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Soviet Communism Was an Unmitigated Disaster, Not a 'Pivotal Experiment'
Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Gabriella Hoffman

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 executed—except for the Olympic ring that didn’t budge and the glorification of Soviet symbols.

To anyone with family members that escaped the Soviet Union—including yours truly—the 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 Dinklage—continued 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...”

What’s 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 d’état and Joseph Stalin’s 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: “We’re 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: “Russia’s 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,” it’s pertinent to note Russia hasn’t been prosecuted for Soviet war crimes. As a result, criticism of Russia should be welcomed—not discouraged.

In a recent interview with The Blaze, Romanian Lt. Gen. Ion Pacepa—author of the forthcoming book Disinformation and highest ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defect—said 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 Russia’s backwardness? According to NBC, it’s free enterprise’s fault.

Interestingly enough, Russia didn’t successfully transition into a free-market country after 1991. As Heritage Foundation’s 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 Stalin’s gulags and millions of other victims didn’t 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. That’s why it’s encouraging to see Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Heritage Foundation, and countless organizations counter disinformation.

It’s time to tell the truth about communism. I’ll do my part as a daughter of anti-communists from Lithuania—and I hope you do yours as a fellow freedom-loving American—to honor its victims.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Russia
KEYWORDS: communism; olympics

1 posted on 02/13/2014 10:41:16 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

So is liberalism, they just haven’t realized it yet.


2 posted on 02/13/2014 10:42:49 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Liberalism is tolerable. We’re dealing with full-blown leftism, of the authoritarian kind.


3 posted on 02/13/2014 10:44:38 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

That would be the phrase used to describe Obamacare.


4 posted on 02/13/2014 10:45:53 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Sorry, should have added ‘by the normal suspects’.


5 posted on 02/13/2014 10:46:34 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“So is liberalism, they just haven’t 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.


6 posted on 02/13/2014 10:46:35 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Kaslin
What’s so “pivotal” about centrally-planned government, food rationing, prison labor camps, a secret police, and millions of deaths?

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."

7 posted on 02/13/2014 10:47:16 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: mrsmel

Liberalism is just a stage of communism where they still think they can get their ideas implemented without killing half the population first.


8 posted on 02/13/2014 10:47:39 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

So which one will create the most alcoholics, communism or liberalism?


9 posted on 02/13/2014 10:48:52 AM PST by mountainlion
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To: TexasFreeper2009

You said it.


10 posted on 02/13/2014 10:48:53 AM PST by Kaslin (He neeExcelded the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: MrB

They haven’t taken Bill Ayers seriously....yet.
He proposed eliminating a certain portion of Americans to accomplish their goals.


11 posted on 02/13/2014 10:49:22 AM PST by Texas resident
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To: Texas resident

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.


12 posted on 02/13/2014 10:50:35 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Texas resident

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.


13 posted on 02/13/2014 10:51:33 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

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.


14 posted on 02/13/2014 10:51:36 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror

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.

15 posted on 02/13/2014 10:53:01 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: MrB

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.


16 posted on 02/13/2014 10:54:38 AM PST by Texas resident
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To: Kaslin

So was National Socialism just a similar “experiment”?


17 posted on 02/13/2014 10:54:49 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Kaslin

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.


18 posted on 02/13/2014 11:04:17 AM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: Kaslin

Ted Bundy was a pivotal experiment in speed dating.


19 posted on 02/13/2014 11:07:39 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Kaslin

Thank you Gabriella! At least somebody in the media still “gets it”.


20 posted on 02/13/2014 11:08:37 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: Scoutmaster

At first I thought you wrote : Ted Bundy was a pivotal experiment in speed racing. LOL


21 posted on 02/13/2014 11:24:00 AM PST by Kaslin (He neeExcelded the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Someone forgot to tell Premier D’oh-bama.


22 posted on 02/13/2014 12:37:53 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: bert

Ah, yes, the new course hasn’t been firmly determined yet...though the guy holding all the levers of real power for over 10 years is an ex-KGB general. “Ex-KGB” meaning about the same as “Ex-mafioso” - i.e. there is not such thing. Oh, and the guy is in his early 60s and works out, so he’ll be around for another 20 years or more.

Nah, the course isn’t set...any more than the Earth revolves around the Sun.


23 posted on 02/13/2014 12:42:33 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Kaslin
What’s 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 d’état and Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror comprised the so-called “pivotal experiment” in Russia.

Phuck Peter Dinlage, phuck Matt Lauer, phuck NBC and phuck anyone with any sympathy for Russian Communism! It was the worst scourge of at least the 20th Century, and we are still dealing with its evil effects (Communist China, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, the entire Arab terrorist infrastructure, a subverted educational system, a subverted media, and a thoroughly infiltrated government). My grandfather ran from those MF'ers Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky - and those of his family left there (parents and 5 brothers and sisters) lost all of their property (except one house) and lived in miserable conditions and in fear of the NKVD or the KGB breaking down the door and taking one or more of them away.

Experiment? Anyone who says that is a knowing liar, and damned near as bad as the perps. @ssholes!

24 posted on 02/13/2014 12:48:53 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Ancesthntr

Well, you are partially correct. The other part of the equation is the economy. The economic course has not gelled yet.

It will be after Putin when the current young age enough to take command for the economy to do well.


25 posted on 02/13/2014 1:12:14 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Ancesthntr

Is it that hard, have you not been there long enough to claim “I’m a Texan” : )


26 posted on 02/13/2014 1:14:41 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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