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veen  ·  1158 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: veen’s reviews #2: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty

I remember Judt and Timothy Snyder discussing that. Pretty awful how so many people had no scruples when it came to Jewish wealth.

kleinbl00  ·  1158 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey - you tell somebody they can shoot their neighbor and take their farm, or not shoot their neighbor and get shot by their other neighbor. Before too long the only people left are the guilty ones.

Worked in Cambodia, too. You were either the bourgeoisie or the survivors. This is why the whole "Trump therefore we're one step away from the Third Reich" canard bugs the shit out of me. Ain't nobody wanna steal the resources of those uppity, wealthy black people.

goobster  ·  1158 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And the Cultural Revolution in China is what happens when you let go of the reins and let the proles have too much power... eventually they come for YOU, too.

kleinbl00  ·  1158 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Richard Pipes pointed out that the Bolshevik revolution was pretty much a small cabal of intellectuals channeling the discontent of the proletariat into replacing the monarchy with... a small cabal of intellectuals. And then the proletariat got rid of them, too because fuckin'A it's not like they were royalty or anything.