Look, we’ve all met this argument before. My side is everything nice, if it’s not nice then it’s not my side.
Republicans claim to fear left-wing authoritarianism — but there’s no such thing
Yes, dictators sometimes cloak themselves in “socialism.” But tyranny, here and elsewhere, is always right-wing
During and after the Cold War, the right undertook a relentless campaign that rages on to this day of falsely smearing Democrats and the left as the cause of authoritarianism, like the horrendous dictatorships of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler in Germany, Fidel Castro in Cuba and Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.
The truth is that left-wing policies, broadly speaking, are popular and beneficial to society, while dictatorial regimes are right-wing, with policies that are unpopular and horrendous for society.
Yep, it really is the argument that the existence of puppy dog tails proves that it’s the right.
Unfortunately, it was hijacked by a right-wing dictator in Stalin, steered into the opposite direction, and transformed into a right-wing totalitarian state, all under the false pretense of being a left-wing movement. This too was a Big Lie. Stalin falsely proclaimed to be governing under left-wing principles for the people, when in fact he was concentrating power into his own hands and governing as a right-wing dictator.
We agree that Stalin was bad, therefore Stalin must be right wing.
This transformation of the Soviet Union by Stalin from a beneficial left-wing movement into a hideous right-wing dictatorship was masterfully described by George Orwell in his famous novel from 1945, “Animal Farm.”
That’s possibly not the correct reading of that book. Of a would be beneficial left wing movement into, yes, maybe.
Therefore, to say that Stalin, dictatorships and totalitarianism are left-wing is the exact opposite of the truth. It is indeed a Big Lie.
This writer is going to be so pissed with his earlier self when he turns 13, isn’t he?
The societies ruled by Castro and Chávez were never left-wing democracies, and cannot truly be considered “socialist.”
“Proper socialism has never been tried” cannot be far behind, eh?
Indeed, the theory of communism may be riddled with many problems and contradictions, although it’s fair to say it has never really been implemented anywhere in the world.
Seriously, the wonder is that this got published. Even in Salon. Are we sure Cody Cain isn’t Skokal?