I collect Soviet newspapers. Years ago, I used to travel to Moscow’s Izmailovsky flea market every few weeks, hooking up with a dealer who crisscrossed the country digging up front pages from the Cold War era. I have Izvestia’s celebration of Gagarin’s flight, a Pravda account of a 1938 show trial, even an ancient copy of Ogonyek with Trotsky on the cover that someone must have taken a risk to keep. These relics, with dramatic block fonts and red highlights, are cool pieces of history. Not so cool: the writing! Soviet newspapers were wrought with such anvil shamelessness that it’s difficult to imagine anyone ever read them without laughing. A good Soviet could write almost any Pravda headline in advance. What else but “A Mighty Demonstration of the Union of the Party and the People” fit the day after Supreme Soviet elections? What news could come from the Spanish civil war but “Success of the Republican Fleet?” Who could earn an obit headline but a “Faithful Son of the Party”?
Foreword by Bob Barney: One of the richest men I have dealt with in business (his published net worth was over $500 million) told me in 1988 that the really rich people NEVER vote Republican, as they are for small business people and keep inflation low. Democrats know that inflation is great for their supporters - The Ultra Rich! They make money on inflation. Buy low, sell high, when inflation hits. Since personal spending for these people are less than .0001% of their fortune, inflation never cost them much, but makes them far richer. Tucker makes the same point. This entire economy was not the result of stupid senile people, but pinned by the Democrats in their coup of our freedom!