Most schools and colleges in America teach the above false and misleading “The Left vs. Right Political Spectrum”. Communist regimes and dictators like North Korea, Josef Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung (ZeDong) are said to be on the extreme left. National Socialist (Nazi) and Fascist dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini are said to be on the extreme right. These schools and colleges, together with “woke” online platforms like Google and Wikipedia falsely place American conservatives like us on right side of this spectrum next to Hitler and Mussolini. In doing so, they ignore the obvious truth that traditional American and Christian values we support, like constitutional, limited government, low taxes, equal protection of the “unalienable” rights of each citizen, and “Love thy neighbor as thyself”, are the opposite of National Socialism (Nazionalsozialismo) and Fascism.
The obvious truth is that Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator who spent most of his life as a Communist KGB (secret police) agent, and Communist Chinese Party chairman dictator Xi Jinpin apply the same doctrines and tactics used by previous Communist dictators Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin in Russia, and by Mao Tse Tung (ZeDong) in China. Those doctrines and tactics of those Communist dictators were all based on works written by Communist historian and political theorist Karl Marx a century earlier. Those doctrines and tactics are commonly described as Marxism, socialism, and communism. In the United States and other democracies, these doctrines were often described as “progressivism”. Those same socialist or communist or “progressive” doctines and tactics were also embraced by National Socialist (Nazi) dictator Adolf Hitler in Germany, and Fascist or Nazionalsozialisti dictator Benito Mussolini in Italy during the 1920’s and 1930’s.
All of them rejected the basic American ideas of government expressed in our Declaration of Independence of 1776. They reject the idea that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They reject the idea that we institute governments “to secure these rights. . . exercising their just powers with the consent of the governed”.
Marxism, Communism, Socialism, and Progressivism all promoted the new or “progressive” doctrine that each individual is to serve society (hence “socialism”) and the community (hence “communism”). A basic part of that doctrine is that governments are to use their powers to change the thoughts and behavior of people to serve society and the community through education, persuasion and force. Because ordinary citizens cannot be trusted with knowing the needs of a complicated and modern industrial society, specially trained experts, not the “governed”, must run and control the government. This was to be done, when possible, through persuasion or propaganda. However, socialists, communists, and progressives never hesitated to use force when necessary.
The terms Marxism, Communism, Socialism, and to some extent “Progressivism” were synonyms, and used interchangeably until 1919. Future Russian Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin was then a prominent leader of the Second International Socialist Congress, an organization of socialist parties in twenty nations. When asked to explain the difference between communism and socialism, Lenin once quipped that communism was “socialism in a hurry”. However, in 1919, Russia’s Lenin had a dispute with leaders of the English Labor Party over who should run the International Socialist Congress. At that time, Lenin formed a new international socialist organization and called it the “Communist International Congress” also known as the “Comintern”.
From 1911 to 1914, future Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini was a leader of the Italian Socialist Party, and editor of its newspaper Avanti (Forward). Mussolini was a lifelong admirer of Karl Marx and was known for quoting even his obscure works. In 1914, the Italian Socialist Party expelled Mussolini for supporting war against Austria when World War One began. Eight years later, in 1922, Vladimir Lenin, then the Communist dictator of Russia told visiting Italian socialists, “What a waste that we lost Mussolini. He is a first-rate man who would have led our party to power in Italy”.
Only in the 1920’s and 1930’s did Russian leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin begin to describe differences between and socialism. When Russia was poor and miserable under socialist government, both Lenin and Stalin stated that socialism was an imperfect, transition phase on the road to the ideal society of communism. They promised that life for ordinary Russians would greatly improve at that time.
It is important to know these important facts about all Communist, socialist, Marxist, and “progressive” leaders and regimes:
- Karl Marx did invent communism or socialism in 1848. Karl Marx was a historian and political theorist. He described events that had already happened. Much of what he described as communism and socialism took place during the French Revolution of 1789.
