Wednesday, March 18, 2009


It's been fun listening to the mouth-breathers scream "socialism" every time Obama does something they don't like, mostly because the subtext is usually, "I have no idea what 'socialism' means, but it sure sounds scary, dunnit?" Until the president starts calling for state ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, the whole 'socialist!' thing is kind of meaningless.

We mention this only because today is Oil Expropriation Day, a national holiday celebrating the day in 1938 that President Lázaro Cárdenas decided that, while the country could continue to let foreign oil companies drain its precious bodily fluid for centavos on the peso, another option would be to decree state ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution.

Seventy-one years later, there's an ongoing debate over how well this turned out (in terms of today, we mean - every seems to agree it was the thing to do back in '38), but that, amigos, is real live socialismo. Send the children to bed.


Anonymous said...

Just try finding an Oil Expropriation Day Hallmark Card. I tell you it's a complot by the neo-liberalistas!

-K said...

Mouth breathers! There's a slur that's underused.

Anonymous said...

Air Suckers is the more formal term, isn't it?

They can't read anyway, so buying Hallmark cards would just be wasting your gas money.