Communism is defined as a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.
I find it amusing that everyone immediately associates the word with Hitler. With Nazis, with the Holocaust, with Animal Farm, with total destruction and social chaos.
It’s a political party, guys. Let’s take a deep breath.
Now here’s why I think it could work in this country: Americans, with few exceptions I know of, don’t care about their government. We say the pledge, vote for the best-looking canidate on November 4th, grumble about all the problems, and recite part of the Miranda Rights after a Cops marathon– but do we take an active role in securing the freedoms our founding fathers worked so hard to create and preserve, risking life and liberty for the fragile rights of posterity?
Um, no. Politics are part of the backdrop of our lives. We stand up at the front of the stage, looking up to our jobs, our relationships, our Cops marathons, while the political setting behind us shifts and moves. Politicians change the sets, shift the curtains, set up the smoke machines, and turn down the lighting. We recognize the change, but we do nothing to affect it.
And that’s not okay. Because, ultimately, it means that we wouldn’t recognize communism if it came up and bit us on the butt. When we relinquish control of our country to our government, we leave ourselves prone to the same power-plays of our past. History will repeat itself. The only way to keep freedom, well, free in America is to keep an eye on politics and politicians. To know the signs, watch the news, and take an active role in government.
“How fortunate for governments,” Adolf Hitler once said, “that the people they administer don’t think.”
“It is enough that the people know there was an election,” Stalin spoke famously. “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
“Justice has nothing to do with victor nations and vanquished nations, but must be a moral standard that all the world’s peoples can agree to. To seek this and to achieve it – that is true civilization.” Spoken well by Hideki Tojo. (The man who ordered the bombing of Pearl Harbor.)
These men had it right. Communism could work anywhere–but especially in America, where we still believe in the American dream. Where we still believe that, as a superpower nation, we are devoid of poverty and debt and manipulative politicians. Where we censor books and advertise freedom of press. Where we parade the best of the best on the red carpet and let those without homes rot but a mile away. Where the people leave politics to politicians. We’re the most paradoxal country on Earth.
I’m not saying communism would be good for America, or that I wish it would happen. I’m saying it COULD happen. It COULD work. Some smooth-tongued genius could do it. Could actually, geniunely, honest-to-goodness do it.
I’m not saying I wish for an America ruled by a totalitarian dictator with every power known to man.
I’m saying I wish it wouldn’t be so easy for it to happen.