Sooner Than We Thought

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The new Obama
regime is taking shape in Washington and provinces eager to take
power and secure the "change you can believe in" using
humungous propaganda machine of both government radio and television
and still privately owned, so-called "mainstream media."
These private networks are competing with National Public Radio
(NPR) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in praising Obama's first
choices from his new dog to his new chief of staff.

The thought
scene in the US today resembles that of Russia in 1917, Cuba in
1959 or China in 1948. Incessant calls for "unity" and
"fairness," attacks on "divisive," "toxic"
and "hateful" language are nothing new — they resemble
Germany of 1932 and Venezuela of 1996, today's Putin's Russia and
Mugabe's Zimbabwe. Listening to the NPR tirades against freedom
of speech, famous George Washington's dictum comes to mind: "It
will be found unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his
natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it." We witness
another kind of spirit in the city named after him — of praise and
adoration of the new beloved leader.

"America
Picks Names for New Obama Dog" is the headline of the "Dog
Channel and Cat Channel USA." Online survey, conducted by the
Channel, asked respondents to write in their picks for the White
House's "first dog" ended up with suggestions like "Yes
We Can," "Abrahound Lincoln," "Secretary of
State" and "Oprah"[1]. Government radio and television triumphant after their hard
and victorious campaign work for Democrats and successful pick of
the new "president of change" are busy discussing and
suggesting his cabinet choices and socialization plans.

His first appointee
— "Emanuel demonstrates one characteristic different from Obama;
he’s willing to sublimate his leadership to a higher cause… despite
his brash exterior, he does possess something else that a chief
of staff needs: a sacrifice of personal ambition. A
senior leader who can find someone such as that is a fortunate leader
indeed"[2]. This is the praise of the Business Week
an unofficial organ of the majority of our business community united
behind Obama in anticipation of new bailouts and handouts.

In the old
Marxist tradition, the new great Leader’s calls for "a civilian
national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong,
just as well-funded" as the U.S. military. His chief of staff,
Rahm Emanuel, had openly shared this vision of the civilian national
security force (CNSF) in his book:

"It's
time for a real Patriot Act that brings out the patriot in all
of us. We propose universal civilian service for every young American.
Under this plan, All Americans between the ages of eighteen and
twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through
three months of basic training, civil defense preparation and
community service. …

Here’s how
it would work. Young people will know that between the ages of
eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three
months of civilian service. They’ll be asked to report for three
months of basic civil defense training in their state or community,
where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical,
nuclear or conventional attack; how to assist others in an evacuation;
how to respond when a levee breaks or we’re hit by a natural disaster.
These young people will be available to address their communities’
most pressing needs."

[3]

Rahm Emanuel,
also known as Rahmbo of the Left, is sure willing to be the first
Commissar in charge of these newly indoctrinated wild-eyed CNSF.

Ernst Roehm,
another advocate of civilian youth paramilitary force, was equally
enthusiastic of his creation – the Sturm Abteilung (Storm
Section) of which he became the first Fhrer in 1921. The SA (also
known as storm troopers or brown shirts) were instructed to disrupt
the meetings of political opponents and to protect Hitler from revenge
attacks.

Civilian paramilitary
force complemented by the one party monopoly on power in Washington
and most state capitals, mass socialization of economy, further
destruction of property rights and incessant attacks on the freedom
of speech creates fertile breeding ground for fascism and communism
alike.

Show Trials
in Washington

A phone call
from Moscow woke me up in the middle of the night. My friend Vladimir,
former Soviet Army general turned reformer under Yeltsin and businessman
under Putin, sounded slightly drunk and very agitated. "I am
watching televised interrogation of Alan Greenspan and another
guy by some Jewish investigator and it looks exactlylike the "Great
terror" is back, but not here,for a change. What is going
on? Would they shoot all these economic subversives and saboteurs
at the end of the day? "

"I am
not sure about that, definitely not at the end of the day. Maybe
after elections," I mumbled in response and went back to bed.
My sleep was ruined however, and in a desperate attempt to get it
back I opened Greenspan's "Gold and Economic Freedom"
chapter in Ayn Rand’s Capitalism:
The Unknown Ideal
.

Yes, Comrade
Waxman (D-CA) definitely has a case against former capitalist sympathizer
Greenspan. This now repentant agent of the world capitalism wrote
back in 1966 about Waxmans of the time:

"An almost
hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which
unites statists of all persuasions. They seem to sense – perhaps
more clearly and subtly than many consistent defenders of laissez-faire
— that gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold
standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies
and requires the other."

