The hard left has always claimed the high moral ground by portraying itself as the advocate of the have-nots of the earth. The labels shift, from “proletariat” to “third world” and, more recently, the “99 percent” (no less) of the global population. With such grandeur of purpose, the radicals of the world fiercely take on their favorite evils, namely what they call the “oligarchies,” the “one percent,” and, of course, “imperialism.”
Whenever and wherever a leader or political movement touting such a shibboleth takes power, the members of the hard-left, self-proclaimed revolutionaries, rally cheerfully and uncritically in support.
We have seen this happen repeatedly since the Bolshevik revolution led first by Vladimir Lenin and carried forward by his pupil Joseph Stalin. The “Father of Peoples” mesmerized the hard left until the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, held in 1956, admitted that Stalin had committed despicable crimes.
In the name of the struggle to bring forth socialism, so-called progressive intellectuals of the caliber of Chile’s Pablo Neruda and France’s Paul Eluard elegized Stalin’s glory. The French poet and Communist militant Louis Aragon went further still and wrote a vibrant defense of the gulag. …