The Reddening of America
“More than a third of Millennials polled approve of Communism.”
This is the headline of a recent news article that caught my eye.1
Approving of Communism is bad enough, in my view. (Take it from a guy who hunted Soviet submarines during the Cold War.)
But when I dug in, the story expanded. Because 70% of Millennials say they are somewhat or extremely likely to vote Socialist; the precursor and gateway drug to Communism.
Oh, great… More “Socialism!” And this in a world that overflows with Niagaras of debt.
In other words, multitudes of American youth are trending towards a political philosophy that demonstrably does not create wealth, and that over time wrecks societies and cultures.
Or as the late Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Britain, once quipped, “The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
This trend is worrisome; much worse than just entire nations going broke by following a dumb, discredited political idea…
The news article about Socialist-leaning and Communist-approving Millennials is based on a recent report published by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
For those who have been living under rocks for 100 years, or who are simply ill-educated and/or deluded, Communism was a 20th Century idea that killed people by the tens of millions. Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to keep alive the memory of great evils perpetrated via this particular form of political thinking.
Key examples of wrong-headedness and gratuitous cruelty of Communism include Joseph Stalin and his Soviet, 1930s-era “Five Year Plans.” In essence, Stalin’s approach was to seize people’s property, and consign tens of millions of political undesirables to forced labor in Soviet Gulags. No less than Russian President Vladimir Putin has called this period “a dark chapter in the history of our nation.”
Or recall Mao Zedong and his approach to governing China. Wholesale confiscation of real and personal property, iron control and top-down order. Early-on, during post revolution years, many millions were summarily lined up against walls and shot. Then in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was Mao’s infamous “Great leap Forward,” which led to famine and mass-starvation. This idea was followed by a decade of Red Guards tyrannizing the landscape. China’s casualty list is in the order of 50 million dead, by some accounts.
Or consider merely minor Commies like Fidel Castro and his sidekick, failed medical doctor Che Guevara. After taking over Cuba, they worked tirelessly to create an airtight police state, and turn the place into an impoverished prison island. Che’s idea of administering justice was to exsanguinate political prisoners; yes, drain their blood until they went into cardiac seizure and died. To Fidel’s credit, that method of execution was too much and he sent Che packing.
Or how about Pol Pot, the 1970s-era Cambodian tyrant whose idea of urban renewal was to relocate city dwellers to the countryside and kill them. Especially, kill people who wore eyeglasses because – obviously – spectacles were prima facie evidence that they could read, and hence might pose a challenge to the top-down authority of the state. Pol Pot’s people even left monuments of skulls.
Souvenirs from Cambodia’s Killing Fields, Asylum from Hell
I could go on, of course. Library shelves across the world groan beneath the weight of books by survivors, refugees, descendants and historians who chronicle the utter cruelty and inhumanity of Communists towards non-believers, or who simply offed their political rivals when absolute power was in play.
It’s worth mentioning a famous point made by the long-deceased Marxist thinker Antonio Gramsci; that “The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”
Indeed… Monsters. And the best one might say about Communism in the former Soviet Union, China or other places was/is that the state-executioner would look you in the eye and tell you honestly that you are not worth living in the new political situation. Then pull the trigger.
But we’re discussing current news, not the dusty archives of history. That is, we’re considering the revelation that “more than a third of Millennials polled approve of Communism.”
How did this happen?
Marion Smith is executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He is deeply troubled by the findings of the poll. According to Smith…
“Historical amnesia about the dangers of Communism and Socialism is on full display in this year’s report. When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of Communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas.”
You likely know – or at least have a feel for – what Smith means when he says “we don’t educate our youngest generations.” As twigs are bent, so grow the trees.
Along these lines, it’s not unfair to say that most U.S., Canadian and other Western colleges and universities are bastions of at least liberalism; more likely, liberalism on steroids. In many instances, it’s a “white wine and cheese”-style of politicking; shaming impressionable teenagers into a particular political corner.
Yet at the same time, the smiley-face of university-level liberalism masks rampant, underlying belief by much of the academic crowd in “Socialism.” C’mon… You know I’m hitting close to home here.
I’ll merely scratch the surface and mention German Marxist Rudi Dutschke, who outlined a long-term strategy for establishing the pre-conditions of revolution. That is, subvert “traditional” society by infiltrating institutions such as universities, professions and even religion. He called it the “long march through the institutions.”
Dutschke’s road map has been successful beyond his dreams. Anymore, universities tend to hold more than their share of outright Communists; at the very least, they collect paychecks and teach their humanities and social science courses.
Anecdote time… I recall attending an energy conference a few years back – yes, energy; as in oil and gas – at the University of Texas at Austin. The event was in the Alumni Center, right next to the gigantic football stadium. One of the speakers was a full professor of journalism at U of T, age about 40-ish.
As journalism-man discussed the idea of “messaging,” he employed jargon-terms that triggered me. (“Trigger;” I’ll use the other side’s dogma right back at them.) He disdained “the capitalist system” and promoted the “inevitability” of certain historical events, such as the downfall of private capital, yadda, yadda.
Later, I walked up and engaged with him. I noted some of the things he said, and point-blank asked if he was intentionally speaking from a Communist framework of analysis. He looked right back at me and said, “Yes, I look at the world through a Communist lens. I’m a Communist.”
As Agora owner Bill Bonner likes to say, “Hmm…”
And okay; I get it… This story is only the proverbial “one data point.”
Still, here’s a tenured professor of journalism at no less than the University of Texas at Austin, and a proud, practicing, preaching Communist. He’s teaching your kids. And it’s “journalism” no less; although to be fair, we don’t tend to see the highest SATs in that particular field. Not many academic thoroughbreds, so to speak.
Still, this is an insight into how academia rolls anymore. If you care to pay attention. Ugh…
Where does it all go?
Well, here in the U.S., Sen. Bernie Sanders is a proud, self-described Socialist. He’s not only a Senator, but also running for President, and was almost the candidate in 2016.
If not Bernie, there’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She’s not only a Senator, but also running for President with her multi-trillion-dollar programs for government social control over the economy, and life in general. Socialism-Lite, on the best of days.
And there are many more like this, out in the precincts and ridings of politics. Political wannabes overflowing with crazy, wacky, expensive ideas that will expand government and raise your taxes.
There are just so many more people just like Bernie and Liz… Or as the man said in the musical The King and I, “Etcetera, etcetera and etcetera…”
What can you do? Well, you fight it by remembering your history, and making your arguments where and how you can.
Still, over time, people and societies get what they deserve. And that’s what worries me the most.
On that note, I rest my case.
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Managing Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder