by JN Fenwick, author and former American History teacher
Turn on your television. It’s there. In the streets of our cities. Seeping into the very fabric of our Nation. In the guise of shining a light on oppression, an oppression it manifested, not to create any true change, or to shed light on any true inequities, but with the sole purpose of overshadowing, inciting, and subverting, in order to advance it’s true agenda.
And what is its agenda? Ultimate power. Supreme control over our thoughts, our voices, our lives. A complete bending to its will.
We’ve witnessed it throughout history. In countless countries across the world, this destructive force has incited violence. Preyed on the emotions of unwitting people, blindly leading them to bend. And in every case, by the time it showed it’s true face, it was much too late.
It begins by targeting the impressionable. The misguided. The ones who are most susceptible to its message. It uses them as tools to create a climate of distrust and anger. It encourages them to take to the streets. To push back against the machine. To use violence as a means of spreading the message.
It instructs them to tear down all unifying symbols, whether historical, religious, or philosophical. It utilizes hate groups, misinformation, and propaganda to keep its message alive.
It promises change. It promises equity for all. But its promises are empty. And by the time this truth is revealed, and it always is, it’s too late, the masses have fallen.
Are we next? Is America going to be the next Nation to fall?
Socialism, Marxism, Communism, is there a difference?
On paper, these movements are economic philosophies advocating public rather than private ownership. Essentially anti-capitalist in their beliefs, they seek to lessen the gap between rich and poor through the public ownership of production, distribution, and exchange of goods.
Like many such movements, socialism began as a response to the dire poverty and inhumane working conditions in industrialized Europe in the early 19th century. It began as an impetus for change; undoubtedly, change that was needed.
However, it really took off in the mid-nineteenth century with the writings of German philosopher Karl Marx and the rise of labor unions. And therein lies the problem. What began as a movement that could’ve led to positive reform became overshadowed by a darker, more radical, more insidious extreme.
Marx criticized the early socialist thinkers as”utopian dreamers” and their philosophy of “cooperation and community” as unrealistic.
Instead, in the Communist Manifesto, published in 1848, Marx asserted that “all history was a history of class struggles, and that the working class would inevitably triumph over the capital class and win control over the means of production, forever erasing all classes.” | Sarah Pruitt | History.com | 22 October 2019
Communism, is essentially nothing more than Marxism, or the philosophies of Karl Marx, taken to its extreme end. In fact, “Marxists often refer to socialism as the first, necessary phase on the way from capitalism to communism.”
On paper, we can debate the merits and/or shortcomings of these philosophies ad naseam. Some proponents would even argue that Denmark and Sweden are great examples of this “softer version of socialism.”
But as Lee Edwards, Ph. D. pointed out in his 2018 article, What Americans Must Know About Socialism, “Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries including Denmark favor the free market and are content with private rather than government ownership of their major industries. However, Danish domestic spending including comprehensive health care has a high price — a top personal income tax of 57 percent.”
In practice, however, history has repeatedly shown the dangerous and slippery end to which these ideologies inevitably lead.
In 1917, under Vladimir Lenin, the Bolsheviks sought to put Marxism into practice. The Russian Revolution led to the first communist government. The Communist Soviet Union existed until 1991 with the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
In 1921, inspired by the Russian Revolution, the Communist Party of China was formed. In 1949, following civil war, Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Communist Party of China remains in control today.
In 1959, under Fidel Castro, Cuba became a Communist state. “Since Cuba was following the script that always happens when Communists take over a country, the next phase was the mass exodus of people, beginning in 1961,” said Armando Simon, author at The Federalist. Simon was ten when his parents put him on a plane to Miami. His writings detailing what life is really like in Communist Cuba are eye-opening.
Which brings us to the urgent need to depict the realities of socialism to Americans who have never heard of the Berlin Wall, the Gulag, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Tiananmen Square massacre, or the daily bread lines in Moscow.Lee Edwards, Ph.D. | The Heritage Foundation | 3 December 2018
The current democratic socialist movement in the United States has been steadily gaining momentum, largely by targeting millennials who are “socially liberal, saddled with mountains of student debt, disillusioned with the status quo, and eager to break with traditional [political] models,” wrote Edwards.
Even more alarming, is the fact that through the very same university system to which they owe these mountains of debt, they’re ideologies have been shaped by very liberal, and as a teacher of history, I’ll even go so far as to say, very misguided agendas.
These vandals are destroying monuments because they’ve been taught to hate America.Joy Pullman | The Federalist
Candidates like Bernie Sanders, along with Congressional leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are quick to pounce on these disillusioned millennials offering up socialism as “a solution to all their problems — without detailing the price or conceding the lessening in individual liberty.”
But would these same millennials choose socialism, if in exchange for “free” education and “free” health care, they would have to give up their personal property, such as their iPhone? Would they declare their willingness to live under communism if they knew the real costs as practiced in some 40 nations over the past century — the denial of free speech, a free press, and free assembly, the imprisonment and execution of dissidents, no free and open elections, no independent judiciary or rule of law, the dictatorship of the Communist Party in all matters and on all occasions?Lee Edwards, Ph.D. | The Heritage Foundation | 3 December 2018
If you’d like to skip ahead to the inevitable conclusion to this current attempt to advance socialism in America, you only need to visit or revisit the histories of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Yugoslavia, Poland, North Korea, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, China, Tibet, North Vietnam, Guinea, Cuba, Yemen, Kenya, Sudan, Congo, Burma, Angola, Benin, Cape Verde, Laos, Kampuchea, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Vietnam, Somalia, Seychelles, Afghanistan, Grenada, Nicaragua and others.
The facts are indisputable and alarming.
Edwards offers these three take-a-ways in reference to the current move to install socialism in America.
- Socialism is no longer a parlor game for academics but a political alternative taken seriously by millennials.
- Millennials don’t recognize that much of what they enjoy in life is a result of capitalism and would disappear if socialism were to be implemented.
- This is the reality of socialism — a pseudo-religion grounded in pseudo-science and enforced by political tyranny.
So again, I ask, are we next? Is America going to be the next Nation to fall?
If we do not take this movement seriously, stand up for our freedoms, our faith, and the ideals of our Nation, and perhaps most importantly, raise our free voices in the coming election, the America we leave our children will be one of true oppression, inequality, and unmitigated control.
The threat is real. And the powerful factions behind it are counting on, depending on, the ignorant and inexperienced voices of the few to silence forever the voices of reason, the voices of you and I, the voices of the many.
Violence rarely remains symbolic. It accelerates until good people rise up to stop it.Tucker Carleson