Donald R. McClarey

The Hungarian Revolution

I stand for God, for the Church and for Hungary. This responsibility has been imposed upon me by the fate of the nation which stands alone, an orphan in the whole world. Compared with the sufferings of my people, my

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Donald R. McClarey

Communists and Nazis: Brothers Under the Skin

    A good article at The Federalist about the similarities between the Nazis and the Communists:   It wasn’t only theoretical. Hitler repeatedly praised Marx privately, stating he had “learned a great deal from Marxism.” The trouble with the

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Donald R. McClarey

Miracle of the Vistula

A nice video of the Battle of Warsaw in 1920 where the Poles scored an upset victory against the invading Soviet Red Army, securing Polish independence and giving the nascent Communist movement its first serious defeat.  Poland has helped save

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Donald R. McClarey

July 17, 1918: Murder of the Tsar and his Family

Death by violence is an occupational hazard for leaders of nations.  The Communists a century ago left no doubt as to the squalid murderers they were and are when they also slew his wife and kids, as well as Tsar

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Donald R. McClarey

June 4, 1989: In Memoriam: Tiananmen Square

  “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” Thucydides Today is the twenty-ninth anniversary of the beginning of the brutal

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Donald R. McClarey

Remembrance of May Days Past

Science Fiction author, and naturalized American, Sarah Hoyt, recalls the May Days from her youth in Portugal when Portugal was ruled by a far left government, and the celebrations of the might of the Soviet Union that occurred every May

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Donald R. McClarey

Saint Joseph the Worker and Communism

        Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages,

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Donald R. McClarey

Divini Redemptoris

Our second encyclical for Lent is Divini Redemptoris, the condemnation of Communism issued by Pope Pius XI on March 19, 1937.  The Church has condemned Communism on numerous occasions, but under the current pontificate Communism, or at least Marxism seems

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Donald R. McClarey

Kremlin Cola

Peripetchikoff: While they are putting Uncle Sam in cuckoo clock, we will put Soviet cosmonaut on moon. C.R. MacNamara: Okay, so you guys may be the first to shoot a man to the moon, but if he wants a Coke

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Donald R. McClarey

DE CURA ANIMARUM PRO CHRISTIANIS COMMUNISMO INFECTIS

Lifesite News has a blockbuster article on the “lost” condemnation of Communism DE CURA ANIMARUM PRO CHRISTIANIS COMMUNISMO INFECTIS for Vatican II but not adopted due to the opposition of liberal German, French and Dutch bishops. Go here to read the

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Donald R. McClarey

A Century of Blood

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. George Orwell, 1984       In the Julian Calendar which the Russians used in 1917

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Donald R. McClarey

Communism: Next Time for Sure

  “You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being

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Nazism and Communism

It is not Germany that will turn Bolshevist but Bolshevism that will become a sort of National Socialism. Besides, there is more that binds us to Bolshevism than separates us from it…. I have always made allowance for this circumstance,

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Bitter Harvest

      On one side, millions of starving peasants, their bodies often swollen from lack of food; on the other, soldiers, members of the GPU carrying out the instructions of the dictatorship of the proletariat. They had gone over

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Sixty Years Since the Hungarian Revolution

I stand for God, for the Church and for Hungary. This responsibility has been imposed upon me by the fate of the nation which stands alone, an orphan in the whole world. Compared with the sufferings of my people, my

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Pope Liberator

“My Communist colleagues decided that the Bishops ahead of Karol Wojtyla on the list of candidates were not good for the state, so they pushed Karol Wojtyla. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways.” General Wojciech Witold Jaruzelski, last ruler

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Saint Joseph the Worker and Communism

      Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy

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October 5, 1945: Battle of Burbank

One of the major factors in transforming Ronald Reagan from a New Deal Democrat into a conservative Republican was his confrontation with Herb Sorrell in 1946-47 Hollywood.  Head of the Conference of Studio Unions, Sorrell was a veteran union organizer. 

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The Many Faces of Dalton Trumbo

Hollywood … … and history: Hollywood’s Trumbo appears to be something of a whitewash of Stalinist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Portrayed as a victim of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a closer investigation of history reveals that he did his

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I Can’t Wait For the Holocaust Themed Prom

  Young and stupid people, and for myself let me say been there, done that, have decided that the fun filled frolic of the last century, known as Communism, would make a great prom theme:         Students

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Encyclicals For Our Time: DIVINI REDEMPTORIS

  The start of a new series on encylicals that have a special relevance for our time.  First up Divini Redemptoris.  At a time when the heresy that goes by the name of Liberation Theology is making a comeback, it is good

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Yep

  JUST A FEW OF COMMUNISM’S MANY VICTIMS: The sad stories of those killed trying to cross the Berlin Wall. Communism was — and is, still — sold as something moral. But it’s a system of slavery, benefiting a few

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Pivotal Experiments

Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so frequently for the Church that I have named him Defender of the Faith, takes a look at how NBC refers to Communism, an ideology that has

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November 10, 1956: Hungarian Revolt Crushed

I stand for God, for the Church and for Hungary. This responsibility has been imposed upon me by the fate of the nation which stands alone, an orphan in the whole world. Compared with the sufferings of my people, my

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November 9, 1989

Twenty-four years ago today my wife and I arrived home from buying software for our Commodore 64  (Yeah, it is that long ago.) and watched stunned after we turned on the tv as we saw East Germans dancing on top

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Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those

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Ash-heap of History Speech

Today is my 56th birthday.  I share my birthday with the greatest president of my lifetime:  Ronald Reagan.  I thought he was a great president at the time, but as the years roll by my admiration for President Reagan only

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One, Two, Three

Tomorrow is Victims of Communism Day and I will be having a post on that subject.  In a lighter vein on the same subject is the hilarious Cold War comedy One, Two, Three (1961), starring James Cagney and directed by

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Honoring A Murderer in Galway

 “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”  G. K. Chesterton  Ah poor Ireland.  As the Faith has become weaker in the Emerald Isle, strange new gods are arising, and one of

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Prayer for the Pope in Cuba

  “There is not one single social or economic principle or concept in the philosophy of the Russian Bolshevik, which has not been realised, carried into action, and enshrined in immutable laws a million years ago by the White Ant.”

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