Starnesville, Germany

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When I first
read Ayn Rand's novel Atlas
, I thought there was one a single error in it,
aside from the “typical American” happy ending. Her description
of the state developing into a cancer, which devours the body of
a society, did not fit the USA to the degree it did Germany. This,
however, did not reduce my pleasure in reading it by any means.

These days,
I am sure, I was right. A new development has been initiated that
comes right out of this book: politicians and economic experts are
discussing a new assault on any productive person left in Germany,
which exceeds by far last week's tax raise, the worst since WWII,
by the way.

Now, the Beast
has dropped his mask for a moment. "Bedingungslose Grundversorgung,"
which translates as "unconditional basic allowance," was
the topic of a public discussion of economy experts and politicians.
Every person no matter which age, gender or employment status, will
be eligible to receive a basic allowance of one thousand five hundred
u20ACuros a month.

Persons who
intend to earn more will be free to do so, but in order to finance
the basic allowance, sales of “luxury items,” – as in, goods
of “no essential necessity” – will be prohibitively taxed.
And, of course, nobody has the right to decide his "needs"
by himself…

This comes
quite close to most definitions of socialism, and it appears that
got it right on the point, saying that nations or other
forms of collectives can't learn, but only individuals can. The
collapse of the Soviet Empire, or, our late neighbor, the German
Democratic Republic, did not teach our intellectual elite an iota.

statements used to defend this scheme reminded me chillingly of
the words of the Starnes heir who had invented the way the 20th
Century Motor Company in Starnesville had been driven into bankruptcy.
Normally, novels describe what happens in reality or imagination.
Now we see reality as a persiflage on a novel.

John Galt,
can you hear me?

22, 2006

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