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  •  After Pinochet was ousted I was in Beijing... (4+ / 0-)

    ...in 1994 having dinner with the Chilean ambassador in the embassy on embassy row (another story).

    He told me that he was acting as an adviser to the Communist party (at the highest levels) as to how to implement the economic policies that Chile adopted during Pinochet advised by the Chicago Boys.  China and Chile have done well since then.

    I confess I was a sort of Ayn Rand libertarian in those days.

    IMO (today) neither Marxism nor the opposite Ayn Rand capitalism are good for a country.

    What is needed is a balance between government and private enterprise.  Some things are better done by the government some by private enterprise. Now I consider myself a pragmatist (the best philosophy).

    So 3 things.

    1) Chile and China had too much government and not enough private enterprise so the Chicago Boys were useful.

    2) No need for a Communist party or a Pinochet all you need is less ideology and more pragmatism.  Other countries have benefited from achieving the sort of balance that made America great after FDR implemented the New Deal.  (The balance here needed to come from the opposite direction. Now in America the balance is gone so I support a new-New Deal)

    3) I have no clue about Egypt

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    by Shockwave on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 01:15:05 PM PDT

    •  if you ever wrote about how you woke from (0+ / 0-)

      Randism to realism, informed by concern for your fellow humans, I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd want to read it.
      Michael Lind (Up.From Conservatism), David Brock (Blinded by the Right), and Jerome Tuccille (It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand) have done well with similar themes.
      BTW, gotta ask, if you.read.this and are willing -- is your handle a shoutout to Brunner?

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