• Listen Up: Warnings About Socialism from Those Who Know It Best

    Surge Summary: Those who have encountered Socialism first hand and lived to talk about it are presently doing so, warning America of the dangers of the collectivist ideology. 

    Over at the Washington Times, L. Todd Wood informs:

    I spoke to several elderly Russian emigres this week while traveling abroad. They all had come to the West prior to the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. They now live in the United States and return to the motherland occasionally to visit family and old friends. They all had a very similar story to tell.

    [T]hese recent conversations reinforced the feeling I have had for some time regarding our security: The greatest threat the United States faces is from inside — the scourge of socialism.

    One elderly woman Wood calls “Svetlana” is “heartbroken”. Rehearsing her experiences growing up in the USSR, “fear and horror was evident in her eyes”.

    Get that? “Fear and horror”.

    Svetlana doesn’t mince words:

    “I left the Soviet Union to escape communism, socialism, Marxism — whatever you want to call it. America was and still is the only place in the world you are truly free, and you are losing it. Now the evil is coming here; it is all around us, especially where I live in California. These people are ignorant, they have no historical knowledge, and they are very dangerous. The ideology is seductive to America’s naive youth and always ends up with people dead.”

    Many Americans have been echoing this lady’s convictions for some time; “progressivism” has historically revealed the dangers it represents. But there’s something about getting confirmation of same from “someone who has experienced its evil extremes firsthand”.

    “It made a much larger impression,” Wood confesses

    than anything I could have ever written or said. You don’t have to look very hard to validate concerns that today’s Democratic Party is really a neo-Bolshevik party in faint disguise.

    Having lost all major policy battles in recent years to conservatives (and lost elections and power as well), the Democrats’ only recourse to avoid political oblivion is follow the siren call to revenge and retribution.

    Which always ends well, right?

    One Democratic presidential campaign went so far as to publish the names and addresses of all Trump donors in his jurisdiction — sickening. The rule of law has gone out the window.

    Identity politics is all about fanning the flames of envy, something that any committed Leninist would have instinctively understood. The Bolsheviks relentlessly attacked the “patriarchy” of the day — tsarist Russia. We all know what followed, for the Soviet Union and the world. Russia has never recovered from their folly and cruelty and won’t in our lifetime.

    Older Americans, that is those with personal Cold War memories, have an obligation to point out to younger generations communism’s eventual and utterly anticipated consequences (death, destruction, misery, loss of freedom). Wood taps the drug-abuse analogy: adults doggedly drum into kids’ heads the dangers of drug abuse; “over and over again until the message sinks in”. The same must apply to poisonous, destructive evil ideologies: “talk and keep talking until the message sinks in”.

    The Marxists are counting on an ignorant electorate. Sensible citizens. then, can’t permit that condition to endure.

    Alexander Kitchenko, a Russian national, commented on social media this week, “Looking back at history of Russia I can tell you that Soviet totalitarian communism also started ‘lightly,’ with people who were against ‘patriarchy.’ They were all about free love, abortions, redefinition of language and often were quarreling inside their ranks. But then there was one most militant group, which slowly dominated all the hippie-style freaks and later executed most of them in the name of ‘revolution.’”

    “History repeats itself, but now it is happening on your soil and I can only pray that it will be stopped somehow before it is too late,” Mr. Kitchenko commented.

    These people who met the fruits of communism first hand are pleading with complacent America: Learn from history! Learn from history! Learn from history! Or painfully repeat it.

    Image: Adapted from ndemello from Pixabay 


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