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    The Left's Betrayal Of America

    The Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky once described Stalinism as “the perfect theory for glueing up the brain.” What he meant was that a regime as monstrous as Stalin’s, which murdered 40 million people and enslaved many times more, was nonetheless able to persuade progressives and “social justice” advocates all over the world to act as its supporters and defenders. These enlightened enablers of Stalin’s crimes included leading intellectuals of the day, even Nobel Prize winners in the sciences and the arts such as Frederic Joliot-Curie and Andre Gide. But brilliant as they were, they were blind to the realities of the Stalinist regime and, therefore, to the virtues of the free societies they lived in.



    What glued up their brains was the belief that a brave new world of social justice — a world governed by progressive principles — existed in embryo in Soviet Russia and had to be defended by any means necessary. As a result of this illusion, they put their talents and prestige at the service of the totalitarian enemies of democracy, acting, in Trotsky’s words, as “frontier guards” for the Stalinist empire. And they continued their efforts even after the Soviets conquered Eastern Europe, acquired nuclear weapons, and initiated a “cold war” with the West. To the progressives seduced by Stalinism, democratic America represented a greater evil than the barbaric police states of the Soviet bloc. Even half a century later a progressive culture still refers to the formative phase of the Cold War as the “Red Scare” — as though the fifth column of American progressives whose loyalties were to the Soviet enemy, whose members included Soviet spies, was not a matter of serious concern, and as though a nuclear-armed, rapacious Soviet empire did not pose a credible threat.



    How were these delusions of otherwise intelligent and well-intentioned people possible? How were otherwise informed individuals able to deny the obvious and support one of the most brutal and oppressive dictatorships in history? How did they come to view a relatively humane, decent, and democratic society like the United States as evil, while regarding the barbarous Communist regime as the victim of America? The answer lies in the identification of Marxism with the promise of social justice and the institution of progressive values ( to take place in a magical socialist future). Defense of the progressive idea trumped recognition of the reactionary fact.

    To Western progressives, once the Stalinist regime was identified with the imaginary progressive future, everything followed — its status as a persecuted victim and America’s role as a reactionary force standing in the way of the noble leftist aspiration. Every fault of Stalin’s regime, every crime it committed — if not denied outright by progressives — was attributed to the nefarious actions of its enemies, most glaringly the United States. And once the promise of progressive redemption was juxtaposed to an imperfect real-world actor, all of their responses became virtually inevitable. Hence, the glueing of the brain.



    The Soviet Union is gone, and history has moved on. But the Stalin-apologist dynamic endures as the heritage of a post-Communist Left, which remains wedded to fantasies of an impossibly beautiful future that collides with the flawed American present. The Left is now the dominant force in the American Democratic party. Its extreme disconnect from realities is encapsulated in the support for the transparently racist movement called “Black Lives Matter,” which attacks law enforcement and defends street predators, excusing their crimes with the alibi that “white supremacists” created the circumstances that make some commit criminal acts. This extremist movement has the “strong support” of the entire spectrum of the “progressive” Left (including 46 percent of the Democratic party, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll).


    Black Lives Matter is a movement built on the fiction that police have declared open season on innocent black Americans. According to progressive fictions, police are the agents of a “white supremacist society” — a claim alone that should make one wary of the sanity of those who advance it. The facts belie the very basis of the claim that African Americans are being indiscriminately gunned down by police: African-American males, accounting for 6 percent of the population are responsible for more than 40 percent of violent crimes. But a Washington Post report on all 980 police shootings of 2015 reveals that only 4 percent of fatal police shootings involved white officers and black victims, while in “three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack themselves or defending civilians,” or, as Michael Walsh observed in the New York Post, police officers were “in other words, doing their jobs.”

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    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/...rayal-america/

    Old article, but hits on points I've already covered.

    American Leftists can't really call themselves Americans. They have no interest in the Constitution and no interest in seeing America succeed. Their goal is it's destruction in favor of a Communist/Socialist model.

    Traitors all.

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    Re: The Left's Betrayal Of America

    Yawn...
    boisterous hubris, arrogance, self deception, conspiracy, mud slinging mixed with a heavy dose of self righteousness.

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    Propaganda is great fun.

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    Re: The Left's Betrayal Of America

    Quote Originally Posted by ParanoidAndroid View Post
    Propaganda is great fun.


    Yes, only when the American Left uses propaganda, they call it "Truth".

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    "They do it, too," is not an argument. At least you didn't try to deny this is, indeed, propaganda. And how dumb? Of course a propagandist calls it truth, you imbecile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParanoidAndroid View Post
    "They do it, too," is not an argument. At least you didn't try to deny this is, indeed, propaganda. And how dumb? Of course a propagandist calls it truth, you imbecile.
    Typical Leftist playbook tactics....the opponent is racist...or a hater....or a moron...or a homophobe.

    You lost the argument when you declared yourself a "progressive".

    You're a traitor and a scumbag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmoon6 View Post
    Typical Leftist playbook tactics....the opponent is racist...or a hater....or a moron...or a homophobe.

    You lost the argument when you declared yourself a "progressive".

    You're a traitor and a scumbag.
    And you are a senile old pathetic parody of yourself whose only point is that you had better enjoy the getting while the going is good because by no later than 2024 you and your views will be irrelevant, and the GOP will never hold power again. Trump may well get his wall but that thing is coming down hours after he leaves office.
    Rashida Tlaib is an American Hero, and I stand with her word for word:

    "Impeach the motherфукер!!!!

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