“ Canada in midst of socialist coup and academics love it “
As the Trudeau Liberals continue to be rightly criticized by conservatives for leading Canada into socialism, an American professor who was once a Marxist now says after travelling the globe that socialism doesn’t work.
After visiting more than 110 countries to pursue various forms of research, notably cultural anthropology, Jack Stauder described his conversion from Marxism as a “process of disillusionment.”
“I gradually became disenchanted with Marxism by visiting many of the countries that had tried to shape their societies to conform to its doctrines. I was disillusioned by the realities I saw in … socialist countries — the USSR, Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, etc,” the University of Massachusetts professor told The College Fix newspaper via email.
“I came to recognize that socialism doesn’t work, and that its ‘revolutionary’ imposition inevitably leads to cruelty, injustice and the loss of freedom,” he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau obviously needs to travel more because his PM father — an admirer of China going back to Mao, and friend of Cuba’s Fidel Castro — was more Marxist in his political thinking than a democrat
Another professor, Florin Curta, of the University of Florida, was raised in communist-controlled Romania where he grappled with empty stores, power outages, and an oppressive government that frowned on creativity and the concept of free enterprise.
He grew up under the iron fist of Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, whose dictatorship was characterized by unrelenting state control, extreme poverty, and widespread deprivation.
When I was in the final days of my assignment as the Sun’s European bureau chief, I spent long hours before Christmas 1989 trying in vain to get into Romania as yet another Soviet satellite was falling apart.
I had previously been to Moscow, Prague, and East Berlin to witness the tail end of East Bloc communism and was already in Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down.
On Christmas Day, however, Ceausescu was finally overthrown and executed by firing squad — along with his wife — leaving the country in disarray.
So Curta, like Stauder, came to despise socialism for different reasons — one by living it, the other by travelling in it.
“I could see the same pattern in the many failed left-wing revolutions of Latin America and elsewhere,” said Stauder. “By combining actual travel with the historical study of socialism and revolution, I succeeded in disabusing myself of the utopian notions that fatally attract people to leftist ideas.”
According to Curta, one of the world’s most distinguished scholars in medieval history and archaeology, the difference between ideas and fact is lost on leftist scholars, a breed that seems to fill the teaching halls of universities in the U.S. and Canada.
“You have to understand, the difference between ideas and facts is what is of major concern here,” Curta told the College Fix. “As my father used to say, it is so much easier to be a Marxist when you sip your coffee in Rive Gauche, left-bank Paris, than when living in an apartment under Ceausescu, especially in the 1980s.”
As former Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis wrote in the National Post last October, there is a socialist coup unfolding in Canada.
“Ever since Justin Trudeau tried to grant himself king-like powers at the beginning of the COVID crisis,” she wrote, “what we have been witnessing in Canada is a socialist coup that we, the taxpayers, are funding.”
She is far from wrong.
Trudeau cares not a whit about burying Canada in debt and has even admitted to paying no attention to monetary policy.
The country’s debt is now well over $1.1 trillion.
And academics love him.