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Soviet nostalgia is all the rage these days, Dr. Frank. Hammer-n-sickle is hot and hip. Very timely post, way to ride the zeitgeist.

Posted by JB at February 13, 2005 05:23 AM

This isn't the first time I've seen this claim that GDP plummeted in Eastern European nations after the fall of communism. Given that essentially every economic statistic that emanated from the Warsaw Pact nations was specious, how can we even know whether this is the case?

Here's another gem:

"Faced with such grim economic prospects, thousands have voted with their feet, preferring the uncertainties of a new life abroad to pauperisation at home."

Yes, well at least they can do so these days without getting machine-gunned. Stalinostalgia nauseates me.

Posted by David Gillies at February 13, 2005 08:07 AM

I majored in Economics in college in the College of Arts and Sciences. Anyhoo, there was also a college of Indisrial Labor Relations (read "College of Communism"). I had to take a few classes in ILR and I remember the professors were always making these obsurd arguments about African slaves in the south being better off than "wage-slaves" in the north which they backed up with completely speculative formulas based on the writings of Marx some other nonsense. You have to wonder what sort of "wishful thinking" this is where people want to believe good is evil and evil is good. Maybe they just like the feeling of believing that they are the only ones who are "right" about the world.

Posted by josh at February 14, 2005 02:30 PM

josh: "Maybe they just like the feeling of believing that they are the only ones who are 'right' about the world."

The longer I live and the more I encounter the hard-core leftist I believe more and more that this is exactly their primary motivation. Especially among the Baby Boomers, the idea of distinguishing yourself by being "right" in the face of all that is wrong, of being intellectually or morally superior (and making sure everyone else knows it), of smugly retreating to one's cocoon of enui, of being special and unique and individual seems all the personal motivation required to put on your beret, sip your absynth and scorn the world. I don't think it's coincidence that these "look at me and love me Daddy" sorts increasingly not only understand their protests and political activism is counter production bu tthat they really don't care because the real goal was never to effect political change, but rather to attain personal gratification by being "right."

Posted by submandave at February 14, 2005 03:37 PM

Wow, Frank, a "Fungus the Bogeyman" reference! I thought I was the only person who owned that book! Speaking of which, did you also have "Goodnight, Orange Monster"?

Posted by Nick at February 14, 2005 04:11 PM