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This entire year, I’ve been a vagabond, but you, too, have been on a journey, away from just about everything you’ve known, into the vaguest of futures, and we’re just getting started. Steered by obscured hands, we’re whipped around blind bends, towards a reality we have no part in shaping.

Yesterday, my friend Chuck Orloski emailed me photos of Fiddler’s, a bar in Larksville, PA (pop. 4,400). They depict normal folks, men and women from roughly 30 to 65-years-old, sitting next to each other, each with a glass or bottle of beer. There’s a ketchup squeeze bottle as well, so at least hotdogs are served. With a bag of potato chips, it’s a fine meal.

The bartender is a pretty blonde in her early 20’s. Eye candies snare customers and get good tips. Older broads must work harder. In Philadelphia’s O’Jung’s, there’s a beer slinger in her 50’s, with short hair, false teeth, ample jugs and a fondness for jokes.

“What blinks and fucks all night?”

“I don’t know, Brigitte.”

She started to blink really fast.

As you leave, she’d yell something like, “Come back tomorrow! Free blowjobs!”

Chuck and I have sat in many bars like Fiddler’s. It’s where guys like Johnny the Hat or Johnny AC go after work to reward and gather themselves. It’s where they drop in after dinner to banter, brood, listen to all those old songs, again and again, or stare at balls and strikes. If they’re retired or just unemployed, they can show up minutes after breakfast. Of course, no one goes to faggoty concerts, operas or art galleries, but even ballgames have become way too expensive.

“So bars in Scranton are operating normally now?” I asked Chuck.

“No. Have not seen any Scranton bars open like that. Fiddler’s is in a small town, Larksville, near Wilkes Barre. Was like being on another planet, Linh.”

Now, just having a beer in a neighborhood dive is “like being on another planet”! Looking more closely, I notice no one is smiling in Fiddler’s. All fifteen faces are blank or even grim, and who can blame them? How many have lost their jobs? How many can no longer pay for groceries and must rely on food banks or soup kitchens, like Chuck himself? How many have skipped several months’ rents and are facing eviction?

Soon enough, you may have to hit actual roads, just to eat, a nation of juked and jived Joads.

*

During the last Depression, thousands of Americans were desperate enough to sail all the way to Stalin’s Soviet Union. Though many were Communists or at least left-leaning, most were just economic migrants, with some arriving only on short-term contracts. These distinctions didn’t really matter. Most would be killed, either with a bullet to the back of the head or from overwork in gulags. With the conniving yet bumbling FDR as Stalin’s chum, these hapless Yanks got no help from their government.

ORDER IT NOW

Thanks to an Unz commenter, mark tapley, I found out about Tim Tzouliadis’ The Forsaken. Scrupulously researched and beautifully written, it’s 364 pages of harrowing yet mesmerizing reading, and entirely relevant to our times. Most instructively, Tzouliadis highlights the moral dimension of each character, from world figures to the forsaken and practically erased, even now.

Tzouliadis’ important book was completely ignored by the Washington Post and New York Times, etc., but it’s no surprise, really, for the red tinted Paper of Record had just run a remarkably bloodless, wistful and even optimistic series on Communism, The Red Century. Since there were a few unfortunate snags the first time around, let’s do it again, but more political correctly. It’s time for a Red redux!

Invited writer Kristen R. Ghodsee tells us, “Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances and guaranteed free child care. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.”

Yuri Slezkine spins hammer and sickle childrearing, “The Bolsheviks never worried much about the family, never policed the home, and never connected the domestic rites of passage–childbirth, marriage and death–to their sociology and political economy […] Even at the height of fear and suspicion, when anyone connected to the outside world might be subject to sacrificial murder, Soviet readers were expected to learn from Dante, Shakespeare and Cervantes.”

Never policed the home?! What about all those Soviet kids who were brainwashed and hectored into denouncing their parents as enemies of the people? For accusing his peasant father of hoarding grain, 14-year-old Pavlik Morozov became a Soviet hero whose statues littered the Russian landscape.

Andrew Gittlitz concludes his piece, “‘Make it So’: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism,” with a “revolutionary ultimatum” from Rosa Luxemburg, “socialism or barbarism,” and that’s pretty much the New York Times’ stance as well. There’s only one correct way forward!

