Are We Red Yet?

Ps. Good flick

In Reflections on a Ravaged Century (New York, 2000), his classic study of twentieth-century politics, Robert Conquest emphasized that democratic capitalism was far and away “the best and most hopeful arrangement available to us” in the real world (196). Compared with what prevailed and still prevails in Russia, China, and other communist and formerly communist states, Western democracy is a paradise of freedom and opportunity.

Yet even Conquest, who passed away in August 2015, saw that democracy was threatened from within by radicals who wish to supplant liberty with centralized state power. He wrote that “many of our present-day problems arise from … mental attitudes that, though not usually ideological in the totalitarian sense, show a family resemblance”