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I Hate Communism: Imagine

Posted by TheBigDog, 10 October 2010 · 1532 views

I hate communism. It is the gravest danger to mankind. It suppresses that which makes mankind achieve greatness - the human desire for personal achievement. Communism preaches that the self is meaningless and that the collective society is everything. And that everything should be done for society first, and for yourself second. But altruism is not its own reward, and you cannot suppress people's need to being unique, or self expression, or being valued. Those are all the things that communism does.

The song "Imagine" is the very heart of my problem with John Lennon. It is a beautiful song, and paints a utopia that people like to hold up as ideal. It is insidiously evil because people do not think about what the ramifications of such a society, and in turn they are poisoning the efforts toward real improvement when they hold as ideal such a white elephant society and let it influence how they drive our current world.

Imagine there’s no heaven,
It’s easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

The first four lines are just trying to get people to put religion out of their heads. A central tenet of communism, and I will be getting back to this point. Imagine all the people living for today. What would the ramifications of this action really be? If nobody gave a thought to tomorrow. Think you have a population problem now? Let go of foresight and impulse control and see where it leads. Nice thought from a distance, but a failure in practice. How about feeding people, and getting from point A to point B. Or all of the invisible services that we take for granted. Or the miracles of medicine that prevent suffering and allow the sick to be well and thrive. All the result of living in the moment? Impossible.

Imagine there’s no countries,
It isn’t hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Now we have the removal of cultural identity. The removal of pride for being part of a place that is unique to other places. Of society being comprised of smaller societies with borders and laws so that people of differing philosophies can have a place to be among kin, and travel to enjoy the cultures of others. Nothing to kill or die for. There are things to kill or die for in this world. The pacifist people of this earth live at the mercy of the hawks. Human nature will always generate people who do not want to play by the rules, especially when there is no consequence to breaking said rules. Tibet will be free any day now, right? No religion too. This goes back to taking away from people the right to freedom of belief. I am free to do anything, except to believe in religion. That sounds like freedom to me! It is not the role of government to tell you what you can believe in, or to tell you that you can only believe in government approved mythology. The right to believe in the impossible is the very heart of freedom (even believing in communism). Imagine all the people living life in Peace. The only lines of the song that I don't have a problem with and the only ones I choose to imagine.

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

Imagine no possessions? Lets play this one out to the end. Where do I live? What do I eat? How do I travel? What do I do? This goes back to the communism, and making everyone a ward of the state. You don't need to possess anything, because anything you need is given to you freely. Oh, but you have to do your part in making things available to everyone else. And you cannot want what you do not need. So Just accept what you get. After all, it is the society that is important, not you. I cannot Imagine no possessions, except in a picture of society thrown back to the stone age and man being reduced to scavenging and hiding from predators. No need for greed or hunger? Exactly where is all the food coming from if nobody is living except for today? Oh, and all the people sharing all the world. But only if you don't want what you don't need. Only if nobody desires anything except for the brotherhood of man above all else, especially personal human comforts or ambitions. Again, the very height of freedom.

You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one.

Yes, John, you are a dreamer. And you are not alone. However, I will never join you, I will instead spend my life insuring that dreamers like you have a comfortable place to preach nonsense from while you spit at me for keeping you down. The world is not one. It is 6.5 billion. Wishing cannot and will not change that. The utopia described in this song would remove every hope of every individual from ever being realized. The suffering and madness that would be required are unconscionable. The power void that would remain and the central controlled supply network would make slaves of everyone in the name of freedom. This is not an ideal society. It is poison. It should be recognized as such. And it should be discouraged.


I wrote this several years ago, and I am just reprinting it here. I am a fan of the Beatles and of John Lennon. His death was a tragedy, a loss to the artistic community. He would have been 70 this week, but that does not make what he believed in ideal ways to lead our lives. He was a revolutionary and the meaning of his life's work should be seen for what it really was.

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