posted on Nov, 10 2018 @ 07:23 PM
***Off topic - but about how to watch the 13 episodes faster
I know this is a long series and i'm on video 8. There are slow parts but it does help if you watch it at 1.25x or 1.5x speed, you still get the
whole picture and if there is a part that is important that you don't understand, then go back and watch it at 1x speed. I can't beleive I went until
about 2-3 years ago before knowing I could control the speed on Youtube. I do the same with movies/tv shows I download and watch on VLC, but there
you can speed up in small increments of .02%, maybe even .01%, so basically any speed u want between 1x and 4x and all the way down to 1/32 speed (so
a 30 frame per second movie/show, takes 30 seconds to play 1 second of video - That is SLOW!.. You can also speed up to 32x speed if you want to
search for something. Luckily both YT and VLC correct the audio so it doesn't sound like a smurf or person with helium talking. This is great for
watching a lot of the news programs as well.
Back on topic
The series actually gives a pretty fair sided look at both capitalism as well as communism (totalitarianism in this case) and the perils. They do an
excellent job of showing how small encroachments eventually lead to the complete removal of inalienable rights (which is why I tied this in with the
"Red Flag" killing in the OP). I think some people have to have sympathy for SOME of the communists in this series because they are victims of their
circumstance up to a point - but they are able to see how Americans act.
I found that there were many very wise sayings throughout. One of them, an old Russian saying that doesn't translate well that goes something like
this. If you have an enemy or a person you conquer and work with them (not necessarily friends, but tolerance of each other and teamwork) you will
plant many successful fields but if you enslave the conquered man (enemy) you can never bury him enough times (or you can never dig enough holes to
bury him). It basically says that working with the enemy though distasteful is mutually beneficial, where fighting them and then oppressing them if
victorious will result in resentment which will lead to constant tension and having to constantly punish them (burying them).
Another saying was that after 75-85 years of Communism, they are still waiting for the perfect Communist man. It is a joke within their own party b/c
they know it is impossible. When you have a government like communism, which removes all decisions at the personal level, such as what crops to
plant, what to build, how to build it, etc (as they always check with the party, who then goes up the ladder, and up the ladder even more - absolving
responsibility for those below - NO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!! SOUND FAMILIAR?) and they are then told everything to do based upon what, usually, one
person in the party decides even if they aren't an expert in that area (which is why so much of communism was a disaster). This leads to a society
where people can no longer think for themselves, they can't make their own moral decisions as to things like 'is this skirt too short or top too
revealing?", or "is it OK to drink alcohol or smoke tobacco" - and just about every other aspect of public and private life. People loose the ability
to use critical thinking to determine what is right and wrong.
Of course the state has obliterated long standing social/religious norms b/c they had to to be in power b/c they broke all the rules and were EVIL
people (in the view of traditional dogma). But they end up being even worse tha those they replace b/c they have no reference point for what is right
and what isn't - and the next person who is in power can change everything in one day if they wanted. It turned much of the population into mindless
slaves who were afraid and incapable of thinking for themselves - which lead to the destruction of the society (and the MAIN reason for the brain
drain from the USSR).
I understand why some people would think that communism would be a good idea - if you are a child surrounded by other children who have the same
principles and near same wealth. But when you realize not all men are equal, some are mUCH more greedy, or violent, or sexual (rapists), or covetess,
selfish, etc - you realize that this type of government doesn't work at all and there are people who get TOTALLY exploited Like Boxer on Animal Farm -
and he is exploited by most all the population, especially the pigs (elites).
This series should be shown in every middle school in 7/8th grade and then again as a senior before going to college in hopes of vaccinating them from
the communist propaganda they will be subjected to at most schools.