Socialism—Part 1001

“The term ‘socialism’ was coined by followers of Robert Owen (1771-1858), whom Karl Marx would label a ‘utopian socialist.’” Joshua Muravchik

“Although Owen poured his fortune into it, New Harmony commune [Indiana] collapsed in disarray, and recrimination within two years.” Ibid

“Repression was justified by socialism’s purported economic benefits, but the actual trade-off entailed economic misery and the snuffing out of as many as 100 million lives.” Ibid

Editor’s Note:  The total death toll of socialism is closer to 170 million lives and R. J. Rummel in his Death By Governmentsays it best: “In total, during the first eight-eight years of this century [20thCentury], almost 170 million men, women and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed, or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed, or killed in any other of the myriad ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners.  The dead could conceivably be nearly 360 million people.” P.9

Socialism Fails Every Time

The best outcome is a reversion to capitalism. The worst? Hundreds of millions dead.

A rally for the pro-communist Ethiopian Workers’ Party in Addis Ababa, Sept. 13, 1987. PHOTO: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders has become a favorite of young voters by posing as an apostle of daring new ideas. Socialism, however, is anything but new. It’s hard to think of another idea that has been tried and failed as many times in as many ways or at a steeper price in human suffering.

The term “socialism” was coined by followers of Robert Owen (1771-1858), whom Karl Marx would label a “utopian socialist.” In 1825 Owen founded New Harmony, an Indiana commune, to demonstrate the superiority of what was first called the “social system.” The same year, Owen explained his experiment to a joint session of Congress attended by Supreme Court justices, President James Monroe and President-elect John Quincy Adams. Although Owen poured his fortune into it, New Harmony collapsed in disarray and recrimination within two years.

Owen’s son Robert Dale Owen salvaged the community by implementing what he called “a policy the very reverse” of socialism: “giving each respectable citizen every facility and encouragement to become (what every adult ought to be) a landed proprietor.” Continue reading

V.I. Lenin Speaks

“Do not be alarmed, comrades, that I, V. I. Lenin, here again so soon from mausoleum after first time to address you.” Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“Sir Mick Jagger have heart valve problem and go to New York for replacement with private doctor instead of waiting turn British National Health like good people’s artist. It would only have been few month. Or years.  What betrayal of working class!” Ibid

Lenin’s Mausoleum

 

D0 not be alarmed, comrades, that I, V. I. Lenin, here again so soon from mausoleum after first time to address you. Once you back from what people’s author Raymond Chandler call “Big Sleep,” it become difficult to stop self-commenting affair of day.

And we have extreme serious counter-revolutionary problem, tovariches — almost as bad Stalin rescind my New Economic Policy for idiot Five-Year Plan, doomed to failure before start. He was dumb as AOC.

But never mind. Real danger today come from skillionaire — almost as rich Elton John libertarian (although he hide from public) graduate of London School Economic (feh!) Sir Mick Jagger! He have heart valve problem and go to New York for replacement with private doctor instead of waiting turn British National Health like good people’s artist. It would only have been few month. Or years. What betrayal of working class! Continue reading

Jussie Smollett

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Jussie Smollett learned how to lie from his communist mother

By M. Catharine Evans, American Thinker, March 27, 2019

After prosecutors dropped all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, the actor insisted he did not fake the fake attack.

At a press conference, Smollett made an unusual, if not Freudian, statement about his “truthfulness” and his mother.

I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.  I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.

Jussie doesn’t have to admit he staged a hate crime targeting Trump-supporters.  He can proclaim his innocence against all reality because in the Aesopian world of Marxist activism that he has inhabited since the cradle, telling the truth is nothing more than bourgeois sentimentalism.  It’s not at all different from lying.

We all know that in a saner America, an early-morning attack on a relatively unknown actor by nonexistent homophobic, racist, “MAGA country,” bleach- and noose-carrying thugs, in sub-zero Chicago, would have garnered a few headlines and been mercifully debunked within 24 hours, and Smollett would be working out some kind of plea deal.

But Jussie, as his mother’s son, has comrades in high places, and he is a member of the four most protected classes in the country — he’s black, gay, left-wing, and a Trump-hater.  In other words, as an oppressed and marginalized victim of an unjust, racist system, he cannot be held accountable.

Mother Janet Harris Smollett taught him well — lies are facts that will happen sometime, somewhere, because America is a racist, oppressive country. Continue reading