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Government Control v Free Market

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2010/03/30


Here is proof the free market is more uplifting to the masses than government control.

As you can see in the night-time satellite image of Korea, South Korea is lit up and North Korea is dark. This is very strong evidence of which version of government provides greater opportunity for the masses. The image shows South Korea (the one all lit up), North Korea (the one almost totally dark), China (which has sparse, barely lit spots), Russia (which also has sparse, barely lit spots) and a few other places that my geographic (lack of) understanding doesn’t permit me to name, without further research I’m too lazy to do.

But as you can see, the democratic and free-market South Korea is orders of magnitude more affluent than Communist China (which has only recently begun a version of free-market), and formerly and soon to be Communist Russia. And those two nations with a heavy Communist impact are also nominally better than Communist North Korea (with the god-like worship of its generational leaders).

Those of you who want more government control and more “nanny state” for the good of the little people really need to examine which form of government offers the greater opportunity. This satellite image provides substantial proof your accusations of “selfish capitalists” are very inaccurate, by several orders of magnitude.

HT Watts Up With That for the satellite image.

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One Response to “Government Control v Free Market”

  1. Matt said

    Or, perhaps it could be that North Korea has had a decades long trade embargo, and therefore lacks the resources and infrastructure for large scale power generation, and has nothing to do with the government type.

    As for China, you might want to check out a non-rural region for a more accurate picture. If I were to leap to similar conclusions about the US based on a night photo, I’d conclude that blue state governments were vastly better than red-state governments, based on the number of lights.

    Anyway, heres one of the whole world you can check out. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0011/earthlights2_dmsp_big.jpg Note how extremely socialist Australia and Africa are! They’ve even got Alaska! Who knew!

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