Skip to comments.Soviet Communism Was an Unmitigated Disaster, Not a 'Pivotal Experiment'
Posted on 02/13/2014 10:41:16 AM PST by Kaslin
Millions tuned to NBC last Friday night to watch the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Despite subpar construction, dingy hotel conditions, and athletes trapped in bathrooms, the Sochi spectacle was masterfully executedexcept for the Olympic ring that didnt budge and the glorification of Soviet symbols.
To anyone with family members that escaped the Soviet Unionincluding yours trulythe opening ceremony brought back terrible memories of the Old Country.
The opening montage began with, "Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it's resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.
The narratorGame of Thrones actor Peter Dinklagecontinued by saying, The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history's pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it's passion that endures...
Whats so pivotal about centrally-planned government, food rationing, prison labor camps, a secret police, and millions of deaths? Much to the chagrin of NBC, the Bolshevik coup détat and Joseph Stalins reign of terror comprised the so-called pivotal experiment in Russia.
Unsurprisingly, NBC has praised Soviet communism in the past.
A November 2009 Media Research Center report Better off Red? details this confounding finding:
Lauer suggested that, for many Russians, the decades spent under communism were the good old days: Were gonna be talking about the New Russia, how a few people are doing very well and the fear that others are being left very far behind, he teased on the February 12, 2004 morning news program. He later declared: Russias rush to capitalism left the vast majority scrambling to survive. For many, life is worse than it was in Soviet times.
R.J. Rummell a University of Hawaii professor emeritus of political science who famously coined the term democide wrote in his book Lethal Politics: Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917 that an estimated 62 million people died under the Soviet regime. Over 100 million people died as a result of global communism in the 20th century.
Although some view criticism of the Sochi Olympics as Russophobia, its pertinent to note Russia hasnt been prosecuted for Soviet war crimes. As a result, criticism of Russia should be welcomednot discouraged.
In a recent interview with The Blaze, Romanian Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepaauthor of the forthcoming book Disinformation and highest ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defectsaid the following about the current state of Russia:
The very idea that the Soviet Union was defeated is disinformation in itself. The Soviet Union changed its name and dropped its façade of Marxism, but it remained the samesamoderzhaviye, the historical Russian form of autocracy in which a tsar is running the country with the help of his political police Russia today is the first intelligence dictatorship in history. It is a brand new form of totalitarianism, which we are not yet familiar with. Now the KGB, rechristened FSB, is openly running Russia.
What best explains Russias backwardness? According to NBC, its free enterprises fault.
Interestingly enough, Russia didnt successfully transition into a free-market country after 1991. As Heritage Foundations 2014 Index of Economic Freedom notes, Russia holds the 140th spot. The country has witnessed declines in investment freedom, financial freedom, business freedom, and property rights. Cronyism, not free enterprise, plagues Russia today.
As NBC sang praises of Mother Russia, one should have found the propaganda disquieting.
Does the Pravda wannabe understand the message it sent by praising Soviet communism as a pivotal experiment? My late grandfather who survived one of Stalins gulags and millions of other victims didnt think it was a pivotal experiment. Soviet communism was an unmitigated disaster that led to the equitable sharing of misery for all and death.
NBC should apologize to the victims of communism and their families for exuding sheer disrespect. Like National Socialism, Soviet communism and its variants deserve equal condemnation for their human rights violations and mass bloodshed.
Our fellow Americans must be educated about the horrors of communism. Revisionist history seriously poses a threat to intellectual discourse and the American way of life. Thats why its encouraging to see Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Heritage Foundation, and countless organizations counter disinformation.
Its time to tell the truth about communism. Ill do my part as a daughter of anti-communists from Lithuaniaand I hope you do yours as a fellow freedom-loving Americanto honor its victims.
So is liberalism, they just haven’t realized it yet.
Liberalism is tolerable. We’re dealing with full-blown leftism, of the authoritarian kind.
That would be the phrase used to describe Obamacare.
Sorry, should have added ‘by the normal suspects’.
“So is liberalism, they just havent realized it yet.”
In America, liberalism is communism, just in different shoes. We are beginning our descent into communism. Just like it was for Russia, it won’t end well for us.
In 1967, as the fiftieth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution approached, Eugene Lyons wrote of this "pivotal experiment: "never have so many sacrificed so much for so little."
Liberalism is just a stage of communism where they still think they can get their ideas implemented without killing half the population first.
So which one will create the most alcoholics, communism or liberalism?
You said it.
They haven’t taken Bill Ayers seriously....yet.
He proposed eliminating a certain portion of Americans to accomplish their goals.
I still think Ayers was lazy in that answer, anyway.
He simply stated a number that was 10% of the population of the USA at the time.
My point was, though, that most libs are in it for the “feel good about myself as a good person” vibe,
and will vehemently reject the notion that violence would be necessary to get what they want.
The communists highjacked the Russian Revolution. The country took nearly 70 years to pivot away from the communists.
In 15 years the new course has not yet been firmly developed.
For the record, Vladimir Lenin was every bit as bad. He just didn't have the body count. Stalin was Lenin's hand picked successor.
Lenin gets omitted from mention of the horrors in Russia because the Left has very carefully rehabilitated his image to make it look like Lenin had Communism "right", but Stalin came in and messed it up.
That’s true that most libs are in it for the feel goodism.
Libs like Obama, Hillary, Van Jones, Bill Ayers and the rest of them are the ones in power. They have no human decency or conscience.
The feel good libs will get caught up in the firestorm as well.
So was National Socialism just a similar “experiment”?
I found the opening ceremony bizarre. Cirque-style production aside, those who died in the gulags cry out against this sham theatre. Russia does have a rich history. Sadly the monsters buried it under their hellish reigns.
Ted Bundy was a pivotal experiment in speed dating.
Thank you Gabriella! At least somebody in the media still “gets it”.