- Neither Marxism, Communism nor Socialism require state or government ownership of farms, factories, or other “means of production” as described in the writings of Karl Marx. Marx died in 1883, long before socialists controlled any country in the world. However, Communist leaders Lenin and Stalin, and National Socialist/Fascist leaders Hitler and Mussolini all claimed that they were applying the communist and socialist theories of Karl Marx when they allowed private ownership of many farms, factories, and businesses. They all agreed that government control of the economy, not necessarily government ownership of every business is what mattered.
a. In 1922, Communist leader Vladimir Lenin approved a “New Economic Policy” (NEP) that allowed Russians to own and run their own farms and businesses–as long as the government made all important decisions on how those farms and businesses were run.
b. National Socialist Hitler and Fascist Mussolini both agreed there was no need for the state or government to nationalize businesses, as long as it nationalized every owner. Business owners could keep their titles, positions, and wealth as long as they used them to promote and support the regime and its policies.
c. Vladimir Putin did the same thing in Russia after the end of Communism. He allowed billionaire “oligarchs” to buy and own Russia’s biggest industries and have luxurious lifestyles. However, Putin quickly jailed, killed, or took away the wealth and power of any oligarch who opposed him or his regime in any way. Communist dictator Xi Jinpin did the same thing in China.
3. All forms of socialism, communism, and progressivism are in some way “totalitarian”. They require every individual to think, live, and work for the good of the society/community as determined by whoever controls the government. Dissent or disagreement is not tolerated. Any failures in society or the community are blamed on those groups or individuals who dissent or disagree. Examples of “totalitarian” socialist, communist, and progressive government include:
a. French Revolution, 1789-1799: All poverty, crime, and misery in France is blamed on rich “aristocrats” and priests. Political and government leaders promise that French citizens will enjoy a happy and prosperous life of “liberty, equality, and fraternity (brotherhood) when the aristocrats and priests are eliminated. When most of them were killed or driven out of the country, the revolutionary government began arresting a killing other groups seen as a threat to the regime.
b. Haiti, 1804: Haiti was a French colony when revolution against the King and aristocrats began in France in 1789. In 1791 free and enslaved blacks in Haiti began an armed revolt seeking freedom for slaves, and independence from France. During a thirteen years brutal war with horrible massacres and atrocities committed by both sides, the French army was defeated and Haiti became independent. Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the Haitian military commander and first President ordered the murder of all but a handful of whites living on the island who had helped him. Dessalines also ordered that the new flag of Haiti be the red-white-blue tricolor of France, with the white panel in the middle removed.
c. Russia, 1919-1922: The new Communist/Socialist regime of Vladimir Lenin in Russia arrested and murdered anywhere from 100,000 to 2,000,000 opponents and “class enemies” in what was called “The Red Terror”. Click here for details. Martin Latsis, a Cheka (Secret Police) commander gave this order and explanation to official Martin Latsis:
“We have to exterminate the useless classes. You do not have to look for proof that an accused person acted against the Soviets with the help of a word or a deed. The first question is to what class he belongs, what his origins are, what his upbringing, education, and profession are? These questions will define the accused’s fate. This is the sense and essences of the Red Terror.”
d. National Socialist Germany, 1933-1945: Socialism had been the dominant political doctrine in Germany since the 1870’s. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, Hitler’s National Socialist Party modified Marxist doctrine only slightly by blaming and attacking Jews instead of the “class enemies” blamed and attacked by socialists and communists in Russia. “Nazi” was a shortened slang term for “Nationalsozialisten” and “nazionalsozialisti”, the German and Italian words for National Socialists. Before Hitler’s National Socialists won the 1932 and 1933 elections, and took complete control of the German government, they rarely even suggested that Jews be murdered or exterminated. They often mocked Jews who made such claims. The connection between socialism and the Holocaust is explained in detail by respected German scholar Goetz Aly in his book Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Click here for details:
e. Communist China, 1947-1952: After gaining control of most of China, the Chinese Communist Party led by Mao Tse Tung (ZeDong) began a hate campaign urging supporters to hate and kill all potential or “residual” opponents. These included most landlords, landowners, business owners, former government officials, scholars, teachers, in the country. During these years, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people were killed, and their property given to the government or supporters of the Communist regime.
f. United States and Canada, 2016 to Present: What individuals or groups are being blamed for causing every problem in the United States and Canada today?
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