Category: Communism

Abandon socialism!

I mean the word “socialism.” This word is too weak. Too compromised. Even Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist. He means a kind of New Deal liberalism: capitalism with modest social welfare. Capitalism with a benevolent face. We have moved so far to the right that even pathetic […]

Anticommunist tactic: our high standards

Anticommunism is a morality tale. They are wicked, we are good. The “we are good” part is usually left unstated. It is simply taken as self-evident. This makes the assumption all that more powerful (and preserves it from challenge). But if the anticommunist is forced to concede that […]

Bitter Truth

One of the H-bomb accusations against communism is that Stalin deliberately created a horrific famine in the Ukraine in 1932-33, killing millions. Supposedly this was done to crush peasant resistance to forced agricultural collectivization and to destroy Ukrainian nationalism. This story has been around since the 1930s, when […]

A People’s History of Communism?

Following the huge success of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, a great many other “people’s histories” have appeared. A brief search of Amazon shows titles such as these: A People’s History of the World A People’s History of Modern Europe A People’s History of […]

Is the West dead?

No, I’m not talking about global warming or nuclear war. The philosopher Andre Vltchek speaks of something even more fundamental in his essay The West is finished. He begins with the obvious: the West is utterly triumphant. Measured by its ability to dominate the planet, to amass colossal […]

Bridge of Lies

Recently I watched the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies. This movie is about several famous Cold War episodes: the capture and prosecution of a Russian spy in the United States, the capture and prosecution of an American spy in the Soviet Union, and the successful efforts to […]

Lies: like a fish swimming in water

As I work on my book about anticommunism, I see more and more clearly that we live surrounded by lies. And more than that, much more disturbing, much more frightening, these lies penetrate and saturate and compose our very selves. We don’t just swim in these lies like […]