The New York Times’ newest “conservative” columnist, Bret Stephens, compared “never-Trump” Republicans to Polish and Czech dissidents who broke with contemporary Marxist intellectuals and criticized Josef Stalin’s tyrannical Soviet government.
“NeverTrumpers haunt the conservative movement the way Polish or Czech dissident intellectuals such as Czeslaw Milosz and Vaclav Havel haunted that segment of Central European intelligentsia that made its peace with Stalinism after World War II,” Stephens opined.
Milosz is most famous for “The Captive Mind,” published in 1953 when he was living in political asylum in Paris. The book is considered one of the greatest works of anti-communism non-fiction.
Czech statesman Václav Havel is likewise considered another anti-communist movement hero. Havel, who assisted in the armed resistance against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, eventually found himself imprisoned for years before later rising to President of Czechoslovakia in 1989.
“The Trumpers (and Stalinists) traded conscience for power; the NeverTrumpers and dissidents chose the reverse. Conscience can be made to suffer, but in the end it usually wins,” Stephens add.
President Donald Trump has yet to imprison any political enemies, nor has he placed any restrictions on free expression. Neither Canada nor Mexico have expressed any concern he may invade to expand a totalitarian empire.
Stephens called again in February for a Second Amendement repeal, which would likely make any sort of American anti-authoritarian effort much more difficult.