This doesn’t say much for his intelligence

The newspaper was closed down by the government soon after he arrived in Paris, but he decided to stay on and, eventually, a Venezuelan newspaper commissioned him to write some pieces about life behind the Iron Curtain. Over the next few years he made three separate journeys to Eastern Europe and, though he never wavered in his belief that socialism was the only system capable of resolving the unequal distribution of wealth, he also wrote that the people in Eastern Europe lived in terror and were “the saddest I had ever seen”.

11 comments on “This doesn’t say much for his intelligence

  1. Just the stereotypical socialist delusion that the only thing wrong is that they aren’t doing it properly yet. Sometimes expressed as “hijacked by the militarists / jews / kulaks / (insert random unpopular group to blame) etc”.

  2. According to the article he was “A leading exponent of the Latin American “School of Magic Realism”,

    Seems a fair explanation.

  3. I tried to read One Hundred Years Of Solitude and gave up after about 50 pages, deciding that life was too short to waste any more time trying to make sense of it. I think it’s another novel that very few people have actually finished.

    Magical Realism? Neither word is accurate there.

  4. Fairly typical socialist bollocks. Only the Cause matters, the state of the people subjected to The Cause is dismissed as collateral damage.

  5. But it did resolve the unequal distribution of wealth (ok, the party bigwigs etc). But everyone else had equally little. So there’s no inconsistency here. Terrorising an entire population is good if it means equal distribution of wealth.

  6. So another Bollinger Bolshie, recommending collective farms for the peasants from the safety of Paris, living on his royalties.

    Someone should have strung him up.

  7. He also remained firm friends with Fidel Castro, despite the appalling treatment handed out to many writers in Cuba. Like so many left-wing intellectuals, a hyprocrite at heart.

  8. I read most of “Love in the time of cholera”, but couldn’t be bothered to finish it. Sometimes there are more important things in life than reading a book. Vacuuming the stairs, for example.

  9. Let’s face it – being “in” with a Communist dictator is one way for writers to have influence, fame and power that they are unlikely ever to have in a free society.

  10. There is no intellectual more stupid than a Latin American intellectual. Even the periodic bouts of unpleasantness that Leftism and the reaction to it cause do nothing to dissuade them. The evidence of what works and what doesn’t is so stark that it is miraculous anyone cannot see it. The nicest places to live in Latin America are Chile, Uruguay, Panama and Costa Rica. The shittiest ones are Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Haiti. The first four have reasonably robust market economies and the rule of law. The second four do not. This is not a coincidence.

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