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Soviet Premier Khrushchev congratulates American Van Cliburn on winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958…a competition a Russian was supposed to win! New Stage in Prague The Show: Living Abroad
The Location: Prague
Hostess Chi-Lan Lieu was viewing the stunningly banal architecture built during Communism’s heyday in Prague when that hilarious one-liner just kinda slipped out: “Communism is so boring!” she exclaimed.
You hear a lot of things about Communism. But Chi-Lan is right! Communist art, Communist music, Communist literature, life in general under Communism pretty much sucked. No one ever really says, “I gotta get me some of that “… not even the Lefties. They push the policies of Socialism but I’ve never heard one of them actually blurt out, “America should be just like Mother Russia during the 1970s.” They wouldn’t dare!
In the face of ugly buildings, ugly art and atonal music, Communists had just one home run swing: killing people. They excel at that. Otherwise, there’s really not much to do under Communism except drink. Understanding the Times
If you’ve been reading AMERICA: The Blog for awhile, you may’ve noticed I don’t talk about Socialism nor Communism nor Marxism nor other forms of government very much. There’s a good reason for that.
Government ranks right up there with mathematics: I’ve got a brain like sieve when it comes to numbers and government. Even after a year of studying every type of possible regime with the Understanding the Times curriculum in homeschool, I still can’t explain the difference between Marxism vs Leninism vs Stalinism . God gave me words, but not numbers and not comprehension of governments. Stories, anecdotes, people, quotes, poetry…I can retain all that. But algebra or government structures… ppfffttttt. In one ear, out the other.
My understanding boils down to representative government under our Constitutional Republic with a capitalistic competitive economy: Good, good, good.
Everything else: Bad, bad, bad.Nevertheless, here are two of my favorite anecdotes about Communism.Once upon a time… “We Pretend to Work…”Todd Carmichael holding “The Dragon” coffeemaker. He’s even more Crazy about Coffee than Michael…and that takes some doing! LOL Even though I can’t intellectually understand […]