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  •  I've heard it said... (1+ / 0-)
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    gjohnsit

    That communism basically save the Republican Party.  As long as there is a big Red Scare, the GOP had a raison d'etre.  And they exploited that to the fullest by labeling even modest socialist plans as 'Pinko Commie Talk'.

    While I agree that the last remnants of the 'radical left' were destroyed in the 1970's, I'm not so sure that not having a radical left will mean that the youth of today will become 'radically right' because they have no choice in radicalism.  The fall of the Berlin Wall occurred in late 1989, before any millennial were born.  They've grown up in a world where emanate nuclear destruction is not in the back of everyone's mind.  They are highly social having large networks of friendships.  They tend to be more international in focus and do not readily define people by stereotypes.  

    Now, that's not to say that the Milineals doesn't have a segment that is 'America, Fuck Yeah!', but their rhetoric doesn't have the same impact it did 20 years ago.  My son was called a 'communist' for his liberal views, he just thought it was funny - if not a point of pride.  Kinda like a neo-Godwin's-Law

    'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

    by RichM on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 12:38:11 PM PDT

    •  I'm also not sure that the kids of today (3+ / 0-)
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      will automatically join a right-wing group because there is no left-wing group.
         However, there is no one to show them another way. Where will they learn about these things? Do they even know these alternative ideas exist?

      “Wall Street had been doing business with pieces of paper; and now someone asked for a dollar, and it was discovered that the dollar had been mislaid.” ― Upton Sinclair

      by gjohnsit on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 12:42:39 PM PDT

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      •  It's a fair point... (0+ / 0-)

        but the status quo is unsustainable and the radical right is villainized.  What does that leave?

        'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

        by RichM on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 01:09:31 PM PDT

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    •  Terrorism became the new Communism (4+ / 0-)
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      Islamic Jihadism, in particular, replaced Soviet Communism as the great fear

      •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

        But it is not the same.  Communism was 'godless' and it meant that it took away freedom.  Radical Islamist have more in common with the Christian Conservatives than they do with mainstream Democrats.  Religion is the problem.

        'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

        by RichM on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 01:07:18 PM PDT

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        •  See, now I'm confused. I just asked someone (1+ / 0-)
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          upthread who posited that communism gives us more freedom. I am trying to understand which it is because I've heard both. I am trying to understand the different ideologies, if we are asked to publicly entertain views further left and possibly promote them;-)

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