|every adult must know about
communism at least as much as he knows about venereal deceases, and for
pretty much the same reason|
Is It Okay To Be A Communist?
Who is a communist?
-- Someone who read and believed Marx and Lenin.
Who is an anticommunist?
-- The one who read and understood them.
We often hear that
Well, I can answer to that, in short, with one of the handful of
jokes that conveniently sum up my political views:
An angel from the Lord appeared before a Fascist, a
Communist and a Jew (it is beyond the point how these three happened to
be at the same place; suppose they were on a bus :-) and asked them:
-- Each of you is granted one wish; what do you wish for?
The Fascist asked for the Communists to be eliminated for ever and
ever. The Communist asked for the Fascists to disappear from the
Universe. Both of them vanish.
The Jew looks puzzled. He asks the Angel whether the wishes of the
first two fellows were granted in their entirety. The Angel confirms.
Then, after a heavy deliberation, the Jew says:
-- In that case, all I can ask for is
a cup of coffee.
The longer answer is: the last statement in
the first paragraph is true. It is true, that
Lenin/Trotsky's communism of 1917-1921, as well as the state Stalin
built in the thirties were a perversion of the ideas of Marx and Engels.
The horrible nightmare that Stalin had implemented was
mild compared to the Lenin/Trotsky's version, which, in
turn, was somewhat milder than what Marx/Engels
proposed. Stalinism can be rightfully called Communism with a
humane face, it was very gentle compared to what
The upshot is that the Communist ideology requires a total
surrender of personal freedom and
privacy to the will of the state/class/party/whatever.
Please read the previous sentence again.
This is NOT an exaggeration.
This is what they (Marx/Engels/...) wanted and this is what is totally
and completely unacceptable in their ideology.
Let us read the famed (or is it "infamous"?)
of the Communist Party:
- Family: Marx/Engels are quite vague on the issue,
though they clearly imply abolition of the family and
introduction of community of women.
- Implementation: Lenin's words that
to have sex should be as easy as to drink a glass of water,
Alexandra Kollontay's (she was a People's Comissar, i.e., a member of
the national government) saying that a (female) member of the
Communist party has no right to deny (sex) to a (male) member of the
In the twenties there were public organized (voluntary? I don't know,
probably yes) deflorations of young girls by the Red Army soldiers.
Stalin returned to the women certain rights, e.g., to say "no"
(well, when she was talking to her social peer, at least).
Nevertheless, the family was continuously assaulted: the children were
encouraged to report their parents to the VChK-KGB, individual's
private family matters were discussed on Party meetings etc etc.
What they propose is
- Implementation: Well, here they
(Lenin/Stalin/Brezhnev) were as good as their (Marx/Engels) word.
Public education was mandatory, educating children at home was a felony,
organized religious education was outlawed.
I would conjecture that Marx/Engels would take all children from mothers
(remember, there are no families, promiscuity is enforced, so, in the
absence of genetic testing, there cannot be a concept of a "father") for
public upbringing (this is not purposeful cruelty, just a question of
pure efficiency in both input - resources spent on children and output -
You may dispute the validity of my conjecture, but then you will have
to tell me how they intended to feed all these single mothers.
Well, Lenin/Stalin/Brezhnev did not do that. Almost.
When a family member was arrested (i.e., "drafted into the industrial
army of GULAG", see below, or just murdered by the "People's Court" -
note that the institution was named identically in Nazi Germany and
Soviet Union), the spouse was arrested too (until the fifties; the
crime was "ChSIR" - "member of the family of the traitor of the
motherland"), while the children were sent to orphanages.
Note: public education might not be
necessarily evil and mandatory education might even look like a
good idea for the modern technological society, but mandatory
AND public means
brainwashing, and thus is clearly the opposite of
You might find Separation
of School and State a more appropriate policy.
Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial
armies, especially for agriculture.
GULAG was one huge labor army, of course, and people were drafted there
- you can hardly call the procedure "legal" - by millions.
But GULAG probably never accounted for more than 10-20% of the GDP
(although most of the military research was done there - people like
Tupolev and Korolev were imprisoned and had their "KB" - Design Bureaus
- in the prison camps - the celebrated "Sharagas").
This GDP estimate is based on the estimates of the GULAG's population
together with the fact the productivity of slave labor is usually
smaller than that of the "free" agents outside of the prison camps.
