Monthly Archives: October 2006

The difference freedom makes

From the Daily Mail: a photo of North and South Korea with commentary from Donald Rumsfeld.
north versus south korea

“It says it all. There’s the south, the same people as the north, the same resources north and south, and the big difference is in the south it’s a free political system and a free economic system.

“The people in the north are starving, their growth is stunted. It’s a shame, a tragedy.”

An aide added: “This oppressive regime is too busy trying to make war to make life comfortable for its people.”

Some people have asked me about the city in my blog’s header. It’s Hong Kong. I didn’t pick the image at random – the shining skyline represents one of the newly-created engines driving the world forward. My inner optimist wonders about the progress that economic freedom can bring, while my pessimist wonders at how far New York City has sunk in the mire of statism to lose that honor to Communist China. The trends are not evident to everyone yet – but will it be as clear as North and South Korea in 20 or 30 years?

Edit: there is a discussion on this post here.

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GOP Albright ad

Update: bigmac ads:

The ad was made by David Zucker, producer of movies like Airplane!, Naked Gun, and Scary Movie 4. When GOP officials saw the ad, they declined it. I haven’t read anything saying whether or not the GOP funded the ad or otherwise participated in making it. If they did, and if it was intended for TV, then it’s surprising it got this far. Perhaps it was really intended for this kind of viral online distribution in the first place?

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