REFERENCES ON COMMUNISM – A.K.A. – SOCIALISM
My generation was unfortunately not paying much attention to the wave of Communists – A.K.A. Socialists – that overtook the educational system over the last 50 years more or less (See Cry Havoc! The Great American Bring- Down and How it Happened – By Ralph de Toledano). Thus recent generations have been indoctrinated to accept socialism over capitalism, which is the same as substituting mind-numbing serfdom for the freedom and liberty which has made this country the greatest ever.
Here are some recommended readings on socialism, adapted from a facebook “lecture” to young members of the current generation.
F.A. HAYEK, The Road to Serfdom
V. Havel et al, The Power of the Powerless
R. Conquest, Reflections on a Ravaged Century, Ch. 6, “Into the Soviet Morass, and Ch. 7.
George Orwell, 1984.
Orwell’s 1984 description of TV sets that scan the whole room to report any deviations from Big Brother’s orders is particularly applicable to today’s TV technology. There is a movie of 1984 that has gotten high ratings. Recommend the book first.
R. Conquest has additionally written extensively on the Soviet Great Terror. See Reflections… for a list of his other works on Soviet Russia – some two dozen or so.
There is a biography of Stalin available on Netflix. He starved 20 million people in the Ukraine and another 25 million Soviet citizens. died in WWII, as well as death to millions more. The Communists in charge of the educational system have not encouraged students to see this film.