Could Egypt be the grave of Statism?

It’s not like Socialism has a monopoly on horrifying unintended consequences. In fact, human history teaches something far bleaker:  every formalized system of government we’ve created has been perfectly capable of facilitating mass murder, class warfare and repressive regimes.   – Justin Boland, “The Revelation of the Method(Skilluminati Research; Nov. 27, 2010)

Here is an excellent video by Stefan Molyneux, the host of Freedomain Radio:

Powerful ideas for all lovers of personal and political freedom – Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web, and was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Podcast Awards. Topics range from politics to philosophy to science to economics to relationships to atheism – and how to achieve real freedom in your life today. Passionate, articulate, funny and irreverent, Freedomain Radio shines a bold light on old topics, and invents a few new ones to boot!

I like what I’ve seen so far.  Have a look and enjoy!


Wake up and smell the Kefaya.



Hmm..   Check out this article over at Breitbart:

World food prices hit record high: UN agency

(Feb 3 08:14 AM US/Eastern)

World food prices reached their highest level ever recorded in January and are set to keep rising for months, the UN food agency said on Thursday, warning that the hardest-hit countries could face turmoil.Rising food prices have been cited among the driving forces behind recent popular revolts in north Africa, including the uprising in Egypt and the toppling of Tunisia’s long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

And in its latest survey, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said its index which monitors monthly price changes for a variety of staples averaged 231 points in January — the highest level since records began in 1990.


Dylan Ratigan and Bill Fleckenstein put 2 and 2 together and show that high food prices are correlated with social unrest in the Arab world .. just so Bernanke and Co. can paper over  the GIGANTIC fraud perpetrated by the very large banks:

Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge had this to add:

For over a year now, Zero Hedge has been predicting that in its foolhardy attempt of “inflation or bust”, the Fed’s actions would sooner or later lead to mass rioting and possible revolutions as a result of surging and out of control food prices (which are just the peak of the alternative investment pyramid – yes, stunningly free money can go into other things besides stocks).

The problem is that these same people do not realize that to Bernanke (whom we have referred Genocide Ben for precisely this reason) there is no other alternative, and inflation must be achieved no matter how terrible the social cost, or the damage to the monetary system. Regardless, the actions in North Africa are just the start. Commodities will run up far higher, and discontent will sooner or later reach to Asia, and possibly to countries which have nuclear arsenals at their disposal. What happens then is anyone guess.

Oh and there is this fact, which Karl Denninger is good enough to remind us of:

The Egyptian Pound (EGP) has been pegged to the dollar on an effective basis since 2005.

Their compound inflation rate over the last three years is 45%.

That is, the cost of living has risen 45%.

Their per-capita GDP is 1/17th of ours, and hasn’t materially expanded during that time.

Our per-capita GDP is $47,000, which is quite close to median household income (right near $50k.)

Their per-capita GDP is $2,700 (both from the CIA World Factbook.)

Would you like to run the numbers on what a 45% increase in the CPI would do to someone living here with a $2,700 per-capita domestic output (which likely closely approximates household income there too)?

That person would starve…. and maybe riot, eh?



Howard Bloom’s take on the Egyptian Revolt.

No, I wouldn’t classify him as a ‘Modern Day Bourbon’.  Refreshingly HONEST.

Will Egypt’s Revolution be Sacrificed by Modern Day Bourbons?: Salim Mansur’s Moving Letter.

I am more convinced now, as I wasn’t when Paul Kennedy wrote about the rise and fall of great powers, that the West has gone over the tipping point in its terminal decline. That intelligent people, or people who claim to be intelligent, (I have in mind the talking heads in the U.S. media such as Chris Matthews or Fareed Zakaria) cannot make the difference between the sham of the Muslim Brotherhood talking about freedom and democracy and the generic thirst in man to be free. These are the people who have like the Bourbons learned nothing and forgotten nothing. They are glibly about to put the Lenins of our time into trains heading for Moscows of our time, they find nothing odd that they are pushing for the Muslim Brotherhood to be taken into governing when everything needs to be done to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out even as one carefully negotiate the long historic transition of Arab societies from tribal autorcracy and military dictatorships to representative rule and constitutionally limited government.

h/t: Instapundit

For a dose of GET REAL, have a listen to this lady:


Mahmoud Salem aka. “@Sandmonkey” on CNN: “It Was Like A Zombie Movie”

My discovery of “Sandmonkey” has dramatically refined and focused my position on the Egyptian Uprising and I urge everyone to take the time to learn more about him and read his posts, especially conservatives who see Mubarek as an ally first and thug autocrat second.  After reading his blog and now being able to listen to him I am now, more than ever, in the camp that sees Mubarek as a thug-socialist/autocrat that needs to be deposed.  Tonight, we had the treat of being able to learn his true identity, Mahmoud Salem, during an interview with Elliott Spitzer on CNN:


Update:  Here is an account of Mahmoud Salem’s encounter with Mubarek’s thugs by someone who was riding in the car with him:

Having a policeman say he wanted to kill me wasn’t my most frightening moment yesterday in Cairo. That came when police and civilians smashed our car windows — with the five of us inside it — jumped up and down on the roof, spat on us, pulled my hair, beat my friends and dragged us into a police van.

The five of us were lucky: We emerged from our confrontation with President Hosni Mubarak’s police and operatives alive and relatively healthy. Violence over the past 11 days, much of it in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, has killed as many as 300 people in Egypt, according to the United Nations.

