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My Socialist Past
The American Thinker ^ | March 15, 2009 | Jeffrey Folks

Posted on 03/15/2009 2:46:56 AM PDT by Scanian

"Socialism, a luxury of the wealthy. To the poor, a suicidal creed ..." --David Hare, A Map of the World

Anyone who has lived inside the demoralized, unproductive, gray prison of a communist state, as I did in the mid-1980s, knows to what depths of impoverishment the egalitarian fantasies of socialism inevitably lead. They lead to decades of frustrated poverty and lifetimes of untreated illness culminating in early death. I remember the columns of death notices for men and women in their forties and fifties that appeared in the local newspaper. Gradually I learned to associate those death notices with the lack of fresh foodstuffs, the travesty of state health care, and the pervasive demoralization of an enslaved population drowning itself in cheap alcohol and cigarettes.

Gradually I came to understand that the condition of life under communism, so filled with repression, suspicion, and hopelessness, dragged one down into an early grave. Gradually I saw that within the communist state everyone-everyone except the leadership of course-subsists in a cage of gnawing bitterness and permanent defeatism.

Unnumbered lives were sacrificed on the ungodly altar of communism in the last century, not only in my temporary abode of Yugoslavia but throughout eastern Europe, Russia, and much of Asia, Africa, and South America, and now the American Left wishes to revive this monstrous ideology on our own shores. Every totalitarian regime begins with the same heartfelt promises of justice and equality, just those promises of fairness that Barack Obama has made the fixation of his political career. What tyrant, one might ask, has not risen to power on promises of benevolent change?

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; communism; fascism; liberalagenda; marxism; obama; socialism
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To: PeaRidge
"Very good comment, but I think you misunderstood my point."

Let me try again: All men are created equal -- but all "cultures" are not...

Closer?

41 posted on 03/15/2009 7:39:33 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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BFL


42 posted on 03/15/2009 7:41:02 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: TXnMA

Another good comment.


43 posted on 03/15/2009 7:51:31 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: DB

bttt


44 posted on 03/15/2009 7:52:12 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal in Sarah)
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To: Old Sarge

Wrong conclusion. Try again.


45 posted on 03/15/2009 7:53:26 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Scanian

If, God forbid, Obama is re-elected in 2012, I see the US by 2016 looking much like East Germany complete with party informers.


46 posted on 03/15/2009 7:56:11 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: adorno

You’re probably right that relatively few people will ever read this fine essay. However, I’ve done my part. I emailed the link to the article to my most well-connected, right-thinking friends. If they do the same, and I think they will, it could start a small brush fire of exposure.


47 posted on 03/15/2009 7:57:50 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: PeaRidge

Surely you aren’t serious?


48 posted on 03/15/2009 8:01:27 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: Osage Orange

Serious about what?


49 posted on 03/15/2009 8:36:28 AM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Scanian
"To permit a large number of men to live free of charge is to encourage laziness and all the disorders that follow; it is to render the condition of the idler preferable to that of the man who works...." (qtd. by G. Himmelfarb, Roads to Modernity 179)."

Excellent Post!

50 posted on 03/15/2009 9:19:16 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: stockpirate
After all, what will they do with 50 million conservatives who refuse to cooperate?

History teaches us that it won't be 50 million.

We'll be lucky if it's 50 000.

51 posted on 03/15/2009 9:25:17 AM PDT by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: Yardstick
My philosophy on the two parties is this...throw them all in a sack...when you pull one out....no difference at all...that old saying”you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours” does away with any shred of decency/moral core/conscience or LOYALTY to ones country, obviously.

There surely must be a special place for them all....I feel that over the past elections, it's all been pretty much cut and dried before we even went to the polls....like maybe the so called “leaders” met in a back room and said, OK, it's our party's’ turn to win this time around...I guess at 76 yrs. of age, my cynicism has caught with me.

52 posted on 03/15/2009 9:41:54 AM PDT by Molly T. (Have the Chicago thugs crossed YOUR line in the sand yet?)
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To: PeaRidge

You know exactly what I was referring to..........


53 posted on 03/15/2009 10:32:12 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: Scanian

bttt


54 posted on 03/15/2009 2:17:44 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: Osage Orange

You were referring to your interpretation of my comment. I asked what that was.


55 posted on 03/15/2009 4:09:10 PM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: TXnMA

“The difference between socialism and freedom is what we choose to make of ourselves from that time forward.”
The difference is that with socialism/communism it is what the state chooses to make of us,
Democratic Republic is what we choose to make of ourselves.


56 posted on 03/15/2009 4:09:13 PM PDT by ODDITHER
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To: PeaRidge
Nope...you never asked that.

And I will ask you again...are YOU serious?

Last post from me...if you are going to play post tag.

57 posted on 03/15/2009 4:11:40 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: Osage Orange

And your question specifically is what?


58 posted on 03/15/2009 4:25:05 PM PDT by PeaRidge
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To: Molly T.
My philosophy on the two parties is this...throw them all in a sack...when you pull one out....no difference at all...that old saying”you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours” does away with any shred of decency/moral core/conscience or LOYALTY to ones country, obviously.

We keep on re-electing professional politicians. This is what they do. It's their nature.

My idea of term limits: ONE TERM. They'll just have to work for their money the rest of their lives, like everyone else.

59 posted on 03/15/2009 5:47:40 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Max in Utah

I agree with you 100%....my daughter and I were just having that conversation yesterday ....she said she thought that is the only way to get rid of all the corruption in the state AND federal gov. The clowns in Congress now are sure a far cry from the brave and patriotic men who traveled to Washington, D.C. and stayed one term...I’ve heard some would fore go any salary, others would go for ONE DOLLAR.


60 posted on 03/15/2009 7:29:58 PM PDT by Molly T. (Have the Chicago thugs crossed YOUR line in the sand yet?)
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