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July 17, 1918: The Date Communism Showed Its True Face; May 5, 2018: The Date the EU showed Its True Face

On July 17, 1918, the abdicated Czar, Nicholas II, his wife Alexandria and his entire family, including his five daughters (and son) were brutally murdered in the basement of the Ipatiev House in what was then and when is now called Yekaterinburg, Russia.

With all due respect to General Walter Krivitsky, who thought the crushing of the Kronstadt rebellion against communism during the Russian civil war was the moment that the USSR showed itself as a fascist government, and said so in a discussion with a fellow defector, Whittaker Chambers, I would argue that this wiping out of an entire family was the showing of the true face of communism.   (I actually had a picture of the five daughters, all with dark curly hair by my bed in eighth grade – yes I told you I was a strange kid – I think I had some sort of time warp crush on them.  It is nearly impossible to read about the death of the czar and his family – it was tough to even do this blog post – without extreme emotion, even to this day.)

Today, May 5, 2018, the European Union showed its true face when this happened:

EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker Defies Protests to Deliver Heartfelt Defence of Karl Marx

The leader of the EU, not elected by any people group in a ballot box, actually did say this – right in Trier, near the house that Marx was born in where I walked in front of so many years ago:

Speaking at a church in the city, he said: “Karl Marx was a philosopher, who thought into the future, had creative aspirations, and today he stands for things which is he not responsible for, and which he didn’t cause, because many of the things he wrote down were redrafted into the opposite.”

He added: “One has to understand Karl Marx from the context of his time and not have prejudices based on the review, these judgements shouldn’t exist.”

During the event, where he unveiled a statue of Marx donated by China’s authoritarian government, Juncker also highlighted goals of furthering EU integration and “social rights” in the bloc as Marx’s contribution to the European project.

Don’t like Bretibart?  Okay, how about the UK Independent!

“One has to understand Karl Marx from the context of his time and not have prejudices based on the review, these judgements shouldn’t exist. Karl Marx was lucky in life as he was born in Trier. He grew up in the city, actually the shortest period of his vita.”

Drawing on the philosopher’s legacy, Mr Juncker said the European Union’s instability could be addressed by focusing more on social welfare, which he said had been a neglected part of European integration so far.


“The European Union is not a flawed, but an unstable construction. Unstable also because Europe’s social dimension until today remains the poor relation of the European integration. We have to change this.”

If you juxtapose this screed with the news that the EU is trying to fund a European Army, it’s no wonder the former Eastern bloc are leading the way to fight the EU empire.  The USA should join them.  1968 was only fifty years ago…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

One Response to “July 17, 1918: The Date Communism Showed Its True Face; May 5, 2018: The Date the EU showed Its True Face”

  1. Bob Shannon

    In spite of the passage of time nothing has really changed in Marx’s flawed philosophy. The answer these folks turn to every time ( in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary) is ….let government control and distribute the wealth. One only need look at Venezuela and how in such a short period of time a nation rich in natural resources and economic prosperity that reflected appropriate levels all things considered now has formerly middle class citizens eating garbage.

    It warrants repeating that the public school system has lent to the ignorance one witnesses today, best reflected in surveys showing the % of Millennials who actually state that they would much rather live in a socialist society.

    How, in the face of history and the facts could this happen ? It is the ” blind leading the blind” hoards of public school teachers and administrators , educated in a higher ed setting of the last 40-50 years that promotes lies & mistruths.
    Recently here in King William a local community newspaper had a picture of elementary students taken outside and showing them forming a PEACE symbol on school grounds—promoting unity and global cooperation.

    This after listening the last two years how school officials plan on bringing in additional teachers/resources to shore up lagging math, science and reading comprehension scores.
    Whatever amount of time it took to get these kids outside and formed into a PEACE symbol would have been better spent on Math ,Science and Reading

    If as a society we are to have any hope in turning this brainwashing around it will begin with de-centralizing the public school, turning them back over to local control, abolishing school boards ( they are a colossal waste—elected or appointed).
    Until then we continue with this spiraling downward in critical thinking and economic philosophy exhibited and professed by much of todays public school faculty who are as economically ignorant as anyone I have ever encountered.
    Bob Shannon


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