Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Do Americans REALLY understand communism?

What a difference three decades make. When the Berlin Wall was torn down on November 9, 1989, it symbolized the collapse of the Iron Curtain and the liberation of more than 300 million people from the tyrannical grip of communism. We in the west celebrated the start of a new era of democracy and freedom, one we were told was possibly endless. Yet a mere 30 years later, communist parties are gaining ground, and the free world is literally shrinking — in size and spirit.

Freedom’s retreat is evident from Asia to Africa to South America and even closer to home. Across the Pacific, the Chinese Communist Party is pursuing a policy of oppression at home and aggression abroad, cracking down on Hong Kong’s liberty and seeking to create satellites from Nepal to Djibouti. North Korea is threatening free South Korea and Japan and, with China’s protection.

Cuba’s expanding influence

In the Western Hemisphere, Communist Cuba is dominating Venezuela, propping up the Nicolás Maduro regime and siphoning off the once-rich nation’s oil. Havana is also supporting the increasingly brutal socialist dictatorship in Nicaragua, Evo Morales’ corrupt regime in Bolivia and is attempting to make inroads in Mexico as well. Perhaps most disturbingly, 30 years after the end of the Cold War, polling by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and YouGov finds that 52% of U.S. Millennials would prefer to live in a socialist or communist country.

What happened? The answer is that the free world has forgotten the lessons of 1989 — not just the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.

It’s common now to assume that communism’s collapse was inevitable, but the opposite is true. The Cold War demonstrated that victory over communism depends on three distinct components: an organic desire for freedom on the part of the oppressed; a loss of ideological will by the communist party; and clear moral leadership in the free world. All three were present in the years before the Berlin Wall came down.

Read the rest at: Communism

Picture of The Real Side

The Real Side

Posts categorized under "The Real Side" are posted by the Editor because they are deemed worthy of further discussion and consideration, but are not, by default, an implied or explicit endorsement or agreement. The views of guest contributors do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of The Real Side Radio Show or Joe Messina. By publishing them we hope to further an honest and civilized discussion about the content. The original author and source (if applicable) is attributed in the body of the text. Since variety is the spice of life, we hope by publishing a variety of viewpoints we can add a little spice to your life. Enjoy!

Leave a Replay

Recent Posts

Sign up for our Newsletter

Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit