Berlinmurens ondska är socialismens

I samband med årsdagen av Berlinmurens fall, skrev ARIs Elan Journo en fantastiskt bra artikel som förklarar varför Berlinmurens ondska också är socialismens:

Some came with sledgehammers, some just with their bare hands. On the night of Nov. 9, 1989, jubilant crowds began tearing down the Berlin Wall, an infamous barrier dividing families, a city, a nation. Even as we celebrate that iconic moment, the moral meaning of the Berlin Wall is little understood.

The Berlin Wall was built and murderously enforced in the name of a profoundly destructive political idea, which, alarmingly, many today are embracing.

Flashback to the years after World War II and recall that Germany was divided into two states. West Germany developed into a free society. East Germany faithfully implemented socialism. Divided between them was the city of Berlin.

Between 1949 and 1961, an estimated 2.6 million people fled East Germany. Why?

Om du inte redan har gjort det, se då till att läsa hela här.

Socialism + ekologism = sant

Idag vill jag uppmärksamma en observation av George Reisman:

Environmentalism and socialism are a match made in hell. Socialism (government ownership/control of the means of production) to prevent global warming will certainly achieve its inevitable result of a massive decline in living standards.

But thanks to environmentalism, that will be considered success! Environmentalism sets a standard of “success” that socialism can meet. Poverty is the goal of environmentalism. Socialism is certainly the means of achieving that goal.

Ja, detta förklarar varför de röda och de gröna kommer så bra överens.

My first podcast, The Cultural Megaphone

Yesterday I launched my podcast One small voice The Cultural Megaphone In the premiere episode, I explain why Venezuela is socialist, and not a “mixed economy” like Norway.

If the player above refuses to work, then click here to listen.

Readers of this blog will probably recognize that the podcast is based on my fairly popular article “Venezuela, ännu ett socialistiskt misslyckande?” In that article, I also provide all the links backing up everything I’m saying in the podcast. That article can also serve as a semi-transcript for my podcast. Unfortunately, the article is in Swedish so you will need to Google translate it if you want to get an idea of what I’m saying.

As an aside, I’d like to say that even if you listened to my podcast, it might still be worth your time and effort to read a roughly translated version as a supplement to my podcast. That is because my article is—in my extremely humble opinion—the definitive article on the subject. (Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as a “definitive article” on any subject, but if there ever were one, this article would qualify.) No other article even comes close when it comes to making the argument that Venezuela is, in fact, socialist. Or to put it another way: If this article won’t convince you, nothing ever will.

In any event, I decided to make a podcast because I noticed—to my great joy and pride—that I have a surprising number of international readers. For months the world’s most ambitious readers have been using Google Translate to read (or guess) what I’m saying. That made me realize that there is some international demand for my content (which makes perfect sense considering the generally high quality of my articles). But instead of writing the same articles twice, I will for now use the podcast to “reproduce” some of my articles into English.

I expect people to comment on the production value (or the lack thereof) of the podcast. Let me say in advance that I’m fully aware of some of these issues (e.g., the microphone). But I have to start somewhere.

In passing, I’d like to point out that I made everything in one day. This was also the first time I used GarageBand. Considering that I’ve never done anything like this before, I’m actually quite happy and proud over the outcome. When it comes to hands-on tasks such as producing a podcast, I believe in trial and error and learning by doing. So expect some changes in the format and that the general quality will hopefully improve.

To make the world a better place we need to spread rational ideas and arguments. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. I know that I’m doing my part. So if you like the podcast, then I encourage you, in the name of your own rational self-interest, to act on what you know is true and good. Act with integrity. Practice what you preach—and share the link on social media. (If you don’t like the podcast, then by all means act as if it doesn’t exist. I don’t want people to share the link for altruistic reasons. I don’t want the unearned.)

The podcast is currently available on Anchor, Pocket Casts and Stitcher. I expect more platforms to be added to the list.

UPDATE: I have decided to change the name of my podcast from One Small Voice to The Cultural Megaphone.

Plundring lönar sig inte

Teori:

The source of property rights is the law of causality. All property and all forms of wealth are produced by man’s mind and labor. As you cannot have effects without causes, so you cannot have wealth without its source: without intelligence. You cannot force intelligence to work: those who’re able to think, will not work under compulsion; those who will, won’t produce much more than the price of the whip needed to keep them enslaved. You cannot obtain the products of a mind except on the owner’s terms, by trade and by volitional consent. Any other policy of men toward man’s property is the policy of criminals, no matter what their numbers. Criminals are savages who play it short-range and starve when their prey runs out — just as you’re starving today, you who believed that crime could be “practical” if your government decreed that robbery was legal and resistance to robbery illegal (Atlas Shrugged.)

Praktik:

How bad is Venezuela’s economy? Even the criminals are struggling to get by. . . .

Suddenly there’s a whole class of people whose pockets are no longer worth picking.

“If they steal your wallet, there’s nothing in it,” says Yordin Ruiz, 58, a shoemaker. . . .

Fewer bank robberies are occurring, because there’s not much cash in banks. Who can afford to save?

There are fewer cars on the road to steal. With the price of imported parts soaring, many vehicles just sit in garages.

And even the criminals are migrating, the report said, joining a mass exodus of over 3 million people seeking better opportunities abroad.

“In Venezuela, it’s just not profitable to be a thief anymore,” said Roberto Briceño-Leon, a sociologist who coordinates the observatory.

The decline in robberies reflects a peculiar phenomenon. A visitor returning to Caracas after years away might expect to find a city falling down. The economy, after all, shrunk by around half in the past five years. But the city is not collapsing. It is disappearing. (Washington Post.)

För den som vill ha en längre utläggning om varför plundring och brott inte lönar sig, vill jag tipsa om min artikel “Brott lönar sig inte”.