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Feb 25 2016

Bernie Sanders, Social Justice, and the Khmer Rouge

One reason many people don’t understand that the mentality personified by Bernie Sanders is not just foolish but evil is that the evil is so monstrous, they can’t get their heads around it. Maybe it would be best to start small, with the little country Cambodia:

At a hearing to overturn his crimes of humanity conviction, Khmer Rouge henchman Khieu Samphan defended his crimes as done in the name of “social justice.”

We’ve been hearing that phrase a lot lately.

“My run for office was a manifestation of commitment to social justice,” Sanders said as he began his presidential run.

As for the social justice that was imposed after leftists like Sanders brought about the premature withdrawal of the USA from Southeast Asia,

Three million Cambodians were slaughtered as a result by the Khmer Rouge communists, who were seeking to build an “equal” society of social justice from the ground up.

Some of the following might also remind you of another authoritarian presidential candidate, one who has pulled a trick on voters by running as a Republican:

They accomplished it through what they called “self-reliance,” another fine-sounding buzzword meaning autarky, the isolation of the country from all outside influence and scrutiny, an explicitly anti-free trade, anti-globalization romanticist philosophy that drove millions of city dwellers to the isolated countryside. There, they were systematically enslaved, shot, starved, tortured, brainwashed and indoctrinated, turning the country into a vast boneyard. With a quarter of the country dead, the Khmer Rouge achieved their sought-after social justice of equality all right: the equality of the grave.

As socialists are fond of saying, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.

Of course, things are different with savages. But as with the Soviet Union, we aren’t talking about savages.

Khieu Samphan and his fellow Khmer Rouge elites were mostly Sorbonne-educated and were much feted in the radical-chic circles of Sanders’ anti-war left. Sanders remains a friend of one of the Khmer Rouge’s staunchest apologists, Noam Chomsky.

“As an intellectual, I never wanted anything other than social justice for my country,” Khieu Samphan testified last week. Note that use of the word “intellectual.”

You’ll never find pointier heads than among Sanders supporters.

The difference between American communists (see here, here, and here) like Sanders and the Khmer Rouge is what they have the political leverage to inflict. As their policies weaken the country and make economic collapse ever more likely, what they have the leverage to inflict could reach Cambodian proportions within our lifetimes.

Applied social justice in Cambodia.

On a tip from Torcer.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Eh….break a few eggs. Break a few heads. It’s all for the common good.

  • Musicmaven

    The Khmer Rouge were rank amateurs compared to Mao’s Great Leap Forward which lead to death by mostly starvation of 20-50 million Chinese.

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  • Fiberal

    Another reader here just attempted to equalize Trump, an enormously successful businessman with BO; a racist muslim who has never held a job and was intentionally made successful by Marxists only through affirmative action and the abject, mouth-breathing stupidity of the entertainment-obsessed American voter.

    This post rises to the official stamp of liberalism: i.e., propaganda formulated by misfit comparisons out of perspective with reality.

    “Some of this might also remind you of another authoritarian presidential candidate,
    one who has pulled a trick on voters by running as a Republican”. Good grief.

    I would hope that the readers would have more sense than to swallow consciously or subconsciously, something this ludicrous.

    And Dave, do you remember a guy named Charles Johnson (I think) who ran a conservative site called “Little Green Footballs”? Whatever happened to him?

  • Bob

    For now a 100 million plus gun owners who could prevent this. But they are working on getting those away from us. Please join the NRA or other gun and hunting groups.

  • Occam’s Stubble

    This might be a case where it’s better to look at it in percentages. The KR murdered a quarter of Cambodia’s population. 50 million Chinese is a drop in the bucket. Not that I’m defending the Chinese or anything.

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  • Angela de Rocha

    I am reasonably sure that I and everyone who follows this page would be first in line for the re-education camps.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    in 1959, in america, it took 127 hours of work to buy a tv.

    in 2013, it only takes 20. was that due to socialism? Ask a Cuban.

    — GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) February 22, 2016

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  • TED

    YOU BET’CHA! Line up for your ID number tattoo…!

  • TED

    I guess it would be a BARCODE TODAY…

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  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    And he’s far from the only one to say this. Never forget the weathermen, the organization which included at least two of Obama’s friends/mentors, estimated that they would need to kill millions of Americans to complete their glorious revolution (crippling the US gov so that Viet Nam, Cuba, the USSR, etc. could come in and take over).

    What you say is not hyperbole. None of us should doubt for second that there will be blood if radical leftists achieve their aim of absolute power. They have said as much themselves, and we would be foolish not to take them at their word.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    Not Sure – Idiocracy

  • 762×51

    They need to come early and bring a lunch when they come for me. It’s gonna be a long day.

  • 762×51

    All Marxist based ideologies have brought about mounds of human skulls, mass graves and executions, food lines, poverty, and death, every time they have been tried. National Socialism, Democratic Socialism, et al are merely different flavors of the same turd.

    Capitalism has never produced any of those things,

  • 762×51

    The problem is, that is number of gun owners and being a gun owner does not make you a gunfighter any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.

    What this will take is gunfighters, there are millions of combat veterans now, far more than those still on active duty. Those are the people who will hold the line and honor their oath to support and defend the Constitution.

    This isn’t a participation trophy.

  • Deep North

    In 1934, according to published statistics, 38.5 percent of those holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses were of Jewish origin. They too, of course, were gradually eliminated in the next purges. In a fascinating lecture at a Tel Aviv University convention this week, Dr. Halfin described the waves of soviet terror as a “carnival of mass murder,” “fantasy of purges”, and “essianism of evil.” Turns out that Jews too, when they become captivated by messianic ideology, can become great murderers, among the greatest known by modern history.

    The Jews active in official communist terror apparatuses (In the Soviet Union and abroad) and who at times led them, did not do this, obviously, as Jews, but rather, as Stalinists, communists, and “Soviet people.” Therefore, we find it easy to ignore their origin and “play dumb”: What do we have to do with them? But let’s not forget them. My own view is different. I find it unacceptable that a person will be considered a member of the Jewish people when he does great things, but not considered part of our people when he does amazingly despicable things.

    Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of “our hangmen,” who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of their origin.

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  • Donna M

    Oh Yeah! I remember it well!
    The annilation of a country!
    Pol Pot’s wholesale, political cleansing dictatorship.
    The starvation and slaughter of entire families and villages!
    His armies, emptied the cities, and the exterminated the “Mung” people, of the mountains, who helped our military and we’re left behind when they were promised by our gov to migrate to the US!
    …and the world did nothing!
    Gee, United Nation there is one thing you do best,
    When disaster strikes, ya’ suddenly look, “the other way”!
    Hummm…seeing pattern here!
    Ruwanda, Bosnia, Sudan, Iraq…
    Always turns out to be, I can’t be bothered right now…
    Just got to fix ” climate change” and we need more money from the US, to do it!

  • TED

    EXACTLY! Who knew that movie will some day SOON be a historical record.

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