Saturday, December 30, 2017

100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice

oughly 100 million people died at the hands of the ideology my parents escaped. They cannot tell their story. We owe it to them to recognize that this ideology is not a fad, and their deaths are not a joke. Last month marked 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution, though college culture would give you precisely the opposite impression. Depictions of communism on campus paint the ideology as revolutionary or idealistic, overlooking its authoritarian violence. Instead of deepening our understanding of the world, the college experience teaches us to reduce one of the most destructive ideologies in human history to a one-dimensional, sanitized narrative.

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Interesting, a little dated, but I didn't see anything about the Commie 100 year anniversary.

Comments

There is an engineer at work. An immigrant from communist China, came over on a student visa and stayed. Having lunch one day we launched into his experience with communism.

His reply was they only paid in rice, and not much of it. He worked the rice fields for three years after secondary school. Saw many people die of starvation, for the common good as they called it, the individual didn't matter. There were spies everywhere, to out the non-believers, much like todays work environment. Toe the line or get fired, or in Chinas case get romved from the camp and never seen again ......

Again as the article states, the collective is more important than the individual, lesson there for the "communist" supporters. The individual mandate of ObamaCare was one such policy, the collective was more important than individual agency, it was for the common good.

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 06:34 PM

"the collective is more important than the individual"

What's more important, you or the United States of America?

Did you serve?

Didn't think so.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 06:38 PM

#1

Crap, Andrea. Just crap.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-30 06:39 PM

Not that the Communists we're evil, but that you conflate Obamacare with it.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-30 06:39 PM

It's always been a fascist tactic to justify their own evil out of fear of communism.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-30 06:41 PM

The individual mandate of ObamaCare was one such policy, the collective was more important than individual agency, it was for the common good.

Horrible analogy.

Funny how you tools will declare the theory of communism defunct based on the horrible implementation by dictators but think our current "capitalist" system is just hunky dory despite the evidence smacking them in the face day in and day out.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-30 07:48 PM

As with all totalitarian systems Communism is a terrible thing.

America could have killed it in in 1921 but it would have meant letting children starve.

our Christianity is sadly the reason why communism still exists.

en.wikipedia.org–22

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-30 10:44 PM

#6 | POSTED BY JPW

I don't believe capitalism is hunky dory, its just better than any centralized system imagined.

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 11:06 PM

Horrible analogy. ~ JPW

Perhaps not ... but it wouldn't surprise me you don't understand the analogy .. but some liberals do

The Individual Mandate and the Common Good

The debate about the individual mandate today prioritizes autonomy over our sense of connection to the broader society.
www.politicaltheology.com

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 11:16 PM

I don't believe capitalism is hunky dory,

Yea, you hate capitalism.

its just better than any centralized system imagined.
#8 | POSTED BY CHORT AT 2017-12-30 11:06 PM | FLAG:

Contradicting yourself in the same sentence?

Well played, Chort! Well played indeed.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-12-30 11:20 PM

#1 | POSTED BY CHORT

You're comparing a bastardized version of communism.

To Obamacare.

The syphilis has devoured your brain.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-12-30 11:26 PM

The rhetoric of personal responsibility is only useful if we recognize that it means personal responsibility for contributing to the common good, - FTA

The syphilis has devoured your brain.
#11 | POSTED BY CRAPSHACK

Perhaps ...

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 11:37 PM

She's so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat and bippitty-boppitty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that.

--David Bowie, "Queen ----", Hunky Dory, ©1971 RCA Records, Inc.

#13 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-30 11:43 PM

The syphilis has devoured your brain.
#11 | POSTED BY CRAPSHACK

Perhaps ...
#12 | POSTED BY CHORT

Go get tested.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-12-31 05:18 AM

Perhaps not ... but it wouldn't surprise me you don't understand the analogy .. but some liberals do

You're saying insurance is as bad as full blow communism with that analogy.

Are you not part of any insurance plans?

Or do you think it's great to maintain a dysfunctional system where those who don't pay into it still get full benefit of the system when they need it?

How is that better than the fake communism you've concocted in your head?

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-31 12:04 PM

The individual mandate of ObamaCare was one such policy, the collective was more important than individual agency, it was for the common good.
#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris

You are a sick individual, you should use Obamacare to get some mental health care

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-12-31 06:38 PM

what a los.
you want VIOLENCE, look to CAPITALISM. ah.

#17 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-01 03:11 AM

"When you give a free school lunch to a hungry kid, YOU'RE FEEDING HIM COMMUNISM." -- AndreaMackris

#18 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-01 08:13 AM

Is there a version of Godwin's Law that pertains to Communism?

#19 | Posted by dylanfan at 2018-01-01 04:09 PM

#13 | Posted by madscientist

Isn't that a f@#king fantastic tune?

#20 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-01-01 04:46 PM

I get that liberals and progressives don't like tenets of Communism compared with policies they support that, while heavy-handed and centralized, are NOT Communism.

What I don't get is liberals and progressives taking umbrage with criticisms of actual Communism and/or Socialism.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-01 05:23 PM

while heavy-handed and centralized, are NOT Communism.

This is a false proposition ...

"heavy-handed", "centralized", "common good", sacrificing individual agency = communism ....

Go to a Kibutz in Isreal, where real communism is operational.

We haven't even touched on the 100 Million lives lost.

#22 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-01-01 05:29 PM

Isn't that a f@#king fantastic tune?

Yes! It reminds me of a poster (who will remain nameless). But if anyone understands the tune, and it looks like a couple do, they'll know who I mean. ☺

#23 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-01 06:04 PM

What I don't get is liberals and progressives taking umbrage with criticisms of actual Communism and/or Socialism.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ

You're making ---- up.

I've not seen anyone take umbrage with criticisms of actual Communism or socialism, ie policies and ideologies of supposed "Communistic" governments.

What I remember people taking umbrage with the is inane characterization of everything that's not a GOP policy as "socialism" or "communism".

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-01 06:20 PM

We haven't even touched on the 100 Million lives lost.

#22 | Posted by AndreaMackris

That you care about only as a political football to lower your tax rates you impoverished, poor little soul you.

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-01 06:21 PM

What I don't get is liberals and progressives taking umbrage with criticisms of actual Communism and/or Socialism.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ

You're making ---- up.

I've not seen anyone take umbrage with criticisms of actual Communism or socialism, ie policies and ideologies of supposed "Communistic" governments.

What I remember people taking umbrage with the is inane characterization of everything that's not a GOP policy as "socialism" or "communism".

#24 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2018-01-01 06:20 PM


It's January 1st, and I declare this the post of the year.

#26 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-01-01 06:27 PM

I second that emotion.

#27 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-01 07:03 PM

've not seen anyone take umbrage with criticisms of actual Communism or socialism, ie policies and ideologies of supposed "Communistic" governments.

#24 | POSTED BY JPW

Then you haven't been paying attention. Every time it's brought up some sort of deflection to the evils of capitalism always follows. Always. Surely you've seen it.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-02 09:43 AM

Jeff, we'll make you into a Commie soon enough. It is your desssssstiny.

Ha ha. Ha ha ha. Bwahahahahaha! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

#29 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-02 09:58 AM

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