Part 3: “Then they came (for my ancestors)”–Danger! Same Old Same NEW Socialism

Phyllis Beveridge

Introduction and Part 1    Part 2

Section 1: Article Review, “The God that Failed…Over and Over Again,”

The article featured in this first section of Part 3 is an essay from American Thinker, online edition, March 15, 2019, written by Lee Edwards. The author’s premise is that Socialism (and variations thereof), for all its political power, resembles a religion, a god, if you will.

While some may disagree with the analogy, Edwards makes the compelling point that Socialism’s adherents resemble religious zealots.

Why?

He explains in his own question/answer format:

Why do so many of our university professors argue that socialism is a better way to peace and prosperity than capitalism? Because it is, to them, an article of faith. To admit that socialism has failed — repeatedly, consistently and abysmally — for over a century would be, for them, to deny their god.

Theirs are the eyes of faith that cannot see.

He cites the faith in Socialism–and the resulting devastation of same–in countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, Soviet Russia, and its iteration in Nazi Germany.

There were, of course, nations who recovered from their devotion to the idealism of Socialism once they lived the realism of it.

As Edwards puts it, Some nations experimented with socialism, then came to their senses and reversed course. He cites India’s reversal (in large part to their successes in the  technology industry that has helped created a prospering middle class) as well as Great Britain’s after World War II (with a nod to “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher’s influence).

There were also intellectuals who reversed their devotion to the ideals of Socialism (and its  joined at the hip “isms”). According to Edwards,

Some intellectuals who initially succumbed to the siren song of socialism managed to free themselves. Among the great writers of the early 20th century who joined and then rejected the communist cause were: the black American novelist Richard Wright, the Italian realist writer Ignazio Silone, the French Nobel Prize winner Andre Gide, the Hungarian novelist Arthur Koestler, the British poet Stephen Spender, and the American foreign correspondent Louis Fischer.

Whereas they had turned to the authoritarian forms of government…

desiring and end to poverty and war, they (discovered) that its promises were all lies. The words “brotherhood” and “freedom” were only slogans. Truth was whatever the Communist Party said it was. The very things for which these intellectuals had joined the Party were most endangered by the Party.

What shattered their commitment was the reality born out by the 1939 Hitler-Stalin Pact. As Edwards puts it “scales fell from their eyes,” as well as from the eyes of many Socialism devotees throughout the world. But before the scales were fully cleared, Hitler had enough time to stack up his dogmas and circulate his deadly, antisemitic encyclicals…

Section 2: Resources–Image, Print

It was real.

It could happen again.

The print resource featured in this section comes from another article, this one from the collection of video, audio, and print collections featured at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. It is titled, “What is Genocide?,” a new term coined in 1944 by a Polish-Jewish lawyer named Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959) who

sought to describe Nazi policies of systematic murder, including the destruction of European Jews. He formed the word genocide by combining geno-, from the Greek word for race or tribe, with -cide, from the Latin word for killing. In proposing this new word, Lemkin had in mind “a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves.” The next year, the International Military Tribunal held at Nuremberg, Germany, charged top Nazi officials with “crimes against humanity.” The word genocide was included in the indictment, but as a descriptive, not legal, term.

Besides Nazi Germany’s genocide against the Jews, the article includes links for information on other cases around the world including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Darfur, Sudan, Iraq, and Rwanda, as well as links to trouble spots today*. There is also a link to information on the book “Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.”

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*For one trouble spot, see my posts here , here, and here on the genocide many argue is in progress in South Africa against the White population.

 

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Part 2: “Then they came for (my ancestors)”–Real, Then; Warnings, Again

Phyllis Beveridge

Introduction to this series, below.

Two Recent Video Testimonies–and Warnings

The antisemitic tweets and remarks by Muslim-American Ilhan Omar, Democrat from Minnesota and recently elected to the United States House of Representatives, remarks many argue she did not sincerely apologize for, continues to greatly concern Americans, particularly Jewish-Americans who understand Sharia law with its severe antisemitism. Continue reading

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On The “Mind of Philosophers” (?) and the “Mind of Christ” (!)

Phyllis Beveridge

On the Mind of Philosophers (?)

I attended a lecture last night given by a very bright and earnest young philosophy professor.

I had forgotten how it is when you attend lectures on philosophy by very bright, earnest young professors (even very bright old ones). The talks are part old information, part information contradicting the first part, and part new philosophical terms to add to the mix in order to understand the Big Questions in life. Few answers, it seems to me, are ever really agreed upon. Continue reading

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Five-Word Proof of God’s Love

Phyllis Beveridge

Consider–or not–free will.

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See also here, here, here, and here.

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“Intersectionality”=MULTIPLY and Conquer (and How to Counter)

Phyllis Beveridge

Intersectionality?

Have you been puzzled by the latest hip political term “intersectionality”?

In the ever-morphing and expanding lexicon of political terms–and their ramifications– intersectionality is the “theory of interlocking oppressions that states that those who are most marginalized in society are those who fall under multiple forms of minority social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, gender, and gender identity.”

(And the more the groups one belongs to, the greater the marginalization/oppression.)

The term sounds like a lot of political gobbledygook to people still trying to employ logic and critical analysis to address the ills of society, but intersectionality is an  important new term because it defines (and codifies) the invention of a whole new (multi-faceted) category of oppressed people. Continue reading

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On Our Turn to Run the Race For Such a Time as This

Phyllis Beveridge

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)

Beneath my fingertips just now, typing out  these very letters, is an incredible technological masterpiece I tend to take for granted: my laptop–the “publishing” mechanism my forebears in the writing ministry could have only dreamed of because they could not even have imagined it in their waking hours. Continue reading

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On the State of “Inch-by-Inch” Socialism/Communism Takeover in America

Source: Breitbart Online, 2/28/2019

“Monica Crowley: ‘Only Way’ AOC ‘Can Enforce’ Income Equality ‘Is Through the Barrel of a Gun’

“Fox News contributor and Washington Times columnist Monica Crowley warned of the need for a ‘police state’ to enforce socialist proposals for ‘equality’ from Democrats such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). She discussed left-wing ideology in a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.”

NOTE: starting at about the 13 minute mark, Continue reading

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Part 2: On the Difference Between False and Real Flags of Compassion

From the comment section for yesterday’s blog post on “real and false flags of compassion,” this comment by reader Colin Markham who blogs at Fellowship of St. Peter Continue reading

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On the Difference Between False–and Real–Flags of Compassion

Phyllis Beveridge

On the False Flag  of Compassion

I heard the following new political expression the other day: “false flag of compassion.” It is an extension of the traditional term “false flag,” which means “a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.”

The new term incorporates the politicization of compassion, i.e., the appearance-only of genuine caring and empathy that is presented to similarly obscure the real motive or intent of some person, operation, or political agenda. Continue reading

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My Fair…Bride of Christ

Phyllis Beveridge

My Fair Lady

My friends Geri, Jan, and I went to see the 55th anniversary movie theater presentation of the Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady, an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalian. According to a Wikipedia synopsis, “The (MFL) story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.” Continue reading

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