“It’s a curse, you know, to be able to look higher than you’re allowed to reach.”
While I’m not on board with her Atheist, human-centered philosophies, Ayn Rand (1905-1982), an immigrant from Communist Russia, was a prolific voice against socialism. According to Rand, We the Living is, “…as near to an autobiography as I will ever write.” She knew of what she wrote.
Here are some excerpts. The parallels with our current ascent into socialism are hard to miss.
“It is a story about Dictatorship, any dictatorship, anywhere, at any time, whether it be Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, or – which this novel might do its share in helping to prevent – a socialist America.” We the Living was finished in 1933, but was not published until 1936.
“The principle reaction of the manuscript’s early readers, she wrote in a 1934 letter, “is one of complete amazement at the revelation of Soviet life as it is actually lived.”
For nearly three years We the Living was rejected by New York publishers. Most rejection letters said that the author didn’t understand socialism. Once the book reached Macmillan, one editor, Granville Hicks, fought strenuously against the book’s publishing. Hicks later admitted to being a member of the Communist Party.
“Ayn Rand knew that the American public did not understand the nature of communism, but she did not know that she was trying to publish the truth at the start of the Red Decade, as it was later called. An anti-communist librarian had told her, when she was still working on the novel, that “the communists have a tremendous influence” on American intellectuals, “and you will find a lot of people opposing you.””
Movies made of the book were banned by Italy’s fascist government and, not surprisingly, the Nazi party. “…eloquent proof that the book is not merely “about Soviet Russia.”
(Forward from Rand)
“When at the age of twelve, at the time of the Russian revolution, I first heard the Communist principle that Man must exist for the sake of the State…I am still a little astonished, at times, that too many adult Americans do not understand the nature of the fight against Communism as clearly as I understood it at the age of twelve: they continue to believe that only Communist methods are evil, while Communist ideals are noble.”
(From the novel. Think: The auto industry)
“Four years ago Argounov’s textile factory on the outskirts of the capital [Petrograd] was nationalized in the name of the people. In the name of the people the banks were declared national property.”
“Petrograd had seen five years of revolution. Four of those years had closed its every artery and every store, when nationalization smeared dust and cobwebs over the plate-glass windows; the last year had brought out soap and mops, new paint and new owners, as the state’s new Economic Policy [NEP] had announced a “temporary compromise” and allowed small private stores to re-open timidly.”
“Alexander Dimitrievitch [upon returning to Petrograd] asked hesitantly: “Have you heard what…about the factory…what happened to my factory?”
“Closed,” Vasili Ivanovitch snapped suddenly. “They couldn’t run it. Closed. Like everything else.”
“But I – I thought – with the NEP and all, you have private stores now.”
“Sure – NEP, their New Economic Policy, sure, they allow private stores now, but where will you get the money to buy there? They charge you ten times more than the ration cooperatives. I haven’t been in a private store yet. We can’t afford it. No one can afford it. We can’t even afford the theater.”
(Think: Academia in America and all the “experts” who get face-time on the MSM.)
“That’s the trouble with our spineless, sniveling, impotent, blabbering, broad-minded, drooling intelligentsia. That’s why we are where we are.”
(Discouraging Achievement and Individual Liberty)
A conversation between the protagonist, Kira, and her Communist friend, Victor. Kira has just told Victor that she aspires to be an engineer:
“It is the only profession,” said Kira, “for which I don’t have to learn any lies. Steel is steel. Most of the other sciences are someone’s guess, and someone’s wish and many people’s lies.”
“Frankly,” said Victor, “your attitude is slightly anti-social Kira. You select a profession merely because you want it, without giving a thought to the fact that, as a woman, you would be much more useful to society in a more feminine capacity. And we all have our duty to society to consider.”
“Exactly to whom is it that you owe a duty, Victor?”
“But,” said Kira, “I don’t understand it. To whom is it that I owe a duty? To your neighbor next door? Or to the militia-man on the corner? Or to the clerk in the cooperative? Or to the old man I saw in line, third from the door, with an old basket and a woman’s hat?”
“Society, Kira, is a stupendous whole.”
To which Kira responded, “If you write a whole line of zeroes, it’s still – nothing.”
“Child,” said Vasili Ivanovitch, “what are you doing in Soviet Russia?”
“That,” said Kira, “is what I’m wondering about.”
(If Obama can pay your mortgage, he can do whatever he pleases with your home.)
“…In the old houses now nationalized for government offices.”
“The new Soviet passport was more than a passport: it was a citizen’s permit to live.”
(Obama’s Volunteer Service Program)
“Born in 1904, eh?” said the Soviet official. “That makes you…let’s see…eighteen. Eighteen. You’re lucky, comrade. You’re young and have many years to give to the cause of the toilers. A whole life of discipline and hard work and useful labor for the great collective.”
“You just come with me and I’ll tell you for whom to vote.”
(The Media’s Compliance – forced or voluntary)
“Of course, there wasn’t much in the paper. They wouldn’t print it. But you have to know how to read between the lines.”
I guess you could call me a conspiracy theorist, but I’m right, so what’s the point. You see, it’s like I’ve been saying for years: Those who don’t know history will repeat it.
Americans are intellectually bankrupt when it comes to knowing their history or the history of other nations. Hence a popular vote for a guy who didn’t even try to hide the fact that he’s a flaming socialist.
Heck, if Obama’s “seal” looked like this he would have probably gotten more votes (only because the American Communist Party would have known, beyond a shadow of a doubt, where his loyalties lie).
If you have the stomach for it, pick up Rand’s book for a foretaste of what is headed our way if this insanity isn’t stopped.