A perversion of compassion

Communism runs utterly contrary to human nature

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Women on the fashionable talk show The View talk openly and admiringly of communism. Never before in our lifetimes have communist slogans and images been more in evidence on American streets.

And one American protester caught on camera held a sign proclaiming, “From Wisconsin to Libya, Workers of the World Unite – Fight for Communism.”

Really? We’re equating Wisconsin and Libya?

Maybe we need to get out more often?

We’d ask whether these people know what they’re saying, but the question would be purely rhetorical. They clearly do not.

Of all the forms of oppression mankind has dreamed up inside the dank walls of evil minds, communism may be the worst. At least with a dictatorship (think Saddam Hussein) you can lop off the head. In a communist regime, you’re fighting the Hydra.

Communism runs completely against the grain of nature and human nature. It stifles, and can extinguish, all of our inborn ambition and drive. When you notice that any extra effort gets you nowhere – because the core tenet of communism is “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” – your natural desire to improve your lot is chopped off at the knees.

Pretty soon you notice that, while you’re killing yourself for nothing, others around you are all-too-happy to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

And because it forcibly redistributes those fruits to others without regard for either your labor or your neighbor’s sloth, your thrift or your neighbor’s wastefulness, it’s simply immoral. It’s robbery in the name of compassion.

What a sad perversion of compassion, too: It seeks to remove nature’s very needs and drives that inspire greatness in us. It prevents us from pushing ourselves to become our best selves.

The results are as evident as they’d be in a laboratory.

Ever see a satellite image of the Korean peninsula at night? South Korea is lit up like a Christmas tree. North Korea’s land mass is as dim as the country’s leadership. The reason? It’s not ethnicity or geography; they’re essentially the same people, separated solely by a thin line on the map.

No, the difference is their political systems. The North is imprisoned and isolated in a communist dictatorship. The South – thanks to the U.S. Armed Forces – is a capitalist, free-market, free society. And it shows.

This week marks the 25th
anniversary of the historic 1987 speech in Berlin by President Ronald Reagan in which he intoned to East Germany and its Soviet puppet master: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

They did.

But what a statement that there had to be a wall in the first place. East Germany, as so many countries remain today, was a giant prison.

This is the “worker’s paradise” our union protester in Wisconsin wishes for herself and the rest of us?

Rest assured. Most Americans would die before allowing that.

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specsta
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specsta 06/14/12 - 01:20 am
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Who Is Really Being Oppressed?

Chronicle -"Pretty soon you notice that, while you’re killing yourself for nothing, others around you are all-too-happy to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor."

This sounds exactly like the current state of America, where low-income workers are working themselves to death for slave wages while the corporations they work for are posting billion dollar profits - and CEOs get million-dollar bonuses.

You guys got the sentence right, but the context in this article in wrong.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/12 - 04:53 am
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Oh, those big, bad

Oh, those big, bad corporations where millions of ordinary Americans like me pool our money in hopes of making a profit. The risks we take by taking our hard earned money and investing in a company that employs people and turns out a product or service makes America stronger while the money we make is taxed three times. By the way, workers are paid exactly what the value of their labor dictates in a free market.

As this editorial touches, communism is a flawed system. It may even have altruistic beliefs on some level, but it deteriorates into party run dictatorships, taking everything from everyone while taking the freedom from workers. Strike or protest in a communist country and you find yourself in the Gulag.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/14/12 - 05:01 am
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Great news. In our

Great news. In our "oppressive" country, you have the freedom to pack up your stuff and move out from under whatever it is that you feel is holding you back. Sometimes that move just has to happen within your mind.

Of course, there are tough times when working adults in a family may have to work multiple jobs to support a growing family or need. I did it, my parents did it, grandpa did it, and so on back through history. Some how, this created character in us rather than resentment or envy for those who didn't have it so hard.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/14/12 - 05:29 am
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Cmmunisim in Russia killed

Cmmunisim in Russia killed over 20 million people. Communisim in China killed and stimated 100 millioon, communism in Cabodia killed over 6 million. That is more than 126 million people in 75 years! The brutality found in Cuba's early days of communism was legend. Every where it has been tried misery and failure are induced . Yes lets try communism by all means...

Techfan
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Techfan 06/14/12 - 06:33 am
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Many people have been killed

Many people have been killed by communist regimes. A further study of history is required to understand how these regimes came into existence. Look up Batista, Samoza, "Bloody" Nicholas, Chiang Kai-shek. and many of the other rulers who were in place before a communist takeover. These weren't democracies ruled by benevolent leaders. For the most part, these were murdering thugs replaced by different murdering thugs out for revenge. The AC might do better chastising all regimes that repress their citizens by force rather than cherry picking the ones that suit their political agenda.

