Mao Rebel News!!! How Rebellious is Supporting Dictatorship?

Posted on December 20, 2010 by

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Watching the diatribes of a bearded Canadian Mao Zedong supporter on Youtube has been, up until now, a secret form of entertainment for me. In his more recent videos this fellow wears a black hat and black shirt with a pin affixed to it bearing the profile of Mao’s face on it. He calls his Youtube channel “MaoistRebelNews2” and reports on current events, relating all violence and crimes to Capitalism and all peace and prosperity to Communism. There is a curious link to the thinking of this Youtuber and a lot of spontaneous violence that has been shocking nations almost on a daily basis.

“Failed policy does not constitute murder” the Moa Rebel claims as he defends Moa Zedong, Che Guevera, and Joseph Stalin while at the same time condemning the equally deadly war policies of George W. Bush and similar military actions. His friends in Greece failed to get that memo. The “All-Workers Militant Front” marched and became violent last Wednesday in protest of the new legislation in their Parliament that would undermine their political privilege. The bailout of the Banking industry in Europe by the EU incited anger in the face of austerity measures that would make some of their government dependent wage earners more destitute.

The shocking footage of what at first glance looks like a violent snuff film is actually the angst of one Clay Duke who shot at public policy decision makers because his wife was fired by the school. Before his facebook page was taken down he left this message:

Some people will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South

As sympathetic as I want to be to that statement it is obvious that this isn’t coming from a perspective based on liberty. Also on his facebook page was an exhortation to find the truth by clicking on a hyperlink to a video that denigrates capitalism as the source of class struggle rather than government, though taking the same stance on war as “Mao Rebel” above.

It is not central planning and the state they fear but violent forms of what they themselves advocate. If a public policy fails, blame it on capitalism. If a government becomes powerful and bloodthirsty simply declare that it is fascist. A government can kill whomever they please as long as it is inadvertent and not racially or culturally motivated, otherwise it’s declared to be a product of greed. Never mind that Capitalism converts greed into a net social benefit while the state intervenes and destroys this process.

It shouldn’t be expected that a government run school system can disavow people of their blind faith in the efficacy of government solutions to government created problems. Are there solutions to this problem? I don’t know when I attempt to find one it’s always considered infeasible by others. If these people gain political prominence and political authority a solution may develop by itself. They will riot on themselves and kill each other because of their inability to legislate wealth out of thin air. Watching the video of the Greek riots makes one believe most of them just want to break stuff.

These people despise unregulated markets without realizing that regulation is the source of their angst. Often public policy has the exact opposite effect of their intended purposes. Sarbanes Oxley, for example, rather than making corporations more transparent so that people have information that is materially relevant to make financial decisions, the heavy compliance cost has made many companies go black and delist themselves from exchanges. Little girls cannot make money selling lemonade without a license, poor people cannot scrape by using their car to sell rides to people, the homeless are not allowed to live in camper trailers (as was the case in Indianapolis recently). The angst of these rioters, Youtubers, and Gunman are misplaced. Capitalism isn’t the problem, government is.

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