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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Boris and Ivan...oh, and the Goat........


A re-Post as a reminder....and Digi's posting of an excerpt from Atla Shrugged is what got me going.....

Realise, please that I'm not talking "politics" here, so much as People with certain tendencies gravitate to one end of the political spectrum or the other. So....at the risk of kicking an old horse, I'll tell a story that I heard a Looooong time ago that was a sort of metaphor for Socialism......*thanks to Thomas Sowell for the verbiage*.....

THERE IS AN OLD STORY about two Russian peasants, Boris and Ivan. Both are poor as dirt, the only difference between them being that Boris has a goat and Ivan does not.

One day, a good fairy appears at Ivan's hut and tells him that she can grant him just one wish -- but that it can be anything he wants. Ivan says, "I want that Boris' goat should die."

Variations on this story have appeared in other societies, so this is not about Russians. It is about human nature. The attitude it illustrates is very much part of the politics of our time -- the politics of envy and resentment.

Envy probably does less harm than resentment. If Ivan had merely envied Boris, he could have asked for a goat of his own -- or a herd of goats or a million rubles. But he resented Boris' good fortune and wanted to bring him down.

This resentment is ....well to dumb ol' Wollf anyway, the foundation of socialism. Punish those who have more than you do. Hate them, wish them ill.....kill their goat....

Instead of working hard and getting a G-d damm goat of your own. Don't hate the People that you consider "rich".....in most cases American "rich" People worked very hard for what they have......they also, by having money, tend to be the People that employ the rest of us.....

Socialism, which I fear is the way that our great Country is moving, doesn't give the poor a leg up......it breaks the legs of those that are already up. Economies don't prosper from the bottom up....it's just the opposite.

I don't hate Democrats....but I truly detest socialists. I will and have made everything that I have through my own hard work, and I simply do not wish any government to take it away from me and spend it foolishly.

*End Circuitous Rant*
American Wollf

2 comments:

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

/agree

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