Comedy of Incompetence at Sochi: Don’t Laugh, America. This is Where We’re Headed

The Drudge Report has multiple links this morning about the fiasco that apparently is the Winter Olympics preparation in Sochi. The one that caught my eye is titled, “Sochi is Running Out of Pillows.”

Officials there have somehow managed to get caught off-guard. Turns out, there’s a heckuva lot of people showing up for the Olympics! If only there had been some way to predict this! Then preparations might have been made, and logistics….logiticized, I guess.

There aren’t enough pillows to accommodate all the athletes who will be staying in the Olympic village, so now the construction workers and other staffers are being told they must give up their pillows, so that each Olympian may have one.

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“Welcome to Sochi, miss. You’ll be pleased to know that your room features a wonderful pillow that has been graciously donated by Oleg the cement worker, an almost literate man of passable hygiene, who has agreed to rest his head on his rolled up overalls during your stay.”

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In addition to this totally understandable inability to be ready to host the Olympics, at least one blogger who lives in Sochi is reporting that residents who live near the stadiums are being told they cannot use wood stoves to heat their homes. This is to avoid unsightly smoke in the air. Because everyone knows that the whole world finds it offensive to see family cottages in the snowy winter doing what they must to survive.

And be sure not to miss the comments section on the bottom of the source article, where there is a photo of a sign that visually demonstrates what actions are and are not allowed in the restrooms. Perfectly reasonable: No standing on top of the toilet seat; No vomiting in the bowl; and no fishing in it either (totally not joking.)

The Russians are rightfully embarrassed. They ought also to be outraged at the corruption and mismanagement of their leaders.

But here’s the thing: Pay close attention, American citizen, for this is the direction the socialists and Marxists in your own government will take us. This sort of ingrained, inescapable, systemic, cultural incompetence does not exist because the people there are dumber than we are. Hardly. You have to work at it to make a society like this.

And the first step to getting there is to remove the incentive of “profit” from the economy. Gradually give government more and more control over ever-increasing sections of the society. Teach the common man to hate and blame anyone who has more money than he does. (Especially those who own businesses that actually, y’know, make stuff.) Demonize profit margins, production bonuses, high salaries, and anything else that tends to reward excellence while punishing incompetence. And finally, diminish or revoke private ownership of the means of production.

In a couple of short generations, you will have forged a brave, new nation in which nothing of quality can be built (especially not on a deadline); hotel toilets can’t stand to have toilet paper flushed down them; tap water is toxic; and one man’s pillow must be confiscated from Oleg. Ah, the worker’s paradise of Marx’s classless society, thy glorious bounties we see. (And we will, without doubt, unless God grants us the wisdom to turn from it.)


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