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Toilet Paper and Revolution

Years ago, the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, in true revolutionary fashion, took to exporting bright-red toilet paper to places like Tunisia. It didn’t catch on, since the color ran, prompting me to say that this was one of the rare cases in which Communism had literally given innocent people “the old red…,” well, you know the expression.

Apparently, exporting toilet paper from self-described revolutionary regimes continues apace, as reported here by Potkin Azarmehr:

Who said Iran’s economy is not booming?? According to the news website of the Islamic Republic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), only in the first three months of this year, Iran has exported 1,164 Kilograms of toilet paper. According to another Iranian news agency ISNA, the toilet paper was exported to Turkmenistan and worth $349.

None of the reports said how such successful marketing was achieved or whether the toilet papers were exported before use or after.

Nothing about the color of the revolutionary product, either. But you can’t beat the price.

Michael Ledeen — Michael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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