The article first published in americanthinker.com on 01/15/2019. For many years geopolitical pundits have debated which way China is likely to go after it pulls large numbers of its population out of poverty. Following the semi-market reforms undertaken by Deng Xiaoping in 1978 and large-scale development, China has indeed brought large numbers of its population- some 250 million at last count – into the middle class. One theory, named after Reagan diplomat, Jeane Kirkpatrick, holds that dictatorships, like Franco’s in Spain and Salazar’s in Portugal, easily transform into democracies once their citizens become well-to-do and are no longer satisfied with economic freedoms alone. Others have argued that this does not apply to communist systems that operate on different command principles altogether. This debate has become even more heated given some
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Vladimir Putin and Russia are trying to influence the American election, according to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “And believe me, they’re not doing it to get me elected,” the former First Lady said in the October 9 presidential debate. “They’re doing it to try to influence the election for Donald Trump.” The Democratic candidate also said: “We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary, a foreign power, is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election.” America’s old-line establishment media has been slow to run a fact check on that proclamation but a few realities have emerged during the campaign. “Foreign governments have regularly sought to shape our politics,” wrote Paul Musgrave, professor of government
Why the movies avoid Communism “We come from Bulgaria,” says Annina Brandel, a newlywed played by Joy Page. She is addressing Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, in the 1942 film Casablanca. “Things are very bad there, monsieur,” Annina explains. “The devil has the people by the throat. Jan and I do not want our children to grow up in such a country.” The trouble is, they have no money, and Annina contemplates sex with Captain Renault, played by Claude Rains, to gain a visa. Annina asks Rick if the captain is trustworthy and if her “bad thing” would be all right if she kept it locked in her heart. “Go back to Bulgaria,” Rick says, but then he rigs the roulette table so Jan wins and