Quite Danny, Quite

The first reason for this should hardly need saying, but it does. Communism was a malign doctrine, responsible for murder and oppression on a vast scale. Brought up the son of victims of the Nazis and the Communists, I wasn’t raised to spend my time distinguishing between their crimes, and I don’t. Such distinctions quickly descend into counting bodies, in a macabre calculation of evil. So why should the fellow travellers of fascism be considered pariahs, while those of communism are regarded as liberals who spent too long in the student union coffee bar and became a little overheated, poor dears?

7 thoughts on “Quite Danny, Quite”

  1. I think part of the reason for the difference is that Nazis are viewed as simply thugs, whilst Communists are generally viewed as misguided idealists. The left hasn’t figured out that actually, its possible to be a thug AND a misguided idealist.

  2. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    The Left hasn’t actually noticed it is the Communist Ideal that is evil (probably because they share that ideal).

  3. And it is the very fact that you THINK that you are an idealist that allows you to be/makes you such a determined and hence more dangerous thug.

  4. the very fact that you THINK that you are an idealist

    Or as Adam Smith put it: Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.

    It’s always slightly puzzled me that most draw a distinction between fascism and communism. They share so many similarities that it’s easier to assume they’re one and the same than it is to assume they’re at opposing ends of a spectrum of political ideologies. Communism is just one subset of the range of fascist ideologies.

  5. The distinction barises because communists, ex-communists and fellow travellers still have non-negligible power.

  6. On the contrary, dearieme, most of the cabinet is made up of ‘Fellow Travellers’
    Fact is, Communism and Fascism are both left-wing ideologies with their roots in the French revolution and Romantiscism.

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