The New York Times has been running a series of articles noting the centennial of the October Revolution in Russia in 1917. It’s certainly a good idea to keep people mindful of the impact of what the Times is calling the “Red Century,” as the only way to learn from history is to study it.
The problem is it seems most of the time in these writings that the Times hasn’t learned a thing:
“For all its flaws…” Wow. ‘Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?’ To be fair, the Times article being advertised does reveal it wasn’t all sunshine and roses for women under Mao. But the tweet headline above comes from the closing paragraph, thus putting emphasis on the alleged positive developments. Not once, however, does it mention the impact of millions of Chinese girls aborted–sometimes due to State force– because of China’s one-child policy conflicting with the traditional Chinese preference for male children. A rather amazing omission. Guess the Times considers abortion accessibility hand in hand with women “dreaming big.”
When I’m shaking my head in amazement that so many young people today see collectivism in a positive light, I have to remember this is what their vulnerable young minds are being fed. This is simply more of the subversion I referred to in yesterday’s post: treason spread out over time. With a century of well-documented communist experience behind us, modern defenders of centralized planning and top-down social organization are left only with the No True Scotsman defense for Communism: “it’s never really been tried”–all the efforts of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot notwithstanding. If only a society would fully embrace it, it could work, they say.
I wonder what “big dreams” the young woman in the photo above might have had…