Opinion

American Maoists

For many on the left in America, Mao may be dead, but Maoism is not. Just look at the reaction of  these American Maoists on college campuses to speech that does not conform to their ideology.

Speakers are routinely shut down. Sometimes verbally, lately we have seen more physicality used to dissuade. There is less space allotted for open debate. There are however, increasingly more spaces set aside for safety. Safe spaces have sprung up in places we never expected. Universities and colleges were supposed to be spots for the free exchange of differing ideas. Today, they are increasingly riddled with incidents of opposition to free speech. Why?

Could it be the reason some speech is routinely being shut down is because the left is afraid faults will be exposed in their philosophy? They realize it is better to silence voices that are warning of the treacherous nature of the path towards the statist ends they are paving. Those that are pointing out that the road Mao put his people on lead to death for millions and poverty and serfdom to the government for the survivors must be muted.

There has also been a flurry of fear directed at Russia coming from the left in America these days. The flurry has picked up to Siberian fervor and is growing exponentially. The method being utilized is Alinsky-ite in tactic. The left has studied their rules for radicals ‒ probably in college. Saul Alinsky wrote up and published his blueprint for marginalizing those that oppose the views the left holds near and dear in 1971, in his book “Rules For Radicals.” These rules are alive and well in the 21st century, although Alinsky, like Mao, is not.

One rule that has been steadily employed since the election of Donald Trump is rule number 13:  “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”  The left has been using Russia as the hammer to bash President Trump and individual members of his administration repeatedly. (Note: repetition is another Alinsky rule.)  The left is also using the sickle, well, actually it’s more like a 21St century mowing apparatus, to mow down the Trump team.

But, if you noticed, all the fear mongering about Russia leaves out any condemnation of communism. Why?

If President Trump is so cozy with Russia, why has he been pushing policies that are strengthening American energy and our national defense? This is not beneficial to Russia or China. Those policies are what the American left knows it must prevent. That is why certain speech must be stopped…or at least twisted into something else.

The American left cannot let the future generation see that America’s way forward is to follow the US Constitution and capitalism. That is why college campuses are targeted and America’s youth and future leaders must not be allowed to see the best path towards a better world. They must not be exposed to the reality of the futile path the statists like Mao and other communists herded the masses on to and promised it would lead to Utopia, but instead led to death, starvation and serfdom to the state.

Diana Erbio is a freelance writer and author of “Coming to America: A Girl Struggles to Find her Way in a New World”. Read her new blog series “Statues: The People They Salute,” and more at www.dianaerbio.wordpress.com/blog .  

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Paul
11 months ago

I have walked around in everyday life asking people two questions – #1 what are the bill of rights, #2 what does the theory of special relativity say. We all should know the correct answers to both. They are that simple. No one not even attorneys have correctly answered #1. Only 5 out of over a thousand have correctly answered #2 even engineers. Yet both literally define the limits of our perceived existence. Answers – first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution batch ratified in 1789. The speed of light is always a constant with regards to it’s media no matter your relative point of view ergo speed of light never changes regardless of your viewpoint. Our basic rights and physical limits do not change…ever. Education and growth are no more.

Jim Henson
1 year ago

Do you ever just think about why there are so many educated people that are Maoists? Not all Maoists are “social justice warriors,” many look to achieve better standards for working class rural Americans in the South. Maoism is about anti-urbanism, so for many it is a better alternative to other forms of communism.

Scottar
3 years ago

Well hell no, it’s not fascism when the left does it, it’s protecting ‘cherished progressive values’.

r h schmidt3
3 years ago

russia was vilely treated by the anglo-british establishment who imposed most of a century of communist oppression. the enemy is china and smaller dictatorships. the obsession/false claims about russia distract from the huge number of the political class who do china’s bidding including in government and the controlled media.
btw- china is openly threatening us. russia wants friends, needs alliances!

richard miksell
3 years ago

I’ve watched talk show hosts go out in the street and on college campus’ to interview people and boy are they ignorant. They know nothing about the major wars even the civil war, who was in it, what it was about, and who won it. They are even ignorant about our government. Our government has destroyed our education system. They should know the good and bad points of all the various government systems. Don’t even think about asking them to do a simple math problem.

