For Karl Marx, hate, generated by class envy, was the tool for liberation. Hate was not a byproduct; it was the tool. Revolution would not happen until the common man attacked their oppressor. All people were binned into two categories the oppressed and the oppressor and the message was hatred. To Marx, the promoter of a classless society, anyone from a successful farmer to a small business owner was an oppressor.
The Russian revolution was the first test of Marxism. During the post Russian revolution period, 1917-1922 in a campaign known as “Red Terror”, Lenin and his Bolsheviks murdered tens of thousands. To quote Grigory Zinoviev, member of the first Politburo, “We must carry along with us 90 million out of the 100 million of Soviet Russia’s population. As for the rest, we have nothing to say to them. They must be annihilated.”
Some years later Adolf Hitler started his Marxist revolution, again using propaganda, hate, violence, and murder to accomplish his goal. Hitler praised a newspaper article saying, “The writer is full of a novel and working-class hatred for the bourgeois. In a representative of the oppressed and exploited masses this hatred is truly the beginning of wisdom”.
Lastly, and closer to home, was Marxist Revolutionary Che Guevara, a described by a contemporary as, “A man full of hatred who executed dozens and dozens of people who never once stood trial and were never declared guilty” or in Che’s own words, “At the smallest of doubt we must execute”.
Each of these revolutions were followed by the slaughter of the opponents. Starvation, firing squads, guillotines, and gas chambers were the norm. Consider the success of governments established by a revolution fueled by envy and hate, i.e., the USSR, China, Cuba, and North Korea. Contrast this to the example of a revolution fired by Christian principles and the desire for “God given freedoms” i.e., the American Revolution. The vanquished were sent home, there were no mass executions of the collaborators, and a new government was formed in the spirit of unity.
Our education system has misled our young people about our own history and the Socialist utopian promises. A 2020 survey by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found 74 percent of Gen Z and 70 percent of Millennials do not see Marxism as a “Totalitarian state that suppresses the freedom of its citizens” and over a quarter of all Americans support “the gradual elimination of the capitalist system in favor of a more socialist system.” Our young are willing to trade freedom for an IOU and a promise they will be cared for. There is no “We the People” in Marxism, it is the sacrifice of individual rights for the common good. In China today, slave labor is making solar panels and dissidents disappear. Power and decisions come from the top and citizens are forced to comply. To quote Ronald Regan,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”.Ronald Regan
Time to pay attention folks.
Joe Grant, Wiscasset