Communism: Next Time for Sure

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“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 ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it.”

Abraham Lincoln, July 10, 1858

 

 

Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts takes a look at the eternal optimism of the Left when it comes to Communism:

 

A love letter to Chairman Mao from the Gray Lady

 

Yep.  The Left is Communism. I hope we’re straight on that now.  The Left, in its modern incarnation, has always been about Communism. From those blacklisted Hollywood advocates, like Dalton Trumbo, who were proud Communists, to the Communist driven anti-Americanism of the 50s and after, to the emerging pro-Marxist, neo-Communists of the post-liberal West, Communism is the goal.  The dream.  The end game.

Compare this, for instance, to racism.  There’s no end game to racism. Has anyone ever bothered to ask just when our country will officially be ‘over’ its racist past?  Just what is it America can do to stop being called a ‘racist nation’?  What is the end game?  Racist thinking outlawed?  White Americans exterminated?  All racist thinking punishable by death?  The complete eradication of America’s entire history?  What is the end game?  What will it look like when we finally say, “Truly, America is no longer a racist nation”?  When only 8% identify as racist?  2%?  3.82384%?  When we elect a Black president?  Find me an answer, and I’ll recant this entire post.

Let’s be honest, there is no end game where racism is concerned.  By now it should be obvious the point of stirring up racist divisions is merely a ploy to tear away at the fabric of America; to burn its foundations to the ground so out of the ashes it can be built upon by yet another Communist inspired, leftist state.  That’s why it’s gold.  That’s not to say there never was, or isn’t, racism.  But that’s not why it’s important to keep the racist embers burning.  It will always be there, and until the Communist end game is established, it will always be useful for sowing divisions and spreading discord between Americans.  Discord is crucial for revolutions, as I’m sure we’re all aware.

The New York Times does a little preemptive housecleaning in preparation.  One of the problems with Communism is, of course, it’s track record.  Oh, it’s not that there aren’t Leftists, including Catholics, more than happy to crunch the numbers and prove that America is the most evil, murderous country in history. 

Nonetheless, that still leaves us with the fact that, even if we concede the Satanic spawn that is America, Communist societies have done no better.  The body count is in the tens of millions.  An entire century of terror and tyranny, failed economies, nationwide cesspools of poverty and misery, aren’t easy to overcome.

Enter the NYT.  Oh, they still acknowledge there were a few rough spots in China’s Communist revolution.  But does that mean the good be overlooked?  For assistance:

For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big. When it came to advice for my mother, my grandmother applauded her daughter’s decision to go to graduate school and urged her to find a husband who would be supportive of her career. She still seems to think that the new market economy — with its meritocracy and freedom of choice — will finally allow women to be masters of their minds and actions.

Note that.  Sure there were some bad points.  Its “flaws.”  But let’s not overlook the good!  Try doing that with the Nazis (sure they had their ‘flaws’, but they did build a splendid highway system!).  Or heck, most recently, the Confederates.  Forget it.  They were evil, wretched, irredeemable.  Their existence needs eradicated from all public displays.

But Communist China?  Where people are still rounded up and executed, tortured and imprisoned for bucking the goverment?  Where people still live in squalor and oppression?  Where people still try to escape to other lands (like America)?  Let’s not be hasty.  There’s some good to be seen there.

I know, it sounds a little crazy Archie Bunker commie pinko conspiracy theory.  But let’s face it, knowing that those who want this won’t admit it, how else can you refute what I’ve written?  Step back and look at the big picture.  You might be surprised to see how far we’ve come.

 

Go here to comment.  It is not surprising that most Leftists love Communism.  Karl Marx was a poor philosopher who completely misunderstood the nature of Man. He had little understanding of economics and his predictions as to the future course of history were twaddle. What he did do however, and that quite successfully, was to produce an ideology for forces of the Left to use as an excuse to violently seize power and to remake humanity in a Marxist shape. This global laboratory experiment with entire peoples as lab rats produced death and misery on a scale never seen before in human history.   And that is precisely the attraction.  The desire for power, limitless power, over our fellow Men is one of the least attractive features of human beings, but it is an appetite that consumes some of us.  Marx granted to disgruntled Leftist intellectuals a useful camouflage for their base desire to dominate and control, and hence the love for Marx on the Left.  Jailing and murdering those who have the temerity to disagree with you, enjoying  more power than the most absolute of rulers of history, having more material wealth than  anyone else in your society, controlling every aspect of the lives of those you rule over, and being acclaimed as the greatest humanitarian while being the cruelest of tyrants:  what’s not for a Leftist tyrant to love?  Marx is Machiavelli without the guilt, and without the humanity.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Spot on, Donald. It’s all about power. That’s why the Left is either evil or ignorant. No exceptions. The track record of Communism allows for no other conclusion. The new environmentalism is just the latest iteration. Yes, I am thinking Pope Francis here.

