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.