Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Everyone suffers equally? Not within the ranks of the Politburo, certainly, nor among the commissars, district chiefs, committee members, and others vested with control. They are the ruling class. Suffering is for the masses.

  2. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    “Communism” is a philosophical figment of imagination. There has never been a ‘communist’ nation or society – all have been autocracies defined by a ruling elite answerable only to itself.

  3. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Ms. Ouvriye is merely proving the points I raised in the last edition – that she sees the outside world as the primary cause of Haitian suffering; all these ‘imperialists’ and their capitalist running dogs! Snake spirits and cow demons come to suck the blood of the common worker!

  4. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Bah. These indiscretions occur only because the autocratic government of Haiti thrives upon it. It is they who not only allow, but outright encourage such advantages being taken. Classic autocracy. In contrary policy, they might decide to voluntarily shut out the world (North Korea, Burma), but not to benefit their countrymen – only to allow the vested interests of the ruling class to completely control their enclosed economy.

  5. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Regard Brazil, where consumer prices have shot to ridiculous levels, in part due to inflationary pressures but mostly because of “protectionist” tariffs and tax measures that close the local market to outside goods. Close out the outside, and those within may charge whatever they please.

  6. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    The Haitian ruling class must be very pleased with Ms. Ourviye and her kind; they shoot at stars, hoping to kill the vampire on their neck.

  7. Olongapojoe

    Olongapojoe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Can the bleeding hearts imagine what would happen to Haiti if the rest of the world just ignored them? Nothing in nothing out, no trade no aid nothing. It would not be more than a couple years and it would be a bigger waste land then it presently is. They probably would even get their population under control, of course that would be through starvation. But I forget it is the developed worlds “responsibility” to take care of the idiots of the world.

  8. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    A harsh assessment, but the calculus is not necessarily incorrect. The perversity of foreign charity in autocracies is that far from alleviating poverty, it merely allows the leadership to divert government funds from public works to buying off the ruling class, further entrenching the autocrat who created the poverty in the first place.

  9. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Observe: The nation of Dictatoria spends little on public health, causing much suffering. Doctors Without Borders arrives and spends $50 million to treat easily curable illnesses. The government of Dictatoria charges ‘Doctors’ with a $10 million entry fee (tax) and then reduces the budget for health programs by $50 million – mostly through corruption, so the total on the paper budget remains unchanged. The leadership gains $60 million in bribe money to buy off the ruling class while public services remain unchanged.

  10. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    The same is true when famed International Tax-Dodger “Bono” exhorts Western governments to release countries like Dictatoria from their debts, ostensibly so they can stop paying interest and start paying out more to public health and education. (All at the expense of Western taxpayers, of which Mr. Bono is not counted; so easy it is to spend the money of others, Da? He is much more ‘Wall Street’ than ‘Woodstock.’)

  11. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Naturally, the instant this debt is forgiven, Dictatoria immediately requests more loans and sales for Mercedes, champagne, and caviar explode. Meanwhile, the poor of Dictatoria continue to eat ‘pancakes’ of clay and vegetable oil and wonder what happened to giant pot of money that was supposed to fall from the sky. (It did fall, just not on them.)

  12. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Fear the masses? Hardly. Much greater is the autocrat’s fear of the ruling class, the true determinate of his political (and physical) future. The notion of a popular uprising is very heady and romantic, but rarely successful beyond the movie theaters. For every ONE example of an overthrow, you can find hundreds – THOUSANDS – that failed. Most miserably and with laughable ease.

  13. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Oppression, brutality, and grinding poverty “work,” as does the threat of losing what little you have. This is why autocracies use these tools, and this is why they persist for decades, even centuries, where other governments (democracies) fall.

  14. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Regard the father of the current Assad. When the masses of Homs rose up in defiance, he immediately plastered the walls of that city with their blood. 40,000 died in thirty days, and from the militant horns fell the sad corpse of rebellion. Assad’s son, however, went “easy” on the recent protesters and has found himself engaged in a desperate battle to hold the regime. His mistake, da? With fewer words and more bullets he would be sitting as pretty as ever above a cowed and cowering populace.

  15. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, over 3 years ago

    Syria illustrates a point – autocracies can easily survive rebellion, but only so long as they remain capable (and willing) to dish out the pain. If, for whatever reason, they find their hands tied, popular overthrow becomes a danger.

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