  2. Communism is about seizing the power of God over His creatures. Communism is about denying God in His creatures, man’s free will , reason and man’s sovereign conscience over himself. Communism is an invasion, an infestation of demons devoid of any good will for the common good, love of neighbor, principles and TRUTH. Communism is the idiology of demi-gods on stilts imposing an idiotocracy. Paraphrasing Albert Einstein

  3. Great post.

    Labor camps will free the oppressed.
    “Arbeit macht frei”

    Then the little thugs who complain about Trump, conservativism, protected boarders, freedom of religion…they can bask in the dust of the camp. Rejoice liberal machine.. your heaven awaits.

  4. Communism is great in theory.
    It’s when it’s applied with actual human beings that it hits issues.

    Kinda like most great theories……

    ********

    Oh, by the way– Nazis are actually being rehabilitated, in the form of “Sure, Hitler’s goals were bad, but dang he had great tactics!”

    Take a wild guess which side that came from. -.-

  5. ….I just realized that communists are right, when they figure that all their problems are because people fail.
    Not any less evil, mind you, just correct that the issue is applying the system to unsuitable populations. Like, absolutely anybody who isn’t there voluntarily with the option of leaving at any time.

  6. Our current pathologies don’t have much to do with Marxism or models of a command economy, so it’s a pointless diversion to be chattering about ‘Communism’. Our real problem rests with large swaths of the professional-managerial bourgeosie – how they understand themselves, how they understand others, and the implications of this for personal liberty and self-government. That is the problem which needs to be addressed.

  7. Take a wild guess which side that came from. -.-

    No clue what you’re referring to. I am familiar with what’s said in the comment boxes at the Unz Review (the site which publishes the dreck Valerie Plame was re-tweeting). If you’d like an example of some tool making the case for lynchings, some of Mr. Sailer’s acolytes will oblige you.

  8. The first link above, “neo-communists of the post-Liberal West” brings up the issue of 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, a recent (2016) graduate of West Point, and scheduled to be assigned to Afghanistan Helmand province with part of his unit, the 10th Mountain Division—a fairly elite unit.

    Except, unable to contain his exuberant pro-Antonio Gramsci communism, Lt. Rapone just had to post all over social media his praise of Che Guevara, Gen. William Sherman (“he was right”) (for his pure ruthlessness, not for Sherman’s legendary hatred of war, “pure hell” he called it), and in one post, his eagerness for precipitate change very soon.

    If you go over to hamptoninstitution.org—a group that promotes Italian communist and famed subversive, Antonio Gramsci (d. 1937), you will find a very interesting recently posted article by Lt. Rapone, that fleshes out his real allegiances and motivations: “The Syrian Revolution of 1925: A Gramscian Redemption.” (Hampton Institution is named after US black communist Fred Hampton, a Frank Marshall Davis be-alike (d. 1969), chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who died in a shootout with police in Chicago).

    http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/the-syrian-revolution-of-1925-a-gramscian-redemption.html#.Wc1s-Ide5LM

    In the highly revealing article, Rapone displays his yearning for “revolutionary movements [which will] bring societies to a precarious moment of truth” when “radical change takes hold”. He allies himself with the Syrian rebels against the “capitalist” “imperialist” French. It is a tour de force of his love of Gramsci—and that he intends to have an armed “moment”, in my view.

    And unlike James K. Hodgkinson, who couldn’t hit the side of a barn, with his highly advanced range training (he is a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan, who was elevated from combat infantryman to WP), he is not likely to be such a bad shot.

    Chilling.

  9. “Our current pathologies don’t have much to do with Marxism or models of a command economy, so it’s a pointless diversion to be chattering about ‘Communism’. Our real problem rests with large swaths of the professional-managerial bourgeosie – how they understand themselves, how they understand others, and the implications of this for personal liberty and self-government. That is the problem which needs to be addressed.”