Steve D
3 years ago

Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.

Mao Tse Tung

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve D

And then he proceeded to imprison or slaughter anyone who dared to voice a view contrary to his own. Such a tolerant and beneficent dictator, as he ruled over a nation of people cowering in constant fear of reprisals or death. What’s not to love about the man or his teachings huh?

Diana Erbio
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

I read a book that worried me. Red Scarf Girl (A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution) by Ji-li Jiang is the personal story of the author who was a twelve-year-old girl when China’s Cultural Revolution began in 1966. It is chilling to read Ji-li’s story and experience the harsh transformation of a society as told by someone who lived it.

Ji-li describes the daily radio broadcasts by Chairman Mao that spoke about the evils of the old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. They were called the “Four Olds” and to build a strong socialist country the “Four Olds” had to be destroyed and the “Four News” had to be established. Families who had been property owners were suddenly labeled and shunned. Ji-li’s grandfather had been a landlord, and even though he was now dead, her family was marked. Neighborhood Dictatorship Groups would patrol neighborhoods and determine which families would be singled out and have their personal property removed from their homes if it was deemed to be “Four Old” or was gained through capitalistic means. People were shamed and publicly humiliated. If they did not submit to the new thinking, they were physically brutalized.

The book reminded me of a time when America warned about the evils of Communism and what an undesirable system it is to live under. We must know that now, and pass that knowledge on to the next generation of Americans.

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Yes, that book did an excellent job of highlighting the repressive environment the average Chinese lived under during Mao’s so-called Cultural Revolution. Repression at its finest. Create a climate of constant fear and inability to trust anyone, since anyone you encountered could be the one that turned you in for “improper thoughts or actions” to the Communist Party enforcers. Reminded me a lot of the stories I used to read about concerning the East German Stasi and their use of broad-based network of friends, co-workers and family members throughout the country to act as a extended surveillance network of the population. No one in the country could be certain that the person they were talking to, even a fellow family member, wasn’t an informant for the Stasi. Thus everyone lived in constant fear of saying the wrong thing and being grabbed in the middle of the night by the government. A terrible climate to have to live under. It’s one of the things I try to convey the young people I speak with regarding why our form of society is so much better than the socialistic and communistic forms they have been conditioned to view as far better solutions. Their college professors constantly tell them how open and wonderful life is under a socialist or communist society. Pure lies.

Rich Olmsted
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Some of what you wrote above brought to mind what it means to openly be a Trump supporter in today’s environment. “…suddenly labeled and shunned…her family was marked…..groups would patrol neighborhoods and determine which families would be singled out and have personal property removed (destroyed)…people were shamed and publicly humiliated….if they did not submit to the new thinking, they were physically brutalized….”. Sounds a bit like a fun filled evening at one of our major universities or urban centers.

Scottar
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Yep, kids are being taught that the founders were just old, out of touch rich guys who pushed corrupt capitalism and slavery.

raygun
3 years ago

Back in our little two bit, hick, hay seed country high school in the 1950s, we studied Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao in our world history class of 30+ students. I found “The Communist Manifesto” the most interesting. By the 1950s the Russian Revolution had created the USSR and WWI and WWII had passed. I had relatives that were in Korea and the Saturday movie matinees said it all. Then some of my friends and myself ended up in the “Nam conflict, a continuation of Korea and the fight for Freedom from communism around the world. So many third world countries have fallen to communism and finally died a horrible death. It seems that humans never learn that socialism/communism doesn’t work. The stake needs to be driven very deep into the heart of communism once and for all. It appears that the UN and the EU have fallen into the bottomless hole of communism.

Drjca1
3 years ago

Hypocrisy is not limited to the liberals. I have been “shouted down” by others in this forum for daring to express views opposite of the accepted norms for conservatives. When I joined this organization, I fully expected a rational, decent, and intelligent debate on many subjects. I have found however, that if your dare to say unconventional things about abortion, religion, equal rights, or any other subject that the far right thinks should be gospel truth, they jump on you like a pack of rabid dogs. Let’s not make believe we have the greatest tolerant followers on the planet.

