“They Promised Us Freedom from Poverty. But They Are the Ones Who Got Rich.”

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No political party ever went wrong following Stalin

In an entirely unexpected turn of events, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal hasn’t exactly lived up to its class warfare promises. Oh it took from the rich… and gave to itself.

The Unified Communist Party of Nepal are Maoists and terrorists. So naturally the media welcomed their takeover of Nepal. In 2012, Obama’s State Department delisted it as a terrorist group, writing; “Today’s delisting does not seek to overlook or forget the party’s violent past, but rather looks ahead towards the party’s continued engagement in a peaceful, democratic political dialogue in Nepal.”

So how has all that worked out in Nepal?

Commentators and former rebels say the party’s leadership has swapped its revolutionary ideals for corruption-fuelled luxury, with the strongest criticism reserved for chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known by the nom-de-guerre Prachanda.

The Maoists came to power promising social change, economic growth and lasting peace for a country devastated by a decade-long civil war.

Former guerrilla Bishnu Pariyar took up arms aged 14. By the time he was 22, he had survived gunshot wounds to become one of Prachanda’s personal aides.

“The rich used to treat us like dogs and I thought our war would liberate the poor,” Pariyar said.

Soon after he began working for the Maoist chief, he noticed Prachanda’s taste for luxury brands and imported whiskey — a fondness that has not escaped the attentions of local media.

“That family just loves to spend, whether it’s Prachanda blowing money on hair gel or Rolex watches, his wife buying saris all the time or his son Prakash, obsessed with changing his mobile phone every two weeks,” Pariyar told AFP.

Prachanda’s lifestyle first attracted criticism when news emerged in January 2012 that he had rented a 15-room mansion in Kathmandu, a property he still occupies, despite promises to vacate it.

The news rankled many in Nepal, one of the world’s most unequal and impoverished countries, where nearly 25 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank.

Two months later, another scandal erupted when the Maoist-led government acknowledged offering $250,000 to Prachanda’s son Prakash Dahal to climb Mount Everest.

And, in April 2012, clashes broke out in a UN-monitored camp for former Maoist soldiers when troops accused the party of stealing funds owed to them.

Agni Sapkota, a spokesman for the party as well as an election candidate, said criticism of the party was part of a smear campaign and the Maoists remained true to their roots.

“The allegations that we have forgotten our ideals are wrong, they are spread by our enemies,” he said.

They do remain true to their roots. Just look at the ruling class in China. Or in North Korea.

The left doesn’t introduce equality. It loots the country and builds a new elite around its own ranks while impoverishing everyone else, except occasionally a handful of needed professionals.

Wealth redistribution mostly goes past the poor and into the Party.

History. No one learns from it.

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  • Veracious_one

    The left doesn’t introduce equality. It loots the country and builds a new elite around its own ranks while impoverishing everyone else, except occasionally a handful of needed professionals.
    When it comes to this the Democrats are pros…..

    • http://islesofmyst.co.uk/ Raibeart MacIlleathain

      Democrats are Maoists.

    • Gee

      Among the Arabs they “What’s mine is mine, what’s your’s is negotiable”, seems to be a theme among all dictatorships – left, right or center

  • ArizonaPaul

    The communist/socialist, etc always claim to make everyone “equal”. Never happens. There’s the regular people and there’s the leaders. The leaders are always “a little more equal” than the lowly peasant.

  • DogmaelJones1

    What the hell are those things in the hair of the woman next to di-Blah-Blah-Blah? They look like mushroom growths, or some kind of other fungus. Is she to be the new chief of police? Or director of consumer affairs? Or his press secretary?

  • pupsncats

    No one learns from history and that is why it always repeats itself. Different players but the same outcome. But today, more and more Americans want to ruled over and want the ruling class to live in luxury with special benefits and privileges. Otherwise, why do they continue to elect and re-elect the same liberals in both parties?

    • glpage

      The folks that like to be ruled over are very willing to believe that the shovel of crap they’re about to be fed is going to make their lives better. If anyone wants proof they need to look no farther than our last presidential election.

  • glpage

    Socialism is a great thing, if you get to be one of the leaders. If you’re not, oops, sorry, sometimes you have to sacrifice for the common good, which, apparently in all socialist societies that have existed so far, is to provide a great life style for the leaders.

    • Biff Henderson

      Members from both sides of the aisle provided themselves with an exemption to opt out of Obamacare and retained their platinum plan. Does that make America a socialist state?

      • glpage

        Seems to me it’s getting close.

        • Biff Henderson

          I gotta me one of those staffer gigs. Gravy without portobello mushrooms with a hint of red wine is hardly worth the effort to choke down. Heck, I might even end up with an intern to dab the overspray off my cubicle…

  • Justin.Time

    Quote:History. No one learns from it.

    That is happening in America right now. The rape is nearly complete.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The left doesn’t introduce equality. It loots the country and builds a new elite around its own ranks while impoverishing everyone else, except occasionally a handful of needed professionals.”

    Socialism absolutely always depends on Ponzi scheming. There is no other way. In theory there are altruistic socialists but they rarely gain any power with any regime anywhere.

  • doramin

    That is his daughter Chiara…and I think those are tulips.

    Didn’t you know Bill DeBlasio is oh-so-proud of the fact that he has two real live african-american children?

    One drop! One drop!