    I disagree Art. There is a violent hard left on the rise in this country and I think Communist is a good description for many of them. The Old Left has never gotten over the romance they had with Communism and I suspect we will see the Democrat Party move further to the left over the next few years. Do I think this will bring them success at the ballot box? No, and I think this will merely fuel a further drive to the left and additional violence.

  10. No clue what you’re referring to.
    Which side NEEDs an enemy, always has a designated bad guy who is to blame for everything, MUST have everything right now, and demonizes former allies as soon as they’re not useful, and holds that no action is wrong if it’s for the right purpose?

  11. I disagree Art. There is a violent hard left on the rise in this country and I think Communist is a good description for many of them.

    If you’re referring to the antifa cretins, I doubt many of them are the least bit acquainted with anything not reducible to slogans, certainly not Das Kapital. They’re a nuisance the police would make short work of were not local governments and higher education administrators making use of the antifa for their own purposes. Terry McAuliffe isn’t a ‘Communist’, he’s a crooked rent-seeking real estate developer. My berniebro cousin isn’t a ‘communist’ either, just a man with a particular personal history, a somewhat jagged inner life, and an occupation which doesn’t educate him in a rough and ready way that optimality in practical life derives largely from voluntary transactions between presumptively capable parties (he’s a schoolteacher; the other schoolteachers among our proximate relations are registered Republicans, interestingly). The people who run UC Berkeley aren’t ‘Communists’ either. They’re out to get you, but not because they’re hawking proletarian revolution.

  12. Which side NEEDs an enemy, always has a designated bad guy who is to blame for everything, MUST have everything right now, and demonizes former allies as soon as they’re not useful, and holds that no action is wrong if it’s for the right purpose?

    The answer is ‘lots of people’. Some of them are functionally influential, some not.

  13. “If you’re referring to the antifa cretins, I doubt many of them are the least bit acquainted with anything not reducible to slogans, certainly not Das Kapital”

    The footsoldiers of Communism were never noted for their scholarship Art. In addition to the footsoldiers who do the dirty work, we have continual efforts to undermine the First Amendment, the whole ban hate speech movement, continual incitements of race hatred, the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, public education in the hands of radical left unions in much of the country and the list could go on at considerable length. Also I wonder how many moles we have in our military:
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/28/exclusive-west-point-professor-who-mentored-antifa-soldier-on-administrative-leave/

    I doubt they are all apparent idiots like Lieutenant Rapone.

    Communist movements often seem absurd at their beginnings, but are often not at all humorous later on.

  14. Thank you for also noting the [2nd] Lt.-Rapone-connection with Dr. Rasheed Hossein, who mentored Rapone for his senior thesis at West Point, and of whom it was announced today had been suddenly placed on leave from the USMA.

    Q. How deep is the black mold in the military establishments?


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    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Father of Seven

    Spot on, Donald. It’s all about power. That’s why the Left is either evil or ignorant. No exceptions. The track record of Communism allows for no other conclusion. The new environmentalism is just the latest iteration. Yes, I am thinking Pope Francis here.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Mary De Voe

    Communism is about seizing the power of God over His creatures. Communism is about denying God in His creatures, man’s free will , reason and man’s sovereign conscience over himself. Communism is an invasion, an infestation of demons devoid of any good will for the common good, love of neighbor, principles and TRUTH. Communism is the idiology of demi-gods on stilts imposing an idiotocracy. Paraphrasing Albert Einstein
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Philip Nachazel

    Great post.

    Labor camps will free the oppressed.
    “Arbeit macht frei”

    Then the little thugs who complain about Trump, conservativism, protected boarders, freedom of religion…they can bask in the dust of the camp. Rejoice liberal machine.. your heaven awaits.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Foxfier

    Communism is great in theory.
    It’s when it’s applied with actual human beings that it hits issues.

    Kinda like most great theories……

    ********

    Oh, by the way– Nazis are actually being rehabilitated, in the form of “Sure, Hitler’s goals were bad, but dang he had great tactics!”

