7 thoughts on “MAYDAY!

  1. I’m kind amazed at how many otherwise seemingly intelligent people simply won’t [not can’t or don’t] see what appears to be inevitable under Socialist policies. And I don’t just mean shortages but also the incredible wealth garnered by those in charge while most live in poverty.
    I had ‘charge’ of a Soviet [at the time] grad student in 1990 who was a translator who had lived only in the USSR, China, and North Korea [he was affiliated with the KGB of course but didn’t have much ‘rank’].
    The first week he was there I took him to the Local Sav-U-Mor grocery [cheapest in town and where I, as a broke grad student shopped]. He was amazed and insisted I must be ‘connected’ since obviously only the connected and wealthy could be allowed to choose from such variety and good meat, fresh vegetables, and produce.
    So I had to take him to Kroger and a couple of other “up-scale” groceries. It literally took him months to believe that ordinary people shopped there.
    Not one of the Lefties [almost everyone] in my department faculty believed my story and they ignored his stories of life in the glorious USSR. Sheesh.

    • The government doesn’t supply everything, it supplies everything IT CAN. This is an important distinction, because what it can will always be a slice of a smaller pie than with capitalism. The people’s incentive to produce those goods is only to the extent of avoiding punishment rather than seeking reward. Likewise, industry’s incentive to produce anything is lower as they don’t have to compete. They don’t have the positive and negative reinforcement of profit, but rather simply have to do well enough the government doesn’t punish them. As expectations are reduced with time, how well this is also drops. Few on the left will ever believe it without having lived though it, and will even deny that sales change people’s shopping patterns. Wait until black Friday though, same people will bemoan the consumerism, crowds, etc, which are indications of… wait for it… people changing their shopping patterns based on price signaling.

  2. This Mayday was the 50th anniversary of the founding of the SCA though. It coincided with our monthly bash so there was rejoicing, telling of tales a maypole and a visit from our monarchs so it was a **good** day.

  3. Running out of beer? And the peasants don’t rebel against their betters? Bolivar must be rolling in his grave.

    • Socialism’s first casuality is property rights, eg, the concept of “other people’s.” First you run out of “other people’s.” The things that belonged to other people disappear rapidly. People stop producing extra as they can’t keep it anyway. Once the stores of past wealth are exhausted, the distance between “there is no extra” to “there isn’t enough.” is truly not far.

      Venezuela started with not enough, and then elected a “socialist.” You’d think the people would eventually realize the fat cats who squander and horde are none other than the ones they continue to elect, and that the various businesses that would like to sell them things are not their enemies. Perhaps they would, if they didn’t continue to shoot the messenger.

      • You’d think the people would eventually realize the fat cats who squander and horde are none other than the ones they continue to elect, and that the various businesses that would like to sell them things are not their enemies.

        Unfortunately this assumes that people are not envious creatures…

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