Marxist communism’s promise is universal brotherhood and equality. But “the Devil may appear as the Angel of Light.” Despite its utopian impulse, the reality of communism proved to be very different, producing instead mass murder and mass oppression that made the 20th century the bloodiest century in human history. Altogether — in the former Soviet Union and Communist China, in Vietnam and the killing fields of Kampuchea, and continuing in the bizarre looking-glass land of North Korea — Marxist-Leninism achieved a toll of 85 to 100 million people, who perished from misguided economic experiments and the deliberate abuse and murder by the state. [Source]
What accounts for the viciousness and brutality of Marxist regimes are three attributes:
- Marxists’ impenetrable conviction that they, and they alone, have the absolute Truth.
- That absolute Truth is the ideology of Marxism, at the heart of which is the pseudo-scientific promise of a utopian society (and eventually the world) of perfect equality, without poverty and the injustice and privations of capitalism, where government itself has “withered away,” replaced with genuine self-rule.
- The attainment of TOTAL power that is used, ostensibly, to achieve that utopia. Imagine if you have the recipe to build heaven on earth and if a few people (or hundreds or millions) stood in the way. Wouldn’t you “sacrifice” them for “the good” of “the people”?
Don’t think it can happen here, in America?
Larry Grathwohl is a former FBI agent who infiltrated the Weather Underground (WU), a radical left group that originated in 1969 as a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn were founders of the WU. Both are Chicago pals of Obama.
The goal of the Weather Underground was to foment a violent overthrow of the U.S. government and the instauration of a “dictatorship of the proletariat.” The clandestine organization instigated a series of terrorist bombings in the 1970s. Ayers and Dohrn were complicit in the conspiracy to bomb the office of California State Senator John Briggs. The two turned themselves in December 1980. Charges were dropped for Ayers; Dohrn received three years probation and a $15,000 fine. Both dispute their being labeled “terrorists” and remain unrepentant to this day.
In this video, Grathwohl tells us how the members of the Weather Underground calmly made plans to kill 25 million (their estimate) Americans who they expected would resist reeducation when the WU seized political power.
This is the mind of the radical Left, whether it’s the former Soviet Union or Maoist China or Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge or the American Left.