February 17, 2006


Communism may be dead, but clearly not dead enough: The battle over history reflects a determination to prove that no political alternative can challenge the new global capitalism (Seumas Milne, February 16, 2006, The Guardian)

Fifteen years after communism was officially pronounced dead, its spectre seems once again to be haunting Europe. Last month, the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly voted to condemn the "crimes of totalitarian communist regimes", linking them with Nazism and complaining that communist parties are still "legal and active in some countries". Now Göran Lindblad, the conservative Swedish MP behind the resolution, wants to go further. Demands that European ministers launch a continent-wide anti-communist campaign - including school textbook revisions, official memorial days and museums - only narrowly missed the necessary two-thirds majority. Yesterday, declaring himself delighted at the first international condemnation of this "evil ideology", Lindblad pledged to bring the wider plans back to the Council of Europe in the coming months.

He has chosen a good year for his ideological offensive: this is the 50th anniversary of Khrushchev's denunciation of Stalin and the subsequent Hungarian uprising, which will doubtless be the cue for further excoriation of the communist record. The ground has been well laid by a determined rewriting of history since the collapse of the Soviet Union that has sought to portray 20thcentury communist leaders as monsters equal to or surpassing Hitler in their depravity - and communism and fascism as the two greatest evils of history's bloodiest era. [...]

The fashionable attempt to equate communism and Nazism is in reality a moral and historical nonsense.

[Editor's note: The Brothers Judd policy against profanity prevents us from running Orrin's comment, except as follows: FU,UFNF,F!]

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2006 12:00 PM




murderous commie b

I told you guys what happened at the Unitarian church last week, that's the meme, it's not the ideology, it's just that the right people weren't in place.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 17, 2006 12:37 PM

Wait a minute, isn't that just an extreme form of the 3rd way?

Or did I totally misunderstand what's been discussed in the past? (Wouldn't be the 1st nor the last time.)

Posted by: Sandy P at February 17, 2006 12:38 PM

While Democrats should not be shot in the side of the head until after trial by a military commission, no such restriction applies to Communists. There is only one kind of good Communist.

A way to identify candidates for the Nguyen Ngoc Loan Communist headache cure is to look for those who who maintain that Communism "may have been" bad in practice, but had good "ideals."

On the contrary, its ideals were totally evil. Its founding documents were truly vicious, being expressions of every vice: atheism, envy, greed, lust, desire for revenge, hatred of parents and of neighbors.

Its record of mind-numbing depravity and its years of mega-deaths are entirely consistent with its "ideals."

Witches--that's what the Communists were, and Exodus 22:18 applies.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 17, 2006 12:41 PM

No, dudes, this is wonderful. Open condemnation of Communism by Europeans? Stunning! I hadn't heard anything about this at all.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 17, 2006 1:02 PM

I find this hard to believe. There are too many socialist/green/unionist MEPs. Unless it's some sort of "good ideas but bad methods" ploy to create a firewall between the old commies and the contemporary marxists.

It's not the ideology, it's the ideas that are the root problem.

Posted by: Gideon at February 17, 2006 2:31 PM

For those of you who don't know the reference, see "Most Profane Sentence Ever Spoken" at the Brothers Judd Glossary.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 17, 2006 4:27 PM

From the article: With ... ever greater doubts about whether the environmental crisis can be solved within the existing economic system, the pressure for political and social alternatives will increase. The particular form of society created by 20th-century communist parties will never be replicated. But there are lessons to be learned from its successes as well as its failures.

Here is a standard lefty big lie that has to be shot down every chance we get. Communism has been, always and every where, disastrous for the environment while democratic capitalism has done well (sometimes too well) by the environment. That's no accident of history: one of the fundamental purposes of communism is to destroy the bourgeoisie, while one of the primary effects of democratic capitalism is to make the entire nation bourgeois. The only defense the environment has is a politically engaged bourgeoisie.

Posted by: David Cohen at February 17, 2006 5:21 PM

As one of the prudes who posts here and abjures blasphemy, obscenity and vulgarity, let me say that I could just spit!

(Well said, David)

Posted by: Peter B at February 17, 2006 5:27 PM

Killing a communist isn't murder, it's an act of pre-emptive self-defence on behalf of humanity.

They deserve death.

Posted by: Amos at February 17, 2006 5:37 PM

OJ why you read the Guardian. It's like listening to NPR, its just going to raise your blood pressure.

I think we need to develop a list of things that Lefties need to believe, even though they are contrary to Fact.

Communism and Fascism were completely different.
The Rosenbergs were innocent.
Alger Hiss was not a spy.
Roosevelt saved the US from the great depression.
The US was defeated in the Vietnam War.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 17, 2006 10:12 PM


Because they're funny. The Left's only function these days is to amuse the rest of us.

Posted by: oj at February 18, 2006 8:02 AM

There's no point in killing them unless you bury them with a stake through the heart.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at February 19, 2006 4:43 AM