Several days ago I asked Daniel Greenfield for his thoughts on Cyprus and today he posted another one of his incredibly insightful essays. Read the whole thing.
Here is an excerpt:
The left likes to pretend that removing the middle class will make room for some clean regime of the oppressed. What it will actually do is remove the citizenry with enough power and wealth to keep government in check and replace it with beggars and rebels who depend on government subsidies while hating the government. If you want to see what an extended bout of that looks like, you can travel to the Middle East. These days you can try Europe as well.
What is taking place in Cyprus today, cannot hold a candle to what the former Soviets went through during the last 20 years. One fine day the government announced that all deposited money in the bank or inside your mattress had to be converted into new paper money within a 2 day period. The banks would convert only up to a said amount, which was about 2,000 rubles. Afterwards, the remaining money would become void. When this happened, 1 Soviet ruble, was equivalent to about 60 US cents. Shortly after this new currency appeared, 5,000 rubles were the equivalent of 1 us dollar. And people complained, and voiced their frustration, and turned on each other, and in the end accepted their fate. This is what 70 years of Soviet rule accomplished. A state of beggars.
We are quickly replacing our citizenry with fresh immigrants, coming to us from such regimes. The do not share our culture and our values. In general, they will vote for the same state that trained them. Our future state is being built.
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