Thursday, February 04, 2010

You Must Be This Tall to Ride

Most of us have been to an amusement park, at some time in our lives, and noted the signs at various carnival rides stating You must be this tall to ride.

I thought of this, just now, when I read the following.

... a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.

As Randall McElroy iii notes, at The Distributed Republic,

Six inches?! North and South Koreans formed a common genetic pool until the Korean War, and now they differ on average by six inches in height? If we needed a clearer sign that Stalinism is always and everywhere an economic failure, this is it.

The initial quote, which Randall commented on, was taken from a Slate piece titled A Nation of Racist Dwarfs.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/04 at 10:22 AM
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