    Take a wild guess which side that came from. -.-
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Foxfier

    ….I just realized that communists are right, when they figure that all their problems are because people fail.
    Not any less evil, mind you, just correct that the issue is applying the system to unsuitable populations. Like, absolutely anybody who isn’t there voluntarily with the option of leaving at any time.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Art Deco

    Our current pathologies don’t have much to do with Marxism or models of a command economy, so it’s a pointless diversion to be chattering about ‘Communism’. Our real problem rests with large swaths of the professional-managerial bourgeosie – how they understand themselves, how they understand others, and the implications of this for personal liberty and self-government. That is the problem which needs to be addressed.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Art Deco

    Take a wild guess which side that came from. -.-

    No clue what you’re referring to. I am familiar with what’s said in the comment boxes at the Unz Review (the site which publishes the dreck Valerie Plame was re-tweeting). If you’d like an example of some tool making the case for lynchings, some of Mr. Sailer’s acolytes will oblige you.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Steve Phoenix

    The first link above, “neo-communists of the post-Liberal West” brings up the issue of 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, a recent (2016) graduate of West Point, and scheduled to be assigned to Afghanistan Helmand province with part of his unit, the 10th Mountain Division—a fairly elite unit.

    Except, unable to contain his exuberant pro-Antonio Gramsci communism, Lt. Rapone just had to post all over social media his praise of Che Guevara, Gen. William Sherman (“he was right”) (for his pure ruthlessness, not for Sherman’s legendary hatred of war, “pure hell” he called it), and in one post, his eagerness for precipitate change very soon.

    If you go over to hamptoninstitution.org—a group that promotes Italian communist and famed subversive, Antonio Gramsci (d. 1937), you will find a very interesting recently posted article by Lt. Rapone, that fleshes out his real allegiances and motivations: “The Syrian Revolution of 1925: A Gramscian Redemption.” (Hampton Institution is named after US black communist Fred Hampton, a Frank Marshall Davis be-alike (d. 1969), chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, who died in a shootout with police in Chicago).

    http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/the-syrian-revolution-of-1925-a-gramscian-redemption.html#.Wc1s-Ide5LM

    In the highly revealing article, Rapone displays his yearning for “revolutionary movements [which will] bring societies to a precarious moment of truth” when “radical change takes hold”. He allies himself with the Syrian rebels against the “capitalist” “imperialist” French. It is a tour de force of his love of Gramsci—and that he intends to have an armed “moment”, in my view.

    And unlike James K. Hodgkinson, who couldn’t hit the side of a barn, with his highly advanced range training (he is a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan, who was elevated from combat infantryman to WP), he is not likely to be such a bad shot.

    Chilling.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Donald R. McClarey

    “Our current pathologies don’t have much to do with Marxism or models of a command economy, so it’s a pointless diversion to be chattering about ‘Communism’. Our real problem rests with large swaths of the professional-managerial bourgeosie – how they understand themselves, how they understand others, and the implications of this for personal liberty and self-government. That is the problem which needs to be addressed.”

    I disagree Art. There is a violent hard left on the rise in this country and I think Communist is a good description for many of them. The Old Left has never gotten over the romance they had with Communism and I suspect we will see the Democrat Party move further to the left over the next few years. Do I think this will bring them success at the ballot box? No, and I think this will merely fuel a further drive to the left and additional violence.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Foxfier

    No clue what you’re referring to.
    Which side NEEDs an enemy, always has a designated bad guy who is to blame for everything, MUST have everything right now, and demonizes former allies as soon as they’re not useful, and holds that no action is wrong if it’s for the right purpose?
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Art Deco

    I disagree Art. There is a violent hard left on the rise in this country and I think Communist is a good description for many of them.

    If you’re referring to the antifa cretins, I doubt many of them are the least bit acquainted with anything not reducible to slogans, certainly not Das Kapital. They’re a nuisance the police would make short work of were not local governments and higher education administrators making use of the antifa for their own purposes. Terry McAuliffe isn’t a ‘Communist’, he’s a crooked rent-seeking real estate developer. My berniebro cousin isn’t a ‘communist’ either, just a man with a particular personal history, a somewhat jagged inner life, and an occupation which doesn’t educate him in a rough and ready way that optimality in practical life derives largely from voluntary transactions between presumptively capable parties (he’s a schoolteacher; the other schoolteachers among our proximate relations are registered Republicans, interestingly). The people who run UC Berkeley aren’t ‘Communists’ either. They’re out to get you, but not because they’re hawking proletarian revolution.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Art Deco

    Which side NEEDs an enemy, always has a designated bad guy who is to blame for everything, MUST have everything right now, and demonizes former allies as soon as they’re not useful, and holds that no action is wrong if it’s for the right purpose?

