. The Nation so many of us have figured we would end up fighting coming to the rescue. Kinda re-afirms my desicion to learn Russian from Rosetta Stone, once I have to abillity to realocate my Freedom Funds from guns and ammo to other useful equipment and skills of course

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    But Putin isn’t a U.S. citizen.

    Oh wait… :em01:

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    BigDogg says:

    LC FreedomFighter sez:

    It kinda makes me wounder if the Russians would have the collective backs of the true conservatives in the unfortunate event of a Civil War Unrest. Wouldnt that be ironic.

    Impossible is more like it. Remember, good ol’ Vlad is KGB through and through … he’s not going suddenly embrace pure conservative capitalism. I trust him about as far as … eh, never mind, I don’t trust him at all.

    As Grimlock suggested, I’m sure that he’s just mocking the few of us left that have any sense.

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    Erin_Coda says:

    …or, to quote something I heard at work once, “When a Swede tells you it’s cold…”

    But seriously, I’m not surprised Putin is worried about the US economy. If we go under, where are they going to get all the good black-market stuff from?

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    LC Rurik says:

    Remember that a few years back, Vlad changed their tax system to a 13% flat rate tax.

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    How do you dismiss it as “Fear Mongering” when the former Head of the KGB recognizes this as a giant government over-reach toward Socialism?

    What could possibly carry more weight, at this moment, than the current Prime Minister of Russia saying:

    “Don’t do this – We’ve been where you are – Don’t Do This.”

    I got nuthin’.

    – MuscleDaddy

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    anonymous hourly worker says:

    Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”

    Somewhere in Heaven, Ronald Reagan is laughing his brass balls off at the irony of this statement.

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    LC Subotai Bahadur says:

    #11 Anniee451

    I remember a similar case here in California during one of their outbreaks of wildfires. The fire was heading towards a neighborhood of “ranchettes” [5 acres or so]. One of the owners had a bulldozer and wanted to put a firebreak in the scrub brush around the whole development. EPA said no, because it was the habitat of some sort of endangered desert kangaroo rat. Homeowner decided to put a firebreak around his land and house, and I remember the aerial photos of his being the only intact home surrounded by the embers of his neighbors’ homes. Incidentally, wherever the fire went, there was no habitat left, nor were there any of the freaking rodents.

    However, this is America. The EPA sued him for violating their order and damaging the habitat where his bulldozer blade had scraped the earth. He lost his house and everything.

    Kind of a preview of life under the auspices of Hussein Pasha.

    Incidentally, Anniee451, given your nic, I assume you have heard of the order a few days ago from the Consumer Product Safety Commission directing bookstores and thrift shops to destroy all childrens’ books printed before 1985?

    Here is a link that gives the details [follow the links within]:

    http://overlawyered.com/2009/02/cpsia-and-vintage-books/

    and here is part of my commentary from my newsletter:

    I really don’t want to GLEAN right now, as I have other things occupying my mind. But the damned Federales keep coming up with new atrocities on a daily basis. That “Night of Fire” is getting closer, in both senses.

    THE BOOK BURNING IS STARTING.

    GLEANINGS is G-rated, except with prior warning, and with sufficient provocation. I am feeling provoked, but I am restraining myself so as to get this out. The cursing will resume as soon as this is sent. The book burnings have begun. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has ordered all bookstores and thrift stores to destroy all pre-1985 children’s books. In theory, the books may have color printing on the cover that may contain over the newly lowered legal limit for the presence of lead. I suspect that there are other reasons.

    First, kids books published before 1985 are less likely to be politically correct. Heather may only have one mommy. Hell, she may have a daddy who loves and takes care of his family. That is the long term view.

    Second, having Federal agents raiding book stores and thrift shops is a way of getting people used the concept. If it spreads to private collections in private homes; and particularly home-schoolers, so much the better for the Obama Youth.

    Hide your books. And if you can do anything to resist this, it is time.

    and

    Your Humble Servant is a First Amendment purist. I am also Chinese and was raised with more than a passing reverence for books as the knowledge of the ancients. As a historian, I know that the ability to retain the lessons of the past, means that each generation does not have to make the same mistakes. And I have a wall of books that are over a century old, the oldest being a book of biographies of heroes of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, written in 1820.

    We must preserve that past, from McGuffey’s Readers to Dick and Jane, to stories that inspire and teach [and not the Marxist teachings they want kids to learn]. Free men defend ideas. That’s good enough for me.

    Wait for it! …… Wait for it! …… Aim Low! …… Wait for it! …..

    LC Subotai Bahadur

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    LC Anniee451 says:

    Subotai…I knew about the toys; it never occurred to me about the books.

    Oh my god – that’s heartbreaking.

    Christopher Robin, in flames. My original copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Now We Are Six, signed by my dear family friend to me, given to me when I was six. My original copies of Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan. The G.A. Henty originals we sold (and now wish I hadn’t). My old Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess, Heidi, and The Five Little Peppers. Polly Pepper is on fire.

    Holy shit, Subotai – it was bad enough when it was our old Raggedy Anns and Stretch Armstrongs and original Star Wars figures. Now it’s our books.

    What the fuck?????? HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD?

    I’ll become “A Little Princess” – will someone please take “Now We Are Six” and Winnie the Pooh? The hundred acre wood can’t die.

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    LC Subotai Bahadur says:

    #26 Anniee451

    I’ll answer with something that is not part of the list of banned books for children, but may become one for adults as it refers to a higher power: A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. We are entering a dark age in many ways. Like the monks, we are going to have to preserve what we can of our past and our heritage. Since we know not what will be of value, we have to preserve everything. If the enemy wants to destroy it, creates a justification for our efforts to protect it.

    The Left in this country, the supporters of Hussein Pasha, are no different from the Red Guards which Mao unleashed on China to destroy everything that existed before the advent of the New Order. All they ask is … well, I am not by any means Christian, but to speak literate English in this country and culture requires a knowledge of the Bible. I reference Matthew 4: 8-9.

    8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

    All we have to do is to worship Hussein Pasha and his acolytes, and they promise us the world, a world of unicorns farting an endless stream of skittles; and no responsibilities for yourself, no choices, just acceptance of what benificence emanates from his holy countenance. And sacrifice. We’ll turn down our thermostats, because as Americans we cannot offend the rest of the world; while Hussein Pasha basks in his shirtsleeves.

    That is all that they ask of us.

    I do not know what course the other LC’s will take, but my initial response will be .75 caliber propelled by black powder if at all possible. What follows will be NATO standard.

    Children’s books are part of the heritage we grew up with. Back when children were taught to actually read in school, it was the childrens books that made it possible. Unlike our adversaries, literacy is the norm for us. It behooves us to protect them. If you have the old books, hide and protect them. If you see them for sale, or sadly in the trash, retrieve them. If they exist, they may be read again after the Long Night. And after the Night, teach the children to curse the name of Obama and Democrats; just as Chinese of the Han dynasty cursed the preceeding Chin tyrants who burned the works of those who came before.

    OK, that last sentence may be a bit over the top. But just barely. This is just one facet of a larger battle against the barbarians. Fight it as best you can. And teaching the kids to curse Democrats? Icing on the cake.

    LC Subotai Bahadur

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    FL_Outback says:

    Russian ship loaded with ammo for our market do a U turn in mid Atlantic and head for home?

    Doh! There goes the Wolf ammo shipment i’ve been waiting for 🙁

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    If 20 years ago you would have told me that the enemy I was prepared to fight would one day sound more like Reagan than our own president, and that we as a nation were embracing the very evil I was fighting against, I would have had you committed you to an asylum.

    It at least gives me hope.

    If the “American Idol” generation succeed, through their massive ignorance and utter uselessness as human beings, in smashing our country beyond hope of repair, their might actually still be a place to escape to.

    Hey, I’m only a brief refresher course away from speaking the language like a native again and I like vodka better than bourbon anyway. :em93:

    Let’s not allow it to come to that, though. Over my dead body. This is the hill I die or win on.

    But the enormous irony of me leaving the country I reached to escape socialism in order to run to the country that used to be the very epitome of the evil that I despise can’t be denied.

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    I have to note, however, the wisdom contained in the stages of societies:

    From bondage to spiritual faith
    From spiritual faith to great courage
    From courage to liberty
    From liberty to abundance
    From abundance to complacency
    From complacency to apathy
    From apathy to dependence
    From dependence into bondage

    I know that Russia did more than their fair share of bondage already, I know that spiritual faith is returning over there and courage must therefore follow and, from that, liberty.

    I guess they’re at the good end of the cycle. We’re stuck at the “bread and circuses” part around apathy and dependence. Maybe putting your stock in them really IS the smart thing to do.

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    BigDogg sez:

    Impossible is more like it. Remember, good ol’ Vlad is KGB through and through … he’s not going suddenly embrace pure conservative capitalism.

    Ahhh, but you’re underestimating him there, my friend.

    Volodya is an apparatchik; he didn’t embrace the KGB and rise through the ranks through a love of communism, he did so because he saw the benefits to himself in doing so. He knows damn good and well that free market capitalism is the best opportunity for machers to make the best of what they have, but it wasn’t available at the time, so he picked door number “B” instead, which was a party career.

    He’s looking out for number one, just like the rest of us, and he’s no dummy. He understands full well, perhaps better than most through his obvious connections during the Dark Days of the Soviet Union, how superior a capitalist system is to everything else and I bet he’s laughing his arse off at the stupid Americans currently throwing away the advantage that gave us the ability to defeat his old regime in the first place.

    He may be a bastard at times, he may be evil at times, but he’s no dummy. Nobody survived the KGB hierarchy wars as long as he did unless they were fucking brilliant. He sees an opportunity to finally beat the west and regain supremacy through using our own weapons against us and the majority of our population, the Moron Bloc who just want their Token Magic Negro and their unicorns, are handing it to him.

    Dubya may have claimed that he “looked into the soul” of Volodya when he looked him in the eyes, but I know how the bastard THINKS. And I can’t say that I disagree with all of it.

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    LC Subotai Bahadur says:

    # 29 Emperor Misha I

    My Liege,

    I would rather stay and fight in an independent Republic of Texas if: a) y’all will have me, and b) the population of Austin [from what I hear they are like what we have in the Peoples’ Republic of Boulder] are repatriated to the Socialist homeland of their choice.

    LC Subotai Bahadur

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    LC BogVojnyj says:

    We won’t have just the independent Republic of Texas, but a Neo-Confederacy that also includes not just the southeastern US, but also New Hampshire, Alaska, and much of the Midwest, should push come to shove.

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    LC Anniee451 says:

    Misha, great posts, but I’m not sure I entirely agree about a move from abundance to apathy. I think from abundance (and because the spiritual is also still there) you move to “social conscience” – the stage at which the US started founding, say, orphanages and hospitals and charities. From there you move to dependence and apathy, which go together. Bread and circuses then.

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    Princess Natasha, Uber-Whore of Zion says:

    When a commie tells another commie he is too much of a commie… He better pay attention!

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    LC Gonzman says:

    LC Rurik sez:

    Remember that a few years back, Vlad changed their tax system to a 13% flat rate tax.

    No shit. Ain’t that a bitch?

    How the fuck did Russia wind up with Steve Forbe’s tax system, and we wound up with Karl Marx’s?

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    emily_nelson says:

    LC Subotai Bahadur @:
    We’ll be happy to receive you in Dallas.

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    LC Spare Parts says:

    To FL_outback and all LC’s Mea culpa. A Russian ship was stopped at sea and searched. It was NOT repeat NOT destined for an American port. The Coast Guard was looking for other ordnance which is not sold over the counter anywhere. This twiddlism is supposedly over a month old. Best to maintain a constant level in the magazines and not go broke trying to save money like some of us did when we couldn’t find primers 15 years ago.

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    LC Spare Parts says:

    Unto Subotai
    Most literary greetings. If you or any other LC’s has a copy of The Little Red Hen, scan it onto your computers and print out at least 3 more. It must be read to and by every child we can reach in the primary grades before the statist academicians get to them. I have not seen it for sale anywhere since I was in grade school where Sister slammed that stainless steel combat yardstick on my desk and told me that “the world does Not owe you a living!!” Few listened. Because 50 years ago you didn’t need to know much to make a living. Well the day of inflated paychecks for the minimal pursuits of mindless occupations is over.
    And it’s never coming back. The bar has been raised for all.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 says:

    I will look, got two thousand books here scattered about. Hell, I’ve been called The Little Red Hen…or the fuckin’ ant. But this little red hen has a shotgun and an attitude. I need a picture, maybe I should talk to Jaybear? He knows how to do that shit……hmmmmm?

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 says:

    However… this is one link.

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