Important Education for Kids: The Truth About Communism, 1962 January 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, General Catholic, history, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Narrated by Ronald Reagan, at the start of his political career, with an introduction by Alexander Kerensky, this relatively short (a little over an hour, in two parts) video provides an accurate, concise, brutal overview of the history of communism, primarily in its twentieth century incarnations in the Soviet Union and Maoist China. Covered in detail is communism’s history of massive blood-letting among its own citizens, with tens of millions of Russians, and over 100 million Chinese, directly killed by their government through either direct action or deliberate acts of policy that had the effect, predicted well in advance, of causing millions to starve. This of course leaves out the likely billions killed through abortion and/or contraception.
Unfortunately, the scale of communism’s evils are so great that even the very rotten core of the Soviet system, the hellish GULAG archipelago, receives only brief mention, but this vehicle of repression was at the heart of Soviet means of repression. The Volga-Don canal project, during the construction of which tens of thousands (if not hundreds) perished, is briefly discussed, but the horrors of the Kolyma gold mines and other even worse examples from the GULAG were likely not known at this time, so they do not get mentioned.
Also noted is communism’s demonic messianic zeal to spread everywhere possible, including the use of espionage, propaganda, cultural subversion, and even violent repression when it starts to gain a sizable following. The Frankfort School of German cultural communism was not well known enough at this time to gain a mention, but there exist abundant denunciations of this school and its sad success in destroying the Christian foundation of the West and badly subvert almost all of Europe and much of the United States. That’s probably one complaint I have about this movie, it’s a product of its time and focuses almost exclusively on the political/economic/military aspects of communist expansionism, with very little attention paid to the far more important cultural aspects. In the film’s defense, however, it should be noted that the revolution against the culture communism has achieved in the past 50 years was in its most nascent stages when this film was made. The Gramscian theory was little known, and it seemed direct government to government military/economic confrontation was the pressing threat. Little did these folks know, including, I think, Reagan, that the seeds of the destruction of the West had already been planted deep within key Western institutions like the academy, press, and governmental agencies, at this time.
This kind of material is certainly not taught in schools anymore. Few homeschool programs, to my knowledge, give serious attention to the evils of communism. As such, an entire generation of children has now been raised, and is coming to adulthood, not only failing to comprehend the evils of communism, but even being heavily propagandized into accepting its supposed “glories,” if kids are in the public schools in particular. These two videos could go a long way towards making up this educational shortfall, which, I must admit, exists for my own children, in spite of my frequent dinner-table denunciations of this most satanic of political-economic systems. Having not grown up in the Cold War, they simply do not know the extent of communism’s relentless, unimaginable evils.
If you have kids, I pray you strongly consider having them watch these if they are of an appropriate age. There are some scenes of violent repression and some mass graves, but not much that I would say is inappropriate for kids of 10-12 years of age or so. You may want to give the videos a perusal before showing them to children. Some of the scenes may be disturbing for some kids – pretty much rows of bodies both barely covered with soil and lying out in the open. But given how much such scenes are an inseparable aspect of communism, you might consider letting your kids seeing them so they may grasp its reality.