What is really terrifying about the Marxists is not their ideology but what they do to a country after taking over. Many years ago, we had a communist underground that the British Special Branch (predecessor of the ISD) had to contend with in the 1960s. The communists had strong support in Singapore and published a widely circulated newsletter. Do you know what the communists called their newsletter? Freedom News. Copies of the Freedom News can be found in a CD found in a book on the ISD published recently[Link]. Articles in Freedom News talked about the promise of freedom, equality and justice that communism would bring....it talked about power to the people who deserved rights and so on. What usually happens when communists take over a country is the repression of opponents, concentration of power in small group of people, control of the media to spread propaganda and disregard for human rights. The communists figured that they wouldn't get any support from masses if they told the people they were out to repress them.....who would read the newsletter if they called it Repression Propaganda...who would read it if they wrote about their real intent for a communist state. Marxism may have some problematic economic ideas that don't work but the real problem is the leaders who pledge to take the people to the promise land of justice,equality and freedom but once in power take a detour towards repression and central control.....That is the real conspiracy ...a group of men who seduce the masses with an attractive ideology for support then proceed to alter the system to consolidate their power for their own narrow interests by using propaganda and repressing their opponents.
"....to build a democratic society,
based on justice and equality...." - Singapore Pledge.
You really wonder what the Young PAP learned from the Chinese Communists but I think the lesson is probably not a one way street - the Chinese have a lot to learn from Singapore on how to maintain one party rule as the society become more exposed to the rest of the world. I guess there is a lot for them to share on how to handle the Internet, the Western media and how to keep the people happy with the status quo using the state controlled main stream media. The Chinese, I guess, would definitely be interested in replacing some of their archaic tools like simply making dissidents disappear with something more modern like defamation lawsuits.