Tag Archives: Communism

“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” – A Book Review

Have you ever pondered a crust of bread? Or stopped to consider the ‘thickness’ of a bowl of soup? Have you thought about food in terms of ounces? The exact number of pinches necessary to fill a hand rolled cigarette? … Continue reading

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“Four Futures” – A Book Review (if this had actually been a book)

Sometimes you click on a link somewhere, in something that you’re reading, which takes you to another link and another and another as you continue the train of thought of your line of inquiry as far as time allows. When … Continue reading

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Thinking of Cuba

I recently promised a new friend that I would write about Cuba. But what can I say about Cuba? It’s been said – everything. Fifty-eight years, a half century of that bizarre mix of sensational propaganda and blinding silence. How … Continue reading

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RCTV – The Day the Music Died

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” That’s what communism gives us; those who preach ‘progress’ in order to seize power give us instead a stale sort of stasis. Eating and re-eating the same saltine cracker. That’s … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Moment of Madness

I wrote this a while back for InBrazil – I thought I’d reblog it here. “But what can I say about a country that experiences a near miss? Like a distressed man who, in an act of madness cuts his … Continue reading

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Mediocrity Unto Death

Totalitarianism. It’s not a concept that we are very familiar with; those of us who have been born free. The sludge of fear, every decision weighed not against what is good and just and right, but instead against what the … Continue reading

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Cue Venezuela’s Ration Cards

“If you trade your liberty for food, you will be condemned to be a slave.” This was how Cedice Liberty, one of Latin America’s greatest think tanks described the not-too-surprising announcement that Venezuela is finally moving to a cashless ‘ration … Continue reading

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