“Lest We Forget!”
The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friederich Engels in 1848, shook the world. It outlined a worker’s utopia where every individual person would be paid fairly, treated fairly, and everyone would be respected and valued simply for being human.
Karl Marx and Friederich Engels were true believers in class warfare and social justice. November 7, 2017, will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution that birthed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
Communism, as a political philosophy, enticed many in Russia at the turn of the 20th century because it had never been tried fully. I am amazed at how Communism is being romanticized in the United States today. It is important to look back and recall communism for what it was instead of the dream it intended to be.
The Communist Revolution in Russia claimed uncounted lives because the communist militants killed people faster than they could be counted. All this killing was done in the name of social justice. A theory that offered a way to create paradise resulted in a murdering spree that did little more than settle old scores.
The end of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and crime could be realized if only there was a will to see it done. The great and powerful lords of the time would be brushed aside for the new age of the worker. The goal of political shifts through cultural change had started.
The reason for my astonishment at modern leftists continue to push communism stems from my understanding that Communism has continued for almost 100 years and has yet to deliver anything to the worker other than death, or the individual marginalization within the socialist state.
I saw on Facebook where a young woman was holding a sign that professed a love of true Communism because she wanted a truly fair society. I laughed to myself because she used the term “true communism.”
If we think about what Communism has brought the world, we would need to makes excuses for it in order to promote it. Let’s not forget China’s “Cultural Revolution” or “Great Leap Forward.” Those alone cost a couple million lives.
Did I forget to mention the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia? Who could forget the Soviet Union’s state sponsored famine in the Ukraine. Those were the days to remember: the heavy smell of diesel fumes as Soviet tanks put down social justice movements in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
If your memory is foggy or unclear on Castro’s workers’ paradise in Cuba, take a trip to Miami and seek out a survivor who lived long enough to escape it completely. If you want to get the full effects of a modern communist/socialist paradise, take a leisurely stroll in North Korea, or Venezuela.
Go speak your mind on democracy in a public place in Vietnam and let me know how the multicultural dialogue went. While you’re that close in your travel location, pop on over to Tibet and visit the Dali Lama. I have heard that you will not meet a more kindly, or gentler man.
All kidding aside, Americans need to remember the plight of the people who were under the communist boot in the 20th Century. Our recent cultural fondness for forgetting un-pleasantries in history seems to be pulling us in a direction with which we should be all too familiar.