After seeing a video of a pair of 20-somethings from a local Wisconsin socialist organization , Donald had this to say:
"These folks are from International Socialist Organization, revolutionary Trotskyites committed to global anti-capitalist struggle. What's fascinating is how the lady speaks about how "all of our members" are up every morning organizing for the dictatorship of the proletariat. That's amazing, since I thought we only had imaginary communists in America:"
Now first off, the lady never "speaks about how "all of our members" are up every morning organizing for the dictatorship of the proletariat." Watch the video as many times as you need to... She neither uses those words or expresses that sentiment. As so often happens, Donald Douglas is lying, and hoping his readership is too stupid to notice...
And then there is Donald and his imaginary communists... If you follow his link, you'll no doubt quickly notice that his link is disingenuous, too. No one said there's no such thing as communists, not even here in America. What the folks at SadlyNo said was, Donald Douglas sees communists everywhere he looks. Obama? Communist. The Democratic Party? Communists. Peace activists? Communists. Donald's enemies are ALL communists (or nihilists, or some other kinda "...ist," in an effort to paint anyone who isn't a God-fearing neocon as un-American.)
Given this "boy who cried wolf" bullshit, it's no wonder that folks don't take Donald Kent Douglas seriously, and question his knowledge and ability to be an effective political science associate professor. Anyone who claims not to be able to discern the differences in political theory and/or actual policy between Stalin and Obama is a poor man's propagandist, and not worthy of his doctorate. (As I've said before, I don't believe Donald doesn't know better; I believe he is intentionally lying, hoping to persuade, and that he's fully aware that he's doing it. Which in a way, is worse than being ignorant.)
Let's be clear. There are communists here in America. And yes, there are some Socialists, like the pair in the propaganda video. There are probably a few Stalinists, even. Their numbers are pretty small -- (The video shows only two socialists. Given the number of folks protesting in Madison, that ought to tell you something right off the bat. If there really were "Socialist Public Employees Call[ing] for Revolution in Wisconsin," you can be sure that Donald and his fellow union-busters would've showed you as many as possible, being as vehement as possible. They came up with two twenty-somethings handing out flyers and newspapers and talking about the rights of workers.) -- and for the most part, they're discussing ideas, not committing (or even contemplating) violent "Stalin-like" acts of any kind. That doesn't make their ideas good or right, but these ain't McCarthy's communists, either. (Hell, for the most part, even McCarthy's communists weren't the dangerous folks he made them out to be...) Donald is just another in a long line of red-baiters and liars, who would rather scream accusations than take folks down on the merits. (One would think it'd be easy to defend capitalism and take down socialism intellectually, rather than painting everyone with that big ol' Stalinist brush.)
Now it's certainly legitimate to take on these socialist kids for things they actually said, but Donald doesn't do that. Instead he invents a quote that doesn't exist, and argues against that. Anyone who reads Dr Douglas ought to be asking themselves why...
Donald and other propagandists like him can't see the forest for the trees, and want you to be as blind as they are. They point to this pair, and call everyone protesting in Madison "Cooooomunists!!!," as though all the rest--the folks who are not members of this or any socialist organization, and probably didn't even take their flyers--are ALL Cooooomunists!!!.
Donald is obviously willing to tell any lie for his cause... That's who he is. But you'd have to be an idiot to take his word for anything. His posts are at least as often fiction as they are fact, and it's incumbent on the reader to do their homework and verify every claim he makes... assuming one even needs to read him, at all.
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