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copperhead 06/14/12 - 07:27 am
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Techfan, why do you continue

Techfan, why do you continue to read and post on the AC when you so obviously HATE all things about the paper?

harley_52
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harley_52 06/14/12 - 07:41 am
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Techfan defends the

Techfan defends the oppression and mass murder of leftwing dictators by saying 'yeah, but they're not the only ones.'

Techfan
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Techfan 06/14/12 - 07:55 am
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Saying they are "murdering

Saying they are "murdering thugs" is defending them? Obviously we have different takes on the English language. When you get thumbs down for suggesting the AC criticize all groups of murdering thugs can only mean that there are groups of murdering thugs that these people support. Would you please list them for us.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 06/14/12 - 08:10 am
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Communism is an economic

Communism is an economic term, not political. The Indian Resevation is communism. What we need to fear is facism and militarism. Suppression and purging usually incorporates the disenfranchised with promises of economic equality or the franchised with promises of superiority. But ultimately it is the dictatorship and the nomenclature that we fight. We should use the correct words to clarify what we are against. Politics kill, economies just suffer.

faithson
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faithson 06/14/12 - 08:49 am
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godless

Any political system that does not allow for religion among its constituents will and has failed. ergo, godless communism. Oh yea, godless capitalism is headed for the same fate, just takes a little longer, the frog in the hot water syndrome.

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CobaltGeorge 06/14/12 - 08:55 am
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Techfan

Many people have been killed by communist regimes. A further study of history is required to understand how these regimes came into existence. Look up Batista, Samoza, "Bloody" Nicholas, Chiang Kai-shek.

You may have something there, don't we have a leader in power now with the same arora?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/14/12 - 08:58 am
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sad

It is beyond me how anyone could write here in defense of communism -- a failed political and economic ideology that has been (and should be) consigned to the dust bin of history.

It is a repressive, atheistic, failed system that lead numerous nations to ruin. It inspired untold millions of murders. It made a very few quite wealthy and prosperous, and keep the working class down and economically depressed. It destroyed personal initiative and free enterprise. It took away the freedom to work for yourself and better your own situation, and replaced it with working for the state only.

It failed. Miserably.

harley_52
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harley_52 06/14/12 - 09:09 am
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duhJudge....

Attributing a national status to an "Indian Reservation" is pretty silly. It is an entity, created by government, for the special status/treatment of a particular sub-group of the citizenry.

As to your broader point, can you name a democratic nation with a communistic economy?

Here's an interesting discussion of the issue...

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/fascism_and_communism-socialism.html

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/14/12 - 09:10 am
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Communism is a failed and

Communism is a failed and flawed system no matter how you want to define it.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/14/12 - 09:16 am
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Dreams

Only in your dreams faithson.

faithson
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faithson 06/14/12 - 09:32 am
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dreams

unbridled, godless anything is a detriment to the collective. Didn't dream it up, just observed it in everyday life. Know how many abhor the 'collective' thing, but we kinda' live in one, no not kinda', we DO !

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lovingthesouth72 06/14/12 - 09:34 am
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Communism creates a sense of

Communism creates a sense of apathy in society. If the government is providing everything for you then why should you even bother to wake up and make a living? It is the greatest insult to human dignity. The Obama administration is leading us down this road. If they succeed it will be the death of this country.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/14/12 - 10:06 am
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Nice

It is really nice to see so many new Common Sense true Americans joining in. Glad to have you aboard.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/14/12 - 10:10 am
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Well Techfan, the socialist

Well Techfan, the socialist governments of Greece, Spain, and Portugal have failed too and they haven't killed anyone except free enterprise and personal responsibility. As usual you try to divert attention from the point that was being made with your "okay...how about so and so" tactic. So to simplify, communism and socialism have never worked anywhere. They always fail. That's the point. Whether run by thugs or by freely elected liberal socialists they always fail because they disincentivise people to work and be innovative. Just like our welfare programs, hyper extended unemployment benefits, and free (to the usual suspects) healthcare disincentivise our own citizens to work. We are already socialists and we are already failing and anyone with a smidgen of brain matter can see it. It's time to cut spending and start filling up the hole instead of digging it deeper. Hopefully Romney will do that because we know for sure Obama will not.

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Riverman1 06/14/12 - 10:28 am
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What's new and disturbing is

What's new and disturbing is the open praise of socialism and class warfare. For the women of The View to praise communism on a popular TV show proves we are entering a new environment.

