Blind to the evidence: The Korean experiment

Andrew Thomas:

It is apparent that a full 30% of the citizens of the U.S. are completely divorced from political reality. … We have drifted way off course in this country. Socialism is becoming revered and capitalism reviled by many Americans … there are some ways the stark differences between the two economic philosophies can be presented…at least to those who have not been completely blinded to fact-based evidence. A perfect example of this is to present the evolution of the once-unified country of Korea as if it were a science experiment. … The question to pose is this: How do you explain the incomprehensible disparities in the quality of life between the two Koreas other than by the economic systems they chose and the consequences of those systems?

There is an attempt to rationalize this blindness to the evidence as the result of a propaganda campaign expressed in the U.S. education system. That may be a bit simplistic. For instance, the picture of the Korean peninsula at nuight, while intended as a comparison and contrast of wealth and prosperity as seen in the night lights, would more than likely create thoughts of profligate carbon footprints in the ‘blind to the evidence’ crowd. From there is might go to outrage that the south has so much compared to the north and that is unfair and something must be done to “share the wealth.”

Comments about history are instructive, or could be. The Korea’s are just one example. There is also the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. China’s efforts in recent history to walk the line between central control and capitalist principles is also instructive. Then there’s California. It is always possible to bend the mind, to take only a superficial look at contrarian examples from history, and to fit that round peg into a square hole. That may create immediate gratification but it isn’t really an expression of intellectual integrity.

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