Survivors of communism speak on the rise of socialism and its violent intolerance in the U.S.

The violence and riots by socialist mobs in the U.S. recently may seem like something new to Americans, but to the victims of communism, they’ve seen this movie before.

Via the National Catholic Register:

Cancel, Conform, Control: Survivors of Communism Discuss U.S. Culture

Whether or not the United States is heading in this direction, removing statues, changing the names of streets and buildings and stifling free speech are all considered tactics of regime change.

The destruction and removal of statues around the country this summer isn’t new to Carlos Eire, who as a 10-year-old, watched members of the Castro regime use sledgehammers to destroy a religious statue in Havana, Cuba, in the early 1960s aftermath of the country’s communist revolution.

“It took them a long time,” said Eire, a Yale University history and religious studies professor and iconoclasm expert living in Guilford, Conn. “It seems to me it took forever.”

Besides that statue outside an Ursuline convent, Eire, 69, watched the new government demolish or deface monuments of persons or events it wanted to remove from public memory.

“This is one of the ways in which the Castro regime has rewritten the history of Cuba,” said Eire, who in 1962 was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana to the United States. “People actually are blocked from accessing the real history of Cuba.”

Cancellation Nation

Eire and other Christians who’ve lived through communism are recognizing in the United States milder signs of what they experienced in their native countries — but with the characteristics of an egalitarian democracy. Along with the removal of statues related to protests over George Floyd’s death and destruction in cities, some in the public square of academia and social media are losing jobs and reputations for violating the shifting rules of political correctness.

Recent victims of this “cancel culture” include Princeton University professor Joshua Katz; New York Times columnist Bari Weiss and opinion editor James Bennet; as well as UCLA lecturer Gordon Klein. A July 7 letter in Harper’s magazine signed by about 150 writers, academics and other professionals called for justice and open debate:

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted.”

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