Category Archives: Communism

Knowing Angela Merkel — Part II

Angela Merkel’s political ideology was incubated in East Germany, the former DDR, a rigidly communist Soviet satellite republic.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Angela Merkel is her immunity to the political consequences of her decisions. Contrary to all promises, the cost of power has soared, yet this has not impacted her popularity. As to the 1.5 million migrants she has admitted, they haven’t budged the polls at all

In Barack Obama, Merkel had found a younger partner sharing her basic views about climate and social values, a man of mostly talk and little substance. Merkel increased the resources for a government-funded network, WBGU (Scientific Council to the Government, for Global Environmental Policy). The goal was set of a global transformation of the capitalist system in the ecological direction. The Germans on the board included Joachim Schellnhuber, Nebosja Nakicenovic, Ottmar Edenhofer and Claus Leggewie, all well -known to be left-wing.


Note – Part 1 of Knowing Angela Merkel is here.

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In Stalin’s Great Terror, Even The Deaf, Mute Could Be ‘Fascist Terrorist Saboteurs’

ST. PETERSBURG — At the Levashovo mass grave site outside Russia’s northern capital, there are nearly two dozen separate memorials for various groups of victims of dictator Josef Stalin’s Great Terror — Assyrians, Belarusians, Jews, Italians, Lithuanians, Germans, and so on. Each one represents a small chapter in a historical crime that saw between 650,000 and 1.4 million people executed and millions of others imprisoned, deported, displaced, or orphaned.

One of the Levashovo stones features two hands reaching up from a prison cell toward the light, with the words: “To the eternal memory of the deaf-mute victims of political repression — 1937.”

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Quit Glorifying Communism. There Is Nothing Romantic About Life In A Police State

The reality of life in the Warsaw Pact was decidedly different than the picture Kristen Ghodsee paints in her New York Times article.

The ghost of Walter Duranty still lives at The New York Times, and it has a perverse sense of timing. Last week, on the anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Times continued its bizarre nostalgia series about communist dictatorships with a piece titled “Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism.” The author, Kristen Ghodsee, points to a single, post-reunification study to allege that women under the iron fist of East Germany had “twice as many orgasms” as women in capitalist West Germany.

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Trump and The Hidden History Behind Charlottesville

Nazis and Communists fought  many street battles in the late 1920s and early 1930s

The Nazis and White Supremacists as one faction and the Antifa and Black Lives Matter as the other faction are two sides of the same coin. Expressing this is  what has gotten the president in trouble with the politically correct media and their dupes. His point is that too many are are purposefully ignoring the real meaning of the other equally dangerous set of thugs who have caused violence in Portland, Berkeley, Ferguson, Evergreen College and at least half of the problem in Charlottesville. If the Nazis are the spawn of Hitler, then Antifa and BLM are the spawn of Lenin and Stalin. The late twenties and early thirties in the Weimar Republic saw riots and pitched battles between those same factions in most German cities. For whatever reason the media will not talk about the similarity between Charlottesville and Altona (riots in Hamburg that left 19 dead). The only difference between these two sides is that one is national socialism (nazi) and the other is international socialism (communists). That, and the identity groups they are pandering to are the only difference and thats why they vie for similar disaffected losers and why they hate each other so much…
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Why aren’t communists stigmatized just as much as Confederates and neo-Nazis are?

Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., where a car mowed through a crowd protesting against neo-Nazis and other “alt-right” demonstrators, has renewed focus on white supremacists and, more specifically, the role Confederate monuments play as rallying points. In the wake of the Charlottesville protests, Baltimore; Richmond, Va.; Dallas; and Lexington, Ky., are now debating removing their Confederate monuments. Simply put, the protesters argue that history matters and that the symbolism of the past has resonance today.

Make no mistake: The issue surrounding Confederate symbolism is different than efforts at Yale University and elsewhere to rename buildings and to remove statues, stained glass windows, and artwork. The issue at hand is not a refusal to judge historical figures by the standards of their time, but rather the symbolism driving or representing a political movement.

