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May 25, 2006

I miss Ronald Reagan

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

-Ronald Reagan

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I’m reading a book on globalization and its amazing how much Marx and Lenin screwed up the world in the first half of last century. Good quote.

Posted by: delbrians at May 25, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Or at least understands human nature. Once you get beyond the size and self-selectivity of a Kibbutz or the like, you’ll be fighting people’s rational self-interest, instead of benefiting from it.

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at May 25, 2006 at 1:40 pm

Ronald Reagan could not be deader.

Posted by: Not Dawn Summers at May 25, 2006 at 1:53 pm

Ronald Reagan could not be deader.
Sure he could. He could be a Kennedy, for example.

Posted by: ccs178 (Chris) at May 25, 2006 at 1:55 pm

Reagan and Kennedy are both dead and could not be deadder. I see very few Democratic hawks like JFK and I see very few small government Republicans like the Gipper.

Posted by: Von Bek at May 25, 2006 at 1:58 pm

One can read Marx and not become a communist.
That statement is like claiming one will become a playwright if one reads Shakespeare.

Posted by: Dave at May 25, 2006 at 2:51 pm

The man who ran the Indian economy during its central planning days (as he was a Marxist) said this at his retirement. He was sorry that he was so wrong about central planning and that he regretted the poverty he brought to hundreds of millions of Indians for so long.

Posted by: Jake at May 25, 2006 at 2:58 pm

Dave,
If you think Reagan either read or understood Marx, I’ve got some Iran contra weapons to sell you.

Posted by: nds at May 25, 2006 at 3:01 pm

Dave:
That is so true. No one would become a Democrat if they read Clinton’s or Gore’s books.

Posted by: Jake at May 25, 2006 at 3:06 pm

NDS:
If you read any of Reagan’s speeches from 1960 to 1975, you would know that not only did Reagan read Marx, he had a better understanding of it than any college professor.

Posted by: Jake at May 25, 2006 at 3:10 pm

If Reagan read Marx why did he say that people who read Marx are communists?
His quote makes no sense.

Posted by: Dave at May 25, 2006 at 3:59 pm

More Reagan, apropos our current Congress:
“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

Posted by: BillLalor at May 25, 2006 at 4:34 pm

Dave,
Reagan was illustrating, in his ever-so-clever way, that those who read Marx and Lenin critically will see the inherent dangers of central planning.
Only casual, shallow reading would lead one to think communism would be a good idea.
Reagan’s quote was pretty clear to me.

Posted by: Sean at May 25, 2006 at 6:43 pm

Jake:
Because Reagan wrote all of his own speeches?

Posted by: Sam L. at May 25, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Sean:
I was being intentionally obtuse.
A poor attempt at humor which does not translate well into the digital realm.
I was feigning ignorance, as it were. Apparently, neither Jeffrey Skilling nor I are very good at it.

Posted by: Dave at May 25, 2006 at 8:46 pm

So let’s substitute “terrorist” for “Communist,” and “Koran” for “Marx and Lenin.”

Posted by: Anon at May 28, 2006 at 5:42 pm

Ronald Reagan was an ignorant scumbag.

Posted by: China White at May 30, 2006 at 4:50 pm

How do you tell a dumbass figurehead that runs a country on PR and a vastly unregulated free market that results in the fucking RUST BELT? Well, it’s someone who’s vaguely aware of the poverty he’s caused in Chicago and Detroit; at least enough to convince the people who have lost everything that they are worthless and that unions are to blame for out-sourcing. And who opposes him? It’s someone who knows how Reagan and all other officials are only marketed to us, and that quotes like this are just cum-shots in the face of the masses to be enjoyed by the manufacterers of consent that would be able to manipulate the mass-psychology of the people weather the best method of control for the time would be marxism or capitalism.

Posted by: Jane at December 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm
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