Even with 85 to 100 million victims, Communism remains au courant, especially among the sophomoric, ahistorical and, well, Jews, so if you even dare to cite those unfathomably ghastly figures, you must be a Nazi or something.

With its absolute moral righteousness, us-against-them mentality and incitement to violence in the name of global justice, it attracts the worst kind of busybody fanatics. Cloaking their boundless hatred, anger and resentment with feel-good buzzwords, they can go on an invigorating offensive against accused bourgeoisies, kulaks, reactionaries, Fascists, spies, wreckers, diversonists and deplorables, ad infinitum. Since there will always be those who resist their suffocating orthodoxy, if only by a hair, they will never run out of enemies.

By 1937, Soviet Russia has already disappeared 17 million souls. Tzouliadis, “According to a report from Mech, a Russian-language weekly published in Poland, the [1937] census declared a population total of 159 million, instead of the projected 176, amounting to 17 million people who had disappeared […] Stalin reacted to the news by having the hapless statisticians shot. A new census was ordered whose experts learned from their predecessors’ mistakes and wisely presented the ‘correct’ set of results. Years later a secret report ordered by Nikita Khrushchev revealed that between 1935 and 1941, the NKVD arrested more than 19 million citizens.”

At the beginning of the 1930’s, however, no one could foresee this impending carnage, so thousands rushed to the Socialist Paradise. “In the first eight months of 1931 alone, Amtorg—the Soviet trade agency based in New York—received more than one hundred thousand American applications for emigration to the USSR.” As the country collapsed, like right now, citizens simply fled. There were “more people out of work in the United States, both actually and proportionately, than in any other nation on earth.”

This influx of Americans was a propaganda bonanza for the Soviets, so they gladly touted how well these transplants were doing. In 1934, 30,000 Russians watched as a 19-year-old American, Victor Herman, jumped from an airplane to set the world free fall record, at 142 seconds. Herman was feted as “the Lindbergh of Russia.”

When a black American, Robert Robinson, was assaulted by two white compatriots, the resulting trial generated worldwide publicity. Ironically, the repatriation of his assailants likely saved their lives, while Robinson would be stuck in the Soviet Union for 44 years, with his attempts to get out repeatedly thwarted.

When Robinson sought help from Paul Robeson, he was lectured by one of his aids, “What do you think you are doing, Robinson, running away from here? You must stay right where you are. You belong here for the good of the cause. Or maybe you’re trying to tarnish Paul’s reputation, by getting him involved in your attempt to leave. That is all I have to say to you. You may go now!” Robeson’s wife added, “We have thought about your request, and he has decided that he cannot help you. You see, we do not really know you well enough, to know what is in your mind. Suppose he were to help you leave, and then when you arrived in Ethiopia, you decided to turn anti-Soviet. We would find ourselves in trouble with the authorities here.”

Finally allowed to take a vacation in Uganda in 1974, Robinson was granted asylum by Idi Amin. There, he married an American, but only in 1986 could they return to the US together.

By November 1932, the Anglo-American school in Moscow already had 125 students. There, Lovett Fort-Whiteman taught chemistry, physics and math. A co-founder of the American Negro Labor Congress, Fort-Whiteman had first come to Moscow in 1924 for ideological training.

By 1937, the Texas native had seen enough of the Soviet Union. Tzouliadis, “Lovett Fort-Whiteman disappeared soon after applying for permission to return home to the United States. His exit visa was refused, and the former teacher at the Anglo-American school, born in Dallas and educated at the Tuskegee Institute, was denounced as a ‘counterrevolutionary’ by a lawyer from the Communist Party of the United States. Three weeks later Fort-Whiteman was arrested and sent to a ‘corrective labor camp’ in Kazakhstan. In Moscow, Robert Robinson heard more news from a Russian friend who had returned from the same camp. According to this witness, Fort-Whiteman had been severely beaten because he had failed to meet his work quota. In the camp, he had died of starvation, a broken man whose teeth had been knocked out.”

Tzouliadis points out, “Sympathy for the Soviet cause was no guarantee of safety; instead it attracted suspicion.” Born in Russia, Julian F. Hecker was educated in the US, where he published several books defending Communism. With his American wife and three young daughters, Hecker returned to his native country to teach philosophy at Moscow University.

