Mejor que Stalin

Lunes, 21 de julio de 2013

En su blog Krugman nos recuerda un extracto del ensayo de Orwell “Politics and the English Language.”

La razón de la cita son las críticas que ha recibido Krugman por su duras opiniones sobre el régimen chino. ¿No está siendo Krugman demasiado duro con un gobierno que, aunque dictatorial, ha tenido increíbles éxitos económicos?

Orwell:

Consider for instance some comfortable English professor defending Russian totalitarianism. He cannot say outright, “I believe in killing off your opponents when you can get good results by doing so.” Probably, therefore, he will say something like this:

“While freely conceding that the Soviet regime exhibits certain features which the humanitarian may be inclined to deplore, we must, I think, agree that a certain curtailment of the right to political opposition is an unavoidable concomitant of transitional periods, and that the rigors which the Russian people have been called upon to undergo have been amply justified in the sphere of concrete achievement.”

Krugman dice luego que afortunadamente China no es Rusia. Pero que “mejor que Stalin” no es precisamente un eslogan inspirador.

En fin, pensé que esta cita podía interesar a los lectores venezolanos del blog. Y disculpen la ausencia: he estado viajando.

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