On the other hand, the peasants did not have passports until the
1970-ies, and without the passport they could not move in a city, so
they were tied to their "kolhoz".
During certain periods, city workers could not change jobs either.
Being late (by 20 minutes once or by several minutes 3 times)
to work was a felony.
proletarians have no motherland
- Implementation: a VChK/GPU/NKVD spy/subversion
network called "Comintern" and "brotherly help" to foreign Communist
parties (like bank-rolling the American, British and all other
communist parties which could not support themselves), etc etc. By the
way, a legitimate question arises - who bank-rolled Lenin before 1917?
One conjecture was that the Imperial Germany did: with Lenin's official
program that "the military defeat of our own national government will
lead to a revolution"; his success was in the best interests of Germany.
This conjecture remains hotly disputed by the communist apologists,
and, indeed, there are not hard proofs of it.
The plausibility of this conjecture is supported by the profitability
of the investment in Lenin: the communists surrendered
Russia in February 1918, 4 months after grabbing the power, and paid
enormous reparations until Germany was defeated by the Western Allies
(US and Entente Cordiale) in November 1918. What about before 1914?
They robbed banks. It was called "Expropriation of expropriators" and
was organized by Stalin, Kamo et al.
The word communist is totally discredited.
People who call themselves communists are usually misguided.
If they read the sources and know the history, and did not
turn away from the Communist ideas in disgust, they are political
gangsters or opportunists who liked living on the dole from the CPSU
(Communist Party of the Soviet Union) - before the USSR collapsed. But
this is rare. Usually these self-proclaimed communists are
just socialists, or social-democrats, who believe that these words -
socialist, social-democrat - are discredited (what can
be more discredited than communist?!) or misleading (what can
be more confusing than calling someone a communist?!)
So, do not call yourself a communist. It is a bad word,
invented by bad people to identify themselves. Even if you add all the
communists persecuted, tortured and murdered, all over the world,
including by the Nazis, you will never even approach a quarter of the
number of innocent victims of communists. Remember, that includes (but
not limited to) Collectivization in Russia, Cultural Revolution in China
and Cambodian Killing Fields. The balance is against them. They are
not victims but perpetrators.
The Two Superpowers
Comparing the witch hunt against the communists in the USA with GULAG
is so ridiculous and insulting toward the victims of the communists,
that the issue should not even have been raised. But it was, and is,
repeated by various political speakers, that "there was no difference
between McCarthy and Beria", "the human rights situation in the US and
the SU were quite similar in the 60ies, 70ies and 80ies" etc. Suffice
it to say that nobody was sent to jail just for being a communist in the
USA. People who were sent to prison camps in the USSR in the 50ies,
60ies, 70ies and 80ies, for "anti-soviet propaganda" (article 70 of the
criminal code) and "slandering of the Soviet System" (article 190-1 of
the criminal code) number tens of thousands. Losing a job can be very
unpleasant, but compare it with what the communists would have done to
the rest of us (and what they actually did in every single country where
they took power), and you would agree that it was quite mild.
No, I do not condone a witch hunt.
I just want to put things into a proper perspective.
Personal Freedom and the Free Speech are sacred, and it is good that the
communist (and fascist, for that matter, even though my gripes with
latter are even bigger than with the former) literature is freely
available on the Internet.
When Reagan called the Soviet Union an evil empire, he was
wrong. The Soviet propagandists corrected him, when they translated his
words into Russian as The Empire of Evil (Империя Зла).
The Soviet Union was a monster, bent on the world domination,
with the ultimate goal of total elimination of individual liberty.
Yes, this includes you, even if you think that since you call yourself
a communist, you would have ended up at the top.
He summed things up pretty clearly and without exaggerations. When you
read it here in the US, you probably think "how ridiculous! this is
impossible! this just cannot happen, ever!" When I read the book in
the mid-eighties, I saw everything I was reading about right in front of
me in the Moscow streets. In my not-so-humble opinion, this is the
conclusive proof that the Cold War was not between "moral equals", but
between Good (The Free World) and Evil (The Totalitarian Abyss of
- Victor Suvorov
- The worst
genocides in the history of humankind were perpetrated by the
- Investors of the World, Unite! [2001-04-17]
concise overview of Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, and Maoism
- Think free ... a China
where people have human rights and liberty. [2006-09-10]
- The Distributed Republic's 5th annual remembrance of the victims of communism [2008-05-02]
- The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression [2008-12-11]
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