Skip to comments.Putin warns US to eschew socialism
Posted on 02/18/2009 12:09:57 PM PST by Scanian
What is the world coming to? Pat Dollard reports the Russian leader warned the US against adopting socialism because it doesn't work: Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the states omnipotence.
In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the states role absolute, Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.[Snip.]
Sounding more like Barry Goldwater than the former head of the KGB, Putin said, Nor should we turn a blind eye to the fact that the spirit of free enterprise, including the principle of personal responsibility of businesspeople, investors, and shareholders for their decisions, is being eroded in the last few months. There is no reason to believe that we can achieve better results by shifting responsibility onto the state.
Putin also echoed the words of conservative maverick Ron Paul when he said, we must assess the real situation and write off all hopeless debts and bad assets. True, this will be an extremely painful and unpleasant process. Far from everyone can accept such measures, fearing for their capitalization, bonuses, or reputation. However, we would conserve and prolong the crisis, unless we clean up our balance sheets.
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The world is backwards.
Obama could care less.
The world has turned upside down.
Putin has never been a Communist. Yes, he admired the Soviet Union’s military might, but like anyone with a brain, he could see the economic basket case centralized planned economies left the old Soviet Union.
amazing. I didn’t know Putin was a capitalist
It’s a terrible shame when Russia’s President is smarter than our own.
Even Putin can see it. The U.S. is morphing into the U.S.S.A.
“Obama could care less.”
True. Remember the old standard...it’s not that socialism doesn’t work, it’s just that it hasn’t been tried by the right people.
[You can’t make this stuff up!]
Too funny! That is exactly what I was going to post.
But heck, even Shumpeter reluctantly admitted the same.
The sheep have finally led us all to slaughter.
I’ve been saying to a long time that the USA is becoming more like the USSR and Russia is becoming more like the USA.
Oh, the delicious sarcasm! Armageddon is turning out to be funnier than I expected.
Shumpeter = Schumpeter
Pootie beat you to it! LOL!
Can we trade Obama for Putin?
This isn’t satire??? Holy carp.
It’s felt like I’ve been on an extended acid trip since last November 4, but this...this is just wild, man.
Putin is just tweaking Obama. Of course if the US economy stays tanked, so does the world economy and oil prices stay where they are.
My God, up just became down.
When we have to be lectured by PUTIN saying to us Americans, ‘don’t try socialism, it doesn’t work, we’re the PROOF’, we need to get all our socialist leaders out of office and make sure they can never ever hold a single public position of power again. And I mean not even on their little school board or july 4th parade committee.
Is this an Onion story? Am I in 2009??? Weird stuff.
I guess they are no longer funding those commie traitors (John Kerry's winter soldiers) like they did in the 60's and 70's.
It's also a subliminal statement that even Putin knows what Obama is. Too bad our traitorous media keeps trying to cover up what the rest of the world knows
Well, it has that going for it.
Want to think of something really really ironic? Imagine Russia supplying logistical support to a pro-freedom group in the USA at some point in the future.
Yes, you are correct.
“Even Putin can see it. The U.S. is morphing into the U.S.S.A.”
The only good thing about this is no one will want to come here as the US will now be as equally crappy as the rest of the world.
I am hoping Vlad or his pals in the KGB (I forget their new name) can get us his real Kenyan BC. I think the Russians may end up being are allies against O and his Islamist pals.
I'm just waiting for my neighbor's dog to start giving me orders.
I’d feel a heck of a lot better about the Russkies, if they’d just stop helping the damn Iranians.
Here is his entire speech at the economic summit.
More proof that God has a sense of humor. Once in a while he comes up with some real gut busters, like giving Mrs. Carter the two biggest boobs the world had ever seen up to that point.
Putin is nationalist first and foremost, even though he still has a strong totalitarian streak in him, he has repudiated socialism. I think this whole scenario is fabulous that Pooty-Poot is telling the US something about socialism. The USSA is a very apt description of what we’re becoming.
Yup, I always knew that as dumb as communists were, they didn’t hold a candle to the Obamaloon and his Loon-O-Tics!
Crap, Pravda is already allowing tougher criticism of Obama than our own media does.
The Audacity of Irony...
At this point, I fear Putin’s place might be more capitalist than ours.
Frankly, I think the Russians should be our ally. It’s just crazy to see them support a nation trying to get nuclear arms, when those arms will be supplied to terrorists. It’s crazy for it to want to side with China, when it can see that China wants world domination.
Russia knows we aren’t going to invade.
Russia is our natural ally in the modern world. Unfortunately it’s leaders still have their heads in a 1970s mode, unable to see current world dynamics for what they are.
But then our new leader can’t either.
Hey, a little less truth around here... ;-)
now let me get all this straight....never mind, i’ll just have another beer...
Armageddon is turning out to be funnier than I expected.
lol. you owe me a new keyboard =)
I read his speech from Davos...it was stunning to me that I would agree with the former head of the KGB far more than i do our own president...the world is indeed completely backwards.
I agree with your thoughts and appreciate your agreement with mine.
Frankly, so do ours.
Kosovo was the dumbest thing we could have done. We could have brought Russia into the fold, but our stupidity there, gave the hardliners in Russia an excuse to say that the West was not their friend.
Sigh, it’s hopeless. I can’t discern fact from satire anymore.
GMTA...I was going to say up side down
A small correction: Putin was never the head of the KGB. He rose to the rank of Colonel in the KGB.
Actually, it’s interesting that in the last days of the Soviet Union, within the KGB there was de facto freedom of speech, and a raging debate about whether or not state atheism had been a hideous mistake. Putin, according to a biographer writing in The Atlantic Monthly a few years back, was on the ‘it was a hideous mistake’ side. I wonder whether there was a similar debate about central planning.
Yup, Russia’s got Christian religious education in its government schools, a flat income tax, lower tax rates (both individual and corporate), a media less subservient to the party in power (despite the odd assassination), and no more cronyism betweeen its major corporate shareholders and CEOs and the government than we have.
Whether Obama’s bent on imitating Lenin or Hitler, I just hope Marx was right when he wrote “History repeats itself, the first time is tragedy, the second is farce.” Lots fewer people tend to die in farces than in tragedies.
It hasn’t worked, it’s never worked, it will never work.
This should’ve been McCain’s and the GOP’s rally cry.