    The answer is ‘lots of people’. Some of them are functionally influential, some not.
    Thursday, September 28, AD 2017
    Donald R. McClarey

    “If you’re referring to the antifa cretins, I doubt many of them are the least bit acquainted with anything not reducible to slogans, certainly not The footsoldiers of Communism were never noted for their scholarship Art. In addition to the footsoldiers who do the dirty work, we have continual efforts to undermine the First Amendment, the whole ban hate speech movement, continual incitements of race hatred, the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, public education in the hands of radical left unions in much of the country and the list could go on at considerable length. Also I wonder how many moles we have in our military:

    I hear you. My point is using a frame of reference apposite for 1948 confuses rather than clarifies. Communism is yesterday’s problem.

    1. Occupy Wall Street was a comical exercise. They hadn’t a coherent idea in their heads. I happenstanced in 2012 on an elderly couple of which the husband was involved in Occupy Rochester. They’re congenial people in certain realms, but they (particularly he) are also marginally coherent about public life. And they’re veterans. The ‘activism’ of the wife goes back to 1966 or earlier. Her husband was already involved in this sort of street theatre politics when she married him ca. 1970. (She has a previous husband and she and her current have a yours-mine-ours collection of 8 children). There’s much to like about this pair, but I suspect if you carefully questioned them you’d discover that they have some odd personal issues expressed in political idiom.

    2. As for the ‘race hatred’, it’s not manifest in mundane life. The odd thing about political discourse in the black population is that rank-and-file black wage earners never have the megaphone and their particular interests simply are not represented. What you have is the black bourgeoisie giving voice to their personal discontents in political language while running interference for black lumpenproletarians. Did the (black) homeowners of Ferguson, Mo benefit from all the undocumented shopping? Any media outlet ever interview one of them? The white left’s contribution to this is to run interference for black hoodlums while preening. It’s a disgusting performance all around.

    The few instances where I’ve tangled with opinionated blacks on this issue, two things were evident: some blacks easily swallow nonsense memes if not conspiracy theories and more sophisticated blacks are given to chasing cockroaches around the perimeter of the room because they’re emotionally incapable of developing a plan to lead the elephant in the room out of the building. My father would have told you that people who state grievances commonly are those who grow disoriented when they haven’t any grievances to state.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates pens a memoir denouncing the larger society, but he’s in his twenties ‘ere he recounts an occasion of whitey doing him dirt. Given that he devotes a mess of verbiage to a rude encounter in an elevator in New York City, I tend to doubt bad whitey has treated him all that badly o’er his 42 years. This Howard University dropout got a MacArthur “genius” grant and gets handsome reviews of his rather repetitive material.

    The elephant in the room is that 93% of the blacks in this country killed in a given year are killed by black civilians while 2% are killed by police officers. Acknowledging that means acknowledging what the Man’s done to you is just not salient at this point in time. White liberals do not want to acknowledge that because it means acknowledging two realities they’d rather not: rank-and-file blacks benefit from the ministrations of cops, who are drawn from subcultures white liberals despise; and rank-and-file blacks do not need white liberals, and, in fact, white liberals think and act and emote in ways injurious to the interests of rank-and-file blacks.

    3. As for ‘free speech’, you have to ask yourself just who school administrators, HR twits, hospital administrators who act like one or the other, and our appellate judges think they are and who they think we are. The answer is, they think they’re the school vice principal and the rest of us are unruly adolescents. There is astonishing vanity incorporated into this worldview.

    None of this is ‘Communist’. It is just a jumble of conceits and evasions. I have no clue how to fight this, other than it’s this we’re fighting and not a bunch of bolshie stevedores singing The Red Flag. The one thing I think might work is not put any blood on the water by uttering tail-between-the-legs apologies. Trump’s refusal to play along with the kubuki theatre of liberal media-driven politics is causing an emotional breakdown among bourgeois partisan Democrats. Others should emulate him.

  16. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on youtube has a piece entitled “The Glory of Being an American” in which he describes communism as a group that refuses to acknowledge the Person.

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