01 May 2006

Speaking of eggs with no omelettes

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You are the screeching left-wingers who prevented us from drilling for oil in ANWR and in the Outer Continental Shelf.

You never raised your voices or even an eyebrow when our communist neighbors, under President Hugo Chávez, went drilling and tromping all over the Venezuelan Rain Forest.

Venezuela holds about 151,000 square miles, some 3 percent of the world’s total of frontier forest. The tropical rainforests found in this area are some of the richest on earth, containing an estimated 15,000 types of plant species. Venezuela has, so far, lost 41 percent of its original rainforest, and 37 percent is now threatened.

Right, it’s Bush’s fault

You are not whining or shrieking about Fidel Castro proclaiming that his communist polluters will soon be drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf within 35 miles of the Florida coast. Americans are not allowed to do that.

Three bucks a gallon! Oh yeah, it’s Bush’s fault.

We will forbear to mention the silence on the ecological disaster suffered by the Iraqi swamp Arabs.

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Remembering Galbraith

On the passing of John Kenneth Galbraith

“On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs.” Translation: “One can’t expect to make an omelet without breaking eggs.”

With those words in 1790, Maximilian Robespierre welcomed the horrific French Revolution that had begun the year before.


But, alas, Robespierre never made a single omelet. Nor did any of the other thugs who held power in the decade after 1789. They left France in moral, political, and economic ruin, and ripe for the dictatorship of Napoleon Bonaparte.


In The New Yorker in 1984, John Kenneth Galbraith argued that the Soviet Union was making great economic progress in part because the socialist system made “full use” of its manpower, in contrast to the less efficient capitalist West.

Lawrence Reed

“John Kenneth Galbraith argued that the Soviet Union was making great economic progress in part because the socialist system made “full use” of its manpower” The capitalists made “full use” of their brain power and let machines do the work.


From the LA Times article on Galbraith yesterday: “I am struck by our superb capacity to manufacture consumer gadgetry, including electronic games, versus our capacity to produce schools.”

Only an intellectual could write something like this and simultaneously think that the problem is that Corporations Are Bad, and Government Is Good.


It’s normally difficult to speak ill of the dead, but few did more to try and destroy their own nations as Galbraith, who had to ignore massive evidence in his own field to hold the opinions he did.

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