Jan Grzewski on Free Markets

jan-grzewski.jpg A man named Jan Grzewski had been in a coma in Poland from a work accident since 1988 and “awoke” a couple of months ago.  here His wife Gertruda was advised by the Doctors that he would never live and she would fly into a rage every time someone would say he should be euthanized.  She decided to take him home and care for him and now he is able to speak, sit up, hold light objects and soon will be able to walk again.

One of my earlier posts was titled Capitalism, Marxism: Twin Evils?, and included in it were references to the radical change in the economies of the countries of Eastern Europe after they came out from the umbrella of the now defunct Soviet Union.  These countries turned their back on Communism in 1989 embraced Capitalism and life has never been so good for them economically.

Sometimes things happen so gradually that you don’t really recognize the significance of them.  This is sort of like the frog in a pot of water on the stove with the temperature being raised by one degree periodically.  Also, we often forget how thing used to be when we get comfortable with the way things are.  Mr. Grzewski was not afforded the convenience of gradualism and his “coming of age” 19 years later revealed to him some amazing changes.  The thing I find most interesting about this story is the fact that Grzewski was “shocked at the changes in the Polish economy.”  His quotes include: He remembered “shelves filled with mustard and vinegar only” under Communism.

You still have some going around touting the wonderful benefits of Communism, but they can’t point to any success stories.  Here on the other hand is another personal anecdote of one more success story of Capitalism and Free Markets.


4 Responses to “Jan Grzewski on Free Markets”

  1. 1 mommyzabs June 3, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    communism makes the assumption that man is perfect, man never fell, mankind is without sin. we can live in utopia only if that is true. sorry folks. it aint true.

    MZ, That is why I said in my Capitalism vs. Marxism post that Marxism (Communism) only works on paper. I suppose this is why the last vestige of Communists in this country are academics. This is a group of people that by profession never have to take it out of the laboratory. Don’t mean it in a totally broad brush sense, but so often the case.

  2. 2 theobromophile June 3, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    A wonderful story on so many levels. He is truly fortunate to have his wife.
    He’s Rip Van Winkle. Hopefully, both of them can speak out for good medical care for those in PVSs, and, of course, he can remind people what Communism was like.

    theo………..Yeah, what a personal tragedy in his life, but what a perspective of society he has been given with this sudden change. It is sort of like traveling to the future in a time machine.

  3. 3 misi June 4, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Wow what a great ending though…

  4. 4 wytammic June 4, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    I’m not seeing this reported by the msm? So glad to hear that he is getting better. It really makes me sick to think how fast our society is becoming at pulling the plug on our loved ones.

    Wy, yeah, I wonder if the reason it isn’t getting much play in the MSM is because of the contrast of Communism to Free Markets for a guy that had a “sudden” course in it after he “traveled to the future.” …. steve

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