Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Next Best 20 Minutes Of Your Life.

I'm not real big on fiction these days, Terry Pratchett notwithstanding, and with a pile of books steadily growing, sometimes it can be difficult getting enthused about things.

My immediate reading matter is The Forsaken: An American Tragedy In Stalin's Russia. It is heartrending, and has reduced me to tears several times, and I'm still only 2/3 of the way through.

For those who think that communism, or any other sort of collectivism is a Good Thing, this is a good place to start your re-education.

Those with a bit of power or authority start exercising that because they know better than you, then that bit sort of gets bigger and bigger.

It can be seen here in a small way every day on my drive home.

I drive on the Eastlink, a toll road that is between 3 and 4 lanes across, and is beautiful to drive on.

The speed limit is 100, but a few too many years of draconian speeding laws and fines have left the driving public often a bit too timid to actually reach that level, and most days I am lucky if I get to 95.

I'll stop now, as that rant is for another day, and I leave you with the 1812 Overture.

I grew up exposed to a broad range of music, including both country and western, and this was an especial favourite.

Enjoy.





I did find the complete video on what looks to be the Russian version of youtube, but I don't read Russian and couldn't find any way to embed this.

5 Comments:

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

The problem is when people confuse government-as-servant (provider of services and answerable to the public) with government-as-master.

And each side of politics thinks the other is to blame for the latter.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

I tend towards the government as servant model, as with my taxes I'm providing a payment for services.

Unfortunately, the government is providing too many services I consider unessential.

When you consider that we are labouring under 3 layers of taxation (local, state and fed), it's a bit heavy.

What do you get for your taxes? Well the defence forces are underfunded, the police are nowhere near up to scratch, the health services could do with a top up, and don't get me started on education!

If the government is this slack as a servant, I certainly don't relish it as a master.

Especially when I'm thinking of reading Marx or Alinsky next.

 
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At 8:43 PM, Blogger dwanadmayon said...

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At 9:40 PM, Blogger sfw said...

Merry Christmas Nilk

 

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