The Brezhnev Doctrine

First a couple of news notes-

The latest leftist meme is “epistemic closure” which means those idiot conservatives are unable to cope with reality. Sounds like projection to me, but of course it follows the leftist strategy of ad hominem attack.

Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals he is guilty of an assault on a public school teacher.

http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2010/04/harness-on-our-back/39450/

Well of course the teacher was a sick, filthy, evil racist! Or if black, (which is quite likely) an Uncle Tom or a house n*****. (Google isn’t real good about free speech so I’m engaging in the quaint Victorian use of the asterisk.) If you’re black and a violent scumbag who can put a few words together you get to be a high-level journalist. How galling it must be for this teacher to see this rotten punk achieve such power and success. But to be a public school teacher, more than any other job working for the NDS, is to choose a life of degradation.

But what do these have to do with the Brezhnev Doctrine? Which for those who don’t remember was the position that once Communist a country could never turn back. Brezhnev and his doctrine are long gone as a matter of international affairs but very much alive in democratic socialist domestic politics.

Greece is currently going over the edge financially, which just means the Greek government is unable to handle its spending as a purely internal matter and must get outside help. Of course everything relating to the matter is described in terms of inevitability. The Greek must spend the money, and they must be assisted in doing so. But why? Because the Brezhnev Doctrine has been recruited. Once established, a government program, agency, job position, disbursement, or any other financial expenditure becomes permananent, not to be ended or even seriously questioned.

One of the authors on the Soviets- I’m pretty sure it was Viktor Suvorov, but it might have been Vladimir Bukovsky- wrote about the closing of the Ministry of Power Station Construction- the beautiful, well-appointed offices, once full of bureaucrats and now emptied of them and most of the fine furniture. “And yet” he wrote, “power stations went right along being constructed.”

Indeed they did. Is it possible- I know this is crazy, but bear with me- that the Ministry of Power Station Construction was not really formed to build power stations? Because it was not necessary for that purpose? That it was formed to provide jobs for the connected? And that when somebody stopped being connected the MoPSC stopped serving its purpose? That to say that the Ministry provided an absolutely vital service and disaster would result from its closure would be incorrect?

Today not only is the Ministry of Power Station Construction gone, the Soviet Union is gone with it. The NDS and its equivalents are still here, claiming protection under the Brezhnev Doctrine. But for how much longer? In the immortal words of Kansas, “nothing lasts forever, but the earth and sky.”

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About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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