Normalizing Communism Deb is only slightly off

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Normalizing Communism Deb is only slightly off

This arti­cle at Nice Deb yes­ter­day caught my eye:

Russ­ian TV cov­ers the grow­ing Marx­ist move­ment in Amer­ica – it’s not often that a media out­let calls “pro­gres­sives” what they really are, as RT Amer­ica does, here.

I’m not going to embed the video as it’s Deb’s story, but both the story and Deb’s head­line is off.

It hasn’t “begun” it has been going on for years.

It went on in the 60’s when col­lege stu­dents found that they would not longer get the exemp­tions that the less for­tu­nate had, join­ing with Marx­ists and Jane Fonda aid­ing ene­mies and directly lead­ing to the death of mil­lions in south­east Asia

It went on in the 70’s as Col­leges veered left preach­ing moral equiv­a­lence between the Sovi­ets and the US

It went on in the 80’s when pols like VP Biden and the late Ted Kennedy backed by the media opposed Rea­gan tooth and nail as he called the Soviet Union what it was and con­tained and rolled back com­mu­nism in our own hemisphere.

We had a brief break in the 90’s as the sovi­ets finally col­lapsed free­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions (while pols who had sup­ported them and aca­d­e­mics who con­sid­ered them supe­rior sud­denly claimed they had been against them or expect­ing this all the time) but the green move­ment took over try­ing to advance the same Red sys­tem with a green veneer while ignor­ing the lack of “Green” in places like China and appeas­ing North Korea.

And this decade we had the left again blam­ing the US for the attacks on our soil, rail­ing against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while ignor­ing the excesses of regimes like North Korea the vio­lence of Rad­i­cal Islam, the Juden­rein nature of the mid­dle east and the actions of lead­ers like Chavez.

The rea­son why it is out in the open is the fear. Times are tough so a nation that has been taught by peo­ple who have never had to sign the front of a pay­check or actu­ally under­stood the sac­ri­fices that allowed them the free­dom to goof find them­selves con­fronted by the left once again try­ing to sell a repack­aged bot­tle of the same “ism” that has slaugh­tered more peo­ple over the last hun­dred years than any­one or any­thing else ever. The times have embold­ened them and they hope to take advan­tage of it.

The truth is this: This is the liv­ing of the far left and always has been. The left impulses have always been total­i­tar­ian, they don’t trust the peo­ple but they trust them­selves to rule them and hope to be part of that priv­i­leged class that like Saddam’s rel­a­tives, and party mem­bers in the old Soviet Union will still have the priv­i­leges that the aver­age per­son is dis­cour­aged from. They aspire to the com­fort of the feu­dal lords of the mid­dle ages while pre­tend­ing to be the friend of the peo­ple that they would make serfs.

This is an old style being sold to a pub­lic that has forgotten.

Update: I would have included this Mike Barone arti­cle if I saw it before I hit post but here is the lit­tle secret that peo­ple don’t know:

In addi­tion, as George Mason Uni­ver­sity econ­o­mist Tyler Cowen writes in the Amer­i­can Inter­est, “The inequal­ity of per­sonal well-​being is sharply down over the past hun­dred years and per­haps over the past twenty years as well.” Bill Gates may have a big­ger house than you do. But you have about the same access to good food, med­ical care and even to the Inter­net as he does.

Or con­sider some­thing as pro­saic as food. The super­mar­kets of the 1960s and 1970s didn’t come close to match­ing the amaz­ing selec­tion of pro­duce, meats and exotic foods as you find in super­mar­kets today — and not just in high-​income neigh­bor­hoods but in modest-​income places all over the country.

Or cloth­ing. Stores like Wal­mart, Tar­get and Kohl’s sell good qual­ity clothes at aston­ish­ingly low prices; you can out­fit a kid in school clothes for $100 or so a year.

He also nails the elites who cry wolf:

I sus­pect that most Amer­i­cans would be thrilled to get a 13th month of pay. But they’re not seething with envy at those who are bet­ter off.

So who does? One exam­ple is the car­toon­ist and author Garry Trudeau, a col­lege class­mate of George W. Bush, who has been spew­ing con­tempt for the Bushes for 40-​some years. The strongest class envy in Amer­ica, it turns out, may be the resent­ment of those who were one club above you at Yale.

Bingo!

This article at Nice Deb yesterday caught my eye:

Russian TV covers the growing Marxist movement in America – it’s not often that a media outlet calls “progressives” what they really are, as RT America does, here.

I’m not going to embed the video as it’s Deb’s story, but both the story and Deb’s headline is off.

It hasn’t “begun” it has been going on for years.

It went on in the 60’s when college students found that they would not longer get the exemptions that the less fortunate had, joining with Marxists and Jane Fonda aiding enemies and directly leading to the death of millions in southeast Asia

It went on in the 70’s as Colleges veered left preaching moral equivalence between the Soviets and the US

It went on in the 80’s when pols like VP Biden and the late Ted Kennedy backed by the media opposed Reagan tooth and nail as he called the Soviet Union what it was and contained and rolled back communism in our own hemisphere.

We had a brief break in the 90’s as the soviets finally collapsed freeing hundreds of millions (while pols who had supported them and academics who considered them superior suddenly claimed they had been against them or expecting this all the time) but the green movement took over trying to advance the same Red system with a green veneer while ignoring the lack of “Green” in places like China and appeasing North Korea.

And this decade we had the left again blaming the US for the attacks on our soil, railing against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while ignoring the excesses of regimes like North Korea the violence of Radical Islam, the Judenrein nature of the middle east and the actions of leaders like Chavez.

The reason why it is out in the open is the fear. Times are tough so a nation that has been taught by people who have never had to sign the front of a paycheck or actually understood the sacrifices that allowed them the freedom to goof find themselves confronted by the left once again trying to sell a repackaged bottle of the same “ism” that has slaughtered more people over the last hundred years than anyone or anything else ever. The times have emboldened them and they hope to take advantage of it.

The truth is this: This is the living of the far left and always has been. The left impulses have always been totalitarian, they don’t trust the people but they trust themselves to rule them and hope to be part of that privileged class that like Saddam’s relatives, and party members in the old Soviet Union will still have the privileges that the average person is discouraged from. They aspire to the comfort of the feudal lords of the middle ages while pretending to be the friend of the people that they would make serfs.

This is an old style being sold to a public that has forgotten.

Update: I would have included this Mike Barone article if I saw it before I hit post but here is the little secret that people don’t know:

In addition, as George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen writes in the American Interest, “The inequality of personal well-being is sharply down over the past hundred years and perhaps over the past twenty years as well.” Bill Gates may have a bigger house than you do. But you have about the same access to good food, medical care and even to the Internet as he does.

Or consider something as prosaic as food. The supermarkets of the 1960s and 1970s didn’t come close to matching the amazing selection of produce, meats and exotic foods as you find in supermarkets today — and not just in high-income neighborhoods but in modest-income places all over the country.

Or clothing. Stores like Walmart, Target and Kohl’s sell good quality clothes at astonishingly low prices; you can outfit a kid in school clothes for $100 or so a year.

He also nails the elites who cry wolf:

I suspect that most Americans would be thrilled to get a 13th month of pay. But they’re not seething with envy at those who are better off.

So who does? One example is the cartoonist and author Garry Trudeau, a college classmate of George W. Bush, who has been spewing contempt for the Bushes for 40-some years. The strongest class envy in America, it turns out, may be the resentment of those who were one club above you at Yale.

Bingo!