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Stalingrad: 1943 and 2013

George257 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:08 PM
I believe Russia now has a flat income tax of 13%. That sounds good. But the contempt for individual rights in Russia and China is not consistent with capitalism. If the state want to take your house or farm - they just do it. No compensation, or very little. That is not capitalism. It is communism. Russia has rejected every opportunity it has had to embrace democratic values. The liberalisations of the Tsars, the Revolution in 1919, and the fall of communism - all replaced brutal totalitarianism with...more of the same.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:24 AM
Re: "If the state want to take your house or farm - they just do it. No compensation, or very little. That is not capitalism. It is communism." Hate to break the news to you, George257, but our government acts in a manner not at all dissimilar to your example. Emminent domain seizures, the IRS and asset forfeiture laws come to mind.
3129 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 3:58 PM
A Russian teacher once asked a student "what was life like before our glorious revolution?" The student replied that "Man was exploited by his fellow man". The teacher then asked "what is it like since our glorious revolution?" The student replied "Now it is the other way around". Viva la revolucion.
Feb. 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of one of World War II's most decisive and utterly destructive battles, the five-months of slaughter in the Russian city then called Stalingrad.

In 2012, this column revisited several major battles of 1942, including Midway and El Alamein. Midway destroyed Japan's strategic offensive capabilities. El Alamein began the Western Allies' long drive to Berlin. Winston Churchill saw Britain's North African victory as, "perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Subsequent allied victories on the Western and Eastern fronts proved Churchill correct, with Stalingrad the eastern end of the beginning.

However, the defeat Adolf...