Leftist thinking out of England

Two stories at the British Guardian caught my eye.  The first is the Guardian’s announcement that its readers think Private Bradley Manning deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.   You’re not imagining things.  Britain’s Left — at least that portion that answers unscientific online newspaper polls — thinks that the man who stole thousands of classified U.S. government documents and gave them to a man hostile to America, who in turn published them, leading to lots of boredom and, unfortunately, many deaths, is deserving of a “peace” prize.  The only thing that makes this logical is that you and I understand that “peace prize” is a misnomer.  What it really should be called is the “Nobel Hate America, Individual Freedom, and Capitalism Prize.”  Called by its true name, Manning is a perfect recipient.

The other story is one that’s both unbelievably tragic and that highlights the Left’s moral blindness.  The story is about a terrible famine affecting North Korea.  Here’s the Guardian’s take on the famine:

Footage of malnourished North Korean orphans and official warnings over failed harvests have given a rare glimpse at the scale of devastating food shortages in the country following a harsh winter and widespread flooding.

[snip]

North Korea has struggled with its food supply since the crippling famine of the 90s, and its biggest donors – South Korea and the US – have yet to decide whether to resume aid suspended in 2008, while rising global commodity prices have exacerbated its problems.

[snip]

The Reuters AlertNet humanitarian news service, which shot the new video, was allowed to make a tightly controlled trip to South Hwanghae, a farming province in the country’s arable heartland. The team reported signs of severe malnutrition in children and medical staff said they lacked the drugs they needed.

“The natural disasters of last year and this year have forced the people to live on potatoes and corn. Because people aren’t taking in proper nutrition, the number of in-patients has increased. While in May the number of inpatients was about 200, we have had around 350 inpatients each month from July to September,” said Jang Kum-son, a doctor.

Kim Chol-jun, paediatrician at a school for orphans, said heavy rainfall and flooding had also contaminated water supplies, leading to digestive diseases.

The governing People’s Committee said a bitter winter destroyed 65% of South Hwanghae’s barley, wheat and potato crops, and that rains, flooding and typhoons had destroyed 80% of the maize harvest. Officials added that they expected less than half the usual rice crop this month.

What’s missing from this story, with its focus on rainfall and flooding (some of which I assume affected neighboring South Korea) is that North Korea has had a perpetual famine problem.  This is not a weather related famine problem, although you wouldn’t guess it from the Guardian’s coverage.  Instead, it’s the same famine problem that affected the Ukraine in the 1930s and China during the Great Leap Forward:  It’s called a Communist-caused famine, and it occurs when a tyrannical centralized government destroys markets, designates food and farmland for favored citizens, diverts most of its resources to the military that props it up, and generally uses its citizens as servants of and tools for a small cadre of privileged people.

Did you notice, too, that the South Koreans are feeding their starving neighbors?  On the one hand, I totally understand it.  They don’t want hordes of hungry, nuclearized North Koreans swarming over the border.  On the other hand, it’s a shame that they’re propping up a dictatorship that’s systematically starving its own citizens.  I’m not exaggerating with the systematic starvation comment.  When I quoted from the Guardian, I left out a paragraph that provides the Guardian’s single nod to the fact that nature isn’t the only one at fault as North Korea’s children die:

Some suspect that Pyongyang may be hoarding crops to ensure there is plenty of food next year. The North has pledged that 2012 – the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung’s birth – will be the year it becomes a major power.

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  • Charles Martel

    We need to dial up a cruise missile with Kim Jong-il’s name on it.

  • Mike Devx

    Charles! Ymar has taken over your computer!  ;-)
     

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, yes, it was a Ymar-like thing to say.

    Still, wouldn’t it be rovery?

  • jj

    Is there some other kind of thinking in England?

  • Charles Martel

    When I was a kid and got drunk, I would often walk around nauseated and bilious, fighting the urge to puke. On those occasions when I was thinking more clearly, I would induce my own vomiting, hating the act but thanking myself abundantly afterwards for the relief it brought.

