The Right and the ‘Communist’ Slur

The Right and the ‘Communist’ Slur January 14, 2014

One of the most tiresome slurs used by the right is calling everyone on the left a “communist.” They never define the term, of course, and there’s a reason for that. Because the things they’re using it to criticize are almost never even remotely related to actual communism. Here’s Joseph Farah accusing CNN of being “communist.”

At CNN, just as in “The Communist Manifesto” and “Das Kapital,” the most important targets for elimination from the consciousness of the people are religion and free enterprise.

Amazing. Stunning. Welcome to the world of the Communist News Network.

It’s an all-too-accurate moniker indeed.

No, it isn’t. Communism requires public ownership of the means of all economic production. Is anyone at CNN even remotely suggesting such a thing? Has anyone at CNN ever requested such a thing? Of course not. This accusation acts as a slur, a dog whistle and a way of poisoning the well. A liberal is a socialist is a communist, obliterating all relevant distinctions. That their followers eat this kind of bullshit up with a spoon is depressing, especially when they vote.

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