This class warfare propelled by many politicians, including President Obama, is the kind of rhetoric you would find in Pravda in the 60's. Read the Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn if you want to see what happens when socialism finally triumphs.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/14/12 - 11:07 am
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Well, if "The View" favors

Well, if "The View" favors something, then that's a sure sign it is bad and to avoided at all costs.

burninater
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burninater 06/14/12 - 11:17 am
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As a side note, like the

As a side note, like the editorial staff, I didn't get the Wisconsin to Libya thing either. So, I went out on a limb and did something crazy. I decided to "investigate", and see if I couldn't determine the link.

So, after a grueling typing of "Wisconsin to Libya" into a Google search window, and an interminable 0.13 seconds of waiting (seriously, why is everything sooooo hard today?), I discovered the following, which at least explains what the sign was referring to:

http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoo...

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/14/12 - 11:24 am
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clarification

But Soapy, you have to balance that "collective love" teaching from the New Testament with another NT teaching: If an able-bodied person does not work, then they should not eat." People love to pull out teachings from the Bible which support what they like, but avoid any other teachings that might reveal "the rest of the story".

The biblical instruction was to make sure that among fellow Christians no one went without something they needed. It was a mutual support community that promoted love and caring for the needy. However, it was also understood that if you were healthy and able, you'd generate your own living. Simply freeloading off everyone else was not tolerated. There are multiple NT verses that stress the importance of doing an honest day's work for an honest day's wage, and excelling in your labors.

You have to look at the entire picture painted by the New Testament if you are going to try and cite a couple of verses that might "appear" to suggest communism is OK. Of course, the profound atheistic aspects of communism make it totally incompatible with Christianity anyway.

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burninater 06/14/12 - 11:30 am
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howcan, if as people claim

howcan, if as people claim socialism is "communism lite", then there isn't necessarily a conflict between people practicing both it snd Christianity simultaneously. Check dichotomy's 10:10 about socialist countries -- there's that same list of usual suspects, Europe's nations with the most practicing Christians ...

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 06/14/12 - 11:33 am
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I agree

Socialism, maybe. Strict communism, however, no.

Even our socialism-leaning president professes to be a practicing Christian.

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harley_52 06/14/12 - 11:50 am
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Communism....

Communism has been aptly described as 'socialism at the point of a gun.'

Socialism seems to work okay, for a while. Once people see what's happening, they seek to escape or revolt and the only way to keep them producing and inside the borders is to force them to work and seal the exits.

burninater
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burninater 06/14/12 - 12:42 pm
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The 11:50 post sounds

The 11:50 post sounds informed, but it actually isn't factual. Some of the worlds strongest economies, with populations that consistently rank among the happiest globally, and that are free to travel abroad whenever they like, are heavily socialist, and have been for multiple generations. I speak specifically of the socialist democracies of northern Europe. For example, Sweden:

"The typical worker receives 40% of his or her income after the tax wedge. The slowly declining overall taxation, 51.1% of GDP in 2007, is still nearly double of that in the United States or Ireland. The share of employment financed via tax income amounts to a third of Swedish workforce, a substantially higher proportion than in most other countries. Overall, GDP growth has been fast since reforms in the early 1990s, especially in manufacturing.[109]

The World Economic Forum 2009–2010 competitiveness index ranks Sweden the 4th most competitive economy in the world.[110] In the World Economic Forum 2010–2011 Global Competitiveness Report, Sweden climbed two positions, and is now ranked 2nd in the world.[111] Sweden is ranked 6th in the IMD Competitiveness Yearbook 2009, scoring high in private sector efficiency.[112] According to the book, The Flight of the Creative Class, by the U.S. economist, Professor Richard Florida of the University of Toronto, Sweden is ranked as having the best creativity in Europe for business and is predicted to become a talent magnet for the world's most purposeful workers. The book compiled an index to measure the kind of creativity it claims is most useful to business—talent, technology and tolerance.[113]"

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden#section_5
Bracketed numbers are source references on wiki

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/14/12 - 12:52 pm
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"The typical worker receives
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"The typical worker receives 40% of his or her income after the tax wedge."

I'm sorry, but NOBODY deserves to confiscate 60% of MY income.

burninater
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burninater 06/14/12 - 01:00 pm
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I wasn't suggesting it was

I wasn't suggesting it was feasible here in the U.S., Southern Leslie. I was just pointing out that for some societies, socialism works quite well, and the 11:50 post claiming it can only work in a country with sealed borders under threat of violence is plainly false.

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 06/14/12 - 01:10 pm
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But Burninator, you were
Unpublished

But Burninator, you were pointing out, as a successful socialist society, one that takes 60%. That is not a success as far as I'm concerned...that is tyranny.

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