Bryan Caplan  

Privatize Lenin!

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Jane Galt drew my attention to a new push to bury Lenin's mummy. As usual in Russian politics, both sides are wrong. The economically sensible and morally beautiful choice would be to auction off Lenin's corpse on eBay, and use the proceeds to pay down Russia's national debt. I bet it would fetch millions. And there's no finer way to hammer in the point that Communism is truly dead.


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The author at The Liberal Order in a related article titled More on Online Auction Sites writes:
    You gotta love this thinking.The economically sensible and morally beautiful choice would be to auction [Tracked on October 10, 2005 11:03 AM]
The author at The Club for Growth Blog in a related article titled Lenin's Corpse on eBay? writes:
    As I wrote a few days ago, Russia is having a tough time finding a place to keep Lenin’s corpse. Bryan Caplan has a great idea: The economically sensible and morally beautiful choice would be to auction off Lenin’s corpse... [Tracked on October 10, 2005 11:12 AM]
The author at This Blog Will be Deleted by Tomorrow in a related article titled What Is To Be Done (with Lenin's embalmed corpse) writes:
    Indeed, as Lenin himself would ask, What Is To Be Done? A burning question of our time. Here is an idea I endorse wholeheartedly: Privatize! Auction his decomposing body on eBay! Sell his remains to the highest bidder! What a fitting tribute that wou... [Tracked on October 10, 2005 4:51 PM]
The author at Begging To Differ in a related article titled ON THE MONEY writes:
    Bryan Caplan wants Lenin's body to be auctioned off on eBay.... [Tracked on October 10, 2005 6:31 PM]
The author at De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum in a related article titled Privatizando Lenin writes:
    Na blogosfera, esta semana, vi notícias sobre o problema do comunismo. Não, calma, não é a invasão deles. Afinal, o negócio das esquerdas hoje é ser fã do Gramsci. Eu falo do Lenin. Este russo tem alguns pensamentos que fariam... [Tracked on October 16, 2005 7:14 AM]
The author at A Bama Blog in a related article titled Auctioning Lenin writes:
    EconLog's Bryan Caplan says that the Russkies should auction off Lenin's corpse on e-Bay. What a great idea. [Tracked on October 20, 2005 10:56 PM]
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Robert Schwartz writes:

Cremate him. Dissolve the ashes in acid. Flush the mess down a nearby toilet. Televise the whole process.

Anything else risks leaving remains that could become the relics of a cult.

Brad Hutchings writes:

Arnold, Communism was doing just fine until Lenin got involved with Yoko Ono. She totally ruined a good thing.

dearieme writes:

At the risk of sounding obsequious, I have to say that you chaps are in cracking form at the moment.

George writes:

Don't you mean: hammer home the point that Communism is sickly?

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