Far-left website Salon published a stunning defense of communism on Sunday, revealing what it claims are seven “huge misconceptions” about communism and capitalism.
Author Jesse Myerson pushed back at the claim that communism has killed as many as 110 million people. Using “The Five” host Greg Gutfeld as an example, Myerson sought to clarify details about the slaughter that occurred under Stalin and Mao:
In declaring this, Gutfeld and his ilk insult the suffering of the millions of people who died under Stalin, Mao, and other 20th Century Communist dictators. Making up a big-sounding number of people and chalking their deaths up to some abstract “communism” is no way to enact a humanistic commitment to victims of human rights atrocities.
For one thing, a large number of the people killed under Soviet communism weren’t the kulaks everyone pretends to care about but themselves communists. Stalin, in his paranoid cruelty, not only had Russian revolutionary leaders assassinated and executed, but indeed exterminated entire communist parties. These people weren’t resisting having their property collectivized; they were committed to collectivizing property. It is also worth remembering that the Soviets had to fight a revolutionary war – against, among others, the US – which, as the American Revolution is enough to show, doesn’t mainly consist of group hugs. They also faced (and heroically defeated) the Nazis, who were not an ocean away, but right on their doorstep.
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When US tried Communism [ History of Jamestown: 1607 to 1611 ]
The Himalayan Times ^ | 24 Jan 2005 | Rakesh Wadhwa
Posted on 10/31/2008 9:15:01 AM by Arthur Wildfire! March
I write this especially for our Maoist brothers. While the US is commonly vilified as the bastion of capitalism, it is little known that the US too has tried communism. It was only when communism failed that property rights and capitalism took hold.
Let us go back into history and see what lessons America learned from its relatively short dalliance with Maoism much before the ‘great leader' himself was born.
The year was 1607. The first 104 settlers had arrived from Europe in Jamestown in the Virginia Tidewater region of the US in May. They found soil which was fertile beyond what they had seen in the lands which they had left. Fruits were abundant. Wild game such as deer and turkey were everywhere. There was no shortage of fish and other seafood. And yet within six months 66 of the original Jamestown, Virginia settlers had died. Only 38 survived.
Another 500 settlers were again sent to settle in Virginia in 1609 and within six months 440 of these too died by starvation and disease. This was called ‘starving time' and one eyewitness described it in English of those times, ‘So great was our famine, that a Savage we slew and buried, the poorer sorte took him up againe and eat him; and so did divers one another boyled and stewed with roots and herbs.'
How could this be? How could there be such death and starvation amidst so much plenty of meat, fruits, and fish. The fault as the witness said lay not in the ‘barrenness and defect of the Countrie' but in the ‘want of providence, industry and government'.
What caused this lack of ‘industrie'? Were the Virginian settlers lazy and indolent? It could not be. People who were sent there were the chosen ones – the very best of men.
The problem was that all the men who were sent were bonded labourers. They had no stake in what they produced. They were bound by contract to put all they produced into a common pool to be used to support their colony as a whole. This was communism in its purest form. Everyone was supposed to work according to ability and take according to need.
As so frequently happens with present day government policies, the results were the opposite of what was intended. Since hard work was not personally beneficial for the settlers they responded by stopping work.
Phillip A. Bruce, a late 19th century US historian, wrote of the Jamestown immigrants, “The settlers did not have even a modified interest in the soil … . Everything produced by them went into the store, in which they had no proprietorship.” The result as Bruce wrote would be what anyone who has any knowledge of human nature would expect, men, even the most energetic, refused to work.
This is what happened in Mao's China and in Soviet Russia on a grand scale. In America a few hundred deaths stopped the communist experiment, in China and Russia, millions had to die before these nations abandoned the principles of Marx, Lenin, and Mao.
Jamestown changed course just two years later in 1611 with arrival of the ‘high marshall' Sir Thomas Dale from the UK. He understood the problem, freed the settlers by abrogating communal ownership. Each man received three acres of land and, other than a lump sum tax of 2 ½ barrels of corn, did not have to contribute anything to the common pool. The colony immediately began to prosper. It prospered because each individual directly benefited by his labour and knew that he would also bear the full consequences of any reduction in output. Private ownership and capitalism worked.
Communism doesn't work because it destroys the reward and work nexus. Communism doesn't work because the absence of property rights heralds the end of all incentive to produce. Communism doesn't work because humans do no wish to sacrifice themselves to the common good.
I do not know or care about the political philosophy of the Maoists. I would, though, like to know what their economic policies are going to be. Do they want to take back Nepal to what America experimented with almost 400 years ago? Nepal lags behind the US in economic development, but is it to be put back by four centuries?.
good one few know of that first experiment with collectivism - gross failure. Then we can go to Cuba, China, Russian, much of Europe was close in the collective ownership of land where the homes leased land from the government.
In all cases including Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and other small European nations have socialized and grown government until it consumes most of the nations wealth to redistribute making all equally poor.
The human animal for the most part is lazy they will only do what is required to live in an acceptable style . . Just look a ghettos . . the people are kept there by the government providing them with food, shelter, freedom not to work, health care and a very poor education system so they can not escape from their government controllers. SICK but it is SOCIALISM AT WORK IN AMERICA. Did it work? NO!
Mangus do not pay your taxes and see who owns your property. Ever wonder why they do not issue deeds to homes when pay the mortgage in full?
Maybe because you just paid off a lien [mortgage] which is done by a release of lien. You can go to the county court house and get the deed it is recorded.
You can also purchase a chain of title that shows every owner in history.
Yes they can foreclose on a tax lien but that is a Statutory action - our silly relatives in each State gave the government the right to lien and tax our homes and like any tax - once collected it shall have a perpetual life. Now what is worse is that it is a progressive tax that taxes you on the unrealized increase in value of the property . . so in reality we all pay a CAPITAL APPRECIATION TAX - yes even before you sell the property. If you sell at a big loss they do not give you a refund either.
Got to change some laws people . . . property tax was only to pay for police and fire - not schools and the rest of the huge government at the County level.
"... can foreclose on a tax lien..."
And the FEDS don't even have to FILE a lien. Just a NOTICE of lien. Your friendly County Recorder just FILES it as a lien, and PRESTO!!!! it's a lien. They stole my home with one!
Arizona Legislature is working on a law to make the Federal people come up with absolute proof of claim, and as it seems to be worded a W-2 or a 1099 does not 'cut' it.
I believe that the IRS must now get a court order even prior to lien? Not 100% sure here but seems like I recall reading the change.
Not aware of it, but maybe. That won't even slow them down. They are in the pockets of the USDC's everywhere. They will write up the order, using their own form number, and the judge will sign it, and away they go! And THEY have never filed a lien in the whole grubby course of thir existence! If Arizona's proposed law goes through, they WILL have to. That should put a 'crimp' in their gross receipts!
No deeds are issued in Alabama for real estate.
There are three or four types of deeds and even Alabama uses them . .
Idiocy on parade.
Kill a commy for mommy has always been my battle cry since 1969.
the Nationalist Socialists called the Nazis or Communists of the unfree world was there ever any real differance