|Wikipedia: Propagandist for Stalinism|
It is hard to pinpoint the source of my ire, since I've been getting ired at Wikipedia entries for years. I'll start with a little compare and contrast. First, the fluffy, pretty definition of the most lethal system of government and belief system ever, Communism:
Communism is a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of a classless, moneyless, revolutionary and stateless socialist society structured uponcommon ownership of the means of production. This movement, in its Marxist-Leninistinterpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the "socialist world" (socialist states ruled by Communist parties) and the "western world" (countries with market economies and Liberal democratic government), culminating in the Cold War between the Eastern bloc and the "Free World".
Now, see how they treat the mean, nasty, equally vile, but less lethal system of government and belief, National Socialism. If you bothered to click through, the link redirects to Nazism, already tipping the hand of the Wikipedia crowd. Nazism is merely a subset of National Socialism, which is yet another subset of Socialism. On to the continuation of Stalin's propaganda against anything not Stalinist:
Nazism, the common short form name of National Socialism (German:Nationalsozialismus) was the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany. It is a unique variety of fascism that incorporates biological racismand antisemitism.Plenty of truth there, mixed in with the big lie that National Socialism is nothing but Nazism. Further in the article they mix Nazis with Fascists, as if they were alike at all. They continue the fiction that business seized and nationalized by the German government were some sort of benefit to the business owners to get their support. The disambiguation page is no help whatsoever.
Nazism was founded out of elements of the far-right racist völkisch German nationalistmovement and the violent anti-communist Freikorps paramilitary culture that fought against the uprisings of communist revolutionaries in post-World War I Germany. The ideology was developed first by Anton Drexler and then Adolf Hitler as a means to draw workers away from communism and into völkisch nationalism. Initially Nazi political strategy focused on anti-big business, anti-bourgeois, and anti-capitalist rhetoric, though such aspects were later downplayed in the 1930s to gain the support from industrial owners for the Nazis, focus was shifted to anti-Semitic and anti-Marxist themes.
Several years ago, someone told me that the Wikipedia difference between National Socialism and International Socialism was the "totalitarian purpose" of National Socialism. I cannot prove that the notion was ever stated in the pages of Wikipedia, but it does fit. Also, it is a missusage of the Mussolini usage, that totalitarian was a "we are all in this together" or "we are all stronger together" proposition identical to his Red/International Socialist buddies in the Communist ranks.
The latest annoyance is the Wikipedia entry for The World League for Freedom and Democracy:
The World League for Freedom and Democracy (WLFD, formerly the World Anti-Communist League, WACL) is an international anti-communist political organization founded in 1966 in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan), under the initiative of Chiang Kai-shek. It was founded with the aim of opposing Communism around the world through "unconventional" methods. It had eight regional branches, with a presence in up to 100 countries on six continents. The honorary life chairman of the WACL was Dr. Ku Cheng-Kang, a senior leader of the Kuomintang (KMT), and the president of Taiwan's National Assembly.Note the scare quotes around unconventional, and this gem: This branch has generated controversy, as it prominently supported Nicaraguan guerrillas in the Iran–Contra affair Those guerrillas played a lot nicer than any Communists that they were fighting. The rest of the article is nothing but an accusation that all groups mentioned on the page are neo-Nazi groups, fitting right in line with Stalin's Third Period Declaration of 1928 and its evolution, i.e., that anything not Stalinist is Right-Wing Nazism. Pretty rough treatment for a group of people who fled Mao instead of 'seeing the Marxist light.'
The U.S. chapter of WACL, the United States Council for World Freedom (USCWF), has been one of the most active branches. USCWF was founded in 1981 by Major General John K. Singlaub. This branch has generated controversy, as it prominently supported Nicaraguan guerrillas in the Iran–Contra affair and, in 1981, the USCWF was placed under watch by the Anti-Defamation League, which said that the organization had increasingly become "a point of contact for extremists, racists, and anti-Semites". During the 1980s, the USCWF and WACL conducted a purge of these elements, and invited ADL observers to monitor its conferences; by 1985, the Anti-Defamation League declared itself "satisfied that substantial progress has been made since 1981 in ridding the organization of racists and anti-Semites."
Socialist leaders of today, like Al Sharpton. (Actually, I have been digging around for this hard to find audio for months and just found it on The Blaze, so giving it a parking space here)
|Socialist Al Sharpton|