I happen to be an old-time radio fan. There’s something about the Golden Age of Radio that fascinates me. I have several gigabytes of radio serials including The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Lux Radio Theater, and one of my personal favorites, I was a Communist for the FBI starring Dana Andrews. You don’t have to be an anarchist to enjoy listening to a radio show from a period when communism wasn’t above reproach.
Today I was listening to an episode titled “Capital City Square Dance” and at the end of the episode Andrews concluded the story with the following:
Communism is not a political argument. It’s a hard cold theory of aggression.
I sat there and pondered the statement for a moment as the episode came to a close, and then I realized Andrews was right. In fact, it is one of the best descriptions of communism I’ve ever come across.
But you know what else? It’s also an excellent description of the State itself.