Tzouliadis, “According to the American embassy, in earlier summers, when Moscow was crowded with tourists, Julius Hecker had made ‘speeches almost daily to the visitors on the subject of religious tolerance in the Soviet Union.’ His daughter Marcella Hecker remembered the day the NKVD came to take her father away. ‘He was asleep in a little room which I occupy now,’ she said. ‘Although my mother opened the door very, very quietly, Father must have had some terrible dream, because he woke up at once with a jerk, and immediately understood everything. They bore him away and we never saw him again.’ Julius Hecker’s wife remained convinced that her husband’s arrest was just a terrible mistake, and she waited long years for his return. She never learned that just two and half months after his arrest, on April 28, 1938, Professor Julius Hecker confessed to being an American spy who had written his books merely to draw attention away from his espionage. Two hours after making this false confession, he was shot.”

The hard-hearted may sneer that American Communists had it coming, but top American officials, from FDR on down, were also praising the Soviets, and the US was the biggest buyer of Russian gold, as mined by its gulag slaves.

Tzouliadis sums up Roosevelt’s assessment of Stalin, “After his return from Tehran [in December of 1943], the president broadcast a fireside chat to the nation: ‘To use an American and somewhat ungrammatical colloquialism, I may say that ‘I got along fine’ with Marshal Stalin. He is a man who combines a tremendous, relentless determination with a stalwart good humor. I believe he is truly representative of the heart and soul of Russia; and I believe that we are going to get along very well with him and the Russian people— very well indeed.’ Nor was this simply a public façade designed to reassure the American public. In her memoirs, Eleanor Roosevelt confided that her husband had been ‘impressed by the strength of Stalin’s personality. On his return he was always careful in describing him to mention that he was short and thick-set and powerful… He also said that his control over the people of his country was unquestionably due to their trust in him and their confidence that he had their good at heart.”

On March 17th, 1945, Roosevelt telegrammed Stalin to ask that sick and injured American soldiers be allowed to leave Poland, “This government has done everything to meet each of your requests. I now request you to meet mine in this particular matter.” Nothing came of it. Stalin knew his ally well.

In fact, hundreds of US soldiers were kept by the USSR, to be worked to death or killed, with survivors sighted well into the 1950’s. Having locked up Americans with impunity since the 30’s, the Soviets saw no reason to stop. Tzouliadis, “There was no logic within this hidden underworld in which American soldiers were held captive with German and Japanese prisoners, their wartime enemies, in camps run by their former Soviet allies.”

Top capitalists felt no qualms dealing with Commies, and Victor Herman’s father, Sam, was personally recruited by Henry Ford to come to Russia. Tzouliadis, “No other firm in the United States, or even the world, conducted as much business with Joseph Stalin as the Ford Motor Company between 1929 and 1936 […] Lenin himself had been a passionate advocate of Ford’s methods of mass production […]” Man as cog was their shared vision.

What doomed Victor Herman, “the Russian Lindbergh,” was his repeated refusal to declare himself a Russian in the paperwork for his record jump. It made no sense, for he’s an American.

In 1938, Herman was abruptly taken away in a Ford Model A, of the kind his father had helped the Soviets build. Herman couldn’t fathom why he was arrested, “I am an American! You will pay for this! This is kidnapping! You cannot do this to an American!”

Herman would spend 18 years in Siberian gulags, where he somehow survived starvation, freezing temperature, barbaric overwork and beatings. Before leaving Moscow, Herman was subjected to “physical pressure,” a Stalinist term, or what Americans now sinisterly christen as “enhanced interrogation.”

Tzouliadis, “After the fifteenth night, Victor began bleeding from his penis, his rectum, his nose, and his eyes. He was returned to his cell each morning at dawn. Eventually the cell ‘elder’ pleaded with him to talk—‘Save your life, American’—but Victor Herman stubbornly refused to confess to a crime he had not committed. On the fifty-third night of his torture, he was told he would be released if he only signed a list of names. When Victor refused again, he was taken to a basement cell and beaten by a gang of men with clubs. The next morning he was coughing up clots of blood, and the following night he was beaten again and told he was going to be killed. Losing consciousness, Victor was woken by the sensation and smell of his leg being burned to bring him back around.”