    I wonder if we are at the point with our civilization that maybe we should induce a puke. I really don’t know how we deal with the death of England, the dying of Europe, and the apparent demise of our young people, as exemplified by the brain-dead park squatters the media are endlessly citing as our best hope. I know that the Democrats and the parasites that feed from them are now doing everything in their power to bring my beloved country down, the same way slack-jawed Goths sacked Rome. 

    Maybe we need to just let the damned thing go. Maybe we let the savages—the Muslims, the communists, the welfarists, the unionists, the academy—have what they want. Let them fight over the boneyard they’ve created. Our civilization is in tatters, and maybe we have to find a way to save what’s good about it and hide it away in some great fortresses of mind and matter until the savages are done killing one another. Maybe we hold tight and work to create a New Florence that will blossom 100 or 200 years from now. 

    I don’t know.

  • merrykate39

    In the defense of South Korea, they do what they can for North Koreans because they still see all koreans as one people, separated by a communist dictatorship.  Imagine communists took over California (it’s a stretch, I know) and it was separated from the rest of the country. Communist-induced starvation sets in; do you really think the people of Oregon wouldn’t send aid if they could?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings, “Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!

    You and I are Christians, Charles M. We are not allowed to lose hope. The light cannot be extinguished. 
     

  • suek

    >>You and I are Christians, Charles M. We are not allowed to lose hope. The light cannot be extinguished. >>

    Christianity will have to go underground. We’ll have to take inspiration from the USSR – even after 40 years of suppression, the faith was still there.

    Maybe what you’re seeing is another reason to encourage the Mexicans. Yes there are some no-goodnicks, but they also seem to be very enthusiastic capitalists. The only problem I see is that they are accustomed to corruption. Still – corruption is universal, and given the choice, I’ll take Mexicans over Muslims.

  • Spartacus

    Martel,
     
    Since you’ve introduced alcohol into the discussion, allow me to take a side-trip into fermentation and distillation.
     
    Greatly simplified, fermentation is the process of little yeasty beasties resolving to party hearty and get a sugar high until they drown in their own excrement.  I needn’t point out that this bears a disturbing resemlance to our drunken political economy of today.
     
    But it’s not the first time that decent people have found cause for outrage, and it won’t be the last.  The Pilgrims weren’t so happy with things in England, and so, instead of trying to fight the overwhelming tide then and there, they moved (eventually) to North America.  A self-selected group filtered themselves out of the mix, formed a highly distilled spirit that was unburdened by the dead weight of their mother country, and was thus free to pursue an intoxicatingly different path of freedom that could never have been achieved without the separation.
     
    Later, the Founding Fathers also had certain complaints about being tied to a common destiny with the mother country.  Again, they unburdened themselves from a relationship which they could not have changed to an acceptable degree had they remained, and set their new country on a path to a wonderful future.  (As a side note, Ethan Allen is said to have had his own special and very potent liquor that he distilled: other people cut it down with rum so that they could drink it, too.)
     
    In sad contrast, there was once a bit of a dust-up in the neighborhood of Italy.  A number of folks who had a different idea about freedom than the local authorities sort of released themselves on their own recognizance, so to speak, a move not appreciated by the aforementioned authorities.  After successfully rebuffing several kind offers by the authorities to have them donate about six pints of blood each, they found themselves up north, with an opportunity to go hiking in the mountains… and beyond… which would have greatly reduced the authorities’ ability (and desire) to pursue them.  “But… but… Italy is our native homeland… We live here…” a number of them whined.  “And you’re going to die here if we stay here.  We can’t face down Roman legions forever,” some more sensible folks who shall remain anonymous pointed out.  “But… but… this is our home,” they whined.  Eventually, the argument was won by those unable to make the leap of imagination.  It did not end well.  I have opinions about this.
     
