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Category: Socialism/Communism

Nov 28 2022

Open Thread

The Revolution won't happen with guns, rather it will happen incrementally, year by year, generation by generation. We will gradually infiltrate their educational institutions and their political offices, transforming them slowly into Marxist entities as we move towards universal egalitarianism. - Max Horkheimer

On a tip from Jester.

Nov 24 2022

Thanksgiving Thanks for Relative Economic Freedom

Among the many things we have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving are the pilgrims who made the holiday possible by serving as the foundation stone for American civilization. In particular, we can thank them for rejecting socialism.

In the beginning, the pilgrims shared their economic output equally, without property rights. This unsurprisingly resulted in a shortage of food.

After the meager Thanksgiving harvest, the second season of collective farming and distribution proved equally disappointing. Gov. [William] Bradford had seen enough, recording that the system “was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.”

So before the 1623 season, he scrapped socialist farming and replaced it with private ownership of land for each of the families. As a result of becoming responsible for their own welfare and gaining freedom to choose what to grow for consumption or trade, the Pilgrims’ productivity surged.

The rest is history.

John Stossel elaborates on the expensive lesson on the evils of socialism that the pilgrims passed on to us through American heritage:

So solid was America’s respect for property rights that 500 years later, termites of the type comprising the Democratic Party have still not been able to eat it away completely. Consequently, even if turkey is far more expensive than before Biden’s handlers took power, at least most of us still have access to turkey.

On tips from Blackjack and KirklesWorth.

Nov 20 2022

Open Thread

Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals. - Clare Boothe Luce

On a tip from Jester.

Nov 12 2022

Spain Issues Stamp Celebrating Communist Party

Communists have killed well over 100 million people. The Spanish contribution has been modest, at only an estimated 4,176 deaths, dwarfed by China with 82 million and Russia with 21 million. But Spain may not be done yet.

The Communist Party of Spain was formed by groups that broke away from the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, which is currently in charge. On Monday, the Spanish government is issuing 135,000 copies of a postage stamp to celebrate a century of attempting to impose slavery and genocide on the country:

Counting Stars has background:

For years [Partido Comunista de España/Communist Party of Spain] was the voice of Stalin in Spain… The organization was linked to all kinds of atrocities during the Spanish Civil War, where -with the support of Soviet NKVD agents- it managed to turn the Republican zone into a de facto Soviet dictatorship, including supporting a purge against the Trotskyists of the POUM [Workers’ Party of Marxist Unification] in the purest style of Stalin’s dictatorship. … [T]oday it continues to support dictatorships like Cuba, communist China, Venezuela and Nicaragua. In 2013, its youth even expressed their “solidarity” with North Korea, the world’s most brutal dictatorship.

The struggle against totalitarian evil did not end when the Berlin Wall fell. It will never end.

At least we don’t have to worry about anyone issuing a stamp with a swastika. All serious threats to liberty now come from the left.

On a tip from R F.

Nov 02 2022

Open Thread

The Revolution won't happen with guns, rather it will happen incrementally, year by year, generation by generation. We will gradually infiltrate their educational institutions and their political offices, transforming them slowly into Marxist entities as we move towards universal egalitarianism. - Max Horkheimer

On a tip from Jester.

Oct 26 2022

What Progressives Are Progressing Toward: North Korea

The Democratic Party is loyally supported by the explosively proliferating bureaucrats infesting the Beltway because it is the Party of Big Government. Its mission — whether in the name of equity, the climate, or whatever other pretext — is to move the ratchet ever further toward more powerful and intrusive government at the expense of individual liberty. To give young people an idea of what awaits at the end of this path, PragerU takes them on a tour of the ultimate leftist utopia, where government is omnipotent and omnipresent — North Korea. Here’s a video kids might watch in school if education had not fallen to the Long March Through the Institutions:

At least Democrats wouldn’t ban pets, like North Korea’s rulers. Oh wait…

On a tip from Blackjack.

Oct 23 2022

Open Thread

Socialism of any type leads to a total destruction of the human spirit... - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Oct 22 2022

Open Thread

Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society. - Antonio Gramsci

On a tip from Jester.

Oct 19 2022

Open Thread

For government to give, it must first take away. - Rush Limbaugh

Oct 16 2022

Open Thread

Confiscation in any form is an unhealthy solution for a real disease. It amounts to telling men that because they are economically crippled, they must abandon all efforts to get well and allow the state to provide them with free wheelchairs. - Fulton J. Sheen

Oct 01 2022

Open Thread

Sep 20 2022

USA Less Free Than 1 Year Ago per Fraser Institute

As Big Government grows, economic freedom continues to decline:

Each year, the Fraser Institute releases a report entitled “Economic Freedom of the World,” a ranking of countries around the world by economic freedom. … The ranking is calculated using numerous factors, including size of government, respect for property rights, freedom to trade, monetary policy, and regulation.

“Economic freedom is about people being free to mold and shape their own lives,” in the words of James Gwartney, a coauthor of the report.

The United States slots in at 7th place, down one spot from last year. But the U.S.’s score dropped more significantly, down from 8.25 to 7.97 on the index’s 10-point scale. The reason why America lost only one spot in the rankings is because economic freedom around the world fell in 2020…

It would be nice to think that the Land of the Free would stand against this alarming trend. But the USA’s score is the lowest in 4 decades.

Atop the list are Singapore and Hong Kong, where freedom will soon be snuffed out by the ChiComs. Toward the bottom, we find Zimbabwe and Venezuela, two countries that appear to serve as models for Democrats.

Give Biden et al. a few more years and creeping socialism will push America out of the top 10.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 20 2022

Open Thread

But, historians, and even common sense, may inform us, that, however specious these ideas of perfect equality may seem, they are really, at bottom, impracticable; and were they not so, would be extremely pernicious to human society. Render possessions ever so equal, men's different degrees of art, care, and industry will immediately break that equality. Or if you check these virtues, you reduce society to the most extreme indigence; and instead of preventing want and beggary in a few, render it unavoidable to the whole community. - David Hume

Sep 15 2022

Open Thread

Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals. - Clare Boothe Luce

On a tip from Jester.

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