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.
On a tip from Torcer.