on Communism

1. Cleon Skousen, The Naked Communist.
The Naked Communist is a 1958 book by an ex FBI agentconservative United States author and faith-based political theorist Cleon Skousen.[1]
2. Beating the Unbeatable Foe: One Man’s Victory Over Communism, Leviathan, and the Last Enemy, Fred Schwarz.
3. Marx’s Religion of Revolution: Regeneration Through Chaos, Gary North.
4. Dedication and Leadership, Douglas Hyde.
Someone else had known: Douglas Hyde. He had been a major figure in Great Britain’s Communist Party in the 1930s and 1940s. He converted to Catholicism in the late 1940s. He wrote a classic account of his years in the Party: Dedication and Leadership, which Notre Dame University Press published in 1956, the year that I heard Schwarz’s lecture.

In the mid-1980s, I was given a copy of his limited-printing book, Dedication and Leadership Techniques (1962). I wanted to publish it. I wrote him for permission. He said no. Why? Because the Communist Party no longer resembled the dedicated Party of his youth. He said that the book would give a false opinion of the Party as of 1985.

I publish a modified version of it on this site. You should read it — not for what it says about Communism today — or in 1985 — but in earlier generations.
5. Egalitarian Envy: The Political Foundations of Social Justice, Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora.
Gary North explains that “One of the most curious of the suppressed manuscripts that I personally have seen is the four-volume typewritten book by Margaret Patricia McCarran, which she titled “The Fabian Transmission Belt.” She was the daughter of Sen. Pat McCarran, who was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and also of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee in the early 1950’s.

Because she had access to all of her father’s papers and files, she was able to survey the development of Fabian socialism as no other Americans conservative ever had. She was a serious student. Her Ph.D. dissertation was Fabianism in the Political Life of Britain, 1919-1931 (1954). It is available as a PDF document from the Mises Institute. For anybody who is serious about understanding the Fabian movement, this is the book to begin your detailed study.

Her Ph.D. dissertation was the tip of the iceberg in her research. She went on to document the development of the Fabian movement in the United States as well as Great Britain. She provided the extracts from primary source documents. She offered footnotes.

She wrote “The Fabian Transmission Belt” in four volumes on legal size paper. She had them bound. I don’t know how many sets she produced, but I know where one set is. I saw it in 1964, and at one stage I began reading it. My father-in-law. R. J. Rushdoony, had a copy, which she had given to him. He had great respect for her, although he disagreed with her adulation of John F. Kennedy.

It was around 1964 that her superiors in the Catholic Church found out about the manuscript. She was a nun. Her bishop intervened and demanded that she return all copies of the manuscript to him. She had already given a copy to my father-in-law, and the bishop never got his hands on it. He confiscated the ones she had. Where those copies exist, I don’t know. Maybe they were burned. But the hierarchy did their best to see that this manuscript never saw the light of day.”
6.  Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962, Frank Dikotter, 2011.
7.  The Great Terror: A Reassessment, Robert Conquest, 2007.
8.  Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror Famine, Robert Conquest, 1987.
9.  Stalin: Breaker of Nations, Robert Conquest, 1992
10.  The Gulag Archipelago, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, 2007.
11.  Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, Jean-Louis Panné (Author), Andrzej Paczkowski (Author), Karel Bartosek (Author), Jean-Louis Margolin (Author), Nicolas Werth (Author), Stéphane Courtois (Author), Mark Kramer (Editor, Translator), Jonathan Murphy (Translator), 1999.
12.  Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, M. Stanton Evans (1934-2015), 2007.  Gary North writes that “Evans was a first-rate journalist, a first-rate historian, and one of the best writers in the conservative movement.”  
13.  McCarthy and His Enemies: The Record and Its Meaning, William F. Buckley, Jr. & L. Brent Bozell, Jr., 1954.
14.  Wenzel’s recommended book list on the horrors of Mao Zedong.