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Socialism: After Statue Toppling – Comes Book Burning

In 1953, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury released “Fahrenheit 451.”  The book was a hit, and scary.  The story describes a society determined to erase history, intent on burning books. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns.  The author’s fear – at that time – was America might someday tip that way.  Although no longer alive, one wonders what Bradbury would say about where we are.

In truth, attempts to erase history – such as recent destruction of historic statues across America – are almost always the work of socialists, communists, fascists, or fiction writers.  The common point among socialists, communists and fascists is total control.  Of course, fiction authors also have total control.

What Americans must remember is that our world is real, and at risk.  America is under attack, from within – the idea of radical socialism is noxious.  It is anti-freedom, antithetical, anti-American.  The Soviets, Chinese, and Nazis all sought to erase history – and accompanied their statue toppling and church burning, with mob mayhem, intimidation, coercion, killing, and book burning.

Some may say, that cannot be so, or think progression from a free state to coerced, socialist or fascist is slow.  They may doubt that any society would make such radical turn, but history is our teacher.

Russia fell to Soviet dominance fast – over in six years, 1917 to 1923, foreshadowed by events in 1905.  The people of Soviet Russia and contiguous countries suffered tens of millions of deaths from communism – only escaping 70 years later, with the help of an American president named Reagan, British prime minister named Thatcher and, and Polish Pope named John Paul II.

In Soviet Russia, after destroying pre-revolutionary statues, churches and culture, Soviets burned books, then killed those found with such material – causing citizens to burn their own books.

Likewise, China got a communist party in 1921, which took control in 1949, despite best efforts of post-war America.  Like Soviet Russia, Communist China under Mao killed tens of millions, erasing history.

China burned books after the takeover.

In a frightening return to the past, Xi Jinping’s China has again been burning books.  Centralizing power, expanding surveillance and military power projection, Communist China’s cyberattacks grow, as they impose a national security law on Hong Kong, and again burn books – a directive issued in October 2019 burned all books critical of Communism in all school libraries in the country.  See: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/12/11/china-burning-book-censorship-online-outrage/.

Nazi Germany followed a similar course, eliminating cultural symbols and burning books, before horrors of wartime, concentration camps, executions roundups.  Beyond statues and street names, Nazis erased history by burning books – by such noted writers as Albert Einstein, Victor Hugo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hellen Keller, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Joseph Conrad, Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, H.G. Wells, James Joyce, and hundreds of others.

The point is that – in reality, as well as in fiction – extreme behaviors occur, flourishing societies imagine never facing this, then do.   Relatively free, they are accosted by disintegrating rule of law, street mobs, anarchists, socialists, and communists.  The last hundred years are rich with this human tragedy.

That is why respect for history – good, bad, and ugly – is the hallmark of freedom-loving, life-loving, law-abiding societies, essential to a republic.  Destroying statues, names, descriptions, and books is mob rot.  It is anarchy, and worse – socialism, communism, and fascism.

That is why the turn of recently peaceful anti-racist protests to mob violence, church burnings and hammer and sickle graffiti on WWII cemeteries – is disturbing.  The basis for any democratic republic is rule of law, non-violent interactions, ordered liberty, respect for history, and for personal property.

When we lose that respect – when lawlessness overruns law enforcement, when public ignorance permits derision of police, bad things lie ahead unless corrected.  Put differently, anyone who pushes violence as a means for changing republican government is out of step with America.  Anyone who does not stand up to lawlessness – mayor, governor, House, or Senate member – is out of step.

The next step after tearing down statues is violence buildings, books, and people. That is why actions to preserve rule of law are essential – now.   Ray Bradbury wrote about it, history teaches it, and we should be attentive to the need for it.  Support for freedom, rule of law, and enforcement are the bulwark against anarchy, socialism, communism, and hybrid fascism – even in the name of “social justice.”

Violence is not how democratic societies work, or society-enhancing reform.  The way forward is tolerance for peaceful opinions, debate the merits of those opinions.  We cannot shut out fair calls to review police tactics and approaches, but we cannot default to society-wide violence – or justify it.

A final story makes the point.  Many moons ago, studying politics and economics at Oxford, I happened onto my conservative economics don in a library.  He was reading Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.  “What are you doing?” I asked. “Oh, I read Marx every year, just to recall why I believe what I believe.” Lovely, even inspiring.

The point was simple – reach out to understand what you may disagree with, as the result is always positive.  You learn something you did not know or have forgotten; you reaffirm what you believe; you may even persuade others.  That is what learning is about and what civil society depends on it.

Violent anarchists, socialists, communists, and fascists do not spend much time reading, let alone on conservative thought.  I am sure Antifa has not recently brushed up on Reagan, Burke, or Russell Kirk.  That is one way to distinguish them.  They want to upend society, violently end it, get their way, then impose it on a free society.  They are not interested in books – except for burning.

That is why we do not topple statues – or burn books.  Preserving history and ideas with which we disagree is how we inform ourselves and future generations of why we believe what we believe.  That is how we learn what is indefensible, not worth retrying, what offends, disturbs, deprives, and depresses.  It is also how we learn what is solid and good, what worked, uplifted, inspired, and improved life.

Truth – not suppression of it – is the goal.  History is about remembering truth accurately, the heroic and despotic, noble, and ignoble. History is proof of individual rights, rule of law, Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” allowing upward mobility, John Locke’s idea that with security we work, save, and invest.

