I left the Soviet Union to escape communism, socialism, Marxism — whatever you want to call it. America was and still is the only place in the world you are truly free, and you are losing it. Now the evil is coming here; it is all around us, especially where I live in California. These people are ignorant, they have no historical knowledge, and they are very dangerous. The ideology is seductive to America’s naive youth and always ends up with people dead. – Svetlana, the pseudonym of a Soviet émigré to the United States, now in her 80s.
The quote comes from a woman interviewed for a Washington Times article on the seduction of socialism. They kept her name secret for fear of the consequences to her if they revealed it. The need for secrecy is real and all very soviet. A SJW mob would show no reluctance to dogpile an eighty-something woman who warns of the consequences of the mob’s actions.
To today’s youth, socialism is seductive. Your needs and even your desires get taken care of. All you need in exchange is to surrender your freedom. In an age of helicopter parents, freedom is something few experience while growing up. Their parents plan every aspect of their lives, controlling their children’s movements and contacts with others outside the house. The many hours of ranging the neighborhood unsupervised (as I and my brothers did in our childhood) are over. With it, so are any childhood experiences with freedom.
You do not miss what you never had. That is one reason the residents of Beijing and Shenzhen put up with restrictions far more onerous than the ones which have the residents of Hong Kong out in the streets. Those living in Beijing and Shenzhen have never experience freedom. Those in Hong Kong have.
The generation of Millenials now attending college is easily seduced by socialism’s siren call. Few have experienced true freedom. Additionally, the only societal framework most have lived in during their earliest years is socialistic. A family is a socialist organization: from which according to their abilities and to which according to their needs.
Dad (and today mom as well) went out and earned the resources that fed the family and provided for its needs. The members of the society, especially the children, had their needs provided for regardless of their ability to contribute to the family. In the bad old days, when things were tight, even the children were expected to work to provide to the best of their abilities. Even then, they did not receive resources based on what they contributed. They received resources according to their needs. In today’s resource-rich America, children, even teens, are often discouraged from working and saving. Why bother when the ‘rents bring in enough money to provide for their children? Isn’t providing for all your children’s wants and needs a demonstration that you are a good parent?
Yet however admirably socialism works in a family, it does not scale. Even in a village-level society it quickly devolves into tyranny as that society’s leaders decide their needs are more expansive (and important) than those of the other members of the society. They develop into the nomenklatura or good people or some form of aristocracy.
Which the pseudonymous Svetlana experienced first hand, but American’s naive youth have difficulty understanding.Published in