Are The Times A Changin'?

“As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing”

Karl Rove
"The man who is not a socialist at 20 has no heart, but if he is still a socialist at 40 he has no head."

Aristide Briand
French Prime Minister

"We must help all the young people to understand that ours is still a very poor country, that we cannot change this situation radically in a short time, and that only through the united efforts of our younger generation and all of the people, working with their own hands, can China be made strong and prosperous within a period of several decades. The establishment of our socialist system has opened the road leading to the ideal society of the future, but to translate this ideal into reality needs hard work."

Moa Zeddong
Little Red Book

"The political party that will benefit from the coming realignment is not preordained. The campaigns, candidates, and events of the rest of this decade will determine which party gains the lifelong allegiance of this new generation and, with it, a dominant advantage in the next civic era of American politics."

Morley Winograd & Michael D. Hais
Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the Future of American Politics


Roadkill said...


Honestly. Quoting Mao Tse-tung? You’re starting to sound like some air-head Obama administration official.

The fact is that Mao was a megalomaniacal mass murder with perhaps no historical peer. The “hard work” he alludes to includes the starvation/elimination/death of some 30 million peasants during his brainchild “Great Leap Forward.” Quite some leader and philosopher you’re quoting there.

Interestingly enough, Mao’s vision of a “strong and prosperous China” has been realized only recently, since the Chinese leadership cast off the collectivist/socialist/totalitarian path that Mao saddled the country with some 60 years ago, and opened the country to free market capitalism. This Chinese perestroika has at last enabled hard working Chinese to realize the fruits of their labor, to employ millions in profitable and meaningful labor, compete internationally, and raise the standard of living from what was heretofore a subsistence level under Communism to something on par with other rapidly developing nations.

Mao’s “Little Red Book” belongs in the political horror section of the library, along with such works as “The Prince,” “The Communist Manifesto,” “Mien Kamph.”

Sunny B said...

RK, a little of the history of thought never hurt anyone. Those who forget the past are doomed to get suckered into similar situations down the road...or something like that.