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:
The prom is expected to take place at the Albuquerque Aquarium on April 25. School officials have not yet approved the idea — with some saying they are not sure what the event is supposed to look like.
I can’t get too excited against the students since I am not so old as not to recall the maturity level of my colleagues and me forty years ago when I was a high school senior. However, can anyone imagine a Fascist themed prom? Communism, which killed more people in the bloody last century going away than Fascism, receives much better treatment in academia and entertainment. Leaving aside the morons who actually believe in Communism, why is that the case? Largely I think because contemporary liberalism has features that make Communism seem like an error with its heart in the right place. From demonization of free enterprise, to a longing for Big State solutions, to an enthusiasm for curbs on free speech, it is all too easy for liberals to view Communism as a forgivable excess, while Fascism with its nationalism and its racism are to be condemned out of hand. Actually, of course, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union under Stalin were quite similar regimes, say by 1944: both intensely nationalistic, both one party dictatorships, both making idols of state power, both intensely militaristic and both treating minorities like dirt, although Stalin never quite reached Hitler’s level of evil with the Jews, although his campaigns against Kulaks, so called “rich” farmers, and Ukrainians in the thirties came an exceedingly close second.
I guess we could blame a likely bad education for the New Mexico students not realizing how similar Communist and Fascist regimes are in practice, if it were not for the fact that many of their elders, who lived through those times, make precisely the same mistake: