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Postre: Clint Eastwood, *Nosotros Peregrinos* and Socialism (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines/US) (John Eipper, USA, 02/04/10 4:38 am)
When commenting Richard Hancock's post of 3 February, JE wrote: I know I'm not the only WAISer who would like to read [Richard's family history] Nosotros Peregrinos. I wonder if Richard could make the text available to us? Bienvenido Macario comments: Count me in among those who would like to read Nosotros Peregrinos, the stuff Clint Eastwood's Western films are made of. (One of my favorite Eastwood movies is Unforgiven. The scene where Clint's character shot and killed the unarmed saloon owner was interesting. When asked why he shot an unarmed man, he reasoned the dead bar owner should arm himself if he's going to decorate his bar with his dead friend.) Talking about socialism, which Nigel Jones recently said "does not work," I'd say politicians, workers and students have had a taste of it and I bet they'll continue to tinker with it in the future. My observations on Socialism are the following: 1.) Socialism tends to breed laziness and discourages innovation. 2.) Like Capitalism, it doesn't work on a totalitarian or near-totalitarian setting. 3.) Take a page (scene) from Clint Eastwood's Magnum Force and once again like Capitalism, socialism must know its limitations and restrictions.