of elephants and men, and scumbags

jamesd at echeque.com jamesd at echeque.com
Wed Nov 21 23:50:54 PST 2018

>> On 2018-11-21 17:45, juan wrote:
>>> 	uh oh. So let's make clear what "the right" means. As Jim B. pointed out, the left/right classification comes from the french revolution. What needs to be added is that the people who sat on "the right" of the assembly were the conservatives/monarchists/theocrats or representatives of the 'ancien regime'.

 > On Thu, 22 Nov 2018 16:04:56 +1000
 > jamesd at echeque.com wrote:
>> The ancient regime was theoretically absolute, and in an important sense
>> was absolute, but could not conscript,

On 2018-11-22 16:56, juan wrote:
> 	excetp, of course it could
> 	https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corv%C3%A9e

Corvee was typically one day a week working on the fields or some such. 
Which is a lot less than I spend working for the government.  The 
ancient regime did not and could not send a generation off to Russia to die.
> 	except hyperinflation in france existed in the 18th century (that is almost 100 years before the revolution)
> 	http://austrianeconomics.wikia.com/wiki/John_Law_inflation_in_France

There was the important difference that though John Law could inflate 
away the paper money in your pocket, he did not and could not try to 
force bakers to supply bread for worthless money, unlike Venezuela today 
and unlike Revolutionary France.

>> Which gave us science, technology, industrialization, and empire.
> 	notice that's exactly what a 'progressive' socialist would say.

But that is because they, and you, lie.

Progressives have destroyed science, and socialists' attempts at 
industrialization were second rate (reflect on soviet cars), relied on 
buying or stealing technology developed by capitalists (soviet cars and 
car factories were copied from the US under American engineers) and came 
at horrifying human cost.

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