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From an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on December 23, by David Satter, titled “Soviet Politics, American Style”:
When the Soviet Union fell, it seemed the Soviet attempt to impose a deluded version of reality had died with it. Francis Fukuyama, in his 1989 essay “The End of History”, said that Marxism-Leninism was doomed as an alternative to liberal democracy. I argued at the time that the drive to make a religion out of politics had not disappeared.
The Soviet style has become a reality in the U.S. Speakers are routinely canceled on ideological grounds: In July the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbour, Maine, canceled a virtual talk by Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society because of “the moment of reckoning our society is going through.” At my alma mater, the University of Chicago, the English department announced that it would “only accept applicants interested in working in and with Black Studies.”
I thought of Pavel Morozov [who turned in his Russian parents to the secret police in the 1930s] when I read a June op-ed in the New York Times by Chad Sanders, a black writer. He told his white friends that he didn’t need their “love texts” and suggested that instead they cut off contact with family members until they sent money to Black Lives Matter or joined their protests.
Soviet-style, indeed. State governors ruling by decree, and citizens turning in their neighbors and local businesses for not observing or enforcing state-wide mask mandates.
By the way, Mr. Satter is a member of the academic advisory board of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. I did some research on that organization and added it to my list of supported charities this year. They are very efficient with their money and deserve our support.Published in