Saturday, February 12, 2005

Maybe I'm Wrong, Maybe NPR is Really OK... 

Okay, maybe this is a small thing and it's defintely just one more in a long line of NPR shitshowers, but it still puts my overalls in a twist. Yesterday on NPR there was a story about North Korea and their nookyoolar program, and the correspondent felt compelled to say “the Communist nation” with every oblique reference to the place. Arrgggh! Red-baiting and ignorance of political science, ya ask me. Which you didn’t, but I’m saying…

1. I don’t think Marx or Engels or any of the other theorists would call Dear Leader’s form of government “communist.”

2. I have sincere doubts that there has ever actually been a real communist government in actual operation for any length of time.

3. Socialism and Communism are not the opposite of “freedom” and “liberty.” It’s possible to have civil liberties in a socialist society. In fact, perhaps even more than in a capitalist society.

So, knock it off, awright, NPR? And while we’re at it, shaddap with the references to America being the “world’s greatest democracy” too, m’kay? Pacifica Radio is really all that’s left that’s worth listening to, I swear… or is it just me?

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