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Benefits of Communism

 The other day I took a day trip to downtown Portland just to look around.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and the wife wanted to go downtown, so I had to go.  While I was there, a youth came up to me passing out little brochures on Communism and wanting me go give him money to support Lyndon LaRouche for political office… I kid you not.  I talked to him for a bit, while my wife quietly gnashed her teeth thinking I’d say or do something crass.  I surprised her.  I thanked him and I politely declined to give money and walked on.

There are times when I’d like to take every lefty moron who waxes enthusiastically about the beauty of Communism and drop them in a North Korean political prison camp for just a week. Not the 23 years that Shin Dong-hyuk endured, after being the only known person born in a prison camp who later escaped to the West. For him, freedom was “just another word for grilled meat.”

What do most of us in America complain about?  Hmmm, lets see,  “There’s nothing on TV.” “These fries are cold, dammit.” “Man, I don’t feel like going to work today.” “I can’t believe it’s raining again.” “I can’t believe ______ didn’t win American Idol.”

How about “if I cook this piece of meat I stole, the guards will know and come and beat me and put me on half-rations for the next month…  I better just eat it raw.”

We know nothing of true Communism, and most Americans are utterly cavalier about the freedom they possess living in the United States. Oh, and what was Mr. Shin’s crime? Two of his brothers had defected to the South during the Korean War and for that, he is locked up in a labor camp for life.

Shin’s memoir, “Escape From Camp 14,” should be required reading in every High School and University in the country.



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4 thoughts on “Benefits of Communism

  1. The message about taking things for granted I agree with most vehemently. But I must also point out that Lyndon LaRouche is not a communist. He’s a joke, and his movement is a strange cultish creature that straddles both left and right, having more than it’s fair share of far right views. Despite shared philosophical roots, they often aren’t too fond of communists:

    “The “Greenhouse effect” hoax: a world federalist plot, another book by Maduro, says that the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a plot by the British royal family and communists to undermine the U.S.[121][122] It was cited by science writer David Bellamy.[123]”


    As for North Korea, not only does it not follow Communism’s ideas at all, it barely even bothers to keep up the pretext anymore.

    “After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, North Korea’s greatest economic benefactor, all reference to Marxism-Leninism was dropped in the revised 1998 constitution. Some Marxist-Leninist phraseology remained in occasional use, but in 2009, the word 공산주의 (“communism”) itself was dropped from the constitution altogether.”

    Say what you like about Communism’s implausibility, but if it looks like duck, walks like a ducks and quacks like a duck, it’s probably not a cat.

    • Sorry that you disagree. North Korea is probably not the best example. How about taking a very close look (in comparison) to the ruling style of, lets say, China, Cuba, Laos, Viet Nam, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and North Korea. Then tell me way you live in America

      • Those nations really don’t follow the ideals of communism. At all. Instead of the means of production being placed into the hands of the worker, they’ve mostly been placed into hands of a bureaucratic party elite disconnected from the general community.

        Looking at things specifically, China of course is allowing increasing amounts of foreign investment, and has a multitude of million and billionaires. Does this look like communism to you? http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/china-luxury.jpg

        Venezuela has a mixed free market/government economy existing in a multi-party democratic system, albeit with disquieting hints of the authoritarian. It is at most a hardcore Scandinavian style socialist economy.

        And I’m fairly sure Zimbabwe isn’t considered communist. ZANU abandoned Marxism-Leninism a while back, and it just looks like your run of the mill African kleptocracy at the moment.

        Lastly I don’t live in America. I live in Australia, and appreciate very much it’s universal healthcare, good safety net, and premium education.

  2. okieprogressive on said:

    Communism is, for any practical purpose, non-existant in today’s world. So just why people follow LaRouche is a mystery.

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