Svetlana Kunin, in a piece at Investors Business Daily, compares the “useful idiots” in the United States to the “rotten intelligentsia” of the USSR. Sadly, the useful idiots control education, Hollywood, and the press, so it’s no wonder Americans didn’t really learn anything from the fall of the Soviet Union.
The United States is getting weaker on all fronts. The only power this administration is gaining is over the American citizens.
The tremendous efforts the Obama administration put into the Zimmerman trial to prove America is racist ended in fiasco. But citizens should not unwind with relief.
Soviet Communists successfully practiced ethnic incitement to redirect disillusion and anger. Prejudices are present all over the world. But when government is involved in a business of incitement of racism and chauvinism, people are in mortal danger.
Living in the USSR for the first 30 years of my life, I have met many people who didn’t believe that socialist government was responsible for their misery. The founder of the USSR, Vladimir Lenin, called such people “rotten intelligentsia.”
In the USSR, I didn’t quite understand this characterization. Only when I emigrated to the USA did I understand the difference between freedom and dictatorship. It can be characterized by one word: “dignity.”
When human beings are losing their ability to choose, they lose their dignity. The less choice they have, the more dignity they lose. Once frightened into submission and conformity, the “rotten intelligentsia” no longer represents any danger to the power of dictatorship.
Today in the U.S., I meet people who live in freedom and comfort but believe that the country should be transformed into a dictatorship of the government.
Full of slavish admiration for power, brainwashed by Marxist propaganda and ignorant of history, some of them, such as commentator Thomas Freidman, admire the Chinese system of government. Others, many of them from Hollywood, don’t see any problems with the regimes in Cuba or Venezuela.
Read the whole thing. I only wish more survivors of communist regimes would speak out.