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The Skipping Record

In between bouts of working on the camper, I was breezing through some YouTube event coverage, and one video of an interview with a demonstrator immediately brought to mind a scene from a Monte Python movie. The first 6 minutes of the 9-minute clip below are of Vladimir Jaffe, a former citizen of the former USSR, speaking with a young idealist about how Socialism is supposed to work. I had to relentlessly pare it down just to get it to its current length, and it’s almost tolerable. Almost, but not quite.

Personally, I can’t think of any socialist country since 1900 where a dictator has not quickly emerged to take and hold power by coercion and/or force, demonstrating that there’s a big difference between idealist theory and human reality, but that’s just me. I also note that the Soviet constitution was supposedly modeled after our own, but they just ignore it in practice. Anyway, the last 3 minutes is the movie scene that the interview brought to mind. You decide – shall we have a “king anointed by a watery tart”, or a workers paradise? Or perhaps something in between?

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2 thoughts on “The Skipping Record

  1. mark palmeri on said:

    exactly. and i thought the skipping record was from the Guinness Book of World Records… then i realized after i read what you had written. AHA ! yes socialist lunacy is still a favorite ideology on many college campuses . blessings young man !

    • No, that record, I broke. The most time spent inside a Four Wheel Grandby using a laptop. Look it up. And hey, I’m considerably older than you are, whippersnapper! And I look it, unfortunately. I’ll have a book for you when I show up in Illinois in June.

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