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Why are otherwise rational people attracted to Communism?

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I was rather happy recently to see someone standing up against BattleCry, the new Christian fundamentalist revolutionary group in the US. Sunsara Taylor had some great things to say about why BattleCry is frightening, and about what concerned people can do to counteract them.

The latest update in the series recently appeared on Truthdig, where she discusses the Goebbels-like propaganda of the BattleCry organization (Godwin’s law, etc etc… yes she does like to compare people to Nazis a bit much).

I decided to check out her blog (Sunsara’s World) where I found this self-description:

Over the years Sunsara Taylor has emerged as an important voice of a new generation rediscovering the dream of revolution and picking up communism as it is being creatively re-envisioned by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party. She fiercely believes humanity is capable of a morality flowing from principles which guide an ongoing struggle to uproot all vestiges of male supremacy, to promote and base ourselves on science and truth, to value people around the world as much as ourselves, to overcome the brutal history and present reality of racism, and to construct a whole better world in the process. In the past she has worked with Not In Our Name and more recently helped initiate The World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime. She writes for Revolution Newspaper and has appeared on/in: Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends, CNN’s Showbiz Tonight, The New York Times, Air America, Fox News Radio with Alan Colmes, The Amsterdam News, 1010Wins, CNN.COM, NY1, and more.

Emphasis mine. This support of Communism from someone who claims to support science, reason, and evidence in place of religion confounds me. Why do otherwise rational people support something like this? My understanding is that the evidence and theory are both in favor of some form of a free market, not a command economy.

Am I missing something, or is she?

ADDENDUM: I should add that I’ve emailed her (very politely) with this question a few days ago, and have not yet recieved a response.

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Written by Admin

May 14, 2006 at 5:05 pm

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