    Changing the status quo is never easy.  It has been opined that some diplomatic flirtations in 1916 with the idea of a cease-fire and return to status quo ante bellum went nowhere because, in effect, peace was the great unknown at that point, and diplomats were more afraid of the unknown than they were of the apalling carnage of the Western Front.  “Better the devil that we know,” as they say.  Indeed, someone somewhere once wrote that “all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
     
    But when the choice is between “certain destruction” and “something else,” we really should give strong consideration to “something else.”  And “something else” can take many different forms, some of them not really all that scary.  A bit of very selective nullification of federal authority (cherry-picked for a sympathetic public reaction) by some of the reddest states would be a good and peaceful start.  The longer-term goal would be devolution of most federal authority back to the states and people, so that the red states may actually return to a very traditionally American way of life, and the blue state, no longer supported by the red states, might wake up in the gutter, induce vomiting, down two aspirin and a lot of water, and then call the red states to inquire about getting into a Twelve-Step Program.

  • Charles Martel

    Lemieux, thank you for reminding me of those stirring words.

    Spartacus, just brilliant. I can see why Book loves the minds she has gathered here.

  • SADIE

    Mick Hartley has posted extensively on NK from various sources.
     
    Below a snip from one of them:
     
    More than a decade and a half of humanitarian relief initiatives for North Korea have been financed by well-meaning but essentially clueless bureaucracies in the international community oblivious to, or unwilling to face, the ugly realities that account for North Korea’s hunger problem today. To no great surprise, these clueless programs of supposed humanitarian relief have been a resounding failure. Or to be a little more precise: they have done a wonderful job of nourishing and supporting the North Korean regime — they have only incidentally and episodically mitigated the distress of the victims for which they were intended. Thus the unending calls for more food aid for North Korea — a pattern that in itself should awaken us to the basic bankruptcy of our current approach. 
    http://mickhartley.typepad.com/blog/2011/10/the-new-pyongyang-.html

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    This is why it is more efficient just to blow up evil and recover afterwards, rather than try to sustain totalitarian control by propping up dictatorships. Dictatorships are only useful for a time, even the Roman Consul system and Sparta’s Dual Kingship figured that out. Yet in the modern world, lacking much territorial expansion, ambition, or guts, people think they have transcended history. They think the time they live in is trans-historial where democracy is the end result and nothing else will happen afterwards. Well…

     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Truman used nukes in Japan, which resulted in anime being shipped overseas to me. I figure that’s a long term goal, but a good result nonetheless. Truman refused MacArthur’s requests for nukes in the Korean War, and now we have North Korea and our troops are stuck at the N-S border and NOT killing terrorists and NOT at the US border to block terrorists and NOT hunting down pirates or Mexican gangs that need killing. They are NOT doing such because they are still STUCK there. So blowing up evil takes a lot of investment and sacrifice, but later on the gains over time are immense. However, if you don’t invest in blowing up evil, then you must invest in containing and appeasing evil… for decades and decades, and all the while, the good decreases while the evil increases.

     

  • jj

    I don’t know how much we have to say about  your #5, Charles.  I mean consciously say.  Subconsciously we seem to have made a decision, or maybe it’s in the process of being made on, perhaps, a cellular level.
     
    I refer to the Caucasian birth-rate here on Planet Erf.  And the news on that front is interesting: the white folks are checking out.  Saying, ‘it’s been real – g’bye.’  Packing the bags and going.  They’ve conceded defeat in the competition to reproduce, or maybe just decided the party’s over on this planet – but either way they are committing racial suicide, and being massively out-bred by every other form of humanity there is.
     
    If it were happening in a country or two, that would be interesting enough – but it’s not.  It’s happening everywhere, and it’s happening simultaneously everywhere.  There is not a place on the planet where the Caucasians are breeding at even a replacement rate, let alone a rate allowing for growth.  Caucasians will be a minority in this country in fewer than forty years, and even the frozen north, Canada, will follow shortly thereafter.
     
    Caucasians have – and maybe it’s on the cellular level because it’s happening simultaneously, and  everywhere – to be done with this planet.  Since nobody knows what – if anything – comes next, it’s a leap of faith to say the least, but it’s happening.  And it’s happening big, and fast. 
     
