Why the Hammer and Sickle Should Be Treated Like the Swastika
The swastika is a symbol of hate. The hammer and sickle are symbols of hate. The swastika is a symbol of tyranny. The hammer and sickle are symbols of tyranny. The swastika is a symbol of genocide. The hammer and sickle are symbols of genocide. The swastika is a symbol of national socialism. The hammer and sickle are symbols of international socialism.
Both are abhorrent symbols. Yet some radical Leftists think that that when they fly the symbol of Lenin, and Mao, and the gulag, that it is somehow OK. This should not be. If you are offended by the swastika you should be at least as offended by the hammer and sickle.
As economist Murray Rothbard once said: “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics [...] But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”
We need to say the same about communism. To continue advocating communism despite its dismal track record is neither well-intentioned nor misguided; it is a deliberate attempt to push a provably dangerous ideology. The history of communism is as bloodstained as that of Nazism; much more so, actually. It’s time we treated it as such.