Is Communism On the Up?
I just read an interesting post by a former EU election observer. I found the reference in the comments to a piece about Chavez's Role in Venezuela, which I was reading in trying to understand a little more about that country. It made me wonder, what is it that makes so many people who grew up in the west so friendly towards dictators, even (maybe especially) those who steal and abuse power? It seems part of it is that everybody likes to believe - and a victim story is sometimes so charming.
What's the historical perspective on it? Is this attraction and appeasement and apologism for the Communists something new? I don't think so. We've had this element in our intellectual culture for over a hundred years. Is it recently more popular? My gut reaction says yes. Maybe it's a bubble, though - Obama's presidency might represent the peak of this phase of the Communist embracement in the US. Maybe we will learn our lesson that Communists really are thieves - liars who will take what you worked for and put you in jail for complaining. Maybe we're coming back to earth soon? At least let me believe too.