In a column titled “Socialism is Not Built on Compassion. It’s Built on Dehumanizing Others.” Barry Brownstein writes:
In The True Believer, a seminal book on mass movements by social philosopher Eric Hoffer, Hoffer writes: “Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil. Usually, the strength of a mass movement is proportionate to the vividness and tangibility of its devil.”
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Hatred begins when we dehumanize others. We lump individuals into a single homogeneous group. This other group becomes the target of hate when we believe ‘I am suffering because of them.’
Feigning compassion in order to dehumanize others was vividly demonstrated by protesters in a West Oakland, California neighborhood.
The Federalist in a July 5, 2018 article titled “WATCH: Neighbors Protest ICE As It Breaks Up Child Sex Trafficking Ring reports:
Protesters wrote ‘Oakland PD is a disgrace’ in chalk on the ground, as ICE agents busted up a child prostitution ring in their neighborhood.
Video of neighbors protesting as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents broke up a child sex trafficking ring in their neighborhood has resurfaced, as politicians and activists call for the agency to be abolished.
A local CBS news station reported on the incident, which took place in West Oakland, California, last year. ICE began conducting the raid in the morning, waking up neighbors who saw ICE and Department of Homeland Security vehicles on the street.
In Nazi Germany the devil was a Jew. In Venezuela, China, Cuba, Iran and North Korea the devil is anyone who opposes the state. For the Democratic Socialists of America, which is now the future of the Democratic Party, the devil is any of the following:
- Those who voted for President Donald J. Trump
- Anyone who is in the Trump administration
- Anyone who is a Christian
- Anyone who criticizes Islam
- Anyone who criticizes the gay lifestyle
- Anyone who believes marriage is between one man and one woman
- Anyone who is white
- Anyone who is black and supports President Trump
- Anyone who is Hispanic and supports President Trump
- Law enforcement including most recently ICE
- Anyone Democratic Socialists, the new Democrat Party, disagree with
- Anyone who loves America
As Brownstein notes, “An essential feature of socialism is to dehumanize others. Like millions in Pol Pot’s Cambodia or Mao’s China, millions of North Koreans have been taught to hate others. Millions in the ‘hostile class’ have been starved, brutalized, and murdered.”
Brownstein concludes, “Socialism will never produce a different outcome. How is it possible to insist that the next socialist regime will be different?”