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The New York Times has been running retrospective articles under the heading “Red Century,” looking back, often fondly, on the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution of 100 years ago. For example:

My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

Jacob Mikanowski
RED CENTURY JULY 31, 2017

And today:

Screenshot 2017-08-07 17.50.59

Actually, rather than being a modern environmentalist backpacker type, Lenin became an ardent bloodsport enthusiast (upper class mode) during his relatively luxurious 1890s Siberian exile under the Czar. In his village of internal exile, he became a leader of the local gentlemen hunters of fashion. Much like Teddy Roosevelt’s sojourn out West, the whole experience of being sent to Siberia was a bully tonic for Lenin’s vigor.

 
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  1. Trotsky, too, was a hunter.

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    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    My Chicago Alderman Leon Depres actually KNEW Trotsky; unfortunately, I did not know this the one time I saw him in the 1970s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBIM70VkzPw
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    So was Friedrich Engels - loved foxhunting and rogering the mill-girls. From each according to his ability ...

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/engels-the-playboy-communist-912801
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  2. Cagey Beast says: • Website

    Notice how the kind of people who now work at the NYT or the Atlantic have great nostalgia for the early years of the USSR but admire that part of the world less and less the closer one gets to the present day?

    In the Sochi Games opening ceremony, the era most loved by the NYT types was presented as sinister while the postwar era was lively, full of baby carriages and new cars for young families. If the Russians had hired America’s intellectual elite to direct the show, they’d have floats depicting the Doctor’s Plot and the Anti-Zionist Purges. It would show bookish folk no longer being trusted with jobs that involve firearms or the handling of political prisoners. As it is, they have to confine themselves the pages of the NYT. There they can reminisce about the days when it was standing room only in the cellar of granddad’s Cheka detachment. I bet he’d know what to do with all those MAGA hat wearing kulaks!

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    • Replies: @Jim
    Uncle Joe was a great guy. Putin of course is the new Hitler.
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  3. Arclight says:

    Somehow I don’t think we’re going to be seeing articles on how Hitler’s love of Wagnerian opera boosted interest in the genre and the Bayreuth Festival, or how his vegetarian diet showed how woke he was to the threat posed to global warming by methane-farting cows.

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  4. To really get in the spirit of the centennial celebration, perhaps Paramount could re-release Warren Beatty’s “Reds”, just in time for possible Oscar consideration (tying it in with the 1917 October Revolution).

    Also, weren’t Lothop Stoddard and Madison Grant major contributors to the US’s conservation movement of the late 19th early 20th centuries? Don’t suppose the NYT will write some think pieces extolling Madison Grant’s contribution to the forming of the Sierra Club anytime soon?

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Hell no.

    Environmentalism is racism--didn't you get the memo?

    You just underscored it.
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  5. IBC says:

    More from this series:

    Naked truth: How the promise of socialism was thrown away for good hair.

    Hair today gone tomorrow: How Stalin’s pompadour lead to paranoia and purges.

    The light touch: How an authoritarian Marxist founded the Tread Lightly movement.

    –The story of Lenin’s half-track:

    https://smarthistoryblog.com/2016/07/29/lenin-drove-a-rolls-royce/

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    Ruskaya Doroga ("Russian Road")
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=CIDtwhLs5_0&NR=1
    , @syonredux
    Hey, say what you like about Stalin, but the man had great hair:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrR6CywxmRg
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  6. Dee says:

    This is a strange article, I remember reading about Love Canal type shit holes all across eastern Europe after the Iron Curtain was gone. The locals said it was because it was public property that no one cared what happened to an area. Their own little plot was cared for.

    The Tragedy of the Commons across half a continent…

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    • Replies: @Spotted Toad
    Yeah, nobody screwed over the environment like the Soviets screwed over the environment. Stalin turned one of the world's largest inland seas, the Aral, into disgusting salt flats out of a mad desire to grow cotton in Southern Russia.
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  7. @IBC
    More from this series:

    Naked truth: How the promise of socialism was thrown away for good hair.

