Guest Post: Go Figure, The Poorest Place In Europe Is Run By Communists

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From Simon Black of Sovereign Man

Go Figure, The Poorest Place In Europe Is Run By Communists

Ah Moldova… the poorest country in Europe, which just so happens to have had a Communist party majority in its parliament since 1998.

These two points are not unrelated.

Despite having achieved its independence from the Soviet Union over 20 years ago, the state is still a major part of the Moldovan economy…from setting prices and wages to media, healthcare, agricultural production, air transport, and electricity.

Under such management, it’s no wonder, for example, that Moldova has to import 75% of its electricity. It is the exact opposite of self-sustaining.

The government does a reasonable job of chasing away foreigners as well.

Agriculture is the mainstay of Moldova’s economy… and while on one hand they say “we welcome foreign investment in agriculture,” on the other they say “foreign investors cannot own agricultural property.” It’s genius.

The average wage here is less than $300 per month… all while Moldovans’ purchasing power is getting eaten away by inflation. GDP per capita, meanwhile, is in the ballpark of many destitute African nations like Swaziland.

 Go figure, the poorest place in Europe is run by Communists

Of course, not everyone is poor. The politicians at the top of the totem pole are doing great, always pulling the strings in their favor at the expense of everyone else.

Since the last election in 2010, the Communists still hold the most seats in Parliament. The three other main parties banded together to form a majority coalition to take control of government.

Very little has changed. The Communists are still a powerful force in Moldovan politics, and the other parties aren’t exactly champions of economic freedom.

They bicker away about the budget, about who to tax and how much to tax, about what laws to pass and what regulation to implement. As usual, it’s the exact opposite of what they should be doing.

 Go figure, the poorest place in Europe is run by Communists

Economic freedom… all freedom, really, is not built by passing laws and rules and regulations.

Rather, it’s like what Michelangelo said about sculpting: to achieve growth and freedom, one need only remove the unnecessary stone, underneath which lies the masterpiece.

The likelihood of these guys figuring it out, unfortunately, is zero. And that doesn’t just go for Moldova, but all western governments.

Europe is now taking a dangerous slide back into Communism… or at least steep radicalism. Neo-Nazi parties and openly Marxist politicians are dominating the scene.

 Go figure, the poorest place in Europe is run by Communists

This is nothing new. As usual, history is full of lessons from when people have turned to radical figures in tough times.

The French, for example, were driven to behead their King in the late 18th century due to dismal economic conditions.

They traded an absolute monarch (Louis XVI) who wrecked the economy for a bloodthirsty dictator (Robespierre) who continued wrecking the economy, and eventually traded him for yet another dictator (Napoleon) who continued wrecking the economy.

This is the vicious cycle that forms when an entire nation reaches the point of desperation, and we are seeing signs of this forming all over the west. The only question is… who will become the next Moldova?

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Colombian Gringo's picture

If you want to bang russian quality women, but not pay the outrageous Moscow prices, Moldava is the place to be.  A threesome with 2 girls will cost you less than a bad meal in Manhattan.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Moldova.   How can they be broke.  Don't they manufacture tons of penicillin in their fight against gonorrhea? 

tarsubil's picture

Does it export affordable (and obedient) Russian wives? I'm always looking for a bargain.

Freddie's picture

Good luck. Once you marry them - you find that everything is in their name.  You are out on the lawn and penniless.  I do not speak from experience. 

Still - Moldova is better off the thank Hope & Chains Democrat hell holes like Detroit and Camden NJ.

We can make fun of lots of countries but they cannot print fiat like The Bernank and his islamic boss.

El Tuco's picture

Desperate people are not to be taken advantage of or you're no better than a fucking banker....


tarsubil's picture

I agree. That is why I would treat my wives with respect and decency.

MachoMan's picture

Who is the desperate party? 

NidStyles's picture

Humor is wasted on the dull and idiotic. 

crawldaddy's picture

real men dont have to pay.  Just sayin..

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Well I may be a man now, but it doesn't mean I have the right to be earnin' money for what girls do, whether you're chargin' fellers for kisses by cash or by makin' them listen to your stupid motherfuckin' problems

lascu.roman's picture

You're nothing but a troll who never got out of his neighborhood, thinking you're smart if you red I don't know what bullshit on shitty blogs. you'll have to empty your poor Citi bank account to get those girls barely look at you, fuckin' cocksucker. 

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Ya but at least in Manhattan a Menage-a-Twat includes a fine whine.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

I fear that bad oysters vs the bad clams is nearly the same level of sickness.....

Gringo Viejo's picture

"This is my neighbor, Nursultan Tuleiakbay. He is pain in my assholes. I get a window from a glass, he must get a window from a glass. I get a step, he must get a step. I get a clock-radio, he cannot afford. Great Success!"

Freddie's picture

The EU(SSR) and the Chicago One are following the same model.  Doug Casey had some great stuff about how the 30,000 EU bureaucrats destroying Europe.  Same thing in the US. 

Zionist Jew's picture

Pussy, not agriculture, drives the Moldovan economy

Ratscam's picture

Bullshit, I was there three years ago and trust me there are hardly any ladies you would even come close to thinking about sex.
It was definitely the most depressing and most corrupt country, apart from Neighboring Transnistria, i have been to in Europe. Da police bugs you on the roads, the border, everywhere.

NidStyles's picture

One person's experience does a trend not make. 

Aziz's picture

One of Simon's better pieces.

