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Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:21 pm

In addition to their website, http://victimsofcommunism.org

this group has a YouTube channel; here is a recent video on Cuba:

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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:45 pm

Trying to anticipate questions of my motives or reasons for having this thread. Here is one (and hopefully an adequate one) response:

I am explicitly anti-totalitarian communism because I am pro-freedom of thought, speech & religion. I am explicitly not pro any modern political setup. It is just a simple fact that if one values these human freedoms, they are overwhelmingly found in non-communist, non-totalitarian, Western nations.
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:05 pm

A Romanian professor, Florin Curta, knows communism from the inside:

http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/26717/
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by WaterDragon » Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:34 pm

I've never heard of this; that "socialism is a popularly embraced ideology in academia", and I worked in academia for 15 years. In whose academia, where? That sounds like either a right-wing cliché about academia, or some individual socialist's wishful thinking. There are a few, scattered individuals in academia who are into socialism, but of those, some became completely disillusioned after the Soviet bloc crashed.

Now, maybe there's a new generation who are enchanted with Bernie Sanders-style pop-socialism? This is one reason I could never get seriously interested in Sanders as a candidate. He uses the term "socialism" too lightly. I could never bring myself to vote for someone who calls himself a socialist. I've lived in the Soviet Union and spent quite a bit of time in Ceausescu's Romania. "Socialism" isn't something to toy with.

I think it would have been interesting to see where Gorbachev could have taken socialism, though. He was interested in removing the totalitarian component, and in improving the economy. It would have been a very interesting experiment. Too bad he got booted out by a coup.

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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:46 pm

Dragon, why not email him & ask him, unless he is away for the Summer:

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/fcurta/florin/course-1.html
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by WaterDragon » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:27 am

Nicholas wrote:Dragon, why not email him & ask him, unless he is away for the Summer:

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/fcurta/florin/course-1.html
Ask him what? It was the interviewer who made the claim that academia is full of socialist-symps. I don't have a problem with Curta. But thx for the contact info; I might contact him anyway. Romanians are wonderful people, generally.

But what is it you wanted to discuss on this thread?

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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:10 am

WaterDragon wrote:
Nicholas wrote:Dragon, why not email him & ask him, unless he is away for the Summer:

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/fcurta/florin/course-1.html
Ask him what? It was the interviewer who made the claim that academia is full of socialist-symps. I don't have a problem with Curta. But thx for the contact info; I might contact him anyway. Romanians are wonderful people, generally.

But what is it you wanted to discuss on this thread?
Curta agreed with the claim and gave reasons why such is the case.

Read some of the content on the OP link and/or video. If nothing comes to mind for you to write, fine. If you have some response, negative or positive - write and say so.
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by WaterDragon » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:47 am

Nicholas wrote:
WaterDragon wrote:
Nicholas wrote:Dragon, why not email him & ask him, unless he is away for the Summer:

http://users.clas.ufl.edu/fcurta/florin/course-1.html
Ask him what? It was the interviewer who made the claim that academia is full of socialist-symps. I don't have a problem with Curta. But thx for the contact info; I might contact him anyway. Romanians are wonderful people, generally.

But what is it you wanted to discuss on this thread?
Curta agreed with the claim and gave reasons why such is the case.

Read some of the content on the OP link and/or video. If nothing comes to mind for you to write, fine. If you have some response, negative or positive - write and say so.
OK. I didn't interpret the response as a reference to academia, I took it as commentary on the recent popularity of "socialism" due to the Bernie campaign. But I could ask him. I can tell you, though, that my alma mater, University of Washington (Seattle) hasn't suddenly become a hotbed of socialism--that's just laughable. Even UC Berkeley isn't like that. Usually the pro-socialism types hang out in the Latin American Studies departments, mostly. It's not a widespread phenom.

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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:04 pm

A new series revealing the 'new' Cuba now open to more visitors - "Our Lady in Havana":

http://blog.victimsofcommunism.org/the- ... d-fantasy/
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:37 pm

A story being ignored by most of the media...

http://dailysignal.com/2016/09/08/toget ... er-strike/
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:40 pm

Very funny; thanks to Dhamma Wheel poster - watch it all:

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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:03 am

Immunity for art stolen by certain regimes - a bill proposed in US Senate. Join the call-in... 14 Sept. 15:30 Eastern time

http://victimsofcommunism.org/events/no ... ll-s-3155/
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by AlexMcLeod » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:36 am

Nicholas wrote:Very funny; thanks to Dhamma Wheel poster - watch it all:

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Ah the IT Crowd. They don't make that show anymore. I didn't notice the Soviet theme the first time watching that episode.
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:39 pm

No movement has been more hostile to all forms of spirituality than Communism. For a good one volume survey of it this old classic was reissued recently - The Naked Communist by Skousen.

http://www.myfreedomlibrary.com/product ... unist.html
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:21 pm

First time a national day memorializing the many millions of victims:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-of ... -communism
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Re: Victims of Communism

Post by Nicholas » Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:08 pm

The Prime Minister of Poland addresses a Victims of Communism gathering:

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