Communist theatre had it all – “including a puppeteer area”

IN this old clip, Bernie Sanders – just returned from the USSR – praises Moscow for using puppets to instruct people. A prophetic moment. He also liked the chandeliers at the train stations. It’s easy to laugh but imagine if he was a Republican praising the Third Reich’s autobahns. No laughing, then, of course.

 
It’s generally a sound idea to laugh at cranks like Sanders and his disciples. Humour is a powerful weapon. At the same time, however, he has to be held accountable not only for aiding and abetting murderous tyranny but for advocating an American version of the same system of governance. As for his followers, at root most of them are just acting up to spite the adults – like rancorous phonies have been doing in the West for several decades. Many of them, however, are actuated by hatred of the bourgeoisie and should be considered dangerous. Laugh at them but don’t make the mistake of seeing their movement as a joke.

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28 Responses to Communist theatre had it all – “including a puppeteer area”

  1. Iampeter

    It’s easy to laugh but imagine if he was a Republican praising the Third Reich’s autobahns.

    Or imagine if someone who supports someone like Trump was trying to laugh at Bernie for being a socialist.
    Now there’s humour.

  2. Iampeter

    Wait, wait, I have another one.

    It’s easy to laugh but imagine if he was a Republican praising the Third Reich’s autobahns.

    You mean like Republicans praising nationalism, a cornerstone of Third Reich ideology?

    These are too easy…

  3. notafan

    Linked article was terrific, thank you.

    What about that nationalism though?

  4. Tim Neilson

    You mean like Republicans praising nationalism, a cornerstone of Third Reich ideology?

    Poor old Iamashiteater, still hopelessly mired in the excrement of his own helpless dependence on cartoon like labelling.

    The Third Reich was racist, not “nationalist” in any sense remotely resembling US Republicans. The Third Reich denizens regarded non-Aryan citizens of Germany as inferior outsiders, and Aryans who weren’t citizens of Germany as part of the only entity that counted – the racially identified one.

    They were actually more globalist than nationalist. They regarded it as their right or destiny to take over whatever land they wanted for the use of their race, irrespective of national borders. The Republican concept that people’s primary civic identity should be citizenship, not race, is antithetical to the Third Reich – it’s the Democrats who are on that bandwagon (albeit with the opposite racial hierarchy).

  5. Up The Workers!

    Is his hair styled by a blind epileptic, or by lawnmower?

    Just asking.

  6. Candy

    He is a millionaire communist.

  7. Candy

    One of those hand push type mowers, I think.

  8. Rohan

    Sanders combs his hair with a balloon.

  9. Botswana O'Hooligan

    Lived there for many years, married to one, good things as in education, music, and literature for schoolkids, anything useful must be able to be fixed with a hammer or used as one. Metros in Moscow and Petersburg works of art, ground transport except for trains woeful, the ones at the top swapped Marxist Leninist hats for capitalistic ones and carried on worse than usual, the ones at the bottom (New Russians) took everything not nailed down and can be seen on the Gold Coast living the life of Riley, the professional middle class carried on Atlas like with the weight of the country on their shoulders and still do. A rising tide lifts all vessels and their living standard has lifted along with the wealth and power of the President. We must wish the Democrats good fortune with Mr. Sanders for he will ensure President Trump remains president Trump.

  10. Iampeter

    The Third Reich was racist, not “nationalist” in any sense remotely resembling US Republicans.

    Yes, yes and communism just hasn’t been tried correctly before.
    It’s amazing that you guys can’t even hear yourselves.

    Or maybe not that amazing…

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Sanders is the end result of the destruction of the education system and the failed neoliberal economic experiment.

    Anyone thinking he can’t win in November hasn’t been paying attention.

  12. Tim Neilson

    Iampeter
    #3333591, posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Poor old fact free logic free Iamashiteater, once again beclowning himself spectacularly with yet another demonstration of his total inability to think or write with even a modicum of logic.

    There’s proof positive that the universe is infinite – it contains Iamashiteater’s conceit, stupidity and ignorance.

    Utterly unable to respond to any of the facts I stated to validate my critique of his pathetic intellectual inadequacy, he unwittingly embarrasses himself with a staggering non-sequitur which bears no relation to anything whatsoever I wrote.

  13. Lee

    Yes, yes and communism just hasn’t been tried correctly before.

    Who here says or believes that, outside of your fertile imagination?
    Come on, cite names and references.

    It’s amazing that you guys can’t even hear yourselves.

    An hysterically classic case of projection.

  14. H B Bear

    After the Magic Negro America deserves 4 years of this.

  15. Good Old Uncle Bernie is no dupe – he knows exactly what he’s doing.
    Good Old Uncle Bernie is no fool – he knows exactly where his chair in the interrogation chamber is.
    Good Old Uncle Bernie is no useful fool – the people with the guns also know where GOUB is going to be sitting. They also know where he will be kneeling after the purge. In the bare concrete room with a drain in the centre.
    Collectivists hate traitors of whatever stripe.

  16. Tel

    The Third Reich was racist, not “nationalist” in any sense remotely resembling US Republicans. The Third Reich denizens regarded non-Aryan citizens of Germany as inferior outsiders, and Aryans who weren’t citizens of Germany as part of the only entity that counted – the racially identified one.

    The Third Reich was National Socialist, with some elements of nationalism (universal common identity) combined with a lot of elements of socialism (central planning, the individual must be sacrificed for the group, intolerance of any small deviation from government ideology, corruption mostly at the top levels).

