The Naked Communist, by W. Cleon Skousen
Having heard that this book was a terrible propaganda volume written about communism, I was disappointed in reading this work to only find trivially obvious truth about the behavior of Marx, American Communists, and the Soviet Union. Admittedly, there has always been a reluctance among socialists and progressives to label their fellow travelers as being the moral equals of Hitler and other fascists, and this book gives at least some hint of the reason why. The author’s discussion of communist infiltration and the desire of socialists to control education to brainwash the young is no longer a matter of tinfoil hat accusations but something that can be seen in person in the contemporary revolts and the establishment of various socialist “autonomous zones” all over the downtown areas of contemporary American cities. Yet this book has strangely little to say about the future of the conflict between patriotic Americans with a suitably strong sense of righteous nationalist sentiment and Communists and their allies and a lot to say about the past, and so while this book is certainly timely it is also a work of history far more than it is a work of prophecy. That may be for the best given the poor track record of would-be prophetic works.
This book is almost 400 pages long and is divided into two parts. The first part of the book is divided into twelve parts. After an introductory discussion on the rise of the Marxist man, the author discusses the problems of the lives of the founders of Communism (1), the appeal of Communism to pseudo-intellectuals (2), the Communist approach to the solution of world problems (3), a brief critique of this approach (4), the rise of the revolutionary movement in Russia (5), how Russia became a world power (6), Communism in the United States (7), Communism and World War II (8), Communist attacks on the free world after World War II (9), Communism under Khrushchev (10), the fall of Cuba (11), and the future task (12) of Western nations, most notably in recognizing the failure of coexistence. After some historical photographs, which are well worth enjoying, the second part of the book discusses five vital questions in dealing with Communism, including what the defenders of communism say (1), how do people build a free nation (2), what is free enterprise capitalism (3), did the early Christians practice Communism (4), and what is the secret weapon of Communism (5), after which the book ends with a bibliography and index.
Ultimately, if you are someone who is familiar with the history of Marx and Communism and the Soviet Union and the efforts of Progressive to mimic socialist thinking of Europe, and if you have had angry encounters with contemporary leftist propaganda, especially on social media, this book will not tell you much that you do not already know about the crisis that our nation (and other nations) faces. The author clearly exposes the hostility towards history and the logical flaws of economic determinism that characterize the Communists of his time as well as our own, by whatever name they have called themselves. The self-contradictions as people trip over themselves to follow the latest folly to come from party organs are something we have seen as well in our own time as well given the rapid pace of derangement on the part of the left. If this book does little when it comes to encouraging and supporting and planning the response to revolutionary leftism, it certainly does provide a historical context to this problem that will allow readers to encourage themselves in knowing that upon our generation too has come the sad duty of standing against the barbarians at the gates.