Are academic elites communists?
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Wed Aug 16 22:47:18 MDT 2006
>Are academic elites communists?
>By Walter E. Williams
>Wednesday, August 16, 2006
>Grove City College publishes an excellent
>newsletter titled "Visions and Values." Its July
>2006 edition features an interview with Dr.
>Richard Pipes, acclaimed Russian historian and
>Harvard University professor of Sovietology. The
>interview was conducted by Grove City College
>professor of political science Dr. Paul Kengor.
>Dr. Pipes, who served on the National Security
>Council during the Reagan administration,
>explained that there are actually only a few
>communists among academics. At first glance,
>that's a puzzling observation, given the leftist
>bias at most college campuses. Drs. Pipes and
>Kengor explain the puzzle in a way that makes perfect sense.
>While academic leftists, and I'd include their
>media allies, are not communists, they are
>anti-anti-communists. In other words, they have
>contempt for right-wingers, conservatives or
>libertarians who are anti-communists. Why?
>Academic leftists, and their media allies, are
>in agreement with many of the stated goals of
>communism, such as equal distribution of wealth,
>income equality and other goals spelled out in
>Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "Manifesto of
>the Communist Party." Leftist elites love the
>ideas of communism so much that they are either
>blind to, or tolerant of, its many shortcomings.
>In practice, communism is nothing less than
>sheer barbarism that makes even the horrors of
>Naziism pale in comparison. Professor Rudolph J.
>Rummel of the University of Hawaii outlines that
>barbarism in his book "Death by Government," a
>comprehensive detailing of the roughly 170
>million people murdered by their own governments
>during the 20th century. From 1917 to its
>collapse in 1991, the Soviet Union murdered
>about 62 million of its own people. During Mao
>Zedong's reign, 35,236,000, possibly more,
>Chinese citizens were murdered. By comparison,
>Hitler's Nazis managed to murder 21 million of
>its citizens and citizens in nations they
>conquered. Adding these numbers to the 60
>million lives lost in war makes the 20th century mankind's most brutal era.
>At home and abroad, leftists have done a
>thorough and commendable job documenting and
>condemning the horrors and crimes of Hitler and
>his fascist Nazi regime, but when have you heard
>them direct similar condemnation of Joseph
>Stalin, his successors and Mao Zedong? By and
>large, they've chosen to overlook the horrors of communism.
>The reason for their reluctance to condemn the
>barbarism of communism is simple. Dr. Pipes
>says, "Intellectuals, by the very nature of
>their professions, grant enormous attention to
>words and ideas. And they are attracted by
>socialist ideas. They find that the ideas of
>communism are praiseworthy and attractive; that,
>to them, is more important than the practice of
>communism. Now Nazi ideals, on the other hand,
>were pure barbarism; nothing could be said in favor of them."
>Often, when people evaluate capitalism, they
>evaluate a system that exists on Earth. When
>they evaluate communism, they are talking about
>a non-existent Utopia. What exists on Earth,
>with all of its problems and shortcomings, is
>always going to fail miserably when compared to
>a Utopia. The very attempt to achieve the
>utopian goals of communism requires the ruthless
>suppression of the individual and an attack on
>any institution that might compromise the
>loyalty of the individual to the state. That's
>why one of the first orders of business for
>communism, and those who support its ideas, is
>the attack on religion and the family.
>Rank nations according to whether they are
>closer to the capitalism end or the communism
>end of the economic spectrum. Then rank nations
>according to human rights protections. Finally,
>rank nations according to per capita income.
>Without question, citizens of those nations
>closer to capitalism enjoy a higher standard of
>living and a far greater measure of liberty than
>those in nations closer to communism.
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