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The Battle for Truth: Educating the Next Generation on the Dangers of Communism

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In a move that underscores the enduring importance of safeguarding liberty and justice, Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have introduced a groundbreaking bill known as the Crucial Communism Teaching Act. With the goal of enlightening the younger generation about the perils of communism, this act seeks to equip students with a profound understanding of its historical context and the inherent dangers it poses to society.

At the heart of this initiative lies a conviction that communism, far from a benign ideology, has proven to be a destructive force leading to oppression, suffering, and the loss of countless innocent lives. Senator Kennedy unequivocally states, “Communism is a cancer, and it always produces the same results: oppression, suffering, and death. We must teach the next generation of Americans the threat communism poses to liberty and justice for innocent people around the world.”

But our children must be taught theory as well as results.

At the heart of our existence, human beings are guided by instinctual impulses that have shaped our survival since the earliest days of our ancestors emerging from the primordial ooze. These instincts, studied in the field of evolutionary psychology, encompass a wide range of behaviors, from the simple act of scratching an itch to the profound fear and avoidance of death. Our instincts, such as the compelling urge to scratch an itch to find relief, serve as essential mechanisms that ensure our well-being.

In modern America, most of our instinctual needs are readily met. Food and shelter are easily obtainable, and the daily confrontation with mortality, which characterized earlier eras of human history, has diminished. However, two instincts related to reproduction hold significant sway over our lives in contemporary society.

The first instinct revolves around parenting and the profound love we have for our children. The deep-seated drive to protect and provide advantages for our offspring is a force that profoundly shapes our actions. The second instinct, which pervades society, can be described as the “competition for mates and resources.” This instinct drives the process of seeking and attracting a suitable partner with whom we can bear children. Competition, in various forms, is an instinct that has propelled the human race forward, ensuring its success, reproduction, and continuous improvement across countless generations.

In America, these two instincts likely occupy the lion’s share—approximately 80-90%—of our daily activities, depending on our stage in life. If one does not yet have children, the competition for mates and resources may consume a significant portion of their focus. However, once an individual has a mate and children, the competition for resources readily transforms into a competition for the success and well-being of their offspring. The parental instinct takes hold, compelling parents to ensure their children’s survival, thriving, and happiness. Evolutionarily speaking, the care and nurturing of children have been vital for the continuity of family lines. Parents often put aside their personal aspirations, living vicariously through their children, thus passing down the instinct to compete.

And herein lies the quandary: socialism disrupts the natural course of competition on behalf of those we love. Instincts that have been ingrained in our behavior since before we were human.

The suppression of such basic instincts, the inability to care for our loves ones, or search for an appropriate mate, are the ultimate in oppression by a communist state.

Socialism aims to eliminate individual competition, a fundamental aspect of our humanity that propels us forward. Throughout the twentieth century, the Soviet Union, the most prominent socialist experiment, faltered despite the persistent efforts of its leaders to mold humanity to fit the socialist framework. Lenin and Stalin resorted to eliminating those who resisted the socialist construct, resulting in the deaths of millions of individuals labeled as “misfits.” These atrocities, in essence, were misguided attempts at eugenics, an endeavor to breed a new kind of human being. However, even such extreme measures failed to realize the intended socialist utopia.

When the Soviet Union eventually collapsed in 1991, the black market, a realm of highly competitive free enterprise that manifests in its best and worst forms, emerged as the backbone of the new Russian economy and the breakaway territories. This exemplifies the indomitable force of competition ingrained within human nature. Even under the looming threat of death, free enterprise prevailed, establishing a thriving black market that defied attempts to suppress it.

The United States, with its foundational principles of freedom and democracy, has long served as a beacon of hope for people worldwide. However, as Senator Scott observes, the rise of socialist and communist policies among certain factions threatens to undermine these cherished values.

Communism’s global toll is staggering, with more than 100 million victims and over 1.5 billion people currently living under its rule. Despite this sobering reality, a 2020 poll by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation revealed that a concerning percentage of Millennials and Generation Z view communism favorably. These findings highlight the urgent need for comprehensive education on the subject.

The Crucial Communism Teaching Act proposes the distribution of educational materials through the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, enabling high schools to incorporate vital lessons about the history and detrimental impact of communism into their curricula. By doing so, the bill aims to foster a deep understanding of how this ideology fundamentally undermines America’s founding principles of freedom and democracy.

As the public grapples with the ramifications of ideological speech codes and the suppression of dissent, commentator and radio host Dennis Prager offers a poignant perspective. Drawing on his firsthand experiences studying communism and witnessing the Soviet oppression of Jews, Prager warns that the modern Left’s inclination to enforce ideological speech codes bears a striking resemblance to totalitarian regimes. He describes this phenomenon as “nightmarish” and emphasizes the critical need for courageous individuals to defend truth and free speech.

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