Today is May Day, the most significant holiday in any country that adheres to the socio-economic system envisioned by Marx, Lenin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Kim il-Sung, etc.
The above video is an introduction to the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. I remember that. I was not there, in Beijing; but I did watch the events unfold on television.
One of my friends, a woman my age from Vietnam, grew up under communist rule in her native land. She wants nothing to do with Marxism, or any flavor of socialism, ever again. Unsurprisingly, she was not impressed with the Bernie Sanders movement, or his assurances that somehow, his version of socialism would be “democratic”. (As my friend knows, Marxists always say that—until they get into power.) Continue reading “May Day and the victims of communism”
Among the more influential of the many self-help books I read in my twenties were several titles by the late businessman Mark H. McCormack (1930~2003).
Mark McCormack was the founder of the International Management Group, or IMG. McCormack started IMG in 1960 with the idea of managing the careers of professional athletes and other celebrities in an organized, profitable manner.
There is nothing revolutionary about this business model today; but it was a novel concept in 1960. The age of mass-market television was really just beginning. So, too, was the age of the paid celebrity endorsement. Today we think nothing of it when we see a famous athlete endorsing a product on television. But that market was brand-new as the 1960s began.