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Contributors: BitchPhD, Cala, Rob Helpy-Chalk, Jackmormon, Jesus McQueen, mcmc, md 20/400, Michael, potchkeh, Knecht Ruprecht
For Chapter 3. Barry Goldwater and the Birth of Republican Communism
I think I remember that the neighborhood associations *were* started by republican political operatives. There was a bit about this in Rick Perlstein's Goldwater book, if I remember properly.
From the index...
John Birch Society, origins of, 79; attacks on communist Republicans, 83; fundamental truth of criticism of Eisenhower, 93;
For Chapter 4: Ronald Regan’s Communist Morning in
Communists believed they were locked in a mortal struggle with dark forces would stop at nothing to destroy them, and that the only answer was to spread liberation to every corner of the globe, by force if necessary, and irrespective of the wishes of the inhabitants.
For Chapter 6: Conservative Communism and the Cult of State's Rights
Republicans support states' rights, which aligns them with the defederalising tendencies among the European Socialist/Green administrations (obviously communism's heirs), therefore Republicans are Communists. QED.
For Chapter 7: Conservative Racism
Marxism has strong anti-Semitic tendencies, yet as been attractive to a lot of Jews. The Republican party has strong anti-semitic tendencies, and yet is attractive to a lot of Jews. So Republicans are communists. QED.
Communism was ostensibly "beyond race," while Republicans claim "not to see race"---both movements declare post-racism by fiat, ignoring the hatreds swirling beneath their ideology. Uh, Republicans=Communists. QED.
For Chapter 8: Conservative Communist Voodoo Economics
Marx favored government control of the economy, and in the
Communists oppose independent trade unions. Republicans oppose independent trade unions.
Communists oppose ameliorist social democratic welfare policies. Republicans oppose ameliorist social democratic welfare policies.
Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Republicans are Communists, and have always been so, QED.
For whatever chapter deal with the environment
Marx was relentelessly pro-industrialism and anti environmental. Republicans are relentlessly pro-industrialism and anti-environmental. So Republicans are communists. QED.
For whatever chapter deals with food & cultural issues.
Red is the color of the Communist party. Red is the color of the Republican party. (This is only marginally stupider than Goldberg's comments about the significance of red in the Nazi flag.)
Republicans laugh at liberals for liking pretentious high quality chocolate. Orwell talked about chocolate in 1984. Therefore Republicans are socialists. QED.
Communists prefer bland, tasteless, nationalistically domestic foods and so do Republicans.
Republicans wave the Confederate flag and claim that it has no broader historical significance. Your average communist would not recognize the significance of the Confederate flag. QED.
Ooh, we need a counter to the fascist organic food thing. Hmm. Under communism, the state was in charge of what people should eat, how much, and where they got it. Under the Republicans, we're all supposed to eat corporate food, believe what corporations tell us about its healthiness, and buy it from nation-wide chains.
Communists at the highest level of power feign solidarity with the peasant/working class through cultural signifiers like uncosmopolitan tastes in food and clothing, just like Republicans. QED.
I have heard that despite having proclaimed the equality of the sexes, Soviet Russia remained quite prudish. Also, it is my impression that Communism frowned on abortion. And if I've heard it, surely that's enough evidence to print it!
Communists have ghastly taste in (fill in the blank), Republicans have ghastly taste in (likewise).
Communists took power without an electoral majority, then proceded to use their control over the apparatus of the state to make their party invulnerable to challenge.
Communists granted the people extensive rights on paper, but used their control over the judiciary (and, where necessary, extrajudicial imprisonment) to ensure that those rights were emptied of substance.
Republicans believe---ostensibly!---in the efficacy of boot-camps for juvenile offenders. Communists believe---ostensibly!---in the efficacy of labor camps for dissidants. In both cases, the shared presumption is that forced labor will either rehabilitate or punish. QED.
Communists believe that religion is the opiate of the masses and scorn its tendency to blind the poor to their true class interests. Republicans believe that religion is the opiate of the masses and profit from its tendency to blind the poor to their true class interests.
Communists believed that the only way they could preserve their revolution was by exporting it, by force if necessary. Republicans supported George W. Bush and his goal of "making the world safe for democracy"... QE M-F D.
Communists ascribed dissident sentiments to mental illness. Republicans ascribed dissident sentiments to Bush derangement syndrome.
Communists complained about being blacklisted in
Communists made sure that every town and village had a public landmark named after their deceased leader. Republicans want to make sure that every county in America has a public landmark named after their deceased leader.
Unused Chapter titles
I. Republican Communism: Why that's not a contradiction.
III. Sibling Rivalry: The Cold War and the McCarthey Era
VII. Why Nixon Could Go To
IX. Why Reagan and Gorbachev Hit it Off So Well
X. George H.W. Bush: Communism's Undertaker, or Successor?