    Hair today gone tomorrow: How Stalin's pompadour lead to paranoia and purges.

    The light touch: How an authoritarian Marxist founded the Tread Lightly movement.

    --The story of Lenin's half-track:

    https://smarthistoryblog.com/2016/07/29/lenin-drove-a-rolls-royce/

    Ruskaya Doroga (“Russian Road”)

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    • Replies: @IBC
    Wow, I wouldn't have expected them to make it; especially with the lighter passenger truck. I know that running water doesn't have to be very deep to sweep away a regular car. Thanks for the link and good music!
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  8. gcochran says:

    Every person shot in the back reduces littering.

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    Well, maybe after their corpse is removed, yeah.
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  9. The Left is beyond redemption. They have all earned their tenure, and all will swim in the Lake, beginning with the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

    Murder? Torture? It is all good as long as it is in the service of the “Greater” good.

    Rabid? Maybe. Stupid? Likely. Certainly vicious, because it explains their actions and perspective.

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  10. Small sample, but maybe burning both ends on the strenuous life isn’t so good for longevity. They both died well before retirement age of old people diseases.

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  11. Mr. Anon says:

    Yeah, when I hear the term “soviet communism”, the first thing that leaps to mind is “environmental stewardship”

    This whole series seems to be a subtle (or not so) white-washing of communism.

    I wonder if the Times would ever publish a dewey-eyed human-interest story titled “My Grandfather, the Gestapo Agent”.

    Or are they going to run a retrospective on one of their celebrated correspondents, Walter Duranty?

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  12. Jim says:
    @Cagey Beast
    Notice how the kind of people who now work at the NYT or the Atlantic have great nostalgia for the early years of the USSR but admire that part of the world less and less the closer one gets to the present day?

    In the Sochi Games opening ceremony, the era most loved by the NYT types was presented as sinister while the postwar era was lively, full of baby carriages and new cars for young families. If the Russians had hired America's intellectual elite to direct the show, they'd have floats depicting the Doctor's Plot and the Anti-Zionist Purges. It would show bookish folk no longer being trusted with jobs that involve firearms or the handling of political prisoners. As it is, they have to confine themselves the pages of the NYT. There they can reminisce about the days when it was standing room only in the cellar of granddad's Cheka detachment. I bet he'd know what to do with all those MAGA hat wearing kulaks!

    Uncle Joe was a great guy. Putin of course is the new Hitler.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Olorin
    It appears to be the case that as people get into their 60s and on, they return to their ideas, interests, and views of tenderest youth.

    We're now reaping what all that Hollywood propaganda about WWII sowed in the psyches of the tender youths of the Baby Boomers.

    Stalin/Soviet/Communism/ally/good; Hitler/Germany/nationalism/enemy/bad.

    Putin not Communist. Putin Hitler.

    Cold War. Unfortunate. Sad that we won. We can make it up to the Soviets!

    I figure the Boomers are about to go mass Mouseketeer any minute now.
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  13. @Stephen R. Diamond
    Trotsky, too, was a hunter.

    My Chicago Alderman Leon Depres actually KNEW Trotsky; unfortunately, I did not know this the one time I saw him in the 1970s.

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  14. Stogumber says:

    W.r.t.Mikanski: I have always wondered what became of the children and grand-children of Jewish Bolshevists. I mean we knew that the grand uncle of Joseph Joffe (leader of the German weekly “Die Zeit”) was an admiral in Trotsky’s army, but what about his grandfather and father?
    Now they begin their coming out, because they can be proud again of their ancestors. It is, above all, a good turn, a move to more truth and honesty.
    Interestingly, Jews tended to find their professional niche in spywork. So Eastern spies were mostly Jews (take Markus Wolf in East Germany), whereas Western spies were mostly Gentiles (the British Secret Service didn’t apply Jews after the war) – the last epical war between Jews and Gentiles? One might make a movie out of that …

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    Trotsky's grandson is a Zionist ultranationalist.

    http://forward.com/news/129231/falling-far-from-the-family-tree/
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  15. utu says:

    In USSR they had books for children with stories about Lenin. Like Washington and the cherry tree to the n-th power. The one in the NYT could be one of them.

