Skip to comments.Bernie's Youth Brigade and China's Cultural Revolution
Posted on 02/12/2016 6:53:52 PM PST by poconopundit
| Youth has always been idealistic: a utopian and egalitarian society is very alluring to them.
Trouble is, no matter how much we may dream about unicorns, we can never make them come to life. And the only way to deliver a utopian society is via a state-controlled tyranny that destroys personal liberty.
Unfortunately, many young people fail to understand these facts. What's more, the professors in America's liberal arts colleges and universities have for decades fostered a climate that ridicules free-market principles and favors of socialist and wealth distribution doctrines.
Bernie Sanders is tapping into this socialist stupidity and naivete. And whether he realizes it or not, he's leading America down the same path that destroyed the free societies of Russia and China for several generations.
And like Mao, Lenin, and Hitler before him, Sanders is eager to enlist the youth as the vanguard of his revolutionary movement. He knows full well that young people are an ideal target for communist propaganda because youth is impressionable, conforming, and lacks the job experience to grasp how capitalism self-regulates our market economy and therefore allow the greatest measure of prosperity and freedom we can achieve in an imperfect world.
Now we can't reform a die hard communist like Bernie, so our only choice is to educate the Youth Brigade that Bernie aims to recruit. It's urgent then that we remove the blindfolds from the eyes of young adults, cure them of their romantic notions about socialism, and awaken them to the dangers of letting nutty guys like Bernie Sanders gain power.
Fortunately I found an powerful and articulate story from a person who lived through the Chinese Culture Revolution. I excerpted this so you can pass it along for others to read. Maybe if enough people read testimonies like we can stop the hippie tyrant from getting elected.
Here then are a couple of provocative images followed by the personal story...
A Personal Witness to Tyranny during China's Cultural Revolution
As a child, I lived through the Cultural Revolution in China. It was a very fearful and stressful time.
Our close knit family worked hard to make a better life. We were relatively well-off and well educated. Because of this we were seen as a threat to the revolution.
Lesser and uneducated communist party members — who were ardent revolutionaries — suddenly held immense power and they proceeded to "divide and conquer" our family in the name of the revolution. These revolutionaries believed that they were doing the right thing in order to protect the majority of people's freedoms.
The Red Guard — made up of young, idealistic, teenagers and young adults with limited education, no experience and no understanding of life — had free reign to enforce revolutionary ideals on the people. They would act on any report and they seldom investigated. We lived in fear of being "found out".
Our whole extended family was eventually investigated — under threat of punishment for the serious crime of being "against the revolution". Some of my close family were labelled (with a sign around their neck) as being "anti-revolutionary" and made to clean streets and were spat on and mistreated — in one case for almost a year. Many lost their jobs or were prevented from holding an important position. My father was put into a re-education camp for almost two years — although convicted of nothing. He had to write up what he had done that was counter-revolutionary, and do a re-education program until he had admitted to "all that he had done wrong".
My mother was often "interviewed" and was encouraged to divorce him. Other family members were told to have nothing to do with them. It was not good to be connected to an "anti-revolutionary". We were all powerless. Everyone lived in fear. Once caught there was no way out of the "anti-revolutionary justice system". Even the proper justice channels did not work. There was no real justice — just the "revolution". There was no truth — just an acceptable "revolutionary version" of truth. Common sense and good manners and thoughtfulness were replaced by revolutionary ideals and fervour. The revolution became more important than the people it was supposed to help.
In the name of the revolution our family was sent to different (small) towns around China. Some never came back.
The incomprehensible thing: the cultural revolution was meant to be for the people and to improve the lives of the people. It just did not.
Here is a list of things that actually occurred during the Cultural revolution:
Many years have passed and the Cultural Revolution is now long gone...
Only once the revolution had passed and freedoms returned did China become successful.
This is my story. This is my observation.
"To Live" 1994 - A Movie that Tells the Story of Chinese Tyranny under Communism
My daughter studied Chinese in college and introduced me to the movie To Live that shows what the Cultural Revolution was like in a very compelling way.
This is a film you would enjoy. Excellent acting and great production values, it was one of the films responsible for paving the way to modern China and greater freedoms.
The movie was banned in mainland China and the director and two principle actors, Ge You and Gong Li, were censured by the government.
I believe you can find this movie on Netflix. So when the kids come home from college or the day after they attend a Bernie Sanders rally, it might be the perfect time to show his film. It just may cure your kids of communism's romanticism and teach the long range effect of maintaining a "politically correct" society.
