A Short Word: Tearing Down The Wall

“I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it.
Of course we will not bury you with a shovel.
Your own working class will bury you.”
-Nikita Khrushchev-

Thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gates and implored the Soviet Russian socialist leadership to tear down a wall that separated people between the “capitalist” west and the “socialist” east. As a physical barrier, the wall was drenched in the blood of countless numbers of people who had tried but failed to escape the utopian state of the eastern bloc countries. As a symbolic barrier, it represented the ideological difference between those who espoused western style freedom and those who espoused Marxist style “freedom“.

This is an important distinction that we must understand if we’re to understand not only the context of the Cold War but to see how it applies in our own evolving political nightmare. Both sides of the conflict said that they were for “freedom“. For the west, American and western European leaders espoused classic freedom of the market, private property, and western liberalism. For the east, Russian and eastern European bureaucratic power structures espoused Marxist “freedom” from consumerism, collectivism, and eastern brand nationalism.

The result of the decades long conflict is a matter of history, but the victory was not absolute. While the wall in Europe did come down, the eastern bloc countries collapsed, and the Soviet Union is no more, because western values and economic superiority bested their values and economic superiority, their hostility toward consumerism, collectivism, and nationalism infected the politics of the west. Strong man personality politics, welfare states, and socialist reactionaries have become the norm in the west, especially in America. All of the political gains Reagan made in the United States have been erased by the lazy and the ignorant.

Now, we’re watching the GOP implode in slow motion, overrun by the descendants of that anti-west collectivist nationalism, divorced from the ideologies of our founding. They are only superficially American, given to tone deaf flag waving and shouting slogans, driven by fear of losing their national values, which they have set aflame on their own accord, and anger at the political class which they blame for the failures, while choosing as their candidate the very man who enabled the political ambition of our political opposition for decades.

They demonstrate their anger just like their Bolshevik political ancestors, by attacking anyone and everyone that doesn’t fall in line with them. Just like their Bolshevik political ancestors, they will destroy the country from the ground up for their political masters, until they are no longer useful, and then they will be rounded up and dealt with by the same political machine that created them. Nationalism is the poisonous cousin of socialism, imposing the same taxes, granting the same welfare programs, and bankrupting the nation all the same.

Ideological conservatives must separate ourselves from the philosophical barbarism of nationalists, because we ultimately have nothing in common with their brand of blind nationalist collectivist nativism. By associating with them, all we do is damage our own credibility with those who might otherwise be convinced. We simply cannot allow them to wall us in with them as they burn down everything we hold dear. The principle cause of Liberty is for all people, or it is for none.

Be brave. Be free.

Liberty is For The Win!

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