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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Brezhnev Doctrine


James Taranto writes in his WSJ column:
Readers of a certain age will remember the Soviet Union and its grim-visaged leader from 1964 through 1982, Leonid Brezhnev. The Soviet Union was born in a revolution in 1917, but by the time Brezhnev came along it was no longer a revolutionary power. Communism had manifestly failed to deliver its promised utopia, so that the Soviet state was devoted to its own preservation and the expansion of its power world-wide.

Toward that end, in 1968 Brezhnev put forward an eponymous doctrine: "When forces that are hostile to socialism try to turn the development of some socialist country towards capitalism, it becomes not only a problem of the country concerned, but a common problem and concern of all socialist countries." The Soviet Union would intervene militarily to keep any communist country communist, as it had done earlier that year in Czechoslovakia and in 1956 in Hungary. Communism was a Roach Motel. Countries check in, but they don't check out.
I thought that the Cold War was over, and I had forgotten about that doctrine. Taranto is onto something. The doctrine explains a lot.

Why are Democrats so angry about reductions in state employee collective bargaining, when many other states have no such collective bargaining? Why is the Left so eager to uphold the Obamacare individual mandate, when the plan is not the single payer plan that they really wanted? Why was the gay lobby so upset about California Proposition 8 when the state has same-sex domestic partnerships and most states do not?

The answer lies in the Marxist view of history and progressivism, and the belief that the Left will never permit backsliding from their goals.

They don't care if Obamacare ruins our health care system. It will have been socialized, and a more complete government takeover will be necessary to fix it. No privatization will be allowed.

Brezhnev is dead and the Cold War is over, but the Brezhnev doctrine is alive and working for Pres. Obama's re-election.

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