The horrors [of communism] did not arise from perversions of radical ideology but from the ideology itself. We were led into complicity with mass murder and the desecration of our professed ideals not by Stalinist or other corruptions of high ideals, much less by unfortunate twists in some presumably objective course of historical development, but by a deep flaw in our understanding of human nature -- its frailty and its possibilities -- and by our inability to replace the moral and ethical baseline long provided by the religion we have dismissed with indifference, not to say contempt. The undeniable communist lies, methods, and results – which nonetheless have been vigorously and creatively denied (and ignored) – could not break through the ideals of communism (and socialism and progressivism and liberalism).
... They have followed in the wake of victories by radical egalitarian movements throughout history. We have yet to answer our right-wing critics' claims, which are regrettably well documented, that throughout history, from ancient times to the peasant wars of the sixteenth century to the Reign of Terror and beyond, social movements that have espoused radical egalitarianism and participatory democracy have begun with mass murder and ended with despotism.
Ideals have proved to be the iron wall that conservatives simply could not penetrate, the curse visited upon mankind.
 The Bible Answer Man I loved to listen to on AM radio similarly performed a vital service in disabusing callers of strange notions about or interpolations from scripture. No, he would say, it's not a useful line of inquiry whether angels can have sex with humans. Just stay focused on the basics.
How successful he was all told, he'd have to say. It seems to me, however, that there is no way to beat these twin defects in human beings -- the tendency to become infatuated by particles of truth (a little learning is a dangerous thing) and the laziness or zealotry that causes us to extrapolate from these particles to the level of galactic truth for which sanity, civilized society, and life itself must, as the "dialectics" dictate, be sacrificed. Classless society? You bet. New Soviet Man? Sounds good. Forced labor? Sacrifice is necessary. Lies in service to the state? Party leaders know best. Distort the historical record? Ends justify the means.
The Yiddish proverb is just classic: "Send a fool to close a window and he'll close them all over town." That particular gem has made clear a lot of human idiocy encountered by the Colonel is his 72 years.
So unbreakable is the grip of this delusional thinking that the man who tells the truth about the terrible threat is himself excoriated and destroyed:
The character Koppel Stein says in Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Job":
[In addition to wars and pogroms initiated by capitalists,] I’d seen plenty of wickedness, stupidity, and pettiness among my own comrades, but I answered myself ten times a day with the same refrain: we are products of the capitalist system. Socialism will produce a new man—and so on and so forth.The by-now classic delusion. Someone relying on politics and happy talk will fix things.
Stein is "denounced by my Jewish and proletarian brothers" in Poland and goes to jail after a farcical trial.
At the time I went to prison, I still believed in revolution, in Karl Marx. I had all kinds of political illusions. Back outside I was completely cured.
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. . . When I got out of jail, in 1934, and told [my wife] Sonia what I thought about our little world and those who wanted to save it, she attacked me like the worst of them. The fact is that while I sat behind bars I’d become a kind of martyr or hero for the Trotskyists. I could have played the role of a great leader. But I told them: dear children, there is no cure for the human race. It was not the 'system' that was guilty but Homo sapiens itself, in the flesh.
Stein illustrates something I saw just a day or two ago somewhere.
Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.We should emulate the fruit inspection stations on the California border. Every person who crosses a state line, applies for a job, seeks entry to a university, or asks for a driver's license should be required to swear or affirm, "I am completely free of ideals and the urge to inflict them on any other human being." Arrivals from overseas should be required to declare to customs, "I am arriving with no dumb ass ideas and have none concealed on my person or in my baggage."
Candidates for office should post a $100,000 bond to be forfeited if Debbie Waspherman-Schultz, Elijah Cummings, or Barbara Streisand like any of their subsequent ideas.
 Quoted in "William Chamberlin: A Man Ahead of His Time." By Mark Weber, from an address at the Twelfth IHR Conference, September 1994, in Irvine, California, published in The Journal of Historical Review, Nov.-Dec. 1994 (Vol. 14, No. 6), pp. 16-18 (emphasis added).
 Whether Muslims have approached or exceeded the murder, torture, and enslavement inherent in all communist regimes I can't say offhand. The Muslim conquest of part of the Indian subcontinent alone saw the murder of some 80,000,000 infidels.
 I forget what errors caused her to say that at various times but she may have had the Diggers in mind who got out of Acts 4:32 ("The group of believers was one in mind and heart. No one said that any of his belongings was his own, but they all shared with one another everything they had.") the command to organize around a kind of agrarian socialism. Also, long-time readers of the Intergalactic Source of Truth blog know of the Colonel's own fascination with the Adamites who settled on the idea that it is possible to regain the innocence of the Garden of Eden and so, by the irresistible processes of human logic, took to holding services in the buff. Sign me up!
 Mark Weber, supra.
 "Job." By Isaac Bashevis Singer, The New Yorker, 8/13/12 (originally published 1970).
 Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841). By Charles Mackay.