After Herman returned to the US in 1976, he published his memoir, Coming Out of the Ice, and another key source for Tzouliadis is Thomas Sgovio’s Dear America! Why I Turned Against Communism. Although many testimonies in Tzouliadis’ book were already out there, they had not been essentialized, given a clear context or synthesized into a compelling narrative.

As Americans were disappeared, tortured, sent to gulags or killed, as they desperately needed protection, intervention and help in going home, their officials did next to nothing. Their ambassador during the worst of the Soviet Terror was Joseph Davies, a long-time friend and benefactor of FDR with no diplomatic experience, Russian knowledge or, apparently, much interest in being an ambassador, for he was often absent for long stretches.

Tzouliadis describes Davies’ majestic entrance, “In January 1937, the Davies entourage arrived in Moscow on a special train, waited on by a small army of footmen, secretaries, chauffeurs, a chef, a hairdresser, and a masseuse–making up sixteen servants in all, with an attendant mountain of luggage. Stepping off the train dressed for the Russian winter in a thick fur hat, immaculately tailored coat, and gold-topped cane, Joseph Davies glanced around for the first secretary of the embassy, Loy Henderson, who recognized the ambassador’s ‘flashing, probing eyes,’ and noted his fine clothes.”

His residence has been thoroughly remodeled, with a crystal chandelier, insured for $10,000, lording over the ballroom. “In the basement, a Belgian electrical engineer had installed the twenty-five deep freezers required for two box cars of American frozen food shipped ahead to Russia. Steaks, fowl, wild game, and exotic fruit and vegetables were all now on the daily menu, with four hundred quarts of frozen cream specially imported to soothe the ambassador’s troublesome stomach. News of the couple’s ‘desert-island’ food supply was soon leaked to the press, irritating the Soviet censors with its presumption that there was no decent food to be had in Moscow […]”

This, in a country of long lines for food, with innocent Americans among the tortured and killed, and others begging for help, only to be shooed away, to then be arrested, very often, right outside their embassy.

Too busy hunting art bargains everywhere, Davies was oblivious. Tzouliadis quotes him, “As usual, we cannot resist them and have been having somewhat of an orgy again in picking up these interesting souvenirs.” Attending show trials, Davies was convinced of each cowed and tortured defendant’s bizarre confession. From Leningrad harbor, Davies and his heiress wife set sail for the Baltics on their 375-foot yacht, Sea Cloud. On board, Davies watched Hollywood movies with his Soviet secret police minders.

In this sick drama, there are plenty of villains, such as an NKVD who at age 79 recounted quite casually, “I figure, that thirty-seven people were shot dead by me personally, and I sent even more to the camps. I can kill people so that the shot won’t be heard… The secret’s this: I make them open their mouth and I shoot down their throat. I’d only be splashed by warm blood, like eau-de-cologne, and it doesn’t make a sound. That I can do–kill. If I didn’t have seizures, I wouldn’t have taken my pension so soon.”

One of the most repulsive characters in the book is Walter Duranty. Working for the New York Times, his extensive reports on the Soviet Union earned this monster a Pulitzer.

Tzouliadis quotes Duranty on the gulags, “Each concentration camp forms a sort of ‘commune’ where everyone lives comparatively free, not imprisoned, but compelled to work for the good of the community. They are fed and housed gratis and receive pay for their work . . . They are certainly not convicts in the American sense of the word.”

Duranty on the Holodomor that killed millions, “I have made exhaustive inquiries about this alleged famine situation […] And here are the facts: there is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition.”

According to Duranty, there was also no famine in the Caucasus, “The use of the word ‘Famine’ in connection with the North Caucasus is a sheer absurdity. There a bumper crop is being harvested as fast as tractors, horses, oxen, men, women, and children can work… There are plump babies in the nurseries or gardens of the collectives… Village markets are flowing with eggs, fruit, poultry, vegetables, milk and butter at prices lower than in Moscow.”

The man simply lied and lied. Tzouliadis, “But Walter Duranty’s private remarks were very different from his published story. To British diplomats in Moscow he admitted ‘that Ukraine has been bled white… It was quite possible that as many as ten million people may have died directly or indirectly from lack of food in the Soviet Union during the past year.’”

Abandoning his mistress and son in Russia, Duranty lived until 73, and is buried in Orlando. His breed lives on, of course. There are many Duranties roaming around.

