"Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough."
-Noah Cross in "Chinatown"
Am I the only one who sees the utter hypocrisy in this photo? Everyone there is armed with a $400 smart phone and they are fighting to get a picture with the country's premier socialist. We saw this on full display in Zuccotti park during the Occupy tantrums of 2011-12 - enraged upper-middle class aparachniks who tweeted their every move and blogged live from the "struggle." The irony and hypocrisy was duly noted then but apparently members of the new Gimme Generation who have lifted Bernie Sanders upon their shoulders never got that memo. Nor this one. Oh and this one.
These poor mind-numbed robots haven't a clue of their paradox: taking a picture of a dyed-in-the-wool communist in-waiting with the perfect example of American Exceptionalism. If Milton Friedman were alive today, he would forgo his pencil and lecture us on the wonders of the free market by holding up an iPhone 6. (And yes, I realize that there are many types out there, but they all copy Steve Jobs' miracle of production.) Mr. Friedman's 2 minutes and forty seconds on the production wonders of the lead pencil is still used today in Econ 101 classes, or should be. And to be fair, he lifted the gist of his talk from "I, Pencil" by Leonard Read. Both their thrusts dealt with the free market engine and the world economy, avoiding politics.
Replace the pencil with the iPhone and your world economy looms even larger. But our point is that no socialist country could nor did invent, design, produce and market the wonderful tool of the iPhone. It didn't happen in Communist-controlled China where much of the assembly is done by state-controlled Foxxcon. The iPhone couldn't have been produced in Russia or any of the former members of the Soviet Union, still reeling from eighty years of oppressive government control. It certainly never happened in any of the European socialist states so longed after by the American Left. Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany and even mother England could not produce it. And to be sure, cross off that list Venezula and all of South and Central America. We don't even have to mention Cuba, do we?
Coutresy of financesonline.com
The many sources of production, starting with the design and implementation in Cupertino, California, involves over 500,000 workers. Almost 300,000 are in the app business alone. But this list is far too long for our blog. Yes, it starts and ends in the United States and it does take a global economy to produce, but Apple could not exist in any other country. And if Bernie Sanders could get elected, the chances of the next miracle of Apple will be greatly decreased. His prohibitive tax plans, abhorrence of the free economy, and desire to nationalize all major industry (let's face it, that's what socialists do) would guarantee corporate flight. First the banks; next the health care system, then the big industry and finally education. Hasn't anyone in that crowd fawning over the communist Sanders even read 1984?
Bernie Sanders is believable to these lemmings of the Gimme Generation precisely because he says what they want to hear. Do statements like "We will lower your health care premiums by $2500" or "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" sound familiar?
Remember as you take your selfies with Bernie:
Socialism starts with paper. It ends with metal.
Spring Break Reading List for the Gimme Generation:
(with free downloads, just like you want them)
The Road to Serfdom by Fredrich Hayek (great cartoon version for those who are too busy protesting to, you know, actually read)
"The Iron Curtain Speech" Winston Churchill
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
and my favorite anti-communist since 1970's, Jimmy from Brooklyn, who exists on talk radio and who is still going strong with Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Trevor Loudon, and on his FaceBook page