Communism Resurgent

Mainstream, middle-of-the-road citizens are busy people. They need to get up in the morning and get ready for work as well as get their kids to school. After a long, stressful workday they need to shop for groceries, cook food, drive kids to their sports activities, and take care of a myriad of things around the house. At best, they can relax to some televised news in the evening. In Sweden, this will be 30 minutes of government propaganda on SVT, and in the US it will be something mainstream on the networks aimed at being fairly politically correct to attract a wide viewership for higher ratings.

This state of affairs is understandable. We all have busy lives. Unfortunately, it is also incredibly dangerous. Bit by bit the remains of our freedom are being dragged away from us. There’s no dictatorship scheduled for tomorrow, or next year. Not for the next decade, either. But every year there are more regulations on how you can live, higher taxes that take more of your income to be distributed as the politicians see fit, and more entitlements and “rights” that can be claimed by people unwilling to work or obey the laws. Eventually we’ll all wonder what happened to even the meager individual rights we have today. As Nobel laureate Günter Grass said, Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke. Communism shouldn’t be created quickly, but at a “snail’s pace”.

Articulated clearly, most people are opposed to this. Especially in the United States, but to some degree in Europe as well. Only 10-15 percent of the population votes for far left parties here, the rest are leery of them. I imagine there’s a similar percentage in the US, but that electoral system makes the extreme left harder to track. Unfortunately, there’s a media elite with wide influence in newspapers, film, and litterature that seeks to smooth over the rough edges of what essentially amounts to communism, covering up the resurgence of the ideology thought dead for nearly 20 years with a new coating of paint. Their agenda? To restore communism.

Allow me to give a few examples from just the past two days. First we have Michael Moore. The tubby film director has released a new movie which attacks capitalism as a whole, considering the acts of a few corrupt bankers enough to enslave the entire private sector. In the movie, he claims that capitalism should be abolished, and replaced with, and I quote, “democracy”. Now, democracy is all fine and well, but it consists also of strict codes of law that regulate government and keep the tyranny of the majority from enslaving the individual. A “democratic” economic system would entail your neighbors voting on how you spend your money, your employees voting on what the company should produce and what salary everyone should get, and your community voting on if you’re allowed to open a new store or factory or restaurant, and what should be offered there. Quite literally communism.

Despite this, he’s hailed blindly by the culture journalists, even Sweden’s most conservative newspaper’s writers bending over backwards to accommodate the putrid Moore, asking him how we in Europe should tame capitalism here as well. In DN the so-called journalist doesn’t offer a single critical thought or question, simply lapping up every word Moore squeezes out.

A day later, Oliver Stone talks about his “documentary”, if one can call it that, which seeks to idolize communist leaders in Latin America. First off is Hugo Chavez, a man who shuts down radio and television stations that disagree with him, nationalizes the oil, cement, and steel industries, and seeks to enslave the public sector for his own political goals. Stone claims that shadowy right-wingers “demonize” Chavez, who according to Stone is the victim of the policies of evil America and even more evil corporations, oddly enough the same companies that built the entire country’s industry and provided hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in tax dollars. Stone decries those who demonize a communist dictator, but he instead demonizes liberal democracies and private employers. Twisted much? Even worse, when Chavez visits Europe, he’s treated like a rock star at the Venice Film Festival, throwing flowers into the brain dead crowd of cheering robots.

Unsurprisingly, the same DN “journalist” as before lavishes adoring praise on Stone and Chavez, while managing to sneak in a few kicks at “right-wing” American media. Tell me, Nicholas Wennö, which wing do YOU belong to? You could at least be that honest.

The worst part about all of this is that the average citizen is too busy to care, or to notice. The newspapers and the evening TV news won’t give him the straight answers, so he or she will end up renting that new Moore or Stone movie, reading that new book from Pinter, Jelinek, or Grass, and watching a one-sided attack on capitalism by a Democratic (US) or Social-Democratic (Sweden) politician, and when doing so be completely oblivious to the context or to what’s really going on. Hey, this must be the truth, right?

And so when we are asked to nationalize the next industry, the middle class will vote “yes”. When asked for that next tax hike to fund more government programs, they’ll vote “yes” too. And when Chavez enslaves another sector of the economy and assaults protesters, it’ll be deathly silent in the media and around the coffee tables at work, with people claiming any protests simply being from those “wealthy bastards who deserve it” or from CIA insurgents. It’s a slow process, to be sure, but day by day, step by step we see it happening.

Ronald Reagan once said that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”

Perhaps all it takes for that freedom to stay alive is a single, brave journalist at a single, brave newspaper daring to ask Michael Moore and Oliver Stone why they want to force communism on free people, and then not backing down until they get a real answer.

Here’s a prediction: On Rotten Tomatoes, Moore’s communist propaganda will get an 80+ “Fresh” rating, and so will Stone’s. And in Swedish “liberal” and “conservative” newspapers such as GP, DN, and SvD, he’ll be awarded at least 4 out of 5 as a grade, and hailed for his “courage”.

Anyone dare to bet against me?

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~ by Escaping Perdition on September 7, 2009.

6 Responses to “Communism Resurgent”

  1. You are so right my friend.

  2. “Halleluah!” I’m not the only one, thinking Michael Moore get to much of rewards in Sweden. In my opinion he’s patetic.

  3. Are you actually serious?! As much as M Moore is getting unproportional attention, your equating of democracy with communism seems a little too paranoid and conspirational.
    I am a firm believer of market economy, but as with every system or ideology, the most extreme versions are not sound. One should definitely stop the spreading of left wing extremists, but also the right wing extremists. Nazism is as bad as communism.
    What would you suggest as an alternative, one is inclined to ask, or are you just another aggitator, like M Moore, desperate to seek any attention available?

    • You’re reading me wrong. Democracy is in itself a great POLITICAL system, but as I wrote above it is maintained with a number of checks and balances that protect the individual from the collective. Michael Moore explicitly wants to abolish the regulated capitalist ECONOMIC system we have in Sweden and the US, and replace it with a “democratic” economy. Which literally means that your neighbors are the ones who decide what your store is allowed to sell, and if you’re allowed to open a restaurant. It is, in every sense of the word, communism.

      • What’s wrong with neighbors being the ones to decide whether a new fire station or a nightclub (or a restaurant for that matter) should be allowed to open up next door? To me, that sounds perfectly normal. Societies such as Soviet Union and China were controlled by a very small elite, by design. It was all about government control — not about democracy or grassroot movements.

      • I sincerely doubt Michael Moore is talking about avoiding strip clubs next door, though that would be a good goal. The problem is when your neighbors vote to decide if you’re allowed to open a restaurant, a hair salon, or a simple comic store. When they vote to decide your salary, what you produce, and how much you produce. That’s a “democratic economy” without capitalism, as Moore wants it. And that is communism.

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