Tzouliadis, “Many years later, Victor Hammer–the brother of the notorious American businessman Armand–told an investigative reporter that Duranty had reported regularly to the OGPU throughout his period working for The New York Times in Moscow. According to Victor Hammer, Duranty had a weakness for young girls, and Victor’s brother, Armand, had kept him supplied.”

On July 13th, 1956, Paul Robeson had to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Questioned about his long time support for Stalin, Robeson’s response is telling, “Whatever has happened to Stalin, gentlemen, is a question for the Soviet Union and I would not argue with a representative of the people who, in building America wasted sixty to one hundred million lives of my people, black people drawn from Africa on the plantations. You are responsible and your forebears for sixty million to one hundred million black people dying in the slave ships and on the plantations, and don’t you ask me about anybody, please […] As far as I know about the slave camps, they were Fascist prisoners who had murdered millions of the Jewish people and who would have wiped out millions of the Negro people could they have gotten hold of them. That is all I know about that… You are the non-patriots, and you are the un-Americans and you ought to be ashamed of yourselves… You want to shut up every colored person who wants to fight for the rights of his people.”

Just brand all your enemies as Fascists then. Sounds familiar? Russian POWs were also massacred after they had been repatriated, and even the greatest war heroes weren’t safe.

Tzouliadis describes a Kremlin meeting in 1949, “Stalin wondered if perhaps the leaders of the Leningrad siege should replace him as premier and general secretary. The rest of the Politburo immediately chorused, ‘No, no, Comrade Stalin!’ But when Aleksei Kuznetsov and Nikolai Voznesensky hesitated, Stalin had them arrested. At the end of the show trial known as the ‘Leningrad Affair,’ the former Soviet war heroes were draped in white shrouds and led out of the courtroom to be shot one hour later.”

In a book filled with mass murderers, evil cynics, hypocrites, liars and fools, there are also individuals who managed to remain decent and kind, to their own kind.

Tasked with burying eight bodies unloaded from a prison train, a worker noticed one was still breathing, so he didn’t put this half-dead man underground, for it “did not correspond to Christian traditions.” A second worker, one Mrs. Khorshunov, then nursed him for a week in her own home. Before dying, he managed to tell Mrs. Khorshunov that he was American named Fred, with his last name sounding like “Collins.” With much strain, Fred Collins even managed to draw a picture of a falling airplane, to indicate that he was a pilot, perhaps? After Mrs. Khorshunov and her son, Yuri, buried the American, they tended to his grave for many years.

Tzouliadis, “Decades later, fulfilling his duty to the American prisoner, Yuri Khorshunov sat down to write his letter to [American] investigators: ‘There may be nonsense in my writing to you, since one human life is really nothing for such a great country like yours, though the relatives of that man may still be waiting for some information about him. If you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them.”

*

Germany’s invasion of Poland triggered WWII, we’re told, and though the USSR did the same, the US became its ally. At the end, the Soviets controlled not just Poland, but Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, half of Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania and Yugoslavia, with the last splitting from Stalin three years later. Comrades in arms, the American and Russian empires divided their loots, split it in half, literally, with millions of subjected Europeans having no voice regarding their fate.

Human lives don’t matter much to “great” nations, for their elites must never lose sight of the big picture. They don’t see humans, only maps, and, of course, profits must be tended to.

Though constantly hounded by the big boys, small, underfed men must try their best to nurture and protect their own identity and heritage, if they don’t want to be deformed, or even erased.

 
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  1. gT says:

    Stalin was very fair-minded, he killed everyone equally, he didn’t know about holy cows.

  2. Anonymous[546] • Disclaimer says:

    very few places on earth were any better to people than the USSR at the time. So the USSR gets a pass, what matters is what it built.

    for third world countries there are 2 paths of development, the communist and the capitalist. the communist path is difficult and makes a nation a pariah. the capitalist path is selling natural resources to subsidize births of future emigrants who send remittances.

    I much prefer the communist path.
    should borders to the first world ever close, a worldwide communist revolution would actually occur.

    • Agree: JohnPlywood
    • Disagree: Alfred
    • LOL: chris
    • Troll: R.G. Camara, Ace, ariadna
  3. utu says:

    The Cheka, NKVD, KGB murderers were never punished.

