- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2000

'Socialism works'

"Beginning in the late 1980s, environmental groups lobbied to block Brazil's access to multilateral finance for development projects… .
"According to Brazilian government officials, the pressure from environmental campaigns to halt development has contributed to Brazil becoming one of the world's largest debtor nations and has not helped the millions of residents living in poverty… .
"Environmentalist Tim Keating [of Rainforest Relief] believes the free market may be what is harming the developing world's poor by making 'rich people richer' and making 'more poverty than it solves.' …
"Keating … says, 'Capitalism distributes the pie to whoever seems to be the biggest bully or whoever seems to be the most aggressive person,' and that 'capitalism is pretty much antithetical to sustainability.'
"Actor Chevy Chase … agrees with Keating. Chase offers that 'socialism works' to help people out of poverty. He adds, 'I think Cuba might prove that.'
"Celebrity activist Tom Arnold … sees it as the West's duty to control the developing world… .
" 'It is arrogant. But we are going to have to be, because we learned from our stupid mistakes and we are going to have to help them. It's what's going to have to happen,' he opines. Arnold believes that the wealthy nations should subsidize the poorer nations because … 'the only way it's going to work is if we help them and that's going to cost us a lot of money and we're going to have to do it.' "
Marc Morano and Kent Washburn, writing on "The human cost of the rain forest cause," on Tuesday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Familiar faces

"What is the American left's public response to the economic wing of the New World Order? Riots staged by androgynous hooligans who have watched one too many PBS documentaries on the '60s. 'You say you want a revolution …' but they do not. A revolution requires courage and discipline.
"We have seen these faces before, chaotic, resentful, stupefied. They danced in the streets at the Festival of Reason; they drank and fornicated behind the Paris barricades in 1848; and they greeted the Bolsheviks as the liberators of the human spirit from God, morality, mathematics and hygiene."
Thomas Fleming, writing on "A Revolution to Save the World," in the July issue of Chronicles

American hatred

"Watching 'American Beauty,' the film that won five Academy Awards this year, one is hard-pressed to explain how a movie this loathsome gets to be made.
"As one of the characters makes clear when she is about to leave home with her drug-dealer boyfriend, the movie is suffused with hatred of everything normal: hatred of marriage, hatred of the family, hatred of heterosexuals, hatred of the military, hatred of fathers, hatred of honor, and hatred of morals.
"Most of all, it is suffused with hatred of the very people who line up to see it. It hates the suburbs; it hates corporate culture's demeaning and unfulfilling jobs… . It sets out to ridicule the very people whom Hollywood has enslaved. It ridicules not so much the traps which the dominant culture, with Hollywood's help, has created for its victims, but the victims themselves, the people who are trapped in these forms of control. As such, 'American Beauty' is a classic form of blaming the victim… .
"[F]ilms like 'American Beauty' … are suffused with both nudity and lying in an attempt to calm the consciences of those who make them. All is exposed in Hollywood. The only thing that gets repressed there is the truth."
E. Michael Jones, writing on "Wretched Excess," in the June issue of Culture Wars

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