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  16. Jack D says:

    looking back, often fondly, on the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution of 100 years ago. For example:

    My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

    I thought this was a nuanced piece, well worth reading. Of course it’s wrong to look back “fondly” on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can’t take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe. It’s hard to think of a system that was more evil than Stalinism but I’d say Nazism qualifies.

    You also have to understand that Communism (at least in its post-Stalinist phase where they turned the murder level way down and before Brezhnev era rot set in) was not entirely without redeeming features. I know a (non-Jewish, BTW) Lithuanian who felt that in the rush to get rid of anything associated with the Soviets, they threw out the baby with the bathwater – there were some Soviet institutions that were actually pretty good. For example, Soviet TV programming for children (surprisingly NOT propagandistic and often quite sweet ). Soviet cultural organizations such as community orchestras and social clubs. Even collective farms allowed for economy of scale and professional management – after the Soviets left, parts of Lithuanian agriculture reverted to peasant with a horse scale activity which is really inefficient. Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness. Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems instead of endless traffic jams caused by millions of giant SUVs each carrying 1 person. Etc.

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    Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness.
     
    So did we, e.g. the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems
     
    So did we, until the 1960s.
    , @syonredux

    Of course it’s wrong to look back “fondly” on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can’t take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe.
     
    On the other hand, take away the Bolshevik menace, and it's rather doubtful that Hitler would have come to power. So, no USSR, perhaps no Nazi Germany....

    In any case, I think that the credit for defeating the Nazis should go to the peoples of the Soviet Union and not to the system that enslaved them. After all, the War in the East was a matter of racial survival:

    The Generalplan Ost (German pronunciation: [ɡenəˈʁaːlˌplaːn ˈɔst]; English: Master Plan for the East), abbreviated GPO, was the Nazi German government's plan for the genocide and ethnic cleansing on a vast scale,[1] and colonization of Central and Eastern Europe by Germans.[2] It was to be undertaken in territories occupied by Germany during World War II.[1] The plan was partially realized during the war, resulting indirectly and directly in a very large number of deaths, but its full implementation was not considered practicable during the major military operations, and was prevented by Germany's defeat.
    The plan entailed the enslavement, expulsion, and mass murder of most Slavic peoples in Europe along with planned destruction of their nations, whom the 'Aryan' Nazis viewed as racially inferior.[1][3] The programme operational guidelines were based on the policy of Lebensraum designed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in fulfilment of the Drang nach Osten (drive to the East) ideology of German expansionism. As such, it was intended to be a part of the New Order in Europe
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalplan_Ost

