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Posted By: Jim Carroll
26-Jul-19 - 12:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
"One of life's pleasing peculiarities is that the committed communist views the theoretical principles of his politics with the same fervour that the religious zealot worships his God"
Communism never existed as a system - it was an aim - that equality of opportunity should be available to all
That wasn't a 'religion' it was an ideal well worth struggling for
No promise of paradise after death, just an aim to better the lot of mankind - and to a degree, it worked-

It turned an Empire made up largely of feudal and semi feudal States into a modern contender on the world stage within five decades, despite having started in a destructive war of attrition, undergoing a revolution, a civil war supported by 14 invading foreign powers, another world conflict in which led to the slaughter of more people than any other nation on the planet... and a benevolent dictator who ended up undermining the ideals of the system being aimed for
Where a distorted Socialist State produced Stalin, Western European Industrial Capitalism produced Hitler.

The proof of the pudding lies in the eating, 'Free Russia' is now the second greatest threat to world peace today (next to Trump's U.S.) and is the most unequal State in modern Europe.
Some of the 'former communist countries' are rapidly reverting to fascist States - the consequences for this can be seen by lookign at what happened in former Yugoslavia once Tito's velvet grip was eased.

None of this has anything to do with the E.U. of course, which is a group of States living under a dying system and trying to make the best of things until they find something better - it is a short-term measure England (not Britain) has never really lost its Empire mentality of leeching off the poorer nations and is, with the help of the other rich and powerful nations, turning the population of the Third World into Itinerants and refugees
Jim Carroll