    Vasily Blokhin – His count of 7,000 shot in 28 days remains the most organized and protracted mass murder by a single individual on record,[3] and saw him being named the Guinness World Record holder for ‘Most Prolific Executioner’ in 2010.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Blokhin
    “Blokhin initially decided on an ambitious quota of 300 executions per night; and engineered an efficient system in which the prisoners were individually led to a small antechamber—which had been painted red and was known as the “Leninist room”—for a brief and cursory positive identification, before being handcuffed and led into the execution room next door. The room was specially designed with padded walls for soundproofing, a sloping concrete floor with a drain and hose, and a log wall for the prisoners to stand against. Blokhin would stand waiting behind the door in his executioner garb: a leather butcher’s apron, leather hat, and shoulder-length leather gloves. Then, without a hearing, the reading of a sentence or any other formalities, each prisoner was brought in and restrained by guards while Blokhin shot him once in the base of the skull with a German Walther Model 2 .25 ACP pistol.[12][13][14] He had brought a briefcase full of his own Walther pistols, since he did not trust the reliability of the standard-issue Soviet TT-30 for the frequent, heavy use he intended. The use of a German pocket pistol, which was commonly carried by German police and intelligence agents, also provided plausible deniability of the executions if the bodies were discovered later.”

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
    , @Carlos22
  4. Ugetit says:

    I much prefer the communist path.

    You didn’t read the article, did you? You also never read the last sentence of Orwell’s, “Animal Farm,” did you?

    And since when did the commie-capitalist dichotomy become anything other than a false one?

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  5. Wyatt says:

    Communism remains au courant, especially among the sophomoric, ahistorical and, well, Jews

    You have no much I adore the bluntness and the smoothness of this statement. It’s so pithy and compact, but it is delightful to read it exactly as written.

    so if you even dare to cite those unfathomably ghastly figures, you must be a Nazi or something.

    Antifa’s so dumb. They’re so fucking dumb. If the antifascists are burning cities down and assaulting/murdering people and the fascists aren’t, guess who the good guys are.

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  6. Great article! I have hung around in many bars like the ones you describe. If you ever return to the US, go to some of the bars in the blue collar suburbs surrounding Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The new socialism is just part of the greater PC religion.

    • Agree: 36 ulster
  7. GeeBee says:
    @Anonymous

    As a communist you will, of course, ignore the fact that there is a ‘Third Way’. Just as there are many species of socialism, there are at least two very different kinds of Capitalism. The one you anathematise is the hegemonic Jewish variety that is Finance Capitalism. The other, which is Industrial Capitalism, represented an existential threat to Finance Capitalism, and was unsurprisingly done away with via the Second World War.

    The fact that Finance Capitalism was more than willing to ally itself with Marxist-Leninist communism is, on the face of it, surprising. What unites these seemingly antithetical political systems, however, is far greater than that which divides them. That their alliance did away with Industrial Capitalism more or less forever – certainly any mention of it today will bring down the predictable and moronic cry of “Nazi” upon the head of its hapless promoter – is a tragedy that is little understood in today’s world made what it is by post-war propaganda..

    There were many places on earth in the 1930s that were vastly superior to the foul charnel house that the poor Russian people found themselves inhabiting. Germany was one of them – thanks to having kicked Bolshevism out and fingered the International Race that underlay it. But I don’t expect such a ‘scurrilous’ idea to receive much consideration in today’s dumbed-down and intellectually challenged West.

    • Troll: JohnPlywood
  8. I notice none of the usual suspects on here crying “sources, sources, where are your sources?”

    Of course, one book is mentioned. Other books say the opposite. I guess, as ever, the book whose contentions we like best is the one that’s right.

    Btw, incidentally, “Stalin” is not “communism.”

    Btw, incidentally, the majority of Russians wish they were back under communism. Because they were not constantly afraid of freezing to death homeless on the streets, like they are now, and like Americans have always been.

    • Agree: Hillbob
    • LOL: Alfred, chris
  9. @Ugetit

    Ugetit wrote: “And since when did the commie-capitalist dichotomy become anything other than a false one?

    Broken Scranton greetings, Ugetit!

    Linked below, I reckon you might enjoy Solzhenitsyn’s warning to the West, including the global convergence of communism & capitalism.

