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Mission Accomplished

During the Cold War, the peoples of the East were wretchedly groaning under the yoke of the Communist Party, instead of, as they ought to have been, wretchedly groaning under the yoke of Western corporations. In the Yeltsin era, however, Western goals were finally achieved. It was a fair exchange: Western companies invested in the […]

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 11:02 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Come Back Gosplan, All Is Forgiven

How could we ever have seen fit to assert that the Soviet Union was economically backwards, when in fact it was devoted for decades to something that Western countries have only recently learned to espouse – namely running both productive enterprises and government administration by means of elaborately quantified managerial performance criteria? The United Kingdom, […]

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 08:53 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Engineers Versus Commissars

The other day I met a consulting engineer on a train in Austria. I tried out a pet theory on him, namely that the reason nothing seems to work these days is that, whereas engineers used to make things work, nowadays business graduates reassign blame for their not working – after they have finished spoiling […]

Posted on April 25, 2009 at 11:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Hand Over Your Inventions!

The World Slaver Empire advances by means more subtle than military conquest or even economic domination. As the pace of American scientific innovation slows, because of pressure from the theocrats and the know-nothings, the necessary technical data must be acquired in other ways, such as distortion of the patent system. Many people are complaining about […]

Posted on April 26, 2009 at 20:11 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Lays Of Ancient Profit

Many people, and probably most Americans, assume that the notion of a labour collective wherein all workers, however humble, are entitled to a share of the proceeds of the enterprise, is some kind of new-fangled Communist subversion. Prior to this, they imagine, the sole economic model was that the enterprise had one owner, who took […]

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Nyah Nyah Nyah, You Can’t Get ME-hee!

It is perfectly possible to be in favour of the free market while being hostile to the joint-stock corporation as the legal framework for the participants in that free market. Of course it suits certain interests to pretend that this is the same thing, as if the only alternative to a critique of corporate forms […]

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 11:01 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Fact Catches Up With Fiction

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) allows companies to sue states that threaten “expected future profit”. Now, once you introduce the principle of a right to expected future profits, the logical next step is to enshrine that right in statute law. After that, companies would be able to sue individuals who threatened their future […]

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 07:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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The Light-Bulb

My father was a headmaster, and his school had a caretaker (janitor to Americans), called Mr. Thomas. He was a permanent employee, and as much a part of the school as the teachers. Some of those were goof-offs, but Mr. Thomas was as faithful and dedicated as a warrior-monk. If a light-bulb went, he would […]

Posted on April 30, 2009 at 12:16 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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It Couldn’t Happen Here

The man who led the Chernobyl clean-up operation told me that the disaster was the single biggest cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Let us hope that we never have occasion to discover whether a similar-scale disaster in the West would have a corresponding effect on political structures. There is no reason to […]

A History Of Our Times In One Paragraph

In the beginning was 19th-century laissez-faire capitalism. And the people flocked to the industrial cities to feed the maw of the factories, and were wretched, and listened to revolutionaries and anarchists. The less wise among their rulers said, “Let us crush this stiff-necked people by force of arms.” But the wiser rulers said, “No, let […]

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 08:21 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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