Most people think we can learn from history.
Consider the emergence of the Communist Party (Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin) and the National Socialist Party (Hitler) after WW I. These parties arose in response to the horrors of that war. Poison gas was unleashed, machine guns were used, as many as 60,000 men died in a single day in a single battle. The world, it seemed, was unhinged. Terrible things never before imagined were inflicted on the human race and the wisdom of the past seemed outmoded. Despair was the order of the day.
Enter Communism and National Socialism (an extreme form of fascism). Each promised its own utopia, a world better than the one revealed by WWI.
Vladimir Tismaneanu in a new book on Communism and fascism, The Devil in History, describes the 1917 Bolshevik revolution as follows:
A recent solicitation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) reveals that the agency is seeking a “massive” online database capable of pulling up individuals’ personal information, connections and associates.
First they told her that her son had been killed not by Islamic terrorists but by an obscure American YouTube video. Now they just want Patricia Smith to shut up:
“They don’t tell me much. They want me to shut up. … I was told, and I really would rather not say by who, [though] I can if you need it, but I was told that I’m causing a lot of problems and to shut up. … I told them ‘I will not! I will not shut up until I find out what really happened!’”
She is not about to forget Sean Smith, killed directly by al Qaeda–affiliated terrorists and indirectly by the irresponsibility, incompetence, and/or perfidy of the Obama Regime. Neither should we.