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Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality 2019-11-27 04:52:29

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...Meanwhile, in the Western world itself the utopian concept of welfare state has finally come to fruition. Practically every country of the industrialized world has either bankrupted itself by trying to fulfill this lofty dream, or will be bankrupt early next century.... And yet, poverty, crime, illiteracy, lack of medical care have not diminished; in some countries they have actually grew in a direct proportion to the growth of welfare. Worse still, there is a welfare-dependent underclass growing almost in every large city, with many families drawing some kind of state benefits for three generations. And there are good reasons to believe this dangerous development is deliberately encouraged by those who need such a constituency in order to stay in power.... Any small but

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...Meanwhile, in the Western world itself the utopian concept of welfare state has finally come to fruition. Practically every country of the industrialized world has either bankrupted itself by trying to fulfill this lofty dream, or will be bankrupt early next century.... And yet, poverty, crime, illiteracy, lack of medical care have not diminished; in some countries they have actually grew in a direct proportion to the growth of welfare. Worse still, there is a welfare-dependent underclass growing almost in every large city, with many families drawing some kind of state benefits for three generations. And there are good reasons to believe this dangerous development is deliberately encouraged by those who need such a constituency in order to stay in power....

Any small but vociferous group of freaks seems to be able to change a law, or a policy of a state, or even those of international community pretty much against the wishes of the tired majority. Common sense, logic, science are no obstacle: there may be not a shred of scientific evidence to support the doomsday scenario of the "greenhouse effect"; yet the governments are forced to compete in cutting down the “greenhouse gas" emission even at the expense of economic development. We are yet to find out what is a function of the “ozone holes" in our geosystem because there was not enough time since their discovery to study them properly: but the governments are already obliged to launch expensive programs in order to fight them. And what can we expect from the feeble politicians if every means of propaganda are used to whip up public hysteria? Even my dictionary boldly states: ozone hole n. An area of depletion in the ozone layer, especially over Antarctica, largely caused by industrial gases, and posing a threat to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. Never mind that the industrial gasses, emitted mainly in the Northern hemisphere, cannot possibly cause ozone depletion over Antarctica, since the gas exchange between the hemispheres is about 10%. Who could care about such insignificant details if the "world summit" of all sorts of green freaks has decided otherwise, and the mass media presented this as a fact?...

Similar complaints one can hear from those studying effects of pollution and, in particular, the effects of so-called "passive" or "secondary" smoking. Although dozens of studies did not show any harmful effect at all, the one which did has been instantly singled out, its results "doctored" and used in a vicious world-wide campaign for a "smoke-free society.” At present this campaign became so hysterical, so absurd as to turn us, law-abiding, taxpaying smokers into a persecuted minority for no apparent reason. After all, despite the smoke-screen concern for ' our health, we are “consenting adults“ and entitled to decide for ourselves.

Mind you, all of this happens at the time when the other establishment-designated "minorities" are gaining privileges and preferential treatment. While homosexuals can serve in the army, and women can become priests, we cannot have even a tiny smoking compartment on the publicly subsidized trains we pay for through (among other means) growing "sin" taxes on cigarettes. Thus, all means of public transportation-planes, trains, even.buses-are suddenly denied to us in a case of most blatant discrimination. My local bus service was one of the last to succumb to the international pressure....

Perhaps the most outrageous, and certainly most damaging for our civilization is the campaign of “women’s liberation,” male-bashing, "role-reversal,” or whatever you care to call it. Again, as most of these epidemics are at the beginning, it seems to be far more vicious in America and Britain than in the rest of Europe. Yet, all the signs are in evidence that the infection is rapidly spreading, particularly through the electronic media, invaded as it is by the images of glamorous, bright, articulate, hyper-energetic and.super-successful women executives. If we see men at all, they are usually wimps, good for-nothing failures, whose sole purpose of appearance is to be lectured and ordered around by the above-described women, while bleating every five minutes: "I am sorry..." “Sorry, darling..." Alternatively, they are the enemy: beasts, abusers, dictators, rapists and child-molesters. In fact, the only positive image of a man one can encounter in the present-day television and films is that of a gay, preferably suffering from AIDS. But even in this field preference goes to the other side, with the all-time winner being a black handicapped lesbian with a drug problem.... Legal blackmail became a norm: each and every organization, public or private, is forced today to have a quota of women in every position of power lest it be accused of "discrimination.” As if this was not disgusting enough, further abuse of legal system has brought us such pearls like "sexual harassment,” "date rape,” "child abuse" and other assorted means of intimidation, which completely poisoned relations in the society....

Sadly, we did not use the golden opportunity the death of communism has offered us: we did not finish them off, did not expose their crimes, did not discredit their "dreams" and, above all, did not learn to resist this modern plague. Being incurable believers in appeasement, we twist our tunges and mutilate our speech by trying to pronounce: "he-she-it,” "Mizzz, Misss,” “vertically challenged,” "ozone friendly.” But even if we manage to be green, blue and color-blind, all at once, we still will not buy peace and live happily ever after, because they care about their "minorities" no more that the communists cared about proletarians. Those are just vehicles for attaining ultimate power to dictate, to control, to destroy our inner self....

There is nothing on God’s earth that can justify this course of events. All that is given to me now—is to treasure this evidence until Judgment Day....

Bradford DeLong
J. Bradford DeLong is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was Deputy Assistant US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton Administration, where he was heavily involved in budget and trade negotiations. His role in designing the bailout of Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis placed him at the forefront of Latin America’s transformation into a region of open economies, and cemented his stature as a leading voice in economic-policy debates.

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