    The Hunger Plan (German: der Hungerplan; der Backe-Plan) was a plan developed by Nazi Germany during World War II to seize food from the Soviet Union and give it to German soldiers and civilians; the plan entailed the death by starvation of millions of "racially inferior" Slavs following Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. The premise behind the Hunger Plan was that Germany was not self-sufficient in food supplies, and to sustain the war and keep up the domestic morale it needed to obtain the food from conquered lands at any cost. It was an engineered famine, planned and implemented as an act of policy. This plan was developed during the planning phase for the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) invasion and provided for diverting of the Ukrainian food stuffs away from central and northern Russia and redirecting them for the benefit of the invading army and the population in Germany. The plan resulted in the deaths of millions of people.[1] The plan as a means of mass murder was outlined in several documents, including one that became known as Göring's Green Folder, which quoted a number of "20 to 30 million" expected Russian deaths from "military actions and crises of food supply."
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunger_Plan
    , @Romanian
    I disagree. We cannot discuss what would have been in the absence of the Communist system - what infrastructure would be built, how economic life would be organized, what productivity would be like, what society would be like etc. And let us not forget that Communism was built on the destruction of prior organizations and elites. In Romania, it destroyed the peasant class and village society through collectivization the dekulakization. That individuals found ways to humanize it along the way and even the local elites realized that they needed to dial back some of the excesses was natural and to be expected. This is how the free love, anti-family early bullshit (in the Rosa Luxembourg mold, which was an experiment in the USSR and I think also Hungary) was toned down and ended up being a very conservative system by comparison to the West, because the system did not produce enough surplus to paper over the problems caused by some of the social policies they might have implemented. In the end, it did not last. The fact that the end of all long-term economic arrangements is disruptive does not make the prior system good. Rather, the existence of the system prevented the rise of another over the decades and required the painful reorientation that only some countries (Poland, Estonia) have done properly. And, last but not least, let's not forget that going from communism to capitalism was actually going from coercive managerialism to manipulative managerialism. Many of the problems still stand.
    , @Freedom
    A culture of artists and farmers cooperating doesn't require an overarching communist state crushing dissent and killing people for not having the right ideas to function. Actually the Soviet collectivist ideal was so terrible that it ended up staining the idea of almost all collectivist actions, resulting in the collapse you are citing. Collectivism is NEVER about making the most of everyone as it requires suppression of anyone that will not fit into the collectivist mold and you either have to be straight stupid or awful disingenuous to not understand that point. People do not require force to cooperate and cooperation is not only a Soviet cultural artifact. Your entire story is the worst kind of non sequitur.
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  17. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    Funny.

    30 years ago, the New York Times was busy decrying the environmental disasters that Soviet central planning had created.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/27/opinion/calamity-in-the-aral-sea.html

    How could Soviet experts not have foreseen what they were doing? In fact, they did. They knew the sea would die, but judged the new farmland would be worth the cost. They guessed the salt deposits would form a crust and lie undisturbed, and that changes in climate would be minor. It may now be too late for their work of destruction, a monument to human greed and folly, to be reversed.

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  18. Yngvar says:

    There is a sickness in the New York Times.

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  19. @Jack D

    looking back, often fondly, on the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution of 100 years ago. For example:

    My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

     

    I thought this was a nuanced piece, well worth reading. Of course it's wrong to look back "fondly" on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can't take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe. It's hard to think of a system that was more evil than Stalinism but I'd say Nazism qualifies.

    You also have to understand that Communism (at least in its post-Stalinist phase where they turned the murder level way down and before Brezhnev era rot set in) was not entirely without redeeming features. I know a (non-Jewish, BTW) Lithuanian who felt that in the rush to get rid of anything associated with the Soviets, they threw out the baby with the bathwater - there were some Soviet institutions that were actually pretty good. For example, Soviet TV programming for children (surprisingly NOT propagandistic and often quite sweet ). Soviet cultural organizations such as community orchestras and social clubs. Even collective farms allowed for economy of scale and professional management - after the Soviets left, parts of Lithuanian agriculture reverted to peasant with a horse scale activity which is really inefficient. Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness. Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems instead of endless traffic jams caused by millions of giant SUVs each carrying 1 person. Etc.

    Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness.

    So did we, e.g. the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems

    So did we, until the 1960s.

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  20. syonredux says:
    @Jack D

    looking back, often fondly, on the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution of 100 years ago. For example:

    My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

     

    I thought this was a nuanced piece, well worth reading. Of course it's wrong to look back "fondly" on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can't take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe. It's hard to think of a system that was more evil than Stalinism but I'd say Nazism qualifies.

    You also have to understand that Communism (at least in its post-Stalinist phase where they turned the murder level way down and before Brezhnev era rot set in) was not entirely without redeeming features. I know a (non-Jewish, BTW) Lithuanian who felt that in the rush to get rid of anything associated with the Soviets, they threw out the baby with the bathwater - there were some Soviet institutions that were actually pretty good. For example, Soviet TV programming for children (surprisingly NOT propagandistic and often quite sweet ). Soviet cultural organizations such as community orchestras and social clubs. Even collective farms allowed for economy of scale and professional management - after the Soviets left, parts of Lithuanian agriculture reverted to peasant with a horse scale activity which is really inefficient. Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness. Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems instead of endless traffic jams caused by millions of giant SUVs each carrying 1 person. Etc.

