Our Ignorance of Socialism is Dangerous

By Walter Williams Published on December 6, 2018

A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter.

Twenty-five percent of millennials who know who Vladimir Lenin was view him favorably. Lenin was the first premier of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Half of millennials have never heard of communist Mao Zedong, who ruled China from 1949 to 1959 and was responsible for the deaths of 45 million Chinese people.

The number of people who died at the hands of Josef Stalin may be as high as 62 million. However, almost one-third of millennials think former President George W. Bush is responsible for more killings than Stalin.

By the way, Adolf Hitler, head of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, was responsible for the deaths of about 20 million people. The Nazis come in as a poor third in terms of history’s most prolific mass murderers. According to professor Rudolph Rummel’s research, the 20th century, mankind’s most brutal century, saw 262 million people’s lives destroyed at the hands of their own governments.

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Young people who weren’t alive during World War II and its Cold War aftermath might be forgiven for not knowing the horrors of socialism. Some of their beliefs represent their having been indoctrinated by their K-12 teachers and college professors.

There was such leftist hate for Bush that it’s not out of the question that those 32 percent of millennials were taught by their teachers and professors that Bush murdered more people than Stalin.

America’s communists, socialists, and Marxists have little knowledge of socialist history. Bradley Birzer, a professor of history at Hillsdale College, explains this in an article for The American Conservative titled “Socialists and Fascists Have Always Been Kissing Cousins.”

Joseph Goebbels wrote in 1925, “It would be better for us to end our existence under Bolshevism than to endure slavery under capitalism.” This Nazi sentiment might be shared by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his comrade Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Goebbels added, “I think it is terrible that we and the communists are bashing in each other’s heads.”

When the tragedies of socialist regimes — such as those in Venezuela, the USSR, China, Cuba, and many others — are pointed out to America’s leftists, they hold up Sweden as their socialist role model. But they are absolutely wrong about Sweden.

Johan Norberg points this out in his documentary Sweden: Lessons for America? Americans might be surprised to learn that Sweden’s experiment with socialism was a relatively brief flirtation, lasting about 20 years and ending in disillusionment and reform.

Reason magazine reports:

Sweden began rolling back government in the early 1990s, recapturing the entrepreneurial spirit that made it a wealthy country to begin with. High taxation and a generous array of government benefits are still around. But now it’s also a nation of school vouchers, free trade, open immigration, light business regulation, and no minimum wage laws.

School vouchers, light business regulation, and no minimum wage laws are practices deeply offensive to America’s leftists.

Our young people are not the first Americans to admire tyrants and cutthroats. W.E.B. Du Bois, writing in the National Guardian in 1953, said, “Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature.” Walter Duranty called Stalin “the greatest living statesman” and “a quiet, unobtrusive man.”

There was even leftist admiration for Hitler and fellow fascist Benito Mussolini. When Hitler came to power in January 1933, George Bernard Shaw described him as “a very remarkable man, a very able man.” President Franklin Roosevelt called Mussolini “admirable,” and he was “deeply impressed by what he [had] accomplished.”

In 1972, John Kenneth Galbraith visited communist China and praised Mao and the Chinese economic system. His Harvard University colleague John K. Fairbank believed that America could learn much from the Cultural Revolution, saying, “Americans may find in China’s collective life today an ingredient of personal moral concern for one’s neighbor that has a lesson for us all.”

Are Americans who admire the world’s most brutal regimes miseducated or stupid? Or do they have some kind of devious agenda?

 

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  • Just One Voice

    “Are Americans who admire the world’s most brutal regimes miseducated or stupid? Or do they have some kind of devious agenda?”

    Is there an “all of the above” choice?

    • It is called “negative transference.”

      They love murderous dictators because they live vicariously through said dictator’s actions and deep down pretend they are the ones issuing the orders.

      • Stephen D

        Nice!

    • Dena

      I would say brainwashed and miseducated in our liberal Universities.

      I work with millennial co-workers who praise Socialism. They talk about it a lot and try to convince me how great it is. They quote Barry Sanders and praise Sweden as a Socialist example.

    • chrisinva

      We’ll find out at the Last Judgment. In the meantime, that question arises every year, in every generation. We can’t read hearts, but we can say that, if I were Satan and trying to bring an end to everything that is good, Senator or President or CEO So-and-So is doing exactly what I’d tempt him to do.

      Beyond that… “in the end we’ll know, but on the way I wonder” (Cat Stevens, “On the Road to Find Out”)

  • apollo

    I suggest you all take a few hours and study the Middle Kingdom. In the spiritual realm that spirit now has dominion over the earth.

    • Ok, I don’t know what kind of new age crap you have been reading, but it isn’t good for you.

      • apollo

        I have a gift from God you do not have.

        “Paul’s Apostolic Authority
        …3For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We
        tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge
        of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to
        Christ.…”

        The Middle Kingdom is not the ruling spiritual stronghold.

        • First you were talking about a demon that was promising you things, the you use occult terminology while claiming that the devil is in charge of everything, and now you claim to have what are called “satanic gifts” like precognition. This is getting worse each time you divulge your situation.

          Crux sacra sit mihi lux
          Non draco sit mihi dux
          Sunt mala quae libas
          Ipse venana bibas
          Vade retro satana
          Nunquam suade mihi vana
          Pax

          • apollo

            So says the spiritually blind man.

          • Projection won’t save you. Especially not from the side effects of your occult/new age crap.

          • apollo

            I suggest you ask to receive the Holy Spirit.

          • Is this when you thought the “spirit” in your head literally granted you Apostolic Authority?

            What you are showing here is a new and frightening tactic by the devil, that was actually predicted in Revelation. That is not good.

          • apollo

            What is it to you if God as selected me to wield that authority?

          • God selected you for nothing but holding a reprobate mind. One whose reprobate mind did not tell you that it was a bad thing to fall for the devil’s lies.

            Are you so arrogant that you actually believe what you are telling me?

          • apollo

            You are a very intolerant man

          • you are a monster, a demonically oppressed (but most likely possessed) monster.

            There can be no “tolerance” for evil. you unfortunately exemplify what Chesterton said when he said never to open one’s mind so wide that your brain falls out. you did that.

            As Chesterton also said, you materialists are on the edge of belief, belief in ANYTHING at all.

    • you have either been going down to the freemason lodge or have been playing videogames inspired by freemasonry (of which almost all of them are).

      you are blaspheming that God is a mere spirit and that the devil is equal to God. Then you are saying earth is some third material kingdom between the two dualistic “spiritual kingdoms.” Then you say that the devil has taken over the earth.

      Then you claimed you had precognition and the Apostolic Authority of St Paul. Oy vey.

      What you are spewing out here is gnosticism, of which freemasonry (and other forms of satanism) are the perfect examples of. Hillaire Belloc said that gnosticism was established when people became so afraid of demons that they assumed that evil was an almighty power equal to God. Therefore they seek to show reverence to demons out of fear because their self-interest forces them to fixate on what may harm them.

      This is born out of the capital sin of pride. you think you have usurped God by pride, you find demons are stronger than you are, then you assume demons are stronger than God because you have a delusion that you have become “like gods” via “knowing” (aka wishful thinking).

      The problem with this is that you have no idea who God is and what evil is.

      evil is decay caused by sin. It is not some eternal force, it is just what happens when something dies due to ending separated from God and then goes insane as it rots.

      God is the uncreated, uncontingent Prime Mover and God is fully in control. The devil cannot do anything without God’s explicit permission as the devil is a mere continent, created thing like you are.

      • apollo

        I have seen the Lord. Have you?

        • A great Saint (St Francis de Sales, I think) once had a vision of Christ coming to him in a brilliant display. This vision of Christ was spotless and in blind long light without blemish. The Saint was told that he would be the one who would bring about God’s Kingdom.

          Being a learned Catholic, the Saint knew immediately he was talking to a demon that was trying to appeal to his ego to enslave him. The Saint mocked the false image of Christ by asking “but master, where are your wounds?”

          The image then disappeared and all that was left was a monstrous creature that ran away in fear after sneering at the Saint.

          you see, Christ is on the Cross until the last day and we must consume the Body and Blood of Christ to survive, so Christ is perpetually with His Wounds.

