It’s not irony because capitalism is supposed to make communism eat the pavement. It deserves to, because capitalism is better than communism:
A radical publishing house, called Lawrence & Wishart, who at one time was connected to Great Britain’s Communist Party, is demanding the removal from the Marxists Internet Archive of the “Marx-Engels Collected Works”—hardcover books that sell for up to $50 a pop.
The archive has posted a message to its readers informing them that Lawrence & Wishart’s material will be removed April 30.
If you are anything like me, you probably want to read this blistering column by Jonah Goldberg on some Lefty pundits and academics’ not-really-curious myopia when it comes to Soviet Communism:
What to say of the gormless press-agent twaddle conjured up to describe the Soviet Union? In its opening video for the Olympic Games, NBC’s producers drained the thesaurus of flattering terms devoid of moral content: “The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures.”
To parse this infomercial treacle is to miss the point, for the whole idea is to luge by the truth on the frictionless skids of euphemism.
The problem with this Daily Beast article is pretty much that: if you’re going to limit the speech freedoms of one set of murderous totalitarian regime-groupies, you should limit the speech freedoms of the other set of murderous totalitarian regime-groupies. Frankly, from the point of view of their victims… Communists are just Nazis with worse fashion sense.
Needless to say, the author of said Daily Beast piece would scratch his head at the above. So it goes.
Beijing ordered government vehicles off the roads as part of an emergency response to ease air pollution that has smothered China’s capital for the past three days, while warning the smog will persist until Jan. 16.
Hospitals were inundated with patients complaining of heart and respiratory ailments and the website of the capital’s environmental monitoring center crashed. Hyundai Motor Co. (005380)’s venture in Beijing suspended production for a day to help ease the pollution, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
*Yeah, that’s right: I’m using Commies to try to sell consumer goods for a corporation, in order to make some money for myself. That’s because this is America, baby, and Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people.