IF it makes any difference, this comes from a blog that seems to be an arm of Scientology.
China has moved away from enforced egalitarianism and stultifying conformity.
But the damage wrought by the Cultural Revolution was immense. Rule of law is slowly coming to China and democracy is at best decades away.
No, the young do not know everything. A society is too fragile to be the plaything of ignorant youth.
I think we need more similarities to how freedoms begins to end. Something at the beginning of the Red Revolution that looked like today.
Just hearing about total loss of freedom will NOT connect with young voters thinking Bernie makes sense. It’s too great a (whoops pun) leap for them.
Good article. Maybe the tyranny of political correctness can be seen through by enough of our young people to turn this tide. There is a minority of youth that are analytical and independent enough to push back forcefully.
I excerpted all the relevant text so there’s no need to even visit the reference site.
What got me curious was why all that would have been done by an unknown Chinese writer, so I went to the site.
The piece could just as easily have been concocted from thin air, Scientologists having no ethics whatever.
The reader has a right, I think, to know what well the water he is drinking springs from.
I verified from Wikipedia and CNN, this is Bernie.
|...I think we need more similarities to how freedoms begins to end.
Yes, if you could see the history of how a Soviet or Chinese communist society grew step by step, that would be powerful.
Sounds like a great project for someone in Hollywood. Maybe a guy like Trump can encourage and publicize the work of film makers who really care about preserving the fabric of the republic -- the civil society.
We need to help make those films financially viable. It can be done, I think.
My wife is from Japan, so we get the national TV channel NHK by satellite. They feature a once-a-year drama that runs for 50 weeks, 45 minutes (no commercials) every Sunday night. The drama is about Japanese history and centers around the life a particular hero -- or often a brother or sister of a famous person. The series highlights the struggles of the time, the politics and battles in the samurai days and in more modern periods.
Besides the splendid acting and production values, the series educates the nation morally. You learn what heroism is, and so in this case you do get a chance to see the progression of events that lead to tyranny and liberation. The series is called the Taiga Drama and here's a YouTube showing 5 minutes from this year's first episode Sanada Maru. You'll get a flavor for what it's about.
But I see what you're saying, Yaelle. To make the leap from their life today to a future tyranny is hard to imagine.
Curious, did you follow the Taiga Drama when you lived in Japan?
| Well, that's true. To me (and Google who put it high on their search engine) the writing seemed authentic, so that's why I excerpted it.
We an assume that the Chinese could not speak English, so someone translated it, or it could have been a compilation from dozens of personal stories.
Perhaps another Chinese person in the FReeper community can collaborate and verify.
The piece certainly seems to parallel the narrative of the movie I pointed to, "To Live".
| Interesting. So Bernie was at the University of Chicago stirring up the rabble way back in his college days.
Perhaps he was a friend of Bill Ayers. So maybe Obama and Bernie are acting like a tag team. "Obama you take first 8 years and I'll finish off the country in another 8 years after you."
A guy like Bernie, I wonder if he ever really enjoyed his life. His face seems to always speak anger and impatience.
Thank you for the article and the pictures!!!!!
I was born into this, lived in it, revolted against it, and had to escape from it. Paid big price by not being able to say good-bye to my family/relatives and close friends (all for their protection/safety), and ruined my career, too. Socialism / communism are the same anywhere on Earth. At that time, I escaped from one of the so called 'Eastern Europe' countries.
"I'm curious what successes FReepers have had in teaching kids/young adults about communism and basic economics."
This is the best question should be asked every day!
| Good image, Travis.
Perhaps powerful images like this are the best way to make people see what Bernie really is: and old village idiot from Vermont.
And I like very much the contrast between Trump's life and this guy's.
Thank you, OneHun.
I am sorry that this is your life story, but at least you are a free man today and can teach the rest of us about the terror you lived.
I hope your career is back on track and you formed a new family in a new world.
Cheers, my FRiend.
The under-30s barely read. If it’s not a 30 second video, it has to be a very simple meme.
They just don’t read. Without reading, it’s impossible to grasp the concepts required to sustain a complex civilization without veering into tyranny.
I have very little hope for freedom’s future, given this reality.
Your efforts to cast FUD upon an expose of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and it's similarities with the American Left, under the guise of protecting Freepers from bloggers, is noted. Your reward of thirteen pieces of silver from the Clinton Foundation is in the mail.
ping for later
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