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An ideologue in the hand is worth two in the bush

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on June 06, 1999 at 18:24:19:

In Reply to: you have to break a few eggs to make an omelete. posted by Ludwig von Mises on June 04, 1999 at 10:24:44:

: : : 1. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelete. After all, in order to have a free society, people have to be killed in gulags in order to be free. It seems to me that many of you are pointing to the USSR and NAZI Germany as good examples of how to get freedom.

: : SDF: Care to name names? "Many of you"? Care to say WHO this might be?

: : (skipping)

: These are tidbits that I've read in several meesages. I don't remember who all wrote them, but they were written.

SDF: This reminds me of Joseph McCarthy's 1950 assertion, in front of all America: "I have here the names of 150 card-carrying Communists..." What he was holding in his hand, however, was the sports page of the local newspaper. At any rate, the McCarthy Era, an era of repression in American politics, was thusly born out of the mouths of liars.


: There are people on this board that defend Stalinism in it's various forms. ONe of the things that I read the most frequently is: you have to break a few eggs to make an omelete. Sounds Stalinist to me, how about you?

SDF: Since you are so good at reading politics into vague aphorisms, perhaps you could also tell us the political stripe of those who say, for instance, "a stitch in time saves nine," or "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". Are they Nazis? Anarchists? Republicans? Welfare-statists?

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