Dennis Prager presents the case of why some forms of organised evil are ‘more equal’ than other forms of organised evil.
Even though it was from a few years ago, this 5 minute video from PragerU lays out some of the reasons why the Far-Left collectivist ideology of Communism aren’t as reviled as another Far-Left collectivist ideology, Nazism.
Reason Number 1: There is, simply put, widespread ignorance of the communist record. Whereas both right and left loathe Nazism and teach its evil history, the left – and I’m talking about the left, not traditional liberals like Harry Truman or John F. Kennedy – has never loathed communism. And since the left dominates academia, almost no one teaches communism’s evil history.
Reason Number 2: The Nazis carried out the Holocaust.
Reason Number 3: Communism is based on nice sounding theories; Nazism isn’t. It’s based on heinous sounding theories. Intellectuals in general – including, of course, the intellectuals who write history – are seduced by words – so much so, that they deem actions as less significant than words. For that reason, they haven’t focused nearly as much attention on the horrific actions of communists as they have on the horrific actions of the Nazis. They dismiss the evils of communists as perversions of “true communism.” But they regard Nazi atrocities (correctly) as the logical and inevitable results of Nazism.
Reason Number 4: Germans have thoroughly exposed the evils of Nazism, have taken responsibility for them, and have attempted to atone for them. Russians have not done anything similar regarding Lenin’s or Stalin’s horrors.
Reason Number 5: Communists murdered mostly their own people.
Reason Number 6: In the view of the left, the last “good war” was World War II, the war against German Nazism and Japanese fascism. The left does not regard wars against communist regimes as “good wars.”
Please note that as always, he distinguishes between Liberals and Leftists.
- True Liberals are Individualists favouring Individual liberty, free trade and Individual Rights and Freedoms.
- With Leftists being of Collectivist of socialist views.
Organised evil by any other name is still organised evil
There could be other reasons why the National Socialist German Workers’ Party could be despised more than communist nations or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
While it may seem to be an elemental reason, the fact that the colloquial name for the enemy during W.W.II tended to hide their base ideology. Contrast this with the other Collectivist nations that were ostensibly our allies during the conflict, the last ‘good war’ as Dennis Prager pointed out. The base ideology of these nations was for more overt in these cases with socialism or communism directly in their nomenclature. Couple this with the McCarthy era with accusations of being a communist deflected by the McCarthyism! response.
Having the collectivist ideology of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party hidden away, one other reason becomes clear. Perpetuating the ‘right wing lie’ gave the nation’s Socialist-Left an out in responding to the horrific oppression and death toll born out of their collectivist ideology. That big lie of theirs could see them pointing to the death toll of the Nazis when the horrors of communism were referenced, a way of balancing out the butcher’s bill that is their base ideology.
Properly defining all of these collectivist ideologies in their myriad variations as on the authoritarian Left makes one thing clear. There is no balancing out of the death toll. The organised evil of collectivism is irredeemable, as in the word Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez termed the concept of economic Liberty.
This is why the Left puts so much effort in maintaining the Lies in reference to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party [Nazis]. While also parroting the ‘That wasn’t really socialism’ fallacy. When it comes to the horrific death tolls of the past few centuries, it’s all on the authoritarian Collectivist Left. This is why Nazism is properly reviled as should the other collectivist ideologies. This disproportionate response is meant to shift the emphasis away from the obvious Leftist ideologies, but they are all guilty of being organised evil.
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