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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Babbling to the beyond

I see over at Frog blog they are pitching an anti-capitalist book, with a foreword by Nandor. I like how they give Soros props as a "capitalist reformer", rather than currency destroying parasite. I would offer this (slightly incomplete) quote from other famed anti-capitalists for it, which seems to fit in the general theme,
"We recognize that separating humanity from nature, from the whole of life, leads to humankind's own destruction and to the death of nations. Only through a re-integration of humanity into the whole of nature can our people be made stronger. That is the fundamental point of the biological tasks of our age. Humankind alone is no longer the focus of thought, but rather life as a whole . . . This striving toward connectedness with the totality of life, with nature itself, a nature into which we are born, this is the deepest meaning and the true essence of socialist thought."

Posted by Chefen | 10/11/2005 08:03:00 PM

10 Comments:

Blogger darren said...

Soros maybe a currency destroying parasite. And he is getting increasingly anti-capitalist in his old age.
But as a Euro-sceptic POM, I am grateful to him for kicking Britain out of the former EU Exchange Rate Mechanism.
The folly of the pro-European minsiters was plain to see, thanks to George.
Thanks to him and others, Britain has been able to stay out of the European single currency and has prospered outside it. Never will Britain be a slave to Brussels.
I say this because I detest the Brussels bureaucrats. Let us have free trade and friendship with our fellow Europeans. But a single currency and a single state, no way!!

10/11/2005 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

I've always enjoyed watching the antics of George Soros. He is a bit of a loon, and his financial support of the Democrats last election proves money can't buy every-thing, but he's an interesting chap.

I read his book "Crisis of Global Capitalism" which I found heavy going, but had the odd gem.

Him and a hedge fund could completely destroy the NZ economy overnight, which might be a sobering lesson for Cullen. More than anything, he shows that if you aren't playing the game, you are probably in it. Usually as the sacrificial pawn.

We need a low company tax rate to make us more profitable BEFORE it becomes trendy. We need a flatter tax system to ensure small, and not just large, business services and thrives. Turning our 200 billion dollar economy into a trillion dollar one ensures the safety net is there for those that need it. With astounding growth and profitability, we have the mechanisms to reward people and break the welfare dependency cycle.

Leave it to late, and we'll blow it, and the crash will be that much harder.

Just a wild guess...

10/11/2005 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

oops, not "services and thrives" but "survives and thrives"

10/11/2005 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Without googling or other web browsing, can anyone pick the missing bit of the quote?

10/11/2005 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Haven't looked - I don't even know who its from. Theres no link. A communist movement?

10/11/2005 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Ah, I was wondering about the quote, and what significance it had. I'd pick Hitler, or a known communist/greenie movement founder.

With a "our people be made stronger" sentiment, this is a lead up to "so therefore we must all die" I suppose...

10/11/2005 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

A bit of both Zen, the full quote is
"We recognize that separating humanity from nature, from the whole of life, leads to humankind's own destruction and to the death of nations. Only through a re-integration of humanity into the whole of nature can our people be made stronger. That is the fundamental point of the biological tasks of our age. Humankind alone is no longer the focus of thought, but rather life as a whole . . . This striving toward connectedness with the totality of life, with nature itself, a nature into which we are born, this is the deepest meaning and the true essence of National Socialist thought."
It comes from one Ernst Lehmann in 1934, a botanist who charactrised Nazism as "politically applied biology".

10/11/2005 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger Jack Bauer said...

George Soros is a self-loathing Jew with a messianic complex. Something to which the old fool actually admits.

His massive monetary support of extreme left-wing loonies is a growing corrupting influence on US politics, and globally.

The reason he is dangerous is not because he is a billionaire "capitalist" with the power to affect countries (You think New Zealand would cease to exist if he decided to "destroy" the NZ economy? I think not.)

This idea of power can be grossly over-played.

No... like all celebrities who start to believe their own publicity, a man like Soros comes to believe that everything he does is correct by virtue of the fact that he does it.

That's why he's dangerous and anti-democratic. Unlike an even bigger billionaire capitalist like Bill Gates.

10/11/2005 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Jack Bauer: its not that I think NZ would cease to exist (as such), its that the potential meltdown from mega hedge funds playing with our currency could do what they did to Malaysia in the late 90's. Ouch.

10/11/2005 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger darren said...

yes ZT, if Soros can kick a large ecoonomy like britain out of the old ERM, just think what he could do to little New Zealand.

10/12/2005 10:27:00 AM  

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