CvlDobd's picture

He has painted Napoleon with a very broad brush.

Napoleon might have fit in well on the hedge. He hated banksters too!

falak pema's picture

statist autarcy and spartan ideology. Athens would never have approved, as its not autarcy. We learnt that from Athens; open society. But we also learnt hegemony.

Hedgetard55's picture

The Moldovan central planners just aren't doing it right, they need to study how Ben and company are doing it here. Right, Roboturd?

ebworthen's picture

Communists are bankers with Military Uniforms.

Squishi's picture

does that car say cum?  

printmoremoney's picture

The ultimate measure of the success of a country is its suicide rate per population. That is real data. The rest is smoke and mirrors and just general insanity. Since I am not a ZH Contributor, I pass along that story idea to Tyler and friends.

AnAnonymous's picture

Ah, indeed.

Whatever, you can read on this site US citizens going day and night over the meaningless of GDP and stuff and poof, suddenly, it has to mean something as to know what country is the poorest.

US citizens are turning tables. They have been so pampered by their government state, so used in shifting their shit onto a third party, they no longer stand the inconsequencies of their thoughts.

Sophist Economicus's picture

China-bot, do you moonlight as a fortune cookie writer?

Jonas Parker's picture

Yes he does. His last big hit was "Don't tip the waiter!"

akak's picture

Or in his particular case, misfortune cookies.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Confusious say: "No tipping waiter reads to future dining misfortune at shitty wok."

akak's picture

AnAnonfucious say: All misfortunes the result of US Citizenism.

akak's picture


US citizens are turning tables. They have been so pampered by their government state, so used in shifting their shit onto a third party, they no longer stand the inconsequencies of their thoughts.

Chinese Citizenism citizens are waiting tables (when they are not online trolling).  They have been so abused by their totalitarian, blobbing-up government state, so used to dropping their shit onto roadside third parties, that ZeroHedge readers can no longer stand the unintelligibility of their mindlessly bigoted and nonsensical thoughts --- nor their "inconsequencies".


PS: Somebody here really needs to start compiling an AnusAnonymous-to-Sanity dictionary (if such a thing is even possible).

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

akak said:

Somebody here really needs to start compiling an AnusAnonymous-to-Sanity dictionary (if such a thing is even possible).

Ah, ah, task such as indicated having on surface the seeming simply, yet in the delving reveals pitfalls the many to be misundertaken.

Definingness of wordings citizenism Chinese colloquialistically is struggle of monumental illness. This resulting of phenomenum of definitionist subtleties as monoextrememum system based of unicity of moon phases in earth field magnetically conjunctivitis.

Context can only of advancing diligently.

akak's picture

But the consequencies of Chinese Citizenism throating of ideas, wording of the mind, and monolizing of the speeching means nowwise demanding for effort suchwise not regardless of complexicalities having much giantism job is.  As ancient wording of fabled US Citizenism past is speaking, we are do the have of produce the hay while sun is in the clouds!

Besideswhich, blobbing-uppityness of semantistical algebraic coconutistic Middle Kingdom trollocity much daunted making task.  Insanitation inhering of offuscationizing Chinse Citizenism be one tough nut in the crack for US Citizens, this such alien permutationaries of the cerebellum not easily moded into simulations by non-Chineses.  Many makings of confusifications and brain-paining dangdang the results of these in attempt.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Ah, ah, triple ah! Too much mind wording, too many ideas throating in whirlpool of Chinese citizenism swirling aroundness! Offuscationizing confusifications leading to big paining of brain pan with lacking of aspirinations dangdang.

Much severe of ibuprophecy.

Idisq's picture

so fucking funny!

lsbumblebee's picture

"The Israeli Ministry of Defense was directly involved in what Scheper-Hughes called Israel’s “”˜illicit [in other nations] national ”˜program’ of transplant tourism...Members of the Ministry of Defense or those closely related to them” accompanied transplant junkets.

In her Forum 13 lecture, Scheper-Hughes said that investigating Israeli organ trafficking over the past decade had taken her “from country to country to country to country.”

One of these is Moldova, the poorest country in Europe—and homeland of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman—where 90 percent of the people earn less than $2 a day. A 2001 BBC report on organ trafficking described the situation: “Hundreds of Israelis have created a production line that starts in the villages of Moldova, where men today are walking around with one kidney."

supermaxedout's picture

Kosovo Albania is dominated by the US having established a huge military base over there right after the "liberation" of Kosovo.

So this makes the difference. Moldavia is communistic. Kosovo is capitalitic.

But both places are competing for the No.1 poorest place in Europe.

And Kosovo has also its organ trafficking scandal.

So there is little difference again.  But there are differences. Kosovo was worth fighting for.  There are huge natural resources, such as gold, copper, high grade coal (the biggest  reservoir in whole Europe). The US is the "protector" of these resources owned by this soon to be independent state Kosovo.

No wonder, that Kosovo is now a world class nternational Mafia and drug trafficer place. It comes all together in Kosovo, drugs, guns, prostitution, organ trafficking, money laundering, hired guns, mercenaries. murder etc. 

Having this all in mind, one might get the idea, that communist Moldavia is a better place than capitalistic Kosovo.  

AnAnonymous's picture

Nazi and communist parties are dominating the scene?

In Europe, the dominant force, by far, is US citizen parties. US citizenism is the hegemon.

Sophist Economicus's picture


In Europe, the dominant force, by far, is US citizen parties.


Oh, I don't know about that.   I've been to some European parties that aren't that bad....