Make no mistake
about it — Greenspan was attacked by Waxman and the new socialist
establishment because of his libertarian past and free-market rhetoric
and not because of his job as chief inflationist and central planner.
The show trial over Greenspan's pro-capitalist past was turned by
Waxman and his committee comrades into the trial against capitalism
itself.

The most critical
and revealing question posed by Waxman was: "Do you feel that
your ideology pushed you to make decisions that you wish you had
not made?"

Greenspan,
in an act of public repentance, admitted that he had "found
a flaw … in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning
structure that defines how the world works." Greenspan, who
turned 82, last March, headed the US central bank for more than
18 years, and was chief economic advisor to Nixon and Ford. What
a belated confession! What a life ruined by the flawed understanding
of the world. Greenspan definitely forgot the title of the book
in which his defense of the gold standard appeared: Capitalism:
The Unknown Ideal.

In his testimony
to Waxman's committee

[4]

Greenspan said that he was in a "state of shocked disbelief"
over the current financial turmoil. His guilty plea came as he provided
much needed evidence for Waxman and others seeking an absolute regulatory
power of government over financial markets. In the best traditions
of Lubyanka Greenspan replied: "Yes I found a flaw. I don’t
know how significant or permanent it is, but I’ve been very distressed
by that fact."

Greenspan who
used to be treated like a victorious Roman consul every time he
went to Capitol Hill was humiliated by Waxman like a defendant in
Stalin's show trials.

What a change!
Just a year ago another prominent regulator, John McCain, promised
that as president he would appoint Greenspan to lead a review of
the nation’s tax code — "even if the former Federal Reserve
chairman was dead"…

It sounds like
I am making it up, but I do not. "If he’s alive or dead it
doesn’t matter," McCain said[5], "If he’s dead, just prop him up and put some dark glasses on him like, like Weekend
at Bernie’s
."

A
loyal PBS viewer and contributor (he called government propaganda
stations a "national treasure"), McCain could make his
Vietnamese captors die of envy with this program. Even Lenin, Stalin,
Mao or Ho Chi Minh who are all laying embalmed in their mausoleums
did not held any postmortem government appointments and eventheir
Communist successors, as funny as they were (remember that fat joker
Khrushchev?) could not outsmart McCain in his imaginative promises.

Now the usual
admiration on behalf of the Washington elites for the man proclaimed
to be the chief architect of America’s 80s and 90s boom years is
gone. After his defeat McCain moved so much to the Left to please
the victorious new Leader that there is no difference between Bolsheviks
and Mensheviks in today's Washington. McCain would definitely prefer
to forget about his praise of the former free market advocate.

RIP
former agent of the world capitalism! It doesn't look like another
government job is coming his way whether he is dead or alive.

Sir Alan, a
Knight Commander of the British Empire, Commander of the French
Legion of Honor received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania,
Leuven (Belgium), Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Colgate universities.
There were widespread rumors that he was the prime candidate for
a Nobel Prize in economic science. His repentance came too late
and the Prize was awarded to Paul Krugman who hates capitalism with
Leninist fervor and compares Austrian economics with the phlogiston
theory of fire. Krugman is another Waxman of the economic profession
and he definitely deserves the Nobel not less than Al Gore, Leonid
Kantorovich, Tjalling Koopmans, Gunnar Myrdal, Wassily Leontief,
Desmond Tutu or Yasser Arafat. On this background, in the eyes of
Daniel Schorr, Diane Rehm and Judy Woodruff, Greenspan looks like
a right wing extremist, member of some free market militia!

When next time
central government radio, federal television or the New York
Pravda calls Greenspan a free market advocate it is another
lie. He is not. And now he has finally admitted it himself! Who
is next?

Notes

[1]

America
Picks Names for New Obama Dog

[2]

Harvard Business Online November 1, 2008.

[3]

Cf. Obama’s chief of staff choice favors compulsory universal
service Examiner.com November 6, 2008.

[4]

US House committee on oversight and government

[5]

CBS News, McCain Wants Greenspan, Dead Or Alive, Oct. 4, 2007

November
17, 2008

Yuri
N. Maltsev [send
him mail
] is Professor of Economics at
Carthage College in Wisconsin. Before coming to the U.S. in 1989,
he was a member of a senior team of Soviet economists that worked
on President Gorbachev’s reforms package of perestroika. He is the
author of Requiem
for Marx
.

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