Monthly Archives: May 2017

I’m a Communist

“Writing for the digital news publication Quartz, Australia’s Helen Razer explained ‘Why I’m a Communist—and Why You Should Be, Too.’” Mark Tapson

“Every country where communism has been ‘tried’ has gone to hell because of it.” Ibid

“A communist seeks the abolition of property, whether held by the state or private firms and citizens; they want all of us to own everything equally and become our own dictators. A communist seeks conditions to end the state entirely and have all human society collectively managed.” Ibid

“Communists like Helen Razer and her fellow travelers at the New York Times cling to their dream of a collective utopia, but deny that its reality is inevitably a nightmare.” Ibid

THE NIGHTMARE REALITY OF THE COMMUNIST DREAM

Another communist fantasizes that ‘this time’ they’ll get it right.

With a Republican in the White House threatening to – horrors! – make America great again, nostalgia for the Communist-utopia-that-could-have-been is running high among dejected leftists. Last Monday on May Day, otherwise known among Reds as International Workers’ Day, the New York Times actually published an encomium to those thrilling days of yesteryear “when Communism inspired Americans.” But it’s not just American communists keeping the dream alive; in the run up to May Day the week before, writing for the digital news publication Quartz, Australia’s Helen Razer explained “Why I’m a Communist—and Why You Should Be, Too.”

According to the website description, the chief focus of Razer’s work “has been what she sees as the crisis of liberalism.” The real crisis is that true liberalism has been shoved aside by a radical left that embraces violent totalitarianism, but that’s not Razer’s take. In her mind, the crisis is that pure communism hasn’t been given enough of a chance to succeed. “Communism is a system of social organization that has never been truly tried and, these days, never truly explained. Yet it inspires fear in some, derision in others, and an almost universal unconcern for what it is actually intended to convey.” Continue reading

California’s Finest

“As the record shows, even the most high-profile Communist Party members, representatives of hostile foreign governments, can easily secure and retain high-paying jobs with the state of California.” Lloyd Billingsley

CALIFORNIA’S COMMUNIST HIRING HALL

Bay Area Democrat seeks a safe space for Stalinists.

Bay Area Democrat Rob Bonta has authored AB 22, which repeals part of a law allowing state employees to be fired for being members of the Communist Party. Bonta, 44, earned his JD at Yale but like the old-line establishment media he betrays total ignorance of the Communist Party and why the state should never hire or retain any Communist Party members.

American Communists were “volunteer members of a militarized colonial service, pledged to carry out the decisions of our supreme rulers resident at Moscow anywhere in the world but particularly in the land we were colonizing for Communism, the United States.” That was Ben Gitlow, Communist Party candidate for vice-president in 1924 and 1928. The Soviets established the Communist International, the Comintern, to manage their parties in other countries.

Party leaders such as William Z. Foster authored books such as Toward Soviet America, but the CPUSA never caught on with American voters. Many Party members bailed out after Stalin’s pact with Hitler in 1939. Others left after Stalin swung the USSR back to its traditional anti-Semitism in the late 1940s, and others after the Khrushchev revelations of 1956. It took a special kind of person to join the Party after that, but some were up to the task. Continue reading

WWII Hero

“They fought on the beaches, they fought in the skies, they fought on the landing grounds. They fought the Nazi menace and rid the earth of its shadow…Those in power today are not worthy to carry his shoes…” Lloyd Billingsley

FAREWELL TO A FREEDOM FIGHTER

Lessons from a WWII combat veteran.

Last week my uncle James Richard Billingsley passed away at his home in Vancouver at the age of 94. He was one of dwindling number of World War II veterans who actually fought in combat against the German National Socialist regime. That victory enabled millions in the West to live in peace and freedom for decades. So let me tell you something about this man.

His father Lorne Henry Billingsley, my grandfather, shipped out with the first Canadian contingent for World War I and was one of the first victims of German mustard gas attack, what we now call chemical weapons. Millions perished in that conflict, but Lorne Billingsley made it back. James Richard Billingsley was the second of his eight children, raised in Saskatchewan in difficult conditions to say the least. Through the Depression of the 1930s, the family pulled together and prevailed.

James Billingsley enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan but in the spring of 1942 he left his studies to enlist in the Canadian Army, then fully engaged in Europe against the Nazis. He served with the Eighth Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment, an outfit assembled in Europe and heavy on troops from the Canadian prairies. They saw plenty of action and witnessed Nazi atrocities. Continue reading