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Ending a Ban on Communists in Government is an Improvement in Some Places

Like California:

Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill to repeal part of a law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and ’50s when fear that communists were trying to infiltrate and overthrow the U.S. government was rampant. The bill now goes to the Senate.

To tell the truth, a real Communist would be an improvement over the sybaritic post-modern leftists that dominate California politics.  I’ve referred to the place as the “People’s Republic of California,” but in reality it’s in the thrall of its moneyed elites in a way that would make the “capitalist roaders” of yore envious.

One thing that Communists liked to do (at least in the early years of their rule, before they let the economy run down like Brezhnev did) is to do big public works.  California could use some of that now, but its moneyed elites have an allergy for same, and sad to say the few Republicans left there do too.

Another big problem, however, is that there are few real Marxists-Leninists-_____________ around these days.  The right likes to call American leftists Communists, but few are, even those who claim the label.  The closest major figure on the left to being a Communist is Bernie Sanders, but even with his appeal to the Millennials the Democrat party’s establishment “tilted the table” to prevent his nomination.

Our ruling elites wouldn’t be facing the populist upheaval they are if they were more mindful of the needs of their general population.  But they look down on same general population and then expect adulation.  And they wonder why it’s a bumpy ride these days?


2 Replies to “Ending a Ban on Communists in Government is an Improvement in Some Places”

  1. Get a grip on yourself, Don. Three sets of scare quotes and the slippage into “Democrat” when you mean “Democratic”?

    Those look like the signs of too much time with what used to be Gestetnered newsletters. Are you reading a lot of web sites with ads for gold bars and six months’ supply of dried foods on them, Don?

    You’re quite right that infrastructure is suffering. This tends to be a result of a lot of unbudgeted wars.


    1. I’ve just about come to the conclusion that you really don’t read what I write and, if you do, you really don’t understand it. I’ll give you this: you can count quotation marks.

      I didn’t pay attention when reading Joel Kotkin’s stuff whether there were gold bar ads or not. Based on the ads I’ve seen in most media, all the website owners are worried about is the revenue from the ads, not their content.

      The term “capitalist roaders” is an old Chinese Communist epithet, sometimes expanded to “counter-revolutionary double-dealing capitalist roaders.” I doubt most right-wing people and sites would ever use the term. I expect Americans to be boorishly provincial, but you? Get a grip!


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