I read this quote in a speech given on June 2, 1950 by Joseph McCarthy that said:

"We know that the major aim of communism, as stated by its atheistic leaders more than 30 years ago, is to create a Red China, thence a Red Asia, wash it with a Red Pacific - and then enslave America."

Is there a speech by a Communist leader that insinuates this goal?


Insofar as the Marxist view of history holds that class revolution is inevitable and inexorable, this was expected to spread around the world. As such, exporting revolution was a major goal of Communist powers. Lenin was the champion of world revolution and founded the prominent umbrella group, the "Communist International", in 1919.

In your question, the notoriously anti-red Senator Joseph McCarthy seems to have simply added some color to the story by describing the revolutionary process as "enslavement".

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    given that the population at large under communist regimes are slaves to their governments, the term was and still is quite appropriate. – jwenting Mar 15 '19 at 5:33
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    Besides the controversial vocabulary revolutionary process vs enslavement, is there any statement by Communist leaders hinting about such a sequential and eastern spread of Communism (Russia->China->Asia->Pacific->America) rather than a more holistic (revolution everywhere at once!) or western (free the European working class!) agenda, that MacCarthy might have been refering to ? – Evargalo Mar 15 '19 at 10:42
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    @Rekesoft to be fair, despite Das Kapital assurances, the Soviet Union was not prevented from acting whenever it could (e.g. Eastern Europe, Afghanistan ) in order to keep and maintain its sphere of influence. There is some discussion about it being a defensive strategy (create a buffer to prevent another invasion) but it did certainly did take some measures other than waiting for the West to collapse). – SJuan76 Mar 15 '19 at 13:40
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    @Evargalo Good point. It is worth remembering that Stalin did initially support Chiang Kai Check and did ignore Communist movements in China (Operation Zet) and that the support switched when Chiang protested the annexation of Tannu Tuva. – SJuan76 Mar 15 '19 at 13:43
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    @SJuan76 : it is a bit more complicated (nicer paper here, in PDF: src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/rp/publications/no09/09_08_Radchenko.pdf) but true, Stalin's Asian politics didn't change much compared to tsarist Russia: creating buffer states, containing of England and Japan, gaining influence in China, accessing ressources..., and it was built on much more realpolitik than ideology. Statements that we should be looking for, "30 years before MacCarthy", would predate Stalin's rise to power, but I didn't find anything circa 1920. – Evargalo Mar 15 '19 at 14:22

Of course not. I doubt very much if any communist leader would be stupid enough to openly say they want to enslave anyone. America enslaves, of course. But not the other way around. Communism liberates people. (Not my opinion - theirs.)

  • Thanks! Been working on Rhetorical analysis. – Nathan Tibbitts Mar 15 '19 at 2:56
  • freedom is slavery. war is peace... – jwenting Mar 15 '19 at 5:34
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    @jwenting 1984 was a novel. Not a #$%$# manual! :-) – Jos Mar 15 '19 at 6:06
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    I think that even people who took MacCarthy's words for truth understood that he was not quoting Communist/Atheist leaders litterally. To answer this question, we should look for Communist statements about liberating China, Asia, Pacific and then America. – Evargalo Mar 15 '19 at 10:38

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