AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Letter bombs (21): Que?

Posted by ampontan on Thursday, September 8, 2011

A semi-occasional commenter who chose the name Peace Tax for his latest note wrote:

I am convinced that the “no common ownership-privatise everything-let the market decide” crowd are as nutty, and would be as damaging, as Stalin at the other end … and certainly achieve less than the Stalins in the long run.

In truth I don’t know much about Japanese politics but am interested to learn. I have come to think of it as a kind of “Brand Bag Stalinism” … as in a Stalinistic total state control but with a shallow veneer of choice and comfort provided by permitted access to high-end consumerism in order to keep the people satiated enough not to complain about the distaste of the shafting.

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