(Via Instapundit) It does not in fact surprise me that a person’s enthusiasm for Communism is usually [directly] proportional to how long it’s been since he or she had to live under it*:
[Estonian finance minister] Parts is vigorous, blonde, and athletic, but seems tired. He tries to conceal a yawn, explaining that he and his wife have just had their fourth child and nights have been short. “Comparisons are always difficult,” he says. “But when [Estonia] finally escaped from Soviet socialism, we were sick and tired of government centralism. We wanted precisely the opposite in all respects: We wanted a transparent state. A country that isn’t constantly intervening, nationalizing businesses, placing a bureaucracy above everything and imposing rules on people in every respect.”
But that’s because I know that Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people. Continue reading The matter of Estonia.
A holiday where we remember Communism: which in its various incarnations has murdered more millions through terror, famine, rapine, war, ecological disasters, and general frightfulness than any other economic or political system in human history! If you hate humanity and the planet, you’ll love the Commies*! It is of course also a holiday that we should remember Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II – these being of course the three public figures most responsible for dragging out the Beast that was Soviet Communism out into the light, pinning it to the ground, and slowly hammering a blessed hawthorn stake through its black, twisted, poisonous, oozing Commie heart.
Not to spoil any random Marxist’s day by reminding him or her that their precious secular god-substitute was killed filthy, and doing the metaphorical equivalent of begging for mercy while choking on its own bloody bile. Perish the thought that I rub it in…
*Assuming that you have the intelligence of a mattress, of course. Which is pretty much a prerequisite for thinking that Marxism is a good idea in the first place: after all, Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people.
[UPDATE] Welcome, Instapundit readers: also, to quote a (Democratic) friend of mine, when it comes to whether it’s stupid-or-evil to quote Stalin… embrace the healing power of ‘and,’ my brothers and sisters.
…pretty much by definition. Communism is by its nature an international movement that rejects the fostering and nurturing of individual national identities in favor of some nebulous transnational ‘class’ struggle: there is no place in the orthodox version of the faith for anything less than eventual world revolution. Although I suppose that you could decide that only a particular racial/ethnic/political group deserved the dubious benefits of Marxism-Leninism: thus creating a sort of national socialism…
…Oh. Right. Commies hate being reminded of that little detail of 20th Century history. Anyway, here’s the video of the Russians looking at Communism in NYC; I admit some admiration at the sight (or more accurately, non-sound) of the cameramen not breaking down in helpless laughter throughout.
PS: Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people – and, believe me: if you’ve got books by Stalin in your library and you’re using those books to look for ideas… yes, you are a stupid person.