Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut

The Espresso Stalinist

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BY MICHAEL PARENTI

Despite a lifetime of “shaming” the system, NOAM CHOMSKY, America’s foremost “engagé” intellectual, remains an unrepentant left anticommunist.

In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War, the anticommunist ideological framework could transform any data about existing communist societies into hostile evidence. If the Soviets refused to negotiate a point, they were intransigent and belligerent; if they appeared willing to make concessions, this was but a skillful ploy to put us off our guard. By opposing arms limitations, they would have demonstrated their aggressive intent; but when in fact they supported most armament treaties, it was because they were mendacious and manipulative. If the churches in the USSR were empty, this demonstrated that religion was suppressed; but if the churches were full…

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One Response to Left Anticommunism: the Unkindest Cut

  1. beetleypete says:

    A very interesting (if over-long) article. I enjoyed reading it, but would dispute the inclusion of Robert Mugabe in the list provided. He was a shameful man, who abused young girls, stole property, and ordered unnecessary killings based on ancient tribal differences.
    I am unashamedly a Stalinist, and always have been. Changing society for the better is hard, and you have to be equally hard to do it, without flinching at the path you have to take.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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