WaPo Whitewashes Socialism Slash Communism



“The goal of Socialism is Communism.” – Vladimir Lenin (and Marx)

Philip Bump authored an article for WaPo titled, A high school teacher helps clarify ‘socialism’ for Donald Trump (and you). Read this description of Capitalism, Socialism, Communism by a political writer for the Washington Compost, a high school teacher and a college professor.


The writer assumes that Donald Trump didn’t know the difference between a Socialist and a Communist when he called Bernie Sanders a Socialist slash Communist and then condescendingly says they are often confused.

That’s quite a presumption. It’s doubtful Trump is confused. The Socialists, Democratic Socialists and Communists have banded together in this country and there no longer much of a difference.

What Trump means is Sanders calls himself a Socialist but he’s really a Communist. He has a different approach but that is what he is.


Sanders says he doesn’t want to nationalize anything. He just wants to tax and regulate pretty much everything so that the government controls it.

Dr. Lawrence Quill
Dr. Lawrence Quill

The author quotes Dr. Lawrence Quill, chairman and professor of political science at San Jose State University for this article.

This is what the professor says about Capitalism and how it will make most people miserable:

Capitalism — or really the concept of “liberalism” — arose in the 17th century, and centers on the right to private property. In Adam Smith’s foundational “Wealth of Nations,” Quill notes, “is recognition that capitalism is going to make the lives of a good majority of the population miserable, and that there will be a need for government intervention in society and the economy to offset the worse effects.”

He paints an historically inaccurate picture of Socialism, leaving out Lenin completely, and gives us an upbeat impression of it.

Socialism was in part a response to capitalism, largely through the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Socialism focuses on the inequalities that arise within capitalism through a number of possible responses. Quill outlined some possibilities: “[T]he state might ‘wither away’ or collapse altogether, in others it would regulate the production of goods and services, in yet others it would become thoroughly democratic” — all with the aim of reducing that inequality.

Communism became associated with the Soviet Union and became a pejorative, the professor states. The suggestion is it is not an inherently evil system that can only lead to totalitarianism.

Communism “was the endpoint of Marx’s ideas,” Quill writes, though Marx didn’t delineate what it would look like, exactly. “We find hints in works like ‘The German Ideology” (1846) where there is a description of working life that is unalienated, i.e. creative and various — we hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, and become opera critics in the evening.” During the Cold War, though, the idea came to be inextricably and pejoratively associated with the Soviet Union and with the elimination of private property. The term, in Quill’s words, “served as a shorthand for all things un-American” — which was the way that Trump used it.

The author has no clue as to how Trump “used it” because Trump didn’t elaborate.

Democratic Socialism aka crony Capitalism will avoid the pitfalls of the Authoritarian Soviet Union, the professor claims. That’s an illusion of choice because there is no choice when you are taxed and regulated into having none.

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

~ Vladimir Lenin

The author then talked with Tori Waite, a high school history teacher at Del Mar High School in San Jose.

“In the socialist system, there’s a mix of both [Socialism and Capitalism]. The government operates the system to help all, but there is opportunity for private property and private wealth. That’s generally how we talk about it.”

The author then notes,  A socialist government could control all of the means of production — or it could, for example, use taxes to redistribute resources among the population.

I wonder if any of these people know the difference between a Socialist and a Democrat. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doesn’t.

Here is a place with free housing, free food, free entertainment, free medical and dental and it’s as utopian as what they see in our Socialist future:

Empty prison cell
Empty prison cell

Source: The Washington Post

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