A group calling itself the Freedom Socialist Party has been in the news lately. This prompted me to look into FSP, its values and its goals.
From their very own website:
“Welcome! The U.S. Freedom Socialist Party is a revolutionary, socialist feminist organization, dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule by a genuine workers’ democracy that will guarantee full economic, social, political and legal equality to all who are exploited, oppressed and repelled by the profit system and its offshoot—imperialism.”
“FSP’s founders….linked their own rich experiences to the Marxist understanding that only the working class has the power to take humanity to the next level.” Their world view “flowed directly from the ideas of early socialist thinkers like Marx, Clara Zetkin, and the co-leaders of the Russian Revolution, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky.”
This group idolizes ruthless mass murdering communists such as Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Russian revolutionaries Lenin and Trotsky. Why should millions of peace loving, hard-working Americans have a problem with this group of fanatics?
Let’s look at what kind of person their hero Trotsky was.
“Vladimir Cherniaev, a leading Russian historian wrote that,
“Trotsky bears a great deal of responsibility both for the victory of the Red Army in the civil war, and for the establishment of a one-party authoritarian state with its apparatus for ruthlessly suppressing dissent. As a Jacobin in spirit, he was not frightened by the smell of freshly spilled blood. He was in ideologist and practitioner of the Red Terror. He despised ‘bourgeois democracy’; he believed that spinelessness and soft-heartedness would destroy the revolution, and that the suppression of the propertied classes and political opponents would clear the historical arena for socialism. He was the initiator of concentration camps, compulsory ‘labour armies’ and the militarization of labour, and the state takeover of trade unions. Trotsky was implicated in many practices which would become standard in the Stalin era, including summary executions.”[i]
A group that looks to Leon Trotsky for inspiration is a group that is out to destroy America as we know it. The Freedom Socialist Party is run by fanatics who believe in suppressing free speech, and spilling the blood of middle class and wealthy Americans for their utopian dreams. They wish to tear down the fabric of American society and replace it with something else. These misguided people are the ideological offspring of history’s most ruthless killers. They are truly enemies within.
[i] p. 191, Critical Companion to the Russian Revolution, 1914-1921; Edited by Edward Acton, V. I͡u. Cherni͡aev, William G. Rosenberg; Indiana University Press, 1997.