One of the key pivotal turning points last century was the fall of the Berlin Wall. And today marks 30 years since that wretched installation was toppled.
The physical collapse of Soviet communism—and global communism—was imminent. Even Gorbachev braced for collapse.
In 1980, Poles organized the First Solidarity Movement, with membership numbering in the millions—followed by a Second Solidarity Movement that catapulted the election of Lech Walesa in December 1990 and put an end to communist rule in the country.
On August 23, 1989, Baltic people’s — Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians numbering the millions— linked arm-in-arm spanning the three countries to protest the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact’s death sentence that divided much of Eastern Europe into dual Nazi and Soviet occupation and killing zones last century.
Freedom was contagious all throughout the land. After 50+ years of illegal occupation, along with the discord that originated in 1917, they were excited to kiss that awful system goodbye.
While I wasn’t alive to see it, as I was born in 1991, my parents have fondly recounted their experience watching that moment happen on live TV. They were very jubilant and happy to see this.
Yet, 30 years later, we see an ascendant socialist — or “Democratic socialist”—movement playing out here in the U.S.
Thanks to Bernie Sanders, AOC, interest groups who back them up, institutions of higher learning, culture, media, and other forces, we see people clamoring for socialism and freebies along with calls for the destruction of free enterprise. In fact, some out there lionize brutal dictators like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong and even Joseph Stalin. These are very strange times, indeed—especially since the horrors of socialism and communism are still fresh in many of our families’ minds.
As I noted here at The Resurgent recently, 70% of young people — particularly Millennials and Generation Z—would be content with voting for a socialist today.
Was history not taught to them? Aren’t they aware Stalin and Hitler were aligned at the beginning of World World II through the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and had signed cooperative agreements years before 1939?
Have they never encountered survivors of socialism — like many have encountered Holocaust survivors? Were they not taught about socialism’s deadly footprint, and how it was an equal-opportunity killer and oppressor? People who fail to mention this system led to over 100 million people dying in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin and South America should be called out. Shameful.
Even education about the evils of the Holocaust is waning and more people are clueless about the horrors that transpired under that regime, especially at Auschwitz. Sad times we live in…
On this anniversary of the Berlin Wall Fall, continue to tell stories of survival from behind the Iron Curtain. Bookmark the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and read books by M. Stanton Evans (Stalin’s Secret Agents), Timothy Snyder (Bloodlands), and the recently deceased Vladimir Bukovsky (Judgment in Moscow). Study the work of late democide expert R.J. Rummel, who spent many years teaching at the University of Hawaii, Yale, and Indiana University.
I will continue to share my family’s story of escape from Soviet-occupied Lithuania and I hope you listen to survivors from Venezuela, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and other regions affected by this pernicious ideology.