By Duncan Smith

Historian and scholar Victor Davis Hanson is one of the most brilliant minds in America today.

The Hoover Institute fellow is also keenly aware of the rising left-wing authoritarianism taking place in our country as evidenced in pop culture, academia, the entertainment industry, and the political arena.

What is happening to America is what happened in the former Soviet Union after the communists took over in 1917.

For the next seven-plus decades, the USSR was one of the most tyrannical places on the globe.

The country eventually fell apart because authoritarianism isn’t a very good economic driver. But during those decades, there were a few elites who enjoyed good lives while the citizenry suffered.

Soviet institutions were corrupt and weaponized against political enemies.

Russia’s history was altered or memory-holed. And so on.

Hanson sees parallels for certain, as he noted in a column this week at Fox News:

What ultimately ended the nihilist Soviet system? 

Was it not that Russians finally tired of the Kremlin's lies and hypocrisies that permeated every facet of their falsified lives? 

Here are 10 symptoms of Sovietism. Ask yourself whether we are headed down this same road to perdition. 

They are:

There was no escape from ideological indoctrination – anywhere.

The Soviets fused their press with the government.

The Soviet surveillance state enlisted apparatchiks and lackeys to ferret out ideological dissidents. 

The Soviet educational system sought not to enlighten but to indoctrinate young minds in proper government-approved thought. 

The Soviet Union was run by a pampered elite, exempt from the ramifications of their own radical ideologies.

The Soviets mastered Trotskyization, or the rewriting and airbrushing away of history to fabricate present reality. 

The Soviets created a climate of fear and rewarded stool pigeons for rooting out all potential enemies of the people. 

Soviet prosecutors and courts were weaponized according to ideology. 

The Soviets doled out prizes on the basis of correct Soviet thought. 

The Soviets offered no apologies for extinguishing freedom.

As much as Democrats busted Donald Trump’s chops over ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ in fact they want to emulate Old Soviet Russia, as Hanson so brilliantly notes.

Which one of those things he mentioned are not being implemented in America by the new Democrat Soviets?

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