THE LEFT: PEOPLE
In the recent history, just like Islamism of today,
the Communism was equally after the destruction of capitalism and its
But the Soviets backed down in the 1962 Cuban crisis
and Popper notes that “the
It is interesting that this whole concept of depicting the West as an evil, and the perspective to destroy the West, became such an integral part of the Soviet brainwash of its population. Gorbachev noted this phenomena when he saw the need to make the Soviet people *normal*. Here is what Popper observes of this last episode of collapse of Soviet Communism:
“Only with Gorbachev do we find a man who realizes
that he has to change the fundamental assumption of the whole of Russian
politics, that they are the people whose mission it is to destroy capitalism-
that is, America. Gorbachev has actually
been several times to
I think this is a very important observation that
Karl Popper has made about the left.
Leftists in their indoctrination call the opponents of the left as
apologists of capitalism and the
I have already written that attempts to "fix" the Left are useless and just waste of time. It is just like trying to fix Islam. Marxism is simply obsolete and one should go beyond it:
Although I believe the Leftists or Islamists who have stood up for democracy and have opposed the regime should be supported in their democratic action, but I do not support the religion of theirs. One has a Leftist Religion and the other has an Abrahamic religion. Their battle is a religious battle and is *not* science, as I noted above about lack of *normal* perception in former Soviet Union and a cultish anti-West viewpoint calling every opponent bourgeois or capitalist supporter. I highly recommend reading Karl Popper’s "Lessons of this Century" which is one of his last works and explains this phenomena the best. I think their ideology is what ends up in a lobbyist view of supporting IRI, although many of them are not supporters necessarily. The same way that I think Islamist ideology ends up supporting IRI although many Islamists do not support IRI in practical experience. In fact, as I noted in another article, if Marx was alive and had seen the position of the left against the global economy, he would have been the first to call the Marxists reactionary:
I think the issue of *normal* people noted in one of the last works of Popper, and noted by me above, is the key to understanding the mentality and mindset of both the Left and the Islamists. I highly recommend everyone to read this and to think about it as to how this anti-West attitude is not a *normal* mindset, and is like a cultish percept that distorts the reality. The reality that all these leftists choose to live in the West when leaving Iran, and do not choose the many results of their ideology in Vietnam, North Korea, China, Old Soviet Union and Eastern Block, Cuba, but they want the people of Iran to try the path of the left again trusting their new version, after the failure of so many trials in the last 100 years. This is the fault of publications like Monthly Review. But in the
Let me also mention a great book that helps one to
see the leftist brainwash better. The
book "The True Believer" is an excellent book written in 1951 by Eric
Hoffer which shows this issue of *normal* people,
that I noted above from Karl Popper. I am so glad that Dr. Karim
Sanjabi referred me to this great book. ravAnash shAd.
Here is a passage from it:
Eric Hoffer writes the following in his book “THE TRUE BELIEVER” in 1951 on P.147:
"... Dostoyevsky puts the following words in Bishop Tihon's mouth: Outright atheism is more to be respected than worldly indifference ... the complete atheist stands on the penultimate step to most perfect faith ... but the indifferent person has no faith whatever except a bad fear."
" All the true believers [fanatics] of our time-whether Communist, Nazi, Fascist, Japanese or Catholic-declaimed volubly (and the Communists still do) [i.e.. 1951] on the decadence of the Western democracies. The burden of their talk is that in the democracies people are too soft, too pleasure-loving and too selfish to die for a nation, a God or a holy cause. This lack of a readiness to die, we are told, is indicative of an inner rot- a moral and biological decay. The democracies are old, corrupt and decadent. They are no match for the virile congregations of the faithful who are about to inherit the Earth."
Sam Ghandchi, Publisher
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