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March 7, 2018
A damned fool — and dangerous
Dalrymple points out that the populist-Leftist leader of the opposition in Britain, Jeremy Corbyn, is
an admirer of the Hugo Chávez school of solution to poverty and social problems.
if such it can be called, is stuck in a primitive, almost pre-Bastiat stage.
This lifelong Castro devotee thinks that
expropriation and redistribution according to his view of what is right is the route to justice and prosperity. One might have hoped that the world had had sufficient experience of such notions to extinguish them from the human mind forever, but foolishness springs eternal.
In order to appeal
to the sentimentality of the electorate and to the xenophobic resentment of rich foreigners who can afford to speculate in London property, Corbyn is prepared to destroy his country’s reputation for probity and predictability in its laws of private property, a reputation that can be destroyed in a week but not restored in a decade, and which is vital to its prospects.
is dazzled by his virtuous vision, his mirage or hallucination of social justice.
There is, says Dalrymple,
no totalitarian as dangerous as he who does not realise he is one.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:47 am