Though most western nations are largely run on a capitalist system, elements of communism have found their way into the policies of western governments via leftist elements of those systems. The communist subversion has been gradual and over the decades it has increased to the point it is at today. The average westerner can now smell that something is not quite right about our societies. This infection of our western nations by the specter of communism has been a slow but deliberate undermining of the traditional values classically held by the west.
Therefore, the specter of communism is not only in the east, but hiding right here in our own western societies. At it's worst, some leftist political figures in western nations have formed dangerous close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), assisting their direct infiltration. Others subvert our culture from within by advocating for and incorporating Marxist socialist ideologies within their own policies, which are also communist things.
These may still appear on the surface to be free societies for now, but if such treasonous subversion of sovereign nations and their citizens continues, our western civilization will end up like modern day China.
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