We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
sometimes a bridge where there is no river is a useful thing. Think a ravine or a fjord :)
Of course Soviet leaders were very good at starting massive construction projects that had no real purpose other than to put people to work (usually as slave labour).
This statement from Kruschev probably was part of his denouncement of Stalin, who did a lot such. But Kruschev himself did it as well.
Ironic about Nikita making a statement disparaging politicians talking about constructing something. Khrushchev managed construction of Moscow Subway, and apparently did a pretty good job of it. He certainly kept rising in the hierarchy after his management of the Moscow Subway project.
It [classical liberalism] promises special favors to no one. It demands from everyone sacrifices on behalf of the preservation of society. ... Because of this, liberalism finds itself, from the very outset, in a peculiar position in the competition among parties. The antiliberal candidate promises special privileges to every particular group of voters: higher prices to the producers and lower prices to the consumers; higher salaries to public officeholders and lower taxes to taxpayers.
The parties of special interests, which see nothing more in politics than the securing of privileges and prerogatives for their own groups, not only make the parliamentary system impossible; they rupture the unity of the state and of society. They lead not merely to the crisis of parliamentarism, but to a general political and social crisis. Society cannot, in the long run, exist if it is divided into sharply defined groups, each intent on wresting special privileges for its own members, continually on the alert to see that it does not suffer any setback, and prepared, at any moment, to sacrifice the most important political institutions for the sake of winning some petty advantage.