4 October 2002
A few days back, I brought in a few bits from the estimable Dinah Dienstag on the subject of poverty and its correlation to morality. Once again, Cinderella Bloggerfeller (may his tribe increase) has given us more of the Wisdom of Dienstag, this time explaining that strange affinity some people seem to have for really rotten regimes:
"[W]hy do idiotarians support the right of oppressive regimes to exist, even if they rarely think they are paradises on earth? Because they still treasure the dream that one day, maybe just maybe, a Third World government will appear that will fulfill some of their radical utopian fantasies. These fantasies are unlikely to be fulfilled by a democracy and certainly not by a capitalist one. In the 1950s and 1960s, with decolonization, the Third World became the great 'progressive' hope. Communism, which had failed in the USSR, might work in Castro's Cuba, Mao's China or Pol Pot's Cambodia. By 1990, after the collapse of the USSR (which often bankrolled these regimes) and the publication of Francis Fukuyama's The End of History they were desperate. Now any regime whatsoever would do so long as it didn't resemble a Western capitalist democracy. Cuba had been spat out like a discarded cigar butt by many on the New Left in 1968 after Castro had supported the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and imprisoned and forced the poet Heberto Padilla into making a false confession. Now it was suddenly a Third World role model again simply because it resisted US influence. Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam, the Taleban? Anyone will do. We don't agree with all your policies but we will support your right to inflict them with all our might because you keep the dying embers of our dreams alive for one more day."
And yet, we are told, they're not truly anti-American; they merely yearn for a more perfect world.
Yeah, right. You can wash two, maybe three hogs with that business.