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William Blum Tears New Ones for Old Goofs
The name William Blum may be familiar to some of you, if not for his contributions to Propagandhi records then perhaps for his unsolicited and hilariously surreal endorsement from one Osama Bin Laden.
Mr. Blum is the author of the Anti-Empire Report, a monthly (give or take a month) dressing down of the world’s emperors and their lackeys. I thought i would share the latest one with you.
During the Cold War, if an American journalist or visitor to the Soviet Union reported seeing churches full of people, this was taken as a sign that the people were rejecting and escaping from communism. If the churches were empty, this clearly was proof of the suppression of religion. If consumer goods were scarce, this was seen as a failure of the communist system. If consumer goods appeared to be more plentiful, this gave rise to speculation about was happening in the Soviet Union that was prompting the authorities to try to buy off the citizenry.
I’m reminded of this kind of thinking concerning Venezuela.