The End of Capitalism is Announced

The Decider announces the end of tri­umphal­ist cap­i­tal­ism.
Whose zoo do these simi­ans belong in now?

Bush announces the end of capitalism

(Inter­na­tional Her­ald Tri­bune 19 Sep­tem­ber 2008)

The Soviet behe­moth with its offi­cial fan­tasy of the com­mu­nist broth­er­hood of man looked after by appa­ratchiks who could make a mil­lion shoes to fit the wrong foot and keep every­one in fear­ful penury finally stum­bled into vodka soaked obliv­ion in 1991. It had taken roughly a gen­er­a­tion from the death grip of a psy­cho­pathic Stalin for Gorbachev’s glim­mer of human decency to assert itself.

Another psy­chopath, Mao, rightly saw the Soviet tran­si­tion as a fatal per­sonal threat and did his best to destroy the Chi­nese peo­ple before they got any funny ideas about mak­ing a decent liv­ing. Luck­ily good old fash­ioned mor­tal­ity dis­patched Mao’s corpse to the under­world in 1976, and China could get on with pre­tend­ing that black cats were white cats, fat cats were alley cats, and glo­ri­ously get­ting rich was social­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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