Karl Marx was a shallow-thinking loser who understood economics poorly and human nature worse.
But give the left credit. Some of Marx’s pragmatic successors such as Lenin, Stalin and Mao were amazingly successful for a while. They and their henchmen succeeded in killing 100 million people and fought a Cold War for the future of humanity that they almost won. Almost.
By the way, imagine the conundrum at the New York Times and such places. They’re tempted to blame Ronald Reagan for defeating communism, but they’re afraid that their few un-woke readers (they probably still have a few that are un-woke) would construe that as a compliment to Reagan.
In point of fact, Reagan deserves lots of credit but the person deserving nearly as much is Pope John Paul II. The former cardinal in Soviet-occupied Poland stood for the Judeo-Christian proposition that truth exists. That truth, he preached, would set you free.
People believed the Pope because what he preached was consistent with human nature. People on the savanna lacking genes that value truth – lacking the ability to perceive reality accurately and to act accordingly – were more likely to be eaten than to pass their genes on.
Lenin, Stalin and Mao recognized and exploited the bad parts of human nature like envy, greed and tribalism but they could never manage human goodness – such as the value we place on truth. Communism and truth cannot co-exist. That’s why the Soviets tried to kill John Paul II.
The American left as successors to communism plots once again to own society through damnable lies and the persecution of truth-tellers.
It’s a lie that a black man cried, “Don’t shoot, hands up” just before white cops shot him. The truth is that he didn’t say that and didn’t have his hands up.
It’s a lie that wealthy people don’t pay their fair share of taxes. The truth is that the top 5% of earners pay 60% of federal income taxes.
It’s a lie that America was founded on slavery and is still a pervasively racist culture. The truth is that America was founded on the shining premise – which was admittedly more a promise at the time – that all men are created equal under the law. Half a million men – almost all whites – later died in the Civil War to make good on that promise.
And the truth is that America elected a black man to be president in 2008, re-elected him in 2012, and now grants black people preferences in college admissions, hiring and promotion.
It’s a lie that President Trump colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election, a conspiracy theory that the left is still peddling. The truth is that a two-year investigation by partisan Democrat prosecutors found he did not.
It’s a lie that mobs calling themselves “anti-fascists” are in fact anti-fascists. The truth is that they’re actually no more anti-fascist than the various “people’s republics” ruled by communist tyrants were actually for the people.
The truth is that these so-called anti-fascists are violent anti-anti-fascists who burn cities, rape women, beat those who disagree with them and seek to impose a Reign of Terror intolerant of any dissent from their diktats.
It’s hard to even know at any given moment the diktat from which dissent is not tolerated. A single small example: Is the diktat that men and women should have equal athletic opportunities, as women have rightly demanded and received for decades, or is it that men, and male transsexuals lying that they’re women, should have equal athletic opportunities while women are sent back to the bleachers?
Once immutable truth is out the window, it’s hard to know from minute to minute the dogma from which dissent is not tolerated. Woe to those who are late in embracing the latest lie. One minute they think they’re safely on the side of Robespierre, and the next minute they’re sharing the guillotine with him.
In their zeal to demonstrate their ideological purity in out-radicalizing one another, the mob shifts fast from “Didn’t you get the memo?” to “Off with your head!”
But while these bloody sociopaths may win for a while, in the end they’ll lose. Lies ultimately destroy the liar.
Russians learned that the communists were liars, and stopped believing them. Russians under the yoke of communism quipped that the state pretended to pay them and they pretended to work. In their society of lies, unsurprisingly, not much work got done.
Today’s American left parlays its lies into short-term power with the aid of a naïve media willing to collaborate for the purpose of defeating an administration and a nation they all abhor.
They might win and they might not. But they certainly won’t win over the long run. The price they pay for their deceitful short-term coup attempt is their long-term credibility. Like their brethren elsewhere, they’ll wind up on the ash heap of history.
From those ashes will rise a new and better nation, founded again on truth.