History is about understanding and teaching what failed, without compromise and shading, without pretending it worked:  Communism’s eye-popping destruction and human horrors, in places like the former Soviet Union, dominated Eastern Europe, Cuba, Laos, Venezuela, and China – all examples of how not to govern, how to suppress individual rights.

Applied to our moment, Ray Bradbury’s famous “Fahrenheit 451” is a cautionary take.  Beyond destroying statues, defacing noble leaders, debasing intellectuals, and erasing history, his dystopian world is the modern Left’s dream.  We must never let it come to pass.  That is what he would say.

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reaper
1 year ago

Until Obama, Hillary, Holder, Lynch, Learner, Comey, Brennen, Clapper, Mueller, Struzk, Page, Yates, Orh, Wasserman are tried convicted and EXECUTED for the KNOWN treason, sedition, and espionage they committed in their coup attempt we will never be rid of the communist, muslim, America hating NWO attempt to destroy this country.

Laurence Reno
1 year ago

If the DemoSocialists have their way, the entire Constitution will be eliminated, and they will censor and distort everything. Our schoolchildren are already being programmed to the Socialist agenda, which will undermine our democracy in the future.

Denise Anderson
1 year ago

It’s our duty to wake up America! Please ppl. Do not just read this article, POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU CAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!!

Christine
1 year ago

Just read this article in the AMAC volume 14 issue 4 magazine…and had to share it on Facebook and Twitter so people who do not subscribe will know what they are missing!

Christine
1 year ago
Reply to  Christine

Make that Volume 14 Issue 5 ….

Luonne Dumak
1 year ago

I remember this movie when it first came out. I have a very deep love books and them. That movie scared me worse than any scary movie. For many years I rembered the movie but could not rember the title. A few yw=ears back I find thr title when I was reading an article on the computor and it mentioned the title.t on line and ordered it. Scared me again.

Christine
1 year ago
Reply to  Luonne Dumak

Yup…scared me…as did “Cabaret”…look at that one with a historical eye….

Barbara
1 year ago

Very well stated!

BruceM
1 year ago

If anyone had any doubts about the importance of the 2nd Amendment, these last few months….and perhaps months ahead….should remove any doubt as to its importance in the continuance of the Republic.

Maureen Griffin
1 year ago

what are our schools teaching in their history class – or is there such a class anymore. this information should be taught in schools, churches, neighbors, family/friends. Mr. Bradbury should be kept alive in his writings.

Valda Grimes
1 year ago

I do not understand how this destruction was done and no one stopped it or was arrested for it. At 68.5 I have changed my voting party. This was not about Floyd. Why is being idolized. The people doing all the murders and robberies are just using his death as an excuse to do exactly what the stereo type says they are.

Lorey
1 year ago

I’ll bet u a $100 that the humanoid demo’s will pull the same stunt come laborday weekend. Since covd they haven’t missed a holiday yet. Lets return the favor demand all holidays deleted. No pay 4 govt holidays no time off . Make the mutha f——s work them like we do or no pay

Katherine Nonya Beeswax
1 year ago

Hear hear. I’m sharing this on my social media sites – both libtard and conservative.

Keith H
1 year ago

The world would be a safe and happy place without BrainDead Democrat Libtards !! People would actually be able to get on with their lives. Raise their kids in peace. Worship in peace. Work in peace. Just live in total peace !!!!!! LETS GIT RID OF THESE ANIMALS ONCE AND FOR ALL !!!! Their all COMMIES !!!

Beverly Necessary
1 year ago

I am so afraid that the American people are going to be in for a rude awaking when they vote for Biden this year. With all this craziness in our lives. The polls say Biden will win. Please Please wake up and listen to what they say and are doing. Help us..Help us…Help us

Fred E. Rosenberg
1 year ago

I completely agree with this article (Warning) …but who will throw the first stone to reverse the course of this movement…??

Pat
1 year ago

All stems from the tolerance of socialism taught in our schools, especially in universities. Why do we give them money to enable them to destroy us? It may be too late but action is needed yesterday!

David Wyncoop
1 year ago

Here’s some related info which many conservative folks will find outstanding: Look up Victor Davis Hanson’s recent editorial entitled Riot and Revolution, The Fragility of the Woke’. It was in the Richmond Times Dispatch this morning, July 10. Mr. Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. You can contact him at ‘[email protected]

LauraC
1 year ago

Write and write and write to your representatives in your state and in Congress. The press has everyone thinking this is somehow a mainstream sentiment when it’s really just a few nutty children. These kids don’t pay taxes, vote or represent the rest of us. Let’s make that known and refuse to be brought along. We CAN refuse to go along with this. Don’t vote for people who will go along, and, unfortunately, that includes many of our Republican reps. Get them out and get some adults back in the room.

Jude Wiggins
1 year ago

It is good to discuss but what can we do to counter act this violence and terrorism. We need to collectively stand up and shout I am tried of all this esoteric rhetoric and socialism conversations and actions. It is abhorrent to me as an individual and to me for my country., What can we do??

JDog
1 year ago

Well done Mr. Charles, Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” was truly a “scary” tale when read in ’68. Thinking that “thank God we have an America where that could never happen” How prescient he was. How insidious the globalist Illuminati agenda, the work of “the prince and power of the air”. As Jan Markell has stated “things are not falling apart, they’re falling into place”. We need to fight back, but look up! Our redemption draws nigh.
 

Gregory Russell
1 year ago

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act-
 
George Orwell

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