Warning: communism leads to cannibalism

During the forced collectivisation of China’s “Great Leap Forward”, food production dropped sharply. But Communist Party officials inflated food statistics so they could argue there was no food shortage. The authorities exported grain while ordinary Chinese starved. “See, communism does work,” Mao Zedong would proclaim to the world.  

Unfortunately, communist rationing of food had some side-effects:

Deaths were kept secret as long as possible. What food there was was distributed by the collective kitchen and generally one family member would be sent to collect the rations on behalf of the whole household. As long as the death of a family member was kept secret, the rest of the household could benefit from an extra ration. So the corpse would be kept in the hut. In Guangshan county, one woman with three children was caught after she had hidden the corpse of one of them behind the door and then finally, in desperation, had begun to eat it.

From this, we can derive a basic test that we should apply to all ideologies. It goes like this. Is the ideology likely to lead to mothers eating their own children? If so, the ideology is flawed. Pretty simple, really.

In the case of libertarianism, to the best of my knowledge, I believe the answer is “no”.

9 thoughts on “Warning: communism leads to cannibalism

  1. “Australia is lucky to have the Productivity Commission.”

    I have nothing but praise for everything you said prior to that statement.

    COME OFF IT MAN.

    You know that a new broom sweeps pretty clean as Friedman said. But the productivity commission is pathetic and worse than useless its harmful.

    But yes I do agree that they did very good work early on.

  2. Note: the reason Grame’s comment makes no sense is because I edited my post.

    It’s funny you made the special effort to point that out as some kind of anomaly!

    (No offence Graeme 🙂 )

  3. Economic cannibalism leads to actual cannibalism; I’ve been telling socialists this for years.

  4. But wouldn’t donation of your body to a cannibal be legal (after death) under a libertarian society?
    Therefore I wouldn’t rule it out……. ;p

  5. But wouldn’t donation of your body to a cannibal be legal (after death) under a libertarian society? Therefore I wouldn’t rule it out……. ;p

    Fuck donation. Sale at market price with proceeds to my estate!

  6. I always said they could feed me to the dogs, but a good market sale sounds even better.

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