Tag: Communism
Cuba’s Heroes
No one remotely familiar with how things work in Cuba can feel anything less than awe and admiration for the thousands of Cubans who have taken to the streets—first in San Antonio de los Baños and then in many parts of the island—to protest against the dictatorship. There are few places on earth where...
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Socialism Kills Your Sex Life
A few years ago the New York Times published an article claiming that women who lived under communism in East Germany reported more sexual satisfaction than their capitalist counterparts in West Germany. The study, which found that women behind the Iron Curtain reported more orgasms, was used to suggest that communism benefits women in...
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History Channel Flunks Out on Communism
“Pawn Stars” is one of the History Channel’s enduring hits, and in a recent episode a customer brought in an old sword he claimed belonged to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Gold and Silver Pawn Shop proprietor Rick Harrison was dubious, but the sword prompted a solo segment about the late Wisconsin Republican. Sen. McCarthy had...
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The New McCarthyism Has No Sense of Decency
During CNN’s last presidential debate in Des Moines, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sen. Joseph McCarthy had “blacklisted people” and that Joseph Welch said to him, “Have you no sense of decency?” If anyone in 2020 found this reference puzzling, it would be hard to blame them.
The Berlin Wall Still Teaches Invaluable Lessons 30 Years After Its Fall
I would like to share with readers three lessons from the fall of the Berlin Wall. The first, what it teaches us about history. Historicists believe that history is teleologically guided by impersonal forces that shape things inexorably. Several thinkers, among them Karl Popper in The Open Society and its Enemies, debunked this theory...
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Hey Millennials: Here’s the Truth About Socialism, Kim Jong-un, and Nicolás Maduro
A government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take away everything you have.
My Interview with Lenin, One Hundred Years after the Revolution
The mysteries of science have preserved Lenin alive, whose “death” in 1924 was a cunning scheme. I have managed to track him down to talk about the one hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. Me: What does the “October Revolution” say to us today? Lenin: The vanquished were right. History has sent the Provisional...
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How Soviets in 1960 Imagined 2017, and the Biggest Changes They Missed
A 1960 Soviet filmstrip surfaced earlier this year depicting a vision of life in 2017. As Russia prepares for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, it is interesting to reflect on the filmstrip to see what Soviet propagandists got right and what they got wrong. The 45-frame filmstrip, found in a family...
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Hardcore Socialism Would Render Britain Destitute
Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist policies of state control, high spending, class warfare and punitive taxation have been tried in many countries. We know how these policies turn out and it is always the same: badly. As a starting point, he appointed a Stalinist as a key advisor, ignored warnings about Trot infiltration of the Labour...
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Michael John Novak, Jr. (1933 – 2017)
Our very dear friend and Founding Member of the Board of Advisors of the Independent Institute, Michael Novak, passed away at the age of 83, on February 17th. A man of immense generosity, integrity, joyfulness, and good will, Michael was one of the most important scholars, theologians, prolific authors, and public intellectuals of the...
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