    Of course it’s wrong to look back “fondly” on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can’t take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe.

    On the other hand, take away the Bolshevik menace, and it’s rather doubtful that Hitler would have come to power. So, no USSR, perhaps no Nazi Germany….

    In any case, I think that the credit for defeating the Nazis should go to the peoples of the Soviet Union and not to the system that enslaved them. After all, the War in the East was a matter of racial survival:

    The Generalplan Ost (German pronunciation: [ɡenəˈʁaːlˌplaːn ˈɔst]; English: Master Plan for the East), abbreviated GPO, was the Nazi German government’s plan for the genocide and ethnic cleansing on a vast scale,[1] and colonization of Central and Eastern Europe by Germans.[2] It was to be undertaken in territories occupied by Germany during World War II.[1] The plan was partially realized during the war, resulting indirectly and directly in a very large number of deaths, but its full implementation was not considered practicable during the major military operations, and was prevented by Germany’s defeat.
    The plan entailed the enslavement, expulsion, and mass murder of most Slavic peoples in Europe along with planned destruction of their nations, whom the ‘Aryan’ Nazis viewed as racially inferior.[1][3] The programme operational guidelines were based on the policy of Lebensraum designed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in fulfilment of the Drang nach Osten (drive to the East) ideology of German expansionism. As such, it was intended to be a part of the New Order in Europe

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalplan_Ost

    The Hunger Plan (German: der Hungerplan; der Backe-Plan) was a plan developed by Nazi Germany during World War II to seize food from the Soviet Union and give it to German soldiers and civilians; the plan entailed the death by starvation of millions of “racially inferior” Slavs following Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union. The premise behind the Hunger Plan was that Germany was not self-sufficient in food supplies, and to sustain the war and keep up the domestic morale it needed to obtain the food from conquered lands at any cost. It was an engineered famine, planned and implemented as an act of policy. This plan was developed during the planning phase for the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) invasion and provided for diverting of the Ukrainian food stuffs away from central and northern Russia and redirecting them for the benefit of the invading army and the population in Germany. The plan resulted in the deaths of millions of people.[1] The plan as a means of mass murder was outlined in several documents, including one that became known as Göring’s Green Folder, which quoted a number of “20 to 30 million” expected Russian deaths from “military actions and crises of food supply.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunger_Plan

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  21. syonredux says:
    @IBC
    More from this series:

    Naked truth: How the promise of socialism was thrown away for good hair.

    Hair today gone tomorrow: How Stalin's pompadour lead to paranoia and purges.

    The light touch: How an authoritarian Marxist founded the Tread Lightly movement.

    --The story of Lenin's half-track:

    https://smarthistoryblog.com/2016/07/29/lenin-drove-a-rolls-royce/

    Hey, say what you like about Stalin, but the man had great hair:

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    Yes, Khrushchev was probably just jealous.
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  22. Olorin says:
    @Jim
    Uncle Joe was a great guy. Putin of course is the new Hitler.

    It appears to be the case that as people get into their 60s and on, they return to their ideas, interests, and views of tenderest youth.

    We’re now reaping what all that Hollywood propaganda about WWII sowed in the psyches of the tender youths of the Baby Boomers.

    Stalin/Soviet/Communism/ally/good; Hitler/Germany/nationalism/enemy/bad.

    Putin not Communist. Putin Hitler.

    Cold War. Unfortunate. Sad that we won. We can make it up to the Soviets!

    I figure the Boomers are about to go mass Mouseketeer any minute now.

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  23. Olorin says:
    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    To really get in the spirit of the centennial celebration, perhaps Paramount could re-release Warren Beatty's "Reds", just in time for possible Oscar consideration (tying it in with the 1917 October Revolution).