    Maybe we’re all just tired.  But somewhere deep inside, so deep it went almost unremarked until it was well-established, a whole race here, arguably the most creative there has ever been, has quit.  Maybe the decision to just let the damn thing go has already been made.  We made it ourselves, when we weren’t watching.
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    http://neoneocon.com/2011/10/06/more-on-the-michael-morton-case/

    This is another example of what happens when you let the Left metastasize in a country. It’s not just unions. It’s not just teachers. It’s not just universities and higher education decaying into evil entropic Leftism. It’s not just immigrants, legal or illegal, being discriminated against, kept on the plantation: The Mexicans have to pay a cut of 50% to send money back to their families, plus subservience to the Left for fear of being deported. How’s that for tax and spend. So, it’s not ANY SINGLE ONE OF EM. The Left is an alliance of evil, and an alliance is composed of many different elements. It isn’t just one thing: it is diverse and has plenty of resources to call upon.

    So when people detect cracks and flaws in the system, they’re sitting there thinking “well, if we just fix the justice system, it should be okay”. No, it’s not okay. Because the problem started from the Left. The justice system, like the economy, like the foreign wars, like the military being defunded, is a SYMPTOM of the disease, not the disease itself. 

    You want to recover from the sickness? Break the back of the Left’s power first: disregard all the other little distractions their alliance members have been cooking up for decades now.

     

  • Mike Devx

    I’m not that concerned about the Guardian poll.  They *are* liberal, for one; it was an online poll, which makes it even more skewed to the libs.

    And did you see the list of their choices?  From Book’s link:

    Lina Ben Mhenni
    Memorial
    Julian Assange
    Helmut Kohl
    Israa Abdel-Fattah
    Wael Ghonim
    Sima Samar
    Private BradleyManning
    Aung San Suu Kyi
    Other

    That’s one bizarre list.  Heck, the only English name (aside from the very odd “Memorial” choice) on the list is Bradley Manning – and note the “Private” qualifier. (None of the other names have a qualifier).  

    Perhaps it’s a knock on me that I only recognize, aside from the WikiLeaks saboteurs Assange and Manning, Aung San Suu Kyi, although without looking her name up, I couldn’t tell you for sure what she did.  But it is to their credit that after Assange, they selected her in third place.  I suspected she’d at least be a worthy name, and after looking her info up online, she is.

    Hey, I thought they were still in LOOOOOOVE with Obambi over there!  How come he’s not on the list?

     

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Charles Martel…”Maybe we need to just let the damned thing go”

    The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they seemed to become with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier for them to see that something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow. When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle’s eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn. Well, they were going to destroy it again, were they—this garden Earth, civilized and knowing, to be torn apart again that Man might hope again in wretched darkness.

    –Walter Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz 

  • Mike Devx

    I guess what gets me down, David et al, is that once they’ve destroyed America, destroyed what was once so good and so great, will they lament what they’ve done?  No.  They will somehow manage to blame the “rich fat evil capitalists”, and “the bankers”, and “wall street”, and “the Jews” and everyone else but themselves.

    Nothing will have been gained, nothing accomplished, nothing learned.  There is no upside to such a loss.  WE MUST NOT LOSE AMERICA.
     

  • Charles Martel

    Thank you, David, a great passage from a great book. We snicker at the scorpion for stinging the frog who is carrying him to safety, but don’t see that we are the scorpion: “It is my nature.”

  • Charles Martel

    jj, I rhink the more accurate term to apply here is Western man, not Caucasian. Hell, the Arabs and Russians are Caucasians, and they are history’s royal screw-ups. If Caucasians have been giving up their will to excel, you might point to 632 and 1917 as two starting dates.  

    It’s the West—the true West composed of Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain, with lesser satellites like Ireland, Spain, Poland and Greece—and, of course, humanity’s glory, the United States of America—that has created the civilization that the savages I listed above want so badly to bring down. When you do away with the Bourgeoisie, and are reduced to the primitive values of tribe and plunder, you have restored Man’s rightful state. Prosperity, liberty and rule of law are aberrations that people like Obama, Pelosi, the media, the academy, Islam and the Marxists will, thankfully, end.  

  • jj

    Screw-ups or not, the Russians aren’t reproducing either, and the Arabs are headed for minority status in the Islamic world, too.  India has the world’s only Caucasian population that’s more than replacing itself, it’s actually growing.  We seem to be quitting, and not just on America, but the whole planet. 

  • Charles Martel

    jj, thank you for reminding me why I like Bollywood.