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Drjca1

There are three distinct types of “conservatives”. They are fiscal, constitutional and social. Each is valid in their own right. There may be some significant overlap, as between fiscal and constitutional conservatives, but each subset has a different priority as to what constitutes being a “conservative”. So when you say you were “shouted down for expressing views opposite to those accepted norms for conservatives”, you really need to more narrowly define what you’re referring to as “conservatives”. In this case, virtually every item you list today would be of concern primarily to social conservatives. It is the same list of things you repeatedly bring up in almost all your posts. So if you have an issue with social conservatives and their views, then you should refer specifically to them rather than using a broad brush on the rest of us. Yes, I too may care about all the topics you list, as well as fiscal and constitutional matters that I’m primarily interested in, but from a purely constitutional perspective, almost all of them, with the exception of equal rights, are purely State’s rights issues. So maybe reserve your standard list for articles that are related to those social issues. Less “rabid dog” attacks that way. Just a suggestion for future posts.

The term conservative, in and of itself, has frequently been misused by the mainstream media as well to broadly paint anyone not ideologically aligned with the “progressive” ideology (socialist or communist from a historical perspective) as somehow being either “out of the mainstream”, “radical” or in some other way completely dysfunctional from a mental perspective. It is their way of avoiding a discussion of the merits of a particular issue based on empirical facts (as opposed to simply relying on personal opinions or political talking points) by trying to marginalize the opposition through personal attacks.

Drjca1
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE: I understand and agree with your reply. I was talking broadly however, on purpose. I believe that every issue has more than “one way is right” (especially in a nation so evenly divided as ours) and that there are degrees of both liberalism and conservatism. I was simply stating that when a group of folks talk negatively about any opposing views, it makes them hypocrites when they don’t allow those viewpoints, when others state opposition to their opinions. I think tolerance and smart discussion, coupled with a moderate amount of cooperation gets things done much faster and eventually better than anyone side insisting on everything must be done according to their views. Some commenters are great at having real discussions, but some are just people who truly believe the mantra, “my way of the highway” on every issue.

Diana Erbio
3 years ago

Some wonderful books to help spread the importance of individualism, capitalism and the US Constitution can be found at conservativechildrensbooks dot com.

Bob L.
3 years ago

I wouldn’t label most of the young minds full of mush at our colleges Maoists, they are being duped into becoming a favorite tool of the far left and “useful idiots” is the correct term for them and is exactly what the hard core left calls them.

Liz
3 years ago

23 years ago we started homeschooling our 6 children knowing that “dumbing down” education was picking up momentum. Our biggest critics to our efforts were our conservative relatives thinking WE were going to ruin them. Now hindsight is 20/20. I did my part adding 6 educated Americans to the army of enlightened, conservative Americans. Maybe as older folk, we can encourage our young people to step out of the mold…..literally! Before it is too late!

z2bin3
3 years ago

The Left runs and hides behind the 1st Amendment when they want to have their say, however, the 1st Amendment magically disappears when anyone with opposing views would like to have equal time to air their viewpoints. Our colleges & universities are supposed to be turning out graduates with the ability to weigh and measure all sides of an argument, instead they are solidly reinforcing only ONE political point of view and marginalizing all others, and encouraging their students to anarchistic actions to prevent opposing political platforms. And sadly, We the Peoples’ taxes are supporting these academic political cesspools.

Drjca1
3 years ago
Reply to  z2bin3

I agree, but please read my above comment.

Doug Stephenson
3 years ago

I am glad that people are beginning to see the real effort to under man our country. We are free but for how long? college youths are not learning the history of this country, why? I am concerned for our youth who will take over the leadership some day. Thank you Diana for your good observation.

Diana Erbio
3 years ago

Yes. The most worrisome concern is that the next generations are not being taught about the horrors communism has brought to peoples it was supposed to help. We, the older generation must teach them that capitalism and the US Constitution is the way to progress.

PaulE
3 years ago

HI Diana,

Posted a positive response, but AMAC censored it. Go figure.

PaulE
3 years ago

Excellent article Diana. Yes, the contortions that the left in the mainstream media and the Democrat Party (virtually one and the same for decades) goes through to ensure their current condemnation of Russia doesn’t include any reference to condemning the communist ideology itself, which both of these groups fully support, is amazing to watch. That is why both the mainstream media and the various Democrat Party spokespeople keep emphasizing Putin personally to try and establish some sort of firewall between him and the ideology of communism he still fully supports and wants to spread.

From taking with hundreds of college students over the years, it seems a majority (85 to 90 percent) have been pretty well conditioned to accept that socialism / communism is somehow morally and economically superior to both our constitutional republic and our capitalistic system. Not because they’ve reached that conclusion after some careful analysis or in-depth study comparing real-world outcomes, but merely because that is what virtually all their college professors teach them (indoctrinate them) to believe. Many college professors actually threaten their students with failure of the course should they offer any alternative view to the professor’s narrative.

If you ask a lot of these young people to explain what specifically about socialism or communism is so vastly superior to our form of government and how it would markedly result in better social and economic outcomes for the vast majority of people here, you either get a blank stare back or they simply repeat one of the many talking points they have been conditioned to parrot. The term “useful idiots” quickly comes to mind when conversing with some of the brainwashed souls, Of course the talking points they parrot don’t actually answer the question asked. So when you repeatedly ask for actual real-world instances of the benefits seen in any country that has marched down the socialism / communism road, their frustration builds rather quickly. They know NOTHING of world history. Thus you get the hysterical screaming and crying when someone points out an alternative perspective to them.

Personally, I think a mandatory “field trip” to some socialist / communist h**hole like Venezuela, Bolivia, etc. for say six months with no money from mommy or daddy, no ability to fly home for six months or seek asylum in the U.S. Embassy, and living like the locals do, would be an eye-opening experience for these “snowflakes”. Getting to experience the wonders and benefits of communism first-hand would be the best educational experience they could have. But hey, that’s just my perspective of how to open their eyes.

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, the Snowflakes would likely melt before any eye opening would occur. Note that the first term of Obambie was full of self-professed Communists and Maoists and the schools continued unopposed in their brainwashing of our next generation of leaders.

Hdrydr
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE… Excellent post. You’ve captured the essence of the ignorant leftist snowflakes to a tee. Their responses to important matters is a rehash of Marxist/Leninist/Democrat talking points. They lack the best education of all…EXPERIENCE, as do their professors in the “institutes of higher learning”. Teaching is now BRAINWASHING techniques. Young adults are easily lead and more easily duped.

Rik
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi guys, as I’ve stated numerous times in previous comments I’ve made here, I reside in darkest blue California where I always refer to today’s Democrats as Progressively Communists. People think I’m nuts when I do but I don’t care. I always ask them why is it that the American Communist Party has endorsed both Obama and Hillary for President when they have never ever endorsed any Republican or Democratic candidate previously? And of course, they never knew that but then again, they just think I’ve made it up or who cares? They are almost always ignorant of history, whether it be American or World. Their inquisitive minds are only interested in knowing the next convenient feature to be added to their “smart” phone. It seems that our American youth can best be described as DUMB AND DUMBER. There’s a lack of common sense and just downright apathy when it comes to our country’s history and especially to what the Constitution REALLY means. I fear that “We the People” are fighting a losing war of words. The deck being the major media is really stacked against us, Conservatives. They might learn it when it’s too late and they’ve become servants to the “Party”.

The media is so biased and here’s a good example of it: President Trump meets with the Pope near a lake when a gust of wind blows the Pope’s headgear off and about thirty feet into the water. Trump then proceeds to walk on top of the water and returns with the Pope’s hat. And the media headline reads: Trump can’t swim!!! … keep your ammunition dry people!

Scottar
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Great joke, I love it.

EdZ
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

I think the Maoism is misplaced. Those who want to be politically correct follow that Maoism theory. Now Nazism is a better word. These people destroy OTHER’s property and stop the freedom of speech the same way other individuals did when Hitler was on the rise to power. Those who stood by and let them happen (this includes the authorities) are causing the problem. The LAW has to work for all individuals without prejudice. If you commit a crime – then you’re arrested. Those Maoism people stood by and watched probably either afraid or thinking the criminals should have their day. I too think that the criminals should their day – IN COURT. I am sure that if I attacked one of the Nazi’s personal property (like their car windows) that they would want me arrested – What?

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