The New York Times, aka “The Truth,” recently published an op-ed piece praising…communism. The post was part of the paper’s series called “Red Century” that purported to explore communism 100 years after the Russian Revolution, and touted communism for helping to shape Americans, and the American political landscape.
The op-ed’s author wrote: “It is perhaps hard to understand now, but at that time, in this place, the Marxist vision of world solidarity as translated by the Communist Party induced in the most ordinary of men and women a sense of one’s own humanity that ran deep, made life feel large; large and clarified. It was to this clarity of inner being that so many became not only attached, but addicted.”
Furthermore, according to the Blaze, when the Times publicized the op-ed on Twitter, it added: “Communism once gave ordinary Americans a sense of their humanity.”
Talk about “fake op-eds!”
“The Marxist vision of world solidarity” is simply that the whole world must be Marxist. This is why Marxist lead countries attack, annex and absorb other countries with impunity, whereas the United States utterly freed the nations it has conquered in wartime, typically giving them wads of cash as a parting gift.
It is irrefutable that communism induced a deep sense of mortality into men and women, ordinary or not, given that it was responsible for exterminating the lives of at least 90-100 million souls. To the extent it made life large and clarified, it was only because everywhere one looks in a communist society, there are massive, sterile posters and placards telling you what to think, say, and do. Red letter dates, admonitions, and exhortations to toil harder for the state.
It is indeed bizarre that, in many circles, communism gets a bit of a “pass” in the West, whereas Nazism and fascism are, rightly, so deeply reviled. (For a great take on that topic, watch Prager University’s short video, “Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?” at dennisprager.com).
Communism ruined and/or ended countless numbers of lives around the world. The slaughter of one million people by the Khmer Rouge in the Killing Fields of Cambodia certainly “shaped” the lives of many. It may have even given them a sense of their own “humanity,” tragically enough.
Yes, communism “clarified” life for the over a billion people who’ve lived under its staggeringly oppressive rule, many of whom waited in long lines for a potato and a roll of crappy toilet paper.
It “clarified” life for many of the rest of us more fortunate souls, as well. (See also, the “Cold War”).
Apparently not some working for the “paper of record,” however.
And that’s the truth.