Unfortunately, Russian Premier Khrushchev’s Prediction that “Your children’s children will live under Communism” seems to be coming true. I was 17 years on September 29, 1959, some 63 years ago, when the Russian premier, Nakita Khrushchev came to the United Nations and, while pounding his shoe on the podium to illustrate his point and confidence in his remarks, made this prediction: “Your children’s children will live under communism,” and he went from there predicting that small doses of socialism would eventually result in a communist takeover of our nation.
Khrushchev’s exact words were: “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have communism. We will not have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
History teaches us that communism first originates with a socialist state, one in which the government uses eight means/measures to accomplish its goal to “reject capitalism in favor of greater equality and granting economic power to the working class,” according to Greg Daugherty of Northwestern University.
According to a Dr. Jane Campbell, socialism leads to communism, first, by the government controlling healthcare. Campbell says, “Control healthcare and you control the people.” Campbell says that healthcare is just one of the six measures that the Democrats are using to eventually destroy capitalism and have it replaced with socialism and then communism. The other five concern debt, gun control, welfare, education, religion, and class warfare.
Dr. Campbell lists creating debt as one of the top priorities of the socialist. The socialist aim, she says, is to get debt to an unsustainable level. “That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce even more poverty,” she stated on this subject in March of 2020.
Gun Control, or the removal of the ability of people to defend themselves from the government, is another priority of the Democrats, whom I regard and make no bones about it, are the epitome of what our Constitution had in mind when it said our nation’s enemies were either foreign or domestic. Dr. Campbell also warns that the key to creating a police state is not just gun control, but removal of those guns so that people cannot defend themselves.
High up on Dr. Campbell’s list of things that she says the Democrats are using to continue to get those small doses of socialism in place is welfare. “Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government,” she stated.
With regard to education, she warns, “Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.”
Another strong point that Campbell makes is removing “the belief in God from the government and schools because she people need to believe in only the government knowing what is best for the people.”
Class warfare is also an essential element to creating the communist state, Dr. Campbell emphasized.
“Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor,” said she. “Eliminate the middle class. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy and support of the poor.”
Many who espouse their belief and ideology in communism today are too young to be aware of the toll of lives that have been lost under communist regimes.
Political scientist Rudolph Rummell estimated that there have been about 148 million mass killings have been committed under communist regimes.
Well known Libertarian writer Jeffrey A. Tucker wondered aloud why so many people are compelled to follow communism. He stated, “I’ve puzzled about why people become communists. I have no doubt about why someone would stop being one. We have a century of evidence of the murder, famine, and destruction caused by the idea. Ignoring all this takes a special kind of willful blindness to reality.” Even the theory of communism itself is a complete mess. There is really no such thing as common ownership of goods that are obviously scarce in the real work.
Carmen Alexe, who escaped communist Romania during the Cold War, is someone who can speak from experience what it is like to life in a socialist state. She lived in country in which the government owned all the resources and the means of production, and as she put it. “The state controlled almost every aspect of our lives; our education, our job placement, the time of the day we could have hot water, and what we were allowed to say. Even though Romania was a country rich in resources, there were shortages everywhere. Food, electricity, water, and just about every one of life’s necessities were in short supply. The apartment building in which we lived provided hot water for showers two hours in the morning and two hours at night. We had to be quick and on time, so we didn’t miss the opportunity.”
Wrigley’s chewing gum and Swiss chocolate were rare delights for Carmen and her family. “I remember how happy I was when I’d have a pack of foreign bubblegum or a bar of delicious milk chocolate. I’d usually save them for special occasions,” she recalled. Popular things like Fruity lip gloss, French perfume, and jeans were but a few of the popular items available only on the black market, Carmen noted, saying “and with the right connections.”
Added Carmen, “God bless our black-market entrepreneurs. They made our lives better. They gave us the opportunity to buy things we very much desired, things we couldn’t get from the government-owned retail stores which were half-empty or full of products that were ugly or poor quality. The grocery stores were not any better. I get it, maybe we didn’t need to be fashionable. But we needed to eat. So, the old Romanian adage ‘Conscience goes through the stomach,’ made a lot of sense.”
During the late 1970s for her family things began to deteriorate even more. “Meat was hardly a consumer stable for the average Romanian,” she said. “Instead, our parents learned to become good at preparing the liver, the brain, the tongue, and the other giblets that most people in the West would not even consider trying.”
She noted that when milk, butters, eggs, and yogurt were temporarily available, her mother like most of the other neighbors would wake up at 2:00 a.m. to go stand in line so that she would have a chance to get the family those goodies. “The store would open at 6:00 a.m., so if she wasn’t early enough in the line, she’d miss the opportunity.” “Things got so bad in 1982,” Carmen recalled, “that for her family of four, it was rationed one kilogram of flour and one kilogram of sugar per month. That is, if they were available and if we were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when they were being distributed,” she noted.
The government had its way, however difficult things were of letting the people know through its one television channel about the crime and poverty taking place in the western world,” Carmen pointed out: “After all, people were poor and suffering because of capitalism, so we were told, so you needed socialism and communism to solve the inequalities of humanity,” she said.
Carmen Alexe is someone whose voice and experience living in a communist country needs to be heard across this land, if for no other reason to dispel the myths and lies of just how wonderful socialism/communism really is.
“Only in a free-market system can we truly achieve individual liberty and human flourishing.” She contends. “Individual freedom can only exist in the context of free-market capitalism. Personal freedom thrives in capitalism, declines in government-regulated economies, and vanishes in communism. Aside from better economic and legislative policies, what America needs is a more intense appreciation for individual freedom and capitalism.”
And to that, it might be well to add this quote from the late, great Margaret Thatcher, who served three consecutive terms as prime minister of Great Britain, “Socialism only works until it runs out of other people’s money.”