    Scam-artist leftists always play up the “nationalism” part while shuffling feet and pretending the “socialism” part never happened, and the persistence of this dishonesty shows that there’s no accident here, it’s clearly intentional deception. After that, endless moronic repetition of the same wrong crap over and over and over … fool some of the people some of the time.

  17. David Brewer

    Sanders is the end result of the destruction of the education system and the failed neoliberal economic experiment.

    Anyone thinking he can’t win in November hasn’t been paying attention.

    Well, anything’s possible I suppose, but this clip is really bad for him, and there will be a lifetime of similar pronouncements for the Republicans to make into ads. Moreover, with Trump, they won’t be fighting with one hand tied behind their back, as with Romney, McCain and co. If Bernie gets the nomination, I reckon he will lose by about 40 states to 10.

  18. Tel

    Anyone thinking he can’t win in November hasn’t been paying attention.

    The Dems are going to have extraordinary difficulty getting the Bernie Bros to vote for someone like Biden or Bloomberg and at the same time they won’t be able to get middle-of-the-road voters to start supporting outright communism under Bernie. Between Bernie&Warren vs the rest of the “establishment” candidates we have almost a perfect 50/50 split in the primaries so you can be fairly sure there will be no clear winner by the time of the convention. Therefore neither side feels inclined to give in easily.

    The convention needs to achieve the aim of not only selecting a winner, but also making the losing side feel like it was all fair and that they also will benefit from supporting the winner. At the moment they are on the path to self destruction.

  19. Hugh

    On Iamp’s logic:

    Hitler loved German Shepherd dogs.
    I love German Shepherd dogs.
    Therefore, I love Hitler.

  20. Squirrel

    “IN this old clip, Bernie Sanders – just returned from the USSR – praises Moscow for using puppets to instruct people.”

    Bernie’s pick for Treasury Secretary –

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/29/Count_von_Count_kneeling.png

  21. Tel

    Hugh, yes smear by association is another favourite leftist tactic … even when that association is ridiculously tenuous.

  22. IainC

    Bernie Sanders cheerled and pimped over a lifetime for a regime that murdered thirty million civilians, locked tens of millions into concentration camps, trod 10 million starving Ukrainian peasants into the tundra for wanting to keep their own land, started WW2 with their confreres to the west by dismembering Poland, killing another 30 million, and enslaved 50 million working class into working for the State for gruel for 3 generations.
    Pres. Trump writes rude tweets, puts America first in trade deals and pretends he doesn’t use bottle tan. Of COURSE he’s morally inferior to Bernie, it’s obvious.

  23. mh

    Bernie should frighten the hell out of anyone that loves freedom.

    Should, but unfortunately won’t, as many see him as some friendly old codger that means well rather than a dangerous communist that has been a parasite his entire life.

  24. max

    In New England, citizenship was officially based on religious confession and local church membership, but this legal restriction was changed by Charles II as soon as he ascended to the throne.

    The No Religious Test Clause of the United States Constitution

    Wednesday, July 30, 1788.
    Mr. HENRY ABBOT:
    Many wish to know what religion shall be established.
The exclusion of religious tests is by many thought dangerous and impolitic. They suppose that if there be no religious test required, pagans, deists, and Mahometans might obtain offices among us, and that the senators and representatives might all be pagans.

  25. Iampeter

    Sanders is the end result of the destruction of the education system and the failed neoliberal economic experiment.

    Anyone thinking he can’t win in November hasn’t been paying attention.

    Especially when he’s running against Trump.
    I imagine half the voters for each will come from accidental votes meant for the other.

    This election is going to be even more pointless and hilarious than Obama vs White Obama.

  26. Bad Samaritan

    Iampeter (6.25am). I always enjoy your posts as they inevitably display much good humour.

    Anyhow, regarding your comment about Obama; in 2013 I was in Kenya, having a chat with a couple of local blokes, one of whom I’d known for some time; a rather famous former track athlete. a fella who’d travelled a lot..and seen plenty.

    His erudite comment was something like “what a pity Barack didn’t get brought up here by his dad. He could easily have become Kenya’s first white president. Of course he was kinda joking….but not exactly…so I see where you’re coming from with the Obama vs White Obama thingy. it always is difficult to tell who’s aping who.

    anyway. keep up the good work on this blog. stirring has always been an admirable aussie past-time.

  27. Buccaneer

    The Third Reich was National Socialist, with some elements of nationalism (universal common identity) combined with a lot of elements of socialism (central planning, the individual must be sacrificed for the group, intolerance of any small deviation from government ideology, corruption mostly at the top levels).

    More explicitly, both Hitler and Mussolini saw the Nationalist part as a compromise to get to the socialist part. What made them dangerous was their ability to compromise to get to the longer term goal. Fortunately neither got there.

    It will be interesting to see what compromises Sanders makes in his quest for power. Calling himself a democratic socialist is only the start.

  28. John A

    Buccaneer #3334286, posted on February 25, 2020, at 11:24 am

    The Third Reich was National Socialist, with some elements of nationalism (universal common identity) combined with a lot of elements of socialism (central planning, the individual must be sacrificed for the group, intolerance of any small deviation from government ideology, corruption mostly at the top levels).

    More explicitly, both Hitler and Mussolini saw the Nationalist part as a compromise to get to the socialist part. What made them dangerous was their ability to compromise to get to the longer-term goal. Fortunately, neither got there.

    However, as Tim N pointed out, the Nationalist part is conveniently played up whilst ignoring the fact that each went beyond the national borders by invading neighbouring territory and they both clearly had world domination in mind for their fascist/socialist ideology.

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