For socialism to succeed, capitalism must fail
Winningreen Perspective A020309a
For socialism to succeed, capitalism must fail, thus the new administration's agenda
By Tom Randall
Date: February 3, 2009
Issue: To some of our liberal friends (we do still have some, to the amazement of some of our conservative friends…lighten up all of you) would balk at the suggestion that the administration is socialist, not merely left-of-center. Many would also cringe at the suggestion that the administration would continue the destruction of capitalism to reach its ends seems implausible. To that we would respond with a paraphrase of the old country and western line: "Who are you going to believe, President Obama or your lyin' eyes?"
Capitalism, with its ability to generate wealth, not simply re-distribute poverty, stands as a powerful repudiation of the failures of modern socialism. While capitalism exists, socialism cannot thrive. Therefore, socialists must destroy capitalism to succeed. The most expeditious way to defeat capitalism is to control what sustains it in a modern world: Abundant, affordable energy — the underpinning of the means of production.
To see how this administration aims to defeat capitalism that was under siege even in the last administration, we need look no further than a few Obama appointments. Remember when looking at these appointments, D.C. is an insiders' town. You have to know how to work within its complexities. You have to know the back channels. You have to develop a gut feel of when "yes" means "no" and "no" means "yes." Who can do a thing and who cannot. To wit:
• Secretary of Energy Steven Chu: Dr. Chu is a learned enough man. He has run Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He is a scientist, though his swallowing of global warming theory after simply reading the IPCC report, raises doubts in this area. He is a Washington neophyte who will be running what many of its employees call the most dysfunctional department in D.C.
• Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar: Salazar is a three-term congressional back-bencher from Colorado who has barely had time to learn how to get around on the Metro, let alone drive his department.
• Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson: She is the former New Jersey EPA head. Unfortunately, New Jersey is not the U.S. EPA — an agency still heavily salted with plants left over from the days Carol Browner ran the U.S. EPA and the Bush administration was too politically inept to root out. And, it is the return of Ms. Browner that makes these three seemingly innocuous appointments so significant.
• White House Energy Czar Carol M. Browner: Browner, former EPA administrator under Bill Clinton and prominent member of Socialist International, did everything she could to hobble the energy industry during her tenure with the agency. Many who came to the agency during her tenure remain in place. She is an experienced and skilled Washington operative. While the first three appointees share many of her views, it is Browner who knows better how to run the machinery of government and accomplish her purposes. It will be Browner, ensconced in the West Wing, who will quietly, deftly, behind the scenes, call the shots at Energy, Interior and EPA.
Comment 1: J.R.R. Tolkien in his epic, Lord of the Rings, aptly described the operation of evil in terms of rings of power, passed out to the beings of the world for their use. But The One Ring was kept behind for the evil Sauron to control and eventually destroy them all. Think of Mrs. Browner as The One Ring:
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die.
One for the Dark Lord on his throne,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
A precautionary tale.
Contact: Tom Randall
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