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Video: How the Leftists Killed a Great City

October 26, 2010

Here’s a very interesting, very educational video produced by PJTV. In this video comedian Steven Crowder toured the ruins of the city of Detroit. This clip reminds me of a place in the bestselling book Atlas Shrugged called Starnesville. Now unimpeachable, irrefutable facts would tell you that this once great industrial city in the United States was destroyed by socialism, too much government regulations, and leftist unions. The tragic story of Detroit tells us how a single idea- Big Government- could kill or destroy a great city, or even a great nation.

Jeff Allen, a secondary character of Atlas Shrugged, tells the tragic story of Starnesville:

“We voted for that plan at a big meeting, with all of us present, six thousand of us, everybody that worked in the factory. The Starnes heirs made long speeches about it, and it wasn’t clear, but nobody asked any questions. None of us knew just how the plan would work, but every one of us thought that the next fellow knew it. And if anybody had doubts, he felt guilty and kept his mouth shut – because they made it sound like anyone who’d oppose the plan was a child-killer at heart and less than a human being. They told us that the plan would achieve a noble idea. Well, how were we to know otherwise? Hadn’t we heard it all our lives – from our parents and our schoolteachers and our ministers, and in every newspaper we ever read and every movie and every public speech? Hadn’t we always been told that this was righteous and just? Well, maybe there’s some
excuse for what we did at that meeting. Still, we voted for the plan – and what we got, we had it coming to us. You know, ma’am, we are marked men, in a way, those of us who lived through the four years of that plan of the Twentieth Century factory. What is it that hell is supposed to be? Evil – plain, naked smirking evil, isn’t it? Well, that’s what we saw and helped to make – and I think we’re damned, every one of us, and maybe we’ll never be forgiven…

“Do you know how it worked, that plan, and what it did to people? Try pouring water into a tank where there’s a pipe at the bottom draining it out faster than you can pour, and each bucket you bring breaks the pipe an inch wider, and the harder you work the more is demanded of you, and you stand slinging buckets forty hours per week, then forty-eight, then fifty-six – for your neighbour’s supper, for his wife’s operation – for his child’s measles – for his mother’s wheel chair-for his uncle’s shirt – for his nephew’s schooling – for the baby next door – for the baby to be born – for anyone anywhere around you -it’s theirs to receive, from diapers to dentures – and yours to work,from sunup to sundown, month after month, year after year, with nothing to show for it but your sweat, with nothing in sight for you but their pleasure, for the whole of your life, without rest, without hope, without end … From each according to his ability, to each according to his need …

“God help us, ma’am! Do you see what we saw? We saw that we’d been given a law to live by, a *moral* law, they called it, which punished those who observed it – for observing it. The more you tried to live up to it, the more you suffered; the more you cheated it, the bigger reward you got. Your honesty was like a tool left at the mercy of the next man’s dishonesty. The honest ones paid, the dishonest collected. The honest lost, the dishonest won. How long could men stay good under this sort of a law of goodness? We were a pretty decent bunch of fellows when we started. There weren’t many chiselers among us. We knew our jobs and were proud of it and we worked for the best factory in the country, where old man Starnes hired nothing but the pick of the country’s labor. Within one year under the new plan, there wasn’t an honest man left among us. *That* was the evil, the sort of hell-horror evil that preachers used to scare you with, but you never thought to see alive. Not that the plan encouraged a few bastards, but that it turned decent people into bastards, and there was nothing else it could do – and it was called a moral ideal!”

Did the leftist union and the socialist government of Detroit accept that it’s their evil policies that caused the death of Detroit? Hell, no! Instead of looking at their evil policies and programs, they blamed others, such as the ‘greedy’ socialists who abandoned the city after having been fed up with too much government controls and regulations.

This disgusting attitude or behavior of the leftist union and the socialist politicians who destroyed Detroit bears grizzly likeness to that of Ivy Starnes (one of the characters of Atlas Shrugged) whose collectivist plan destroyed Starnesville.

Jeff Allen says of Ivy Starnes after her evil plan failed:

“Our agony took four years, from our first meeting to our last, and it ended the only way it could end: in bankruptcy. Ivy Starnes made a short, nasty, snippy little speech in which she said that the plan failed because the rest of the country had not accepted it, that a single community could not succeed in the midst of a selfish, greedy world… A young boy — the one who had been punished for giving us a useful idea in our first year — got up, as we all sat silent, and walked straight to Ivy Starnes on the platform. He said nothing. He spat in her face. That was the end of the noble plan and of the Twentieth Century.”

So what’s the lesson of this horrible story? Ideas have consequences. Is Detroit the future of America under Barack Obama?

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The Twentieth Century Motor Company in the Making

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