    Be patient as Aleksandr speaks, and Irina translates? A hard rain fell on Harvard.

    • Agree: utu, 36 ulster
    • Replies: @Ugetit
  10. Linh Dinh, you are a really great guy, but let me suggest some hesitancy about too-readily accepting some of the anti-Soviet literature that earned millions in profit for many individuals.

    This theme has been a money-maker for decades after Stalin purged many Jews from high Soviet positions, the Cold War was declared, and many leading Jews began denouncing Stalin and Hitler both as the ‘totalitarian’ duo which we can avoid … by becoming Antifa-SJW dweebs serving Soros.

    The ‘genocidal murderous torturing commie’ stories you cite sound authentic, but so have many things later debunked … scepticism is in order, given how this area has been a big money machine encouraging ‘witnesses’, the grislier the story the better. And there is lots of counterpoint.

    For one thing, Israel Shamir has published detailed material right here on Unz, with sources saying the Soviet death figures are fake, with Soviet archives listing, e.g., about 10 million total arrested during thirty years of Stalin’s rule (The USA arrests 10 million people every single year these days!)
    https://www.unz.com/ishamir/red-zog/

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was an opportunist with fascist leanings (pro-Franco etc), whose first ‘Stalin gulag’ book in 1962 was sponsored by Nikita Khrushchev himself as part of his ploys … Solzhenitsyn, first tasting fame and glory thanks to Khrushchev, then seeing the West full of ‘Stalin killed tens of millions’ stories, got fabulously rich going along with this
    http://www.mariosousa.se/LiesconcerningthehistoryoftheSovietUnion.html

    Canadian Douglas Tottle did a 1987 book denying the ‘Holodomor’, as based on a mish-mash of Hitler-Nazi propaganda plus Hearst media fanatic anti-Bolshevism, Tottle’s ‘Fraud, Famine, and Fascism: The Ukrainian Genocide Myth’, free online here
    http://www.rationalrevolution.net/special/library/famine.htm

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    Shamir has also published a remarkable essay arguing that the Cambodian Pol Pot genocide is a fake exaggerated narrative as well … This is maybe a good project for you, Linh Dinh, to evaluate in person in Cambodia someday
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/18/pol-pot-revisited/

    Here’s a rejection of the Armenian genocide narrative by the Turkish foreign ministry
    http://www.mfa.gov.tr/the-armenian-allegation-of-genocide-the-issue-and-the-facts.en.mfa

    Here’s a catalogue of ten JEWISH Holocaust deniers … seems there is no genocide or mass-murder claim without notable sceptics.

    (1) Joseph Ginzburg (1908-90) aka Joseph G. Burg, who personally interviewed Auschwitz survivors & had his books burned by postwar West Germany
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2017/09/Josef-Burg.html

    (2) Guy Dommergue (1924-2013), full name Roger Guy Dommergue Polacco de Menasce, French anti-circumcision activist
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2014/09/Circumcision-Explains-Jewish-Psyche.html

    (3) Bobby Fischer (1943-2008), chess master & USA dissident
    http://www.renegadetribune.com/bobby-fischer-speaks-jews/

    (4) Jacob Cohen (born 1944), his earliest childhood in Morocco

    (5) Robert Litoff (born 1945), Connecticut-born Phi Beta Kappa in psychology
    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=943

    (6) Gerard Menuhin (born 1948), son of the famous violinist
    https://www.henrymakow.com/2019/11/does-holocaust-denier-book.html

    (7) Nathanael Kapner (born 1950), convert to Orthodox Christianity & prominent web dissident
    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=943

    (8) Norman Finkelstein (born 1954), Princeton PhD & author of ‘The Holocaust Industry’
    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2016/09/04/finkelstein-on-the-new-anti-semitism-and-the-holocaust-industry/

    (9) Ron Keeva Unz (born 1961), running the successful, California-based, conservative Unz Review
    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-holocaust-denial/

    (10) David Christopher Cole (born 1968), who as ‘David Stein’ made a 1992 video saying Auschwitz was significantly fake


    • Disagree: ariadna
  11. lloyd says: • Website

    Linh Dinh was a refugee who fled Vietnam in 1975. So he has the customary exile pathological hatred of Communism. He wrote in Unz Review. ” Who wants to be Chinese?” I thought that was a witty remark for a Chinese to make. But I found out Linh is Vietnamese. His comment about the boy made a State hero for exposing his father for stealing grain actually makes the point of the book he scorns. The crime was an economic crime in desperate times. Now if his father was two timing his mother, the authorities and his neighbours would have treated it as a domestic private matter. The Russians under all their creeds have always been grown up.

