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Friday, August 04, 2006

Socialism is a Depraved Social Disturbance

It's been a while since I've read Hayek's Road to Serfdom, but I'm pretty sure he had a whole chapter on how socialism allows bureaucrats to punish people who don't invite them to parties. That guy was psychic.

Two Chinese officials cut off power to a hotel after they were not invited to its opening party and forced managers to drink spirits before they would turn the electricity back on, a state newspaper said Friday.

The two officials, who were subsequently fired, said they would lessen the power outage by one hour for every bottle of "baijiu" -- a strong grain-based alcohol -- two female managers drank, the Beijing Times said. The two officials, who worked at the power company in the central province of Hunan, were found to have "severely harmed the image of the electricity bureau" and "caused a depraved social disturbance," the newspaper said.