Some things, you just wonder why they didn’t happen sooner. Salon.com’s publishing of a full-throated defense of communism is one of them.
Salon is one of those premier liberal outlets whose regular outrage at anything conservative lands its writers frequent guest appearances on MSNBC.
Now, it’s finally gotten around to publishing one of its contributing writers’ litany of reasons communism isn’t so bad, after all. If you can stomach it, the original article is here.
Titled “Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism),” Salon writer Jesse Myerson’s article should be called “Seven more proofs liberals aren’t from Earth.”
Most of his “misconceptions” about communism are actually just complaints that capitalist societies are bad too, therefore communism must actually be good.
For instance, did you know that many of those 110 million or so people killed by communism in the last century (if any deaths actually happened at all, the writer seems to be saying) were actually themselves communists? Clearly, that makes it OK.
Besides, the Russians were fighting a revolution, and the American Revolution proved that such wars are violent.
(Personally, I think I missed history class the day we discussed Washington rounding up millions of people for crimes like writing pamphlets or failing to share their homes, sending them to Siberia and finally killing them as enemies of the state.)
The best excuse award, though, has to go Myerson for pooh-poohing the tens of millions of deaths caused in the state-created Great Chinese Famine because famines aren’t exclusively a “left-wing problem.”
Also, Myerson points out, capitalism oppressively keeps people from owning farms and forces them to work for evil bosses.
(You can’t help but wonder how a communist boss is going to be an improvement, especially when you’re being oppressively forced to work on a collective farm that doesn’t let you keep the fruits of your own labor.)
In Salon’s world, capitalism (not the British crown) first enslaved blacks, and capitalism (not small pox) killed the Native Americans, but capitalism is only possible because women were property and raised the kids. (Presumably, in Myerson’s version of communism, women would be free to kill Native Americans for themselves.)
The Salon article also assures us that while 20th century communism may have had its horrors, 21st century communism is an enlightened puppies-and-kittens affair. “Given the technological, material, and social advances of the last century,” Myerson writes, “we could expect an approach to communism beginning here and now to be far more open, humane, democratic, participatory and egalitarian than the Russian and Chinese attempts managed.”
And Myerson points out that communism does not force conformity. His proof for this is that many famous artists and writers have been Marxists, although he ignores the many artists imprisoned by Marxists. ”
“Communism is based on the total opposite of uniformity: tremendous diversity, not just among people, but even with in a single person’s ‘occupation,'” Myerson writes.
Myerson is one of many hopelessly twisted liberals who has bought into the convoluted rationalizations of communists, all of which can be summed up as “Real Communism hasn’t been given a chance yet.”
Holocaust deniers rightly get shunned by educated society. But this gibbering delusion of the Left that communism will one day produce an earthly utopia is just as pernicious and dangerous.
The fact that so many on the Left still admire communism goes a long way toward explaining why we elect sock puppets like President Obama.