Soviet-Born Chess Legend Brilliantly Educates Millennials Who Approve of Communism

Soviet-Born Chess Legend Brilliantly Educates Millennials Who Approve of Communism


Chess legend Garry Kasparov, who has since
become a political activist, had the perfect reaction to the alarming number of American
millennials who approve of communism. In November, MarketWatch reported on a YouGov
survey that found 36 percent of respondents ages 23-38 approved of communism in some form,
a noticeable increase from 28 percent a year ago. MarketWatch revisited the findings — from
a survey of 2,100 Americans between Sept. 6 and 13 — in a tweet Dec. 27. “36% of millennials polled say that they
approve of communism, which is up significantly from 28% in 2018,” it said. The results did not go over well with conservatives
or anyone with a measurable understanding of history. One such critic was none other than Kasparov,
a Russian born under Soviet rule in present-day Azerbaijan and arguably the greatest chess
player of all time. “It’s nice they have opinions about communism
now, because once you’re living in it you don’t get to have an opinion about it anymore,”
he tweeted Monday. Communism generally has three types of supporters,
and Kasparov was able to touch on all of them, even in such a simple response. The most obvious pillar of support to which
he referred are the people who have never experienced communism and as a result do not
fully understand its horrors. Those delusions of utopia are magnified if
one is ignorant, willfully or not, of the gruesome history behind the failed marriage
between the government and the economy. Kasparov also subtly referenced a second pillar
of support: those who have lived under communism for their entire lives and are similarly ignorant
of other systems. For them, top-down economic control was a
given. Without the freedom to form their own opinion and weigh other systems based on merit,
those living under communism can be forgiven for reverting to the default. Part of the purpose of totalitarian communist
rule is to convince the public that it is either the best way of life or the only way
of life. Too often, that lie was and is believed. That nature of communism, to produce propaganda
on such a massive scale, also shines a light on the third group of supporters: the ones
in control. One of the major misconceptions among the
American supporters of communism is that the Soviet Union and Mao Zedong’s China were
problematic because they were totalitarian, not because they were communist. To those supporters, totalitarianism is a
bug, not a feature. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Total government control of every aspect of
life, especially the economy, is not only critical to communism, it is the definition
of communism. Whether there is one man with a birthright,
100 elected officials or a violent revolution (which is much more likely), communism is
totalitarian by nature. Without the proper checks and balances, which
will not exist outside a liberal republic, a government with total control can and will
keep the people under its thumb. Coupled with the fact that communism doesn’t
provide an incentive to work, this type of society directs human ambition toward power
and authority that only a seat in the government can provide. And if you don’t already have that seat,
good luck convincing the one who does to give it up. Thankfully, the pro-communist 36 percent of
millennials have so far not gotten their way. And with people like Garry Kasparov around,
we can help keep it that way.