Looking back at this thread, this might be the most terrifying idea.
Might I point out that in our world freedom for one group usually means less freedom for another.
Manny apparently believes that "freedom" is a limited quantity in the world. If I am "more free", someone elsewhere in the world must be "less free".
IMHO, too many Leftists are zero-sum thinkers and I usually dismiss most on this point alone. When it comes to Leftists, I reserve my respect for those who show that they are not simple-minded zero-sum thinkers. Unfortunately, IME, there are not many Leftists who understand non-zero-sum thinking.
Without defending Kevin O'Leary, the CBC or the PRC, it seems obvious to me that millions (no, make that hundreds of millions) of ordinary Chinese people have more choices now in their lives because of Deng Xiaoping than they ever did under Mao Tse Tung.
Kevin O'Leary is a Vulture...er Venture Capitalist on the Lang and O'Leary exchange on the dreaded CBC...
Blathers on all the time about "personal freedom"...Thinks the Chinese model is great because if you don't meet the numbers,you get shot!
Ah...The freedom of Chinese authoritarian Capitalism!!!
My point is,that those who hold infantile ideas on individual freedom are many times unwitting pawns in a power and control struggle by those who use that rhetoric to entrench their own power and control...
Pinochet? Well, in the grand scheme of things, compare Pinochet and Allende.
Edited by August1991, 30 March 2012 - 12:41 AM.