How ironic it is, then, that the same stigma (rightly) attached to Confederate symbolism is strangely absent with regard to communist symbolism.

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New York Times: Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism

When Americans think of Communism in Eastern Europe, they imagine travel restrictions, bleak landscapes of gray concrete, miserable men and women languishing in long lines to shop in empty markets and security services snooping on th

 

e private lives of citizens. While much of this was true, our collective stereotype of Communist life does not tell the whole story.

Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances and guaranteed free child care. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.

A comparative sociological study of East and West Germans conducted after reunification in 1990 found that Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women.

…“(My mother) doesn’t understand how much harder it is now — it was so easy for women before the Wall fell,” she told me, referring to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. “They had kindergartens and crèches, and they could take maternity leave and have their jobs held for them. I work contract to contract, and don’t have time to get pregnant.”

…In all the Warsaw Pact countries, the imposition of one-party rule precipitated a sweeping overhaul of laws regarding the family. Communists invested major resources in the education and training of women and in guaranteeing their employment. State-run women’s committees sought to re-educate boys to accept girls as full comrades, and they attempted to convince their compatriots that male chauvinism was a remnant of the pre-socialist past.

Although gender wage disparities and labor segregation persisted, and although the Communists never fully reformed domestic patriarchy, Communist women enjoyed a degree of self-sufficiency that few Western women could have imagined.

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Column: “Keeping Faith With Tiananmen”

 

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In the 28 years since June 4, 1989, China’s ruling Communist Party has done everything in its power to obliterate inside China the memory of the Tiananmen uprising. As far as China’s government alludes to it at all, Tiananmen’s haunting cry for freedom is recast as a “disturbance,” caused by a rabble. The lone man who on June 4 stopped a column of tanks has become an inspiring symbol abroad, but in China he has literally disappeared.

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Liberals Enraged About Canada’s Plan to Build ‘Victims of Communism’ Memorial

Despite the fact that the monument will memorialize tens of millions who died over the last century (Stalin, for instance, is believed to have killed more people than Hitler. Similarly millions of Chinese died in Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”), some on the left are peeved about the new monument. The tankies are out in full force, demanding a memorial for the victims of capitalism, colonialism and the United States, instead.

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Education: When the Dare’s on to Build a New Social Order

Prescient.

“…How serious a problem this watered-down schooling would be became clear to me when the principal of my high school (Bushwick High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.), Milo F. McDonald, published a report entitled “‘Progressive’ Poison in Public Education” which he delivered to the American Education Association in 1951. The McDonald Report exposed in detail the so-called “activity program” – better known as “Progressive Education” – that was sprung on the New York City Schools in 1935 in the guise of an experiment, and was being pushed since then. It was in fact a stealth program launched by John Dewey and a group of like-minded educational theorists to prepare future citizens for a coming socialist age. It was time, claimed one of them, George S. Counts, to “dare the teachers to build a new social order.”

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The Inflection Point: Venezuela’s Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters

One month ago, when discussing the latest “explosive” turn in Venezuela’s political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters.


Maduro Dances while Venezuela burns…

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Revolutionary Communists Seek to Suppress Conservatives

Earlier this week at UC Berkeley, an angry young woman named Sunsara Taylor – a self-proclaimed revolutionary communist with a face contorted into a perpetual grimace and a voice modulated as a perpetual harangue – led a discussion event titled “Battle for Berkeley: Why It’s Right and Righteous to Drive Fascists Off Campus, and Out of Power.” Ms. Taylor’s position is simple: Fascists should be prevented from speaking at Berkeley and poisoning the minds of impressionable young scholars.

In case you’re wondering, “fascists,” by Taylor’s reckoning, include anyone who happens to hold conservative values…

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Viva Socialism! Armoured police car crushes protesters during violent Venezuelan demonstrations

One person has been killed and another 300 injured as a flaming police riot van ran over demonstrators amid violent protests in Venezuela.

Disturbing video shows dozens of rioters pelting two police vehicles with Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks in the capital Caracas on Wednesday before rushing forward as the armoured trucks reverse up the street.

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