But it was a day I never dreamed could occur in my native city. It happened not because I was a reporter, a Sudan-based contract journalist for Bloomberg News returning to Cairo for vacation. The friends giving me a ride downtown were just trying to take food and first-aid supplies to those injured the previous night in clashes with pro-Mubarak protesters.



Hope and Change in Egypt: Mubarek’s NDP and Authoritarian Socialism

When studying the imagination of crowds we saw that it is particularly open to the impressions produced by images.  These images do not always lie ready to hand, but it is possible to evoke them by the judicious employment of words and formulas.  Handled with art, they possess in sober truth the mysterious power formerly attributed to them by the adepts of magic.  They cause tempests, which in turn they are capable of stilling.  A pyramid far loftier than that of old Cheops could be raised merely with the bones of men who have been victims of the power of words and formulas.   –  Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd

Yesterday, in my post “Upheaval in Egypt:  Apparent causes .. and real causes.“, I wondered out loud “ if the mustering of a ‘pro-Mubarek’ group to counter the protestors is an indication of something deeper and more profound.  Could it also be composed of people (some but certainly not all), who are fighting back to save their very history, their support for Mubarek merely incidental?“.  It is a reasonable conjecture, given Islam’s long history of vandalizing important pieces of world heritage.  But, when it comes to Egypt .. right now ..  is it true?  Which side is more interested in a revitalized Egypt which values its’ heritage and enjoys true freedom?  It can’t be as simple as saying the the pro-democracy forces are led by Islamists and the protectors of Egypt’s heritage are the ruling, autocratic regime.  Enough has been said elsewhere about the Muslim Brotherhood.  What we need to understand is who Mubarek’s loyalists are and what the ruling party, the NDP (National Democratic Party), stands for.  The answer might surprise you.

Hope and Change

Let me know if any of this sounds familiar …

What are the key features of the NDP’s platform for the 2010 parliamentary elections? What is the party’s agenda for the next legislative term?

The NDP aims, in a brief summary of its platform, to pursue the process of comprehensive community change in all its economic, political, social and cultural dimensions. Change has started but is not over yet. In addition to promoting the living standards and the quality of life of the majority of Egyptians, the party seeks to improve the quality of public services, such as education, health, housing, and facilities.

A key characteristic of the NDP’s platform is that it shies away from generalities in favor of binding pledges, such as curbing poverty or attracting more investments into Egypt. Other commitments are related to health care and education. In addition, the platform allocates specific financial resources to ensure that each pledge is honored. Therefore, the platform is ambitious and takes on political, economic and social dimensions. It also sets specific goals and unveils its funding sources.

(Interview with Ali Eddin Hilal, Media Secretary of the NDP,

Change.  Community.  Curbing poverty.  Commitment to health care and education.

You see, ladies and gentlemen, the National Democratic Party that controls Egypt, the party of the state police and the party of Mubarek and his thugs is .. you guessed it .. an authoritarian SOCIALIST party.  Take a close look at this document:

Mubarek’s NDP was, until very recently, a member in good standing of Socialist International.  Didn’t hear that on CNN did you?  The thugs that beat up Anderson Cooper were socialist henchmen.   As Richard J. Little writes in American Thinker (Egypt’s Real Problem:  Decades of Authoritarian Socialist Rule; February 3, 2011):

Nasser’s immediate successor, Anwar Sadat, further built upon this state-controlled socialist political and economic system by forming the National Democratic Party, which is the current Egyptian ruling party.  The National Democratic Party has been a member in good standing in the Socialist International right up until this present week (January 31, in fact, when, to save political face, it became politically necessary to expel them).

The Socialist International may want to hide this fact, but the plain truth is that Mubarak and his political predecessors had the unlimited power and pursued for many decades exactly the same type of top-down, expert-devised, and centralized government-run collectivist development and investment programs of the type that are now proposed by progressives in this country and by socialists around world.  And the results, or lack thereof, of fifty-plus years of authoritarian socialist policy in Egypt were the same as in every other nation (like the old Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China) that has experimented with similar economic and political systems: poverty, political repression, institutionalized government corruption, and ultimately, social chaos.





Upheaval in Egypt: Apparent causes .. and real causes.

Watching live coverage of the confrontation between the anti-Mubarek and pro-Mubarek forces yesterday, I noticed that the focal point of the clash was outside the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.  The museum has sustained some considerable looting and vandalism including, according to reports, the beheading of two mummies.  One wonders if the mustering of a ‘pro-Mubarek’ group to counter the protestors is an indication of something deeper and more profound.  Could it also be composed of people (some but certainly not all), who are fighting back to save their very history, their support for Mubarek merely incidental?  We have the misfortune of observing a pro-democracy movement being led by the Muslim Brotherhood and the vast repository of history and Egyptian heritage being defended by a heavy-handed dictator.  I hold out the hope that this uprising will bring more freedom to the Egyptian people –  freedom from the tyranny of a police state and freedom from islamo-fascism.

The great upheavals which precede changes of civilizations such as the fall of the Roman Empire and the foundation of the Arabian Empire, seem at first sight determined more especially by political transformations, foreign invasion, or the overthrow of dynasties. But a more attentive study of these events shows that behind their apparent causes the real cause is generally seen to be a profound modification in the ideas of the peoples. The true historical upheavals are not those which astonish us by their grandeur and violence. The only important changes whence the renewal of civilizations results, affect ideas, conceptions, and beliefs. The memorable events of history are the visible effects of the invisible changes of human thought. The reason these great events are so rare is that there is nothing so stable in a race as the inherited groundwork of its thoughts.

–Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd