A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian & the myth of socialist Sweden

In one of the passages I read vilified 19th century robber barons, as if, of all the things in the world, they are what we should fear most. It is outrageous that as we emerge from 20th century which saw well over 100 million murdered by their own governments, we are still be asked to fear 19th century robber barons who committed crimes like lowering the cost of kerosene by 90% so that poor people didn’t have to live in darkness after the sun went down.

Some footnotes:
Interventionism by George Reisman
The Sweden Myth Stefan Karlsson
Swedish Conservatives Bucked the Recession by Lowering Taxes – and Won Re-Election
Stagnating Socialist Sweden by Per Bylund
Free Banking in Sweden (pdf) by Erik Lakomaa
Poorer Than you Think by William L. Anderson
The not so Wild Wild West

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  1. elmer

    Roman, I appreciated the second part of your book report, but not the first.

    The book is very funny. It is not meant to be a socialist tribute.

    It is about a bunch of wacko people who don’t know what they’re doing, and who don’t know what they’re talking about.

    – the old man is an engineer, not an economist – he pays for silicone implants for the “divorcee” from Ukraine, and he gives her a lot of money much to his daughters’ dismay; he gets taken for a ride

    – the “pink grenade” from Ukraine is an extremely devious,manipulative, obnoxious scamming bitch; not only does she get breast implants from the old man, she demands a car – and not just a “crap car”, to quote her, but a “Rolly” – so the old man buys her a “Rolly” and a vacuum cleaner (only the best); she ends up taking the old man’s money, and for a while making him a prisoner in his own house; turns out that she was not divorced after all

    – the 2 daughters have their own problems, not only with the “pink grenade” purloining all of their inheritance, but also problems between themselves, and it is clear that the “socialist” is somewhat self-important, if you follow the dialog

    It’s not a book about economics. That’s just a tangential discussion, and the business about “rapacious capitalism” is a view that some Ukrainians have to this day about the help that they got from “the West” – it is a convenient way for sovok mafia to excuse their own rapacious “sovok-gone-wild” robbing and pillaging for the past 20 years in Ukraine.

    It’s clear that the characters don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to almost everything, not just economics.

    It’s a book about people whose lives got terribly screwed up by the war, who got terribly screwed up themselves by various circumstances, who are blinded by a “pink grenade,” or by money (in the case of the “pink grenade”), or intellectual self-importance, or the sovok system, which created the “pink grenade.”

    And – you are right – it’s a funny book.

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