A True Believer

John K Clark (johnkc@well.com)
Thu, 8 May 1997 11:04:19 -0700 (PDT)


I'm worried our friend Erik Moeller, he has become infected with a virulent
meme, and I hate to say this and I hope I'm wrong but, I fear he is in
serious danger of becoming that most wretched of creatures, A True Believer.
Erik, it was a bad sign when you ignored the huge difference between East and
West Europe, but it got worse, much worse. It was absolutely terrifying when
you dismissed with a shrug of your shoulders and a wave of you hand the
example of the Koreas, two identical countries except that one is communistic
and one is not and one is a world economic powerhouse and one is a world
economic basket case. Your prognosis is not good.

Nevertheless I haven't completely abandoned the hope that logic can still
touch you and you'll stop making excuses for moronic dictators who I wouldn't
trust to run my lawnmower much less run my economy. The fact that these thugs
butcher many of their own people and make the rest wish they were dead does
not add their charm. You were singing the praises of Castro, but since he
came to power, millions, quite literally millions, of people have fled his
socialistic paradise for the capitalistic hell of Florida, and they have done
it in incredibly dangerous home made rafts, some little more than a few inner
tubes lashed together. Many thousands have undoubtedly drowned in the attempt,
and still they come. If you can find some shred of objectivity that the
socialism meme has not destroyed, ask yourself this question, why is the raft
traffic 100% (and I don't mean 99%) from south to north rather than the

John K Clark johnkc@well.com

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