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Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge
misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

Salon Magazine, by Jesse Myerson

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/3/2014 1:27:52 PM

As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Red Scares designed to impress that anti-capitalism is tantamount to treason. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Cold War-era threat of thermonuclear annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about communism and capitalism. 1. Only

If this pathetic radical leftist likes communism so much he should just get the heck out of this country and go live elsewhere. There are thousands of places for him to go and be oppressed. It is just stunning to me that these jerks who love what this country offers constantly tear it down. Oh how I despise them. The comments are not kind to him. What else would you expect from a "media coordinator" for Occupy Wall Street.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woodenleg, 2/3/2014 1:36:13 PM     (No. 9717679)

What a staggeringly inept collection half thoughts poor insight.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Axeman, 2/3/2014 1:36:36 PM     (No. 9717681)

A bunch of ridiculous straw man fallacies.
All of them could be rewritten slightly to where the meanings were basically the same but the would be irrefutably true.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 2/3/2014 1:37:57 PM     (No. 9717683)

Revisionist drivel.
Sounds like the malarkey 0bama was fed and later taught his students.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bmoc, 2/3/2014 1:38:04 PM     (No. 9717684)

Man, talk about arrogant nonsense.

*Note the proper spelling of arrogant? Apparently the Salon editor didn´t.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: eoddad, 2/3/2014 1:39:47 PM     (No. 9717687)

He is trying to defend the indefensible. The cruelty of Communism to people is unbelievable. Communism=Murder.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bmoc, 2/3/2014 1:39:50 PM     (No. 9717688)

Forgot to mention... I do know what "arrant" means... I just figured they had used the wrong word to describe themselves.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Penney, 2/3/2014 1:45:35 PM     (No. 9717696)

Does he write for SNL? s/

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Reply 8 - Posted by: M2, 2/3/2014 1:47:57 PM     (No. 9717699)

I wonder what flavor the Kool-Aid was.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/3/2014 1:51:37 PM     (No. 9717708)

The word this twit was reaching for was errant. Communists, being smarter than everyone else, don´t use spell check.

All those communist regimes that resulted in starving masses failed because he wasn´t in charge. I have read that the millions of peasants need not have died had they allowed each a small plot of land for a garden.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: todalco, 2/3/2014 1:52:29 PM     (No. 9717709)


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/3/2014 1:54:27 PM     (No. 9717713)

This POS dissertation revolves around the false notion that those who call for ´Limited Government" are anarchists who are calling for "No Government". This is an old Leftist ploy.

Don´t take the bait.

Appropriate and limited government brings out the best in everyone.

How many times do we have to demonstrate the fabulous potential of Liberty ???

Why is it that the left cannot offer up a single example of Communist success ?

This sophomoric and circular ´logic´ is best used to get young co-eds into bed but it has no value as a system of governance.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bkt23, 2/3/2014 1:59:59 PM     (No. 9717725)

Per a Univ. of Hawaii report, 262 million people were unavailable to comment on this article because they had been murdered by their collectivist (mostly Communist) governments...after first being disarmed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: flatwater, 2/3/2014 2:02:12 PM     (No. 9717728)

More than 100 Million innnocents were murdered just last century under the banners of Communism/Socialism. It is the most murderous ideology in all of history. Mao Tse Tung, Josef Stalin and Adolf Hitler are just a few names in the Communist/Socialist All-Star roster. Please peddle your lies elsewhere.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/3/2014 2:02:21 PM     (No. 9717729)

Newt Gingrich failing to return a library book in Georgia is a violation of the law. So is serial rape, perjury and obstruction of justice by Clinton. Therefore all politicians commit crimes. There is (quite deliberately) no sense of proportion.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/3/2014 2:07:05 PM     (No. 9717739)

How about "I don´t like communism because it doesn´t deliver on its promises and it hurts people"? Whoops!! Did I just describe Obama?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: joew9, 2/3/2014 2:13:08 PM     (No. 9717749)

Communism built a wall in Berlin to hold captive their innocent citizens.

Prior to that, every wall in history had been built to protect citizens from bad people.
Walls to keep foreign invaders out.
And walls to lock criminals away from innocent citizens.

In all these cases the citizens were free to come and go as they pleased.

But not so with the Berlin wall.
The wall made slaves out of the people.
That is why communism is slavery.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Chief1942, 2/3/2014 2:24:26 PM     (No. 9717757)

This Meyerson is one sick puppy. Has he ever worked a day in his life, or has he subsisted on the effort of others? Having read his tripe, the one thing that keeps coming through all the hyperbole, is that he is proposing that the many non-contributors are distributed the gains equally that the contributors amassed through their efforts and diligence. If I could have all my needs provide to me via the "system" then why on earth would I lift one finger to provide for myself? We are currently seeing his "ideal" socio/political system being implemented right here before our eyes with the progressive/socialist administration and the Democrat Party.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: right-turn, 2/3/2014 2:37:35 PM     (No. 9717785)

I tried to wade through this ?? whatever it is. Not worth anything that I could see. I confess being unable to read it all.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/3/2014 2:37:55 PM     (No. 9717786)

An incredibly ignorant, naive and misleading article by a man who clearly knows virtually nothing about the actual history of Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist-Maoist societies - or who has chosen to lie about their reality.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: krause, 2/3/2014 2:42:07 PM     (No. 9717791)

If communism is so good, why do they have to kill so many people?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: tennman, 2/3/2014 2:51:18 PM     (No. 9717803)

Wow how can a person with this intellegence remember to breath? If the Kochs legally own property and someone squats on it, they resort to governmental violence? Is that how the left views the legal system - if it doesn´t agree with them?

How many people were fleeing from West Germany to the East? How many people flicked to Cambodia while the Khymer Rouge were ruling?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ASAvet, 2/3/2014 3:01:15 PM     (No. 9717814)

I have personally known about a dozen people from Iron Curtain countries who risked their lives, and the lives of family and loved ones, to escape the Communist Paradise and would strongly disagree with this asshat.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: redink, 2/3/2014 3:01:32 PM     (No. 9717815)

Is it just me, or am I seeing more and more articles and commentaries explaining the benefits of living under tyranny?


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Reply 24 - Posted by: wolfen244, 2/3/2014 3:02:57 PM     (No. 9717819)

Every one of his retarded sentences that starts describing Capitalism ends with retarded commie crap. p.u.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 2/3/2014 3:34:45 PM     (No. 9717852)

who said smoking pot doesn´t cause permanent brain damage!

Here are some facts i doubt Jesse ia aware of.

Communism was the brainchild of a philadering ne´er-do-well who lived off the wealth of his wife´s family, turned down jobs offers, impregnated his endentured servant and then denied paternity, and wrote a manifesto about communism while sitting in the reading room of lavish library built in the heart of London, at the peak of England´s power.

Karl Marx was a lazy, evil, vile individual.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: craige, 2/3/2014 3:43:51 PM     (No. 9717864)

The beauty of a capitalist system, is it allows voluntary communism. During the 1960´s many ´communes´ were set up. Prior to that, the ´Shakers´ were popular in the 19th century.

Communism, however, is not voluntary. It is mandatory. Those wishing to set up a free marketplace, will be stopped. Stopped with violence if necessary.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/3/2014 3:50:31 PM     (No. 9717874)

The University of Hawaii´s website (hawaii.edu/powerkills) has some interesting statistics regarding 20th century Democide

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Reply 28 - Posted by: jglas, 2/3/2014 4:44:16 PM     (No. 9717926)

One problem he has is in confusing government with the economy. Communism does take the place of the market and tries to produce goods and services, fix their prices and distribute those goods and services to specified consumers. Capitalism is democratic in that it relies on the votes of all producers and consumers in an everlasting election (called the free market) concerning which goods get produced and who consumes them, little or no government is required. Communist/socialist economy/governments inevitably fail like a juggler trying to keep 10,000 balls in the air. In free markets for every ball there is at least one juggler. True, governments in free markets often jump in and try to control things in the name of their conception of ´fairness´ making the markets less free to one extent or another. That inevitably distorts the market and partially defeats the genius of the market but that´s not a fault of capitalism/free markets, that´s a fault of the control freak nature of most governments.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Hoosier, 2/3/2014 6:37:35 PM     (No. 9718044)

About 90 million people might disagree with you if they weren´t DEAD!

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