In Praise of Military Dictatorship (Poland)
Janusz Korwin-Mikke MEP
Within two years, Chile became [one of the] richest nations of Latin America; meanwhile under the occupation of ‘saviour’ Allende the Chilean economy was in a state similar to Poland in 1982.
[As above, but in the context of Greece:] It is absolutely necessary to carry out libertarian reforms. Except that there is no way to do so in under a democratic system – no chance! There are more idiots than intelligent people, moreover, the common people believe that if they receive something [from the state] then all is good, meanwhile, they don’t see what is taken away from them and others, they only see what the state puts in their hands. Therefore, there is no way to convince the majority of people to libertarianism.
That is why General Pinochet did not invoke democratic principles, but instead carried out authoritarian reforms in the spirit of the Chicago school of economics, (it would have been better to do so in the Austrian school, but I digress). He first carried out this reform and only later, after two years – after people saw that this worked – he carried out a referendum. People have to see. If people do not see with their own eyes, then they cannot imagine it, and therefore cannot start voting that way.
For example: Nobody in Poland can even imagine life without ‘free’ schools, ‘free’ medicine – this is horrid! Only after half a year to a year, once they realise that they suddenly have more money, then they will realise that all is good.
This begs the question: Therefore, what is the KORWIN Party doing in Poland? What kind of chance does it have? Ladies and gentlemen, it is rather simple. A moment of crisis will come, and a general [in Poland] will usurp the democratic government. Meanwhile, we the KORWIN Party have to be there when he rises and guide him through the arduous task of policy making. There is nothing wrong with this being an authoritarian system. We already live in a totalitarian system, democracy knows no bounds, tomorrow, we could democratically vote to have all women shave their heads bald. Meanwhile, no king ever had such power as the democratic majority – the cretinous majority.
Theoretical models, the laffer curve… we can discuss these in perpetuity and convince only 1-2% of people. On the other hand, we have to show the economy in action – and this is what general Pinochet did. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher did this too, but only in a fraction of what they could do had they not been hindered by democracy. Yet, this ‘fraction’ worked! They were hailed as having saved the economy. Now imagine what doing the other 3/4ths could achieve!
If General Jaruzelski carried out such a reform in 1982, then today he would be hailed as a hero. Today Poland would probably be half as wealthy as the United States. Our economy would have taken off in a similar manner to that of the Chinese but much wealthier given our relatively more advanced economy. But the General explained away his refusal to take such actions saying ‘Oh no! The people wouldn’t want it!’.
I hope that Greece finds its General. Under the rule of Syriza, it must necessarily collapse.