    Also, weren't Lothop Stoddard and Madison Grant major contributors to the US's conservation movement of the late 19th early 20th centuries? Don't suppose the NYT will write some think pieces extolling Madison Grant's contribution to the forming of the Sierra Club anytime soon?

    Hell no.

    Environmentalism is racism–didn’t you get the memo?

    You just underscored it.

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  24. Olorin says:
    @gcochran
    Every person shot in the back reduces littering.

    Well, maybe after their corpse is removed, yeah.

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  25. Romanian says: • Website
    @Jack D

    looking back, often fondly, on the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution of 100 years ago. For example:

    My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

     

    I thought this was a nuanced piece, well worth reading. Of course it's wrong to look back "fondly" on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can't take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe. It's hard to think of a system that was more evil than Stalinism but I'd say Nazism qualifies.

    You also have to understand that Communism (at least in its post-Stalinist phase where they turned the murder level way down and before Brezhnev era rot set in) was not entirely without redeeming features. I know a (non-Jewish, BTW) Lithuanian who felt that in the rush to get rid of anything associated with the Soviets, they threw out the baby with the bathwater - there were some Soviet institutions that were actually pretty good. For example, Soviet TV programming for children (surprisingly NOT propagandistic and often quite sweet ). Soviet cultural organizations such as community orchestras and social clubs. Even collective farms allowed for economy of scale and professional management - after the Soviets left, parts of Lithuanian agriculture reverted to peasant with a horse scale activity which is really inefficient. Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness. Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems instead of endless traffic jams caused by millions of giant SUVs each carrying 1 person. Etc.

    I disagree. We cannot discuss what would have been in the absence of the Communist system – what infrastructure would be built, how economic life would be organized, what productivity would be like, what society would be like etc. And let us not forget that Communism was built on the destruction of prior organizations and elites. In Romania, it destroyed the peasant class and village society through collectivization the dekulakization. That individuals found ways to humanize it along the way and even the local elites realized that they needed to dial back some of the excesses was natural and to be expected. This is how the free love, anti-family early bullshit (in the Rosa Luxembourg mold, which was an experiment in the USSR and I think also Hungary) was toned down and ended up being a very conservative system by comparison to the West, because the system did not produce enough surplus to paper over the problems caused by some of the social policies they might have implemented. In the end, it did not last. The fact that the end of all long-term economic arrangements is disruptive does not make the prior system good. Rather, the existence of the system prevented the rise of another over the decades and required the painful reorientation that only some countries (Poland, Estonia) have done properly. And, last but not least, let’s not forget that going from communism to capitalism was actually going from coercive managerialism to manipulative managerialism. Many of the problems still stand.

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  26. @Stephen R. Diamond
    Trotsky, too, was a hunter.

    So was Friedrich Engels – loved foxhunting and rogering the mill-girls. From each according to his ability …

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/engels-the-playboy-communist-912801

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  27. anarchyst says:

    Environmentalism is today’s reincarnation of communism, as this misguided concept empowers governments to take private property by restricting what the property “owner” can do with his property. From fining people for building stock ponds on their own land, to making logging off-limits because of a squirrel or insect, environmentalists have been some of the most dishonest people on the planet. If they want to make land off-limits, let them “put their money where their mouths are” and purchase it themselves, instead of using the heavy hand of government to “take” it.
    If environmentalists had their way, wholesale extermination of most of humanity would be on the table. Those lucky enough to survive would be relocated to cities with soviet-style apartments, with transportation by train, bus, or bicycle. Automobiles would be reserved only for the “anointed” environmentalists. Wilderness areas along with ownership of country dachas would also be restricted to these communist environmentalists. The great “unwashed masses” would be restricted in their movements, “all to save the environment”.
    I have absolutely NO USE for these limp-wristed, birkenstock-wearing, tofu-eating, prius-driving poor excuses for human beings.
    If they think overpopulation is a problem, they should eliminate themselves first.
    Environmentalism is communism–”green” on the outside and “red” on the inside.
    I CHEER when I hear of a “greenpeace” ship getting boarded (and worse)…

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  28. @Dee
    This is a strange article, I remember reading about Love Canal type shit holes all across eastern Europe after the Iron Curtain was gone. The locals said it was because it was public property that no one cared what happened to an area. Their own little plot was cared for.