          If only you were learned before you got into your situation. I weep for you as much as I know you are dangerous and cannot be left to your devices.

          • apollo

            You have little or no ability to understand spiritual things.

          • I understand what spirits are, creatures with Rational Souls and no bodies.

            because you do not understand what spirits are, you therefore confuse them for God and therefore entrap yourself into believing the devil has granted you preternatural power when you really have only offered yourself up for possession without knowing it.

            I am not joking, or interested in your excuses: go to a Bishop and ask to see an exorcist.

          • apollo

            You are spiritually blind

          • you are committing a mortal sin both in your occult practices and in your projection by despair.

            As I said yesterday and you totally ignored because it challenged your ego:

            A great Saint (St Francis de Sales, I think) once had a vision of Christ coming to him in a brilliant display. This vision of Christ was spotless and in blind long light without blemish. The Saint was told that he would be the one who would bring about God’s Kingdom.

            Being a learned Catholic, the Saint knew immediately he was talking to a demon that was trying to appeal to his ego to enslave him. The Saint mocked the false image of Christ by asking “but master, where are your wounds?”

            The image then disappeared and all that was left was a monstrous creature that ran away in fear after sneering at the Saint.

            you see, Christ is on the Cross until the last day and we must consume the Body and Blood of Christ to survive, so Christ is perpetually with His Wounds.

            If only you were learned before you got into your situation. I weep for you as much as I know you are dangerous and cannot be left to your devices.

          • apollo

            you are a very arrogant man .

      • apollo

        “Then you say that the devil has taken over the earth.”

        What Kind of Authority Does Satan Exercise?

        Jesus referred to him as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and
        Paul calls him “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and
        “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). John makes a further
        distinction when he says: “We know that we are of God, and the whole
        world is in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). These references
        leave us with the question: In what sense does Satan “rule” the world?

        The Bible frequently uses “the world” or “this world” to refer to the
        present evil system of opposition to God. So, the Bible never teaches
        that Satan actually rules over the entire world, but that he is ruler
        over the current system of sinful opposition to God. In other words,
        he’s leading the rebellion against God.

        • World in Greek can mean “era” or system, yes. And that is how it is used there.

          That is not what you were saying, you were using a gnostic/pagan term “middle kingdom” for earth and then claiming the devil is the unquestioned ruler now.

          This is what you said just after claiming for yourself Apostolic Authority and saying you had “special knowledge” that gives you preternatural ability.

          • apollo

            China is the middle kingdom . The Chinese people have a collective spirit. Which now has been given dominion by God.

            Gifts of the Spirit – The Definitions

            There is some controversy as to the precise nature of each of the gifts
            of the Spirit, but here is a list of spiritual gifts and their basic
            definitions.

            The gift of wisdom seems to be the ability to make decisions and give guidance that is according to God’s will.

            The gift of knowledge is the ability to have an in-depth understanding of a spiritual issue or situation.

            The gift of faith is being able to trust God and encourage others to trust God, no matter the circumstances.

            The gift of healing is the miraculous ability to use God’s healing power
            to restore a person who is sick, injured, or suffering.

            The gift of miracles is being able to perform signs and wonders that give authenticity to God’s Word and the Gospel message.

            The gift of prophecy is being able to proclaim a message from God.

            The gift of discerning spirits is the ability to determine whether or not a message, person, or event is truly from God.

            The gift of tongues is the ability to speak in a foreign language that
            you do not have knowledge of, in order to communicate with someone who
            speaks that language.

            The gift of interpreting tongues is the ability to translate the tongues
            speaking and communicate it back to others in your own language.

            The gift of administration is being able to keep things organized and in accordance with God’s principles.

            The gift of helps is always having the desire and ability to help others, to do whatever it takes to get a task accomplished.

          • What the occult crap are you talking about? you were suckered into demonic oppression and now are trying to cover your ego with occult pablum in the hopes it distracts you from realize your messed up BAD.

            Every person has their own unique soul as the soul is what animates you. There is no “collective soul,” and the demon you worship is not God.

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