I am reading Red Star over Hollywood and I am baffled by the doltish slavery to a repressive system by artists. Artist stock in trade is free expression and I do not understand the seduction of a system that is founded on censorship. Then again being fed a pipe dream of Art for the people could inflate ones ego. However the America Capitalist Barnes brought art to the people without pain or gulags.
The truth is that some people who claim to be secular still yearn for the utopias promised by religion. Thus they create a secular hell where man is god and life is cheap Killing Fields, Gulags are all due to mans attempt to play God.
The lives destroyed are sacrafices much like those of the ancient Aztecs. Yet for all the rivers of blood not one person ever achieves or glimpses this utopia. Utopia is a falacy and all who think they can establish it in this world are fools.
The book also shows how Commies act in secret and form front organizations. They are manned by fellow travelers who provide cover and submarines secret party members. This is how the party conducts business today. Code Pink, ANSWER, UPJ are classic communist front groups and their presence and leadership of the anti war movement speaks vollumes. They deserve the same disrespect and outrage as Nazis.
Sadly, there were also artists and intellectuals who were seduced by Nazism as well.
Totalitarianism makes zero sense but some need to feed their egos. Others quest for power as they feel entitled to Lord over the rest of you peasants. Lastly, there are those that need to belong to anything.