    The Tragedy of the Commons across half a continent...

    Yeah, nobody screwed over the environment like the Soviets screwed over the environment. Stalin turned one of the world’s largest inland seas, the Aral, into disgusting salt flats out of a mad desire to grow cotton in Southern Russia.

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  29. It’s funny how the NYT adopts what are essentially Russian commie talking points/propaganda.

    I.e., if not for the October Revolution, Russia would have remained an illiterate, agrarian sinkhole for eternity.

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    It’s funny
     
    One can hope I suppose, since comedies have happy endings, but it seems more likely to end in tragedy.
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  30. a reader says:

    from My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman:

    The participation of Jews in the Polish Communist movement eventually crystallized into a widespread stereotype. The term for it is Zydokomuna, Polish for Judeo-Communism. Usually, the word is meant as a slur, a way of equating Jews with terror and foreign usurpation. The historian André Gerrits describes it as “a xenophobic assertion, a myth, a delusion.” And indeed, it doesn’t stand up to closer historical scrutiny. Numerically, Communists were a tiny proportion of the larger Jewish community. Within the Polish Communist movement, Jews were a significant and overrepresented, minority — but still a minority. It remains a pillar of anti-Semitic discourse in Poland to this day.

    Wikipedia’s Ministry of Public Security roster (1951 and 1953).

    Wikipedia’s Ministry of Public Security Directors ethnicity (2016 scan, has disappeared)

    Wikipedia’s MPB’s “Controversy” (2016 scan, has disappeared).

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  31. a reader says:

    Key people in after-war Poland:

    Helena Wolińska-Brus
    extradition requests were refused by the Home Office; in particular, because of her advanced age and the long period of time that had elapsed since the alleged crimes occurred

    Stanisław Zarakowski

    Roman Romkowski

    Anatol Fejgin

    Józef Różański

    Jakub Berman

    Hilary Minc

    Piotr Śmietański

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    Anatol Fejgin
     
    A modern Feygin is an outspoken anti-Putinist.

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/mark-feygin-treating-pussies-badly/

    One wonders...
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  32. a reader says:

    Sorry, forgot those two:

    Julia Brystiger

    Jerzy Borejsza

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  33. hyperbola says:

    Lenin’s first government was full of jews from NY city. The NY Times is still part of that same racist, corrupt sect. Let this Israeli tell you what they produced in the USSR (and now try to reproduce in the USSA). Russians have now escaped from the sect – Americans need to do the same.

    Stalin’s Jews
    We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html

    Here’s a particularly forlorn historical date: Almost 90 years ago, between the 19th and 20th of December 1917, in the midst of the Bolshevik revolution and civil war, Lenin signed a decree calling for the establishment of The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, also known as Cheka.

    Within a short period of time, Cheka became the largest and cruelest state security organization. Its organizational structure was changed every few years, as were its names: From Cheka to GPU, later to NKVD, and later to KGB.

    We cannot know with certainty the number of deaths Cheka was responsible for in its various manifestations, but the number is surely at least 20 million, including victims of the forced collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions, banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags….

    …. And us, the Jews? An Israeli student finishes high school without ever hearing the name “Genrikh Yagoda,” the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU’s deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin’s collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system. …. In 1934, according to published statistics, 38.5 percent of those holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses were of Jewish origin. ….

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  34. Freedom says:
    @Jack D

    looking back, often fondly, on the legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution of 100 years ago. For example:

    My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman

     

    I thought this was a nuanced piece, well worth reading. Of course it's wrong to look back "fondly" on a system that murdered so many millions, but you can't take away the fact that the Communists were the ones who defeated Nazism in E. Europe. It's hard to think of a system that was more evil than Stalinism but I'd say Nazism qualifies.

    You also have to understand that Communism (at least in its post-Stalinist phase where they turned the murder level way down and before Brezhnev era rot set in) was not entirely without redeeming features. I know a (non-Jewish, BTW) Lithuanian who felt that in the rush to get rid of anything associated with the Soviets, they threw out the baby with the bathwater - there were some Soviet institutions that were actually pretty good. For example, Soviet TV programming for children (surprisingly NOT propagandistic and often quite sweet ). Soviet cultural organizations such as community orchestras and social clubs. Even collective farms allowed for economy of scale and professional management - after the Soviets left, parts of Lithuanian agriculture reverted to peasant with a horse scale activity which is really inefficient. Soviet culture looked toward elevating the common man rather than dragging us all down to Kardashian level trashiness. Many Soviet cities had fairly decent mass transit systems instead of endless traffic jams caused by millions of giant SUVs each carrying 1 person. Etc.

    A culture of artists and farmers cooperating doesn’t require an overarching communist state crushing dissent and killing people for not having the right ideas to function. Actually the Soviet collectivist ideal was so terrible that it ended up staining the idea of almost all collectivist actions, resulting in the collapse you are citing. Collectivism is NEVER about making the most of everyone as it requires suppression of anyone that will not fit into the collectivist mold and you either have to be straight stupid or awful disingenuous to not understand that point. People do not require force to cooperate and cooperation is not only a Soviet cultural artifact. Your entire story is the worst kind of non sequitur.

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  35. wally says:

    We see now that Sailor censors on topic replies to posts (see #19) that he doesn’t want others to see.

    Welcome to the ADL’s website.

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  36. IBC says:
    @Grace Jones
    Ruskaya Doroga ("Russian Road")
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=CIDtwhLs5_0&NR=1

    Wow, I wouldn’t have expected them to make it; especially with the lighter passenger truck. I know that running water doesn’t have to be very deep to sweep away a regular car. Thanks for the link and good music!

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  37. IBC says:
    @syonredux
    Hey, say what you like about Stalin, but the man had great hair:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrR6CywxmRg

    Yes, Khrushchev was probably just jealous.

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  38. @a reader
    Key people in after-war Poland:

    Helena Wolińska-Brus
    extradition requests were refused by the Home Office; in particular, because of her advanced age and the long period of time that had elapsed since the alleged crimes occurred

    Stanisław Zarakowski

    Roman Romkowski

    Anatol Fejgin

    Józef Różański

    Jakub Berman

    Hilary Minc

    Piotr Śmietański

    Anatol Fejgin

    A modern Feygin is an outspoken anti-Putinist.

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/mark-feygin-treating-pussies-badly/

    One wonders…

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  39. @Stogumber
    W.r.t.Mikanski: I have always wondered what became of the children and grand-children of Jewish Bolshevists. I mean we knew that the grand uncle of Joseph Joffe (leader of the German weekly "Die Zeit") was an admiral in Trotsky's army, but what about his grandfather and father?
    Now they begin their coming out, because they can be proud again of their ancestors. It is, above all, a good turn, a move to more truth and honesty.
    Interestingly, Jews tended to find their professional niche in spywork. So Eastern spies were mostly Jews (take Markus Wolf in East Germany), whereas Western spies were mostly Gentiles (the British Secret Service didn't apply Jews after the war) - the last epical war between Jews and Gentiles? One might make a movie out of that ...

    Trotsky’s grandson is a Zionist ultranationalist.

    http://forward.com/news/129231/falling-far-from-the-family-tree/

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  40. @Anatoly Karlin
    It's funny how the NYT adopts what are essentially Russian commie talking points/propaganda.

    I.e., if not for the October Revolution, Russia would have remained an illiterate, agrarian sinkhole for eternity.

    It’s funny

    One can hope I suppose, since comedies have happy endings, but it seems more likely to end in tragedy.

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