    • Agree: Cyrano
    • Disagree: ariadna
  12. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @lloyd

    “Hoarding grain” is not stealing grain. By your definition, all preppers are thieves.

    • Agree: TKK, R.G. Camara, ariadna, Sam J.
    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @GuestAug
  13. Linh, I hate to nitpick a fantastic piece like this, but at the end you have Hungary listed twice. Thanks for the great writing and spreading the word about this important book!

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  14. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @Magic Dirt Resident

    Hi Magic Dirt Resident,

    Oops! It reflects a repressed yearning, perhaps. I was in Subotica (Szabadka) last month, and it felt, more or less, like Hungary, as it was for 600 years. Due to the Covid madness, I couldn’t cross the border, though.

    The synagogue in Subotica is as beautiful as it gets, but so is the one in Budapest.

    Linh

    • Replies: @Magic Dirt Resident
  15. @Linh Dinh

    It reflects a repressed yearning, perhaps

    I hope you make it there one day; Budapest is a lovely city to visit. There are a lot of grungy half-basement bars that seem like they would appeal to you, but there is also luxury and elegance to spare. The Szechenyi baths are a must see, and, as you alluded to, the architectural landscape of churches, synagogues, and secular buildings is unmatched. Plus, lots of interesting people to talk to!

    All the best on your travels.

  16. Biff says:

    I guess it begs the question “Are some of the yanks gonna go red again?” Interesting how many times humans have gotten rid of a despicable government(and shortly celebrate), only to have the void filled with something worse.

    Will TDS usher in a new totalitarian paradigm that will guarantee the paroles a “never again Trump” future only to enslave the inevitable homeless populations into(can’t say gulag – gotta change the language) ‘Liberty Communities’?

  17. TKK says:
    @obwandiyag

    You are right about older Russians longing for the USSR to rise again.

    They realize that capitalism is a brute. They remember they always had potatoes, flour to make bread, vodka, wood for the fire, rustic, old one room flats or hovels but guaranteed if they stayed in line. As you age, you lose the hunger for the hustle. We also romanticize the past.

    The younger Russians are seduced by capitalism and the siren song of consumption: they have dachas, iPhones and drink $12 coffees in Moscow.

    Running the rat race along with the rest of us fools- as shackled and doomed as Ivan Denisovich.

    A mortgage is its own gulag.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @GMC
  18. Alfred says:
    @lloyd

    His comment about the boy made a State hero for exposing his father for stealing grain actually makes the point of the book he scorns.

    Your comment almost made me vomit. You deserve to live in such a society. I hope your kids denounce you one day. 🙁

    There was a shortage of food because they needed to export the food to buy gold to send to the Americans who were building their factories. The idea that it is natural for peasants to run out of food in a land with the best soil in Europe is outrageously stupid and ignorant. They stole by force the grain of the peasants. The government was the thief – not the farmer.

    Did you know? Ukraine, commonly known as the breadbasket of Europe, has over a quarter of the world’s chernozem or “black earth” and 54 percent of its land is arable according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    Black Earth Makes Ukraine an Important Agricultural Destination

  19. Icy Blast says:

    I think this is Linh Dinh’s best piece ever. It will enrage millions of trustfunder-revolutionaries here in the United States. I’m just glad I’m relatively old now so I won’t have to spend too many years in my regional Olbermann & Reich Re-education Center.

    • Agree: Alfred, Fred777, Bert
    • Replies: @padre
  20. Wally says:
    @Wyatt

    Indeed, Germany fought valiantly to stop Communism.

    Robeson said:
    “Whatever has happened to Stalin, gentlemen, is a question for the Soviet Union and I would not argue with a representative of the people who, in building America wasted sixty to one hundred million lives of my people, black people drawn from Africa on the plantations. You are responsible and your forebears for sixty million to one hundred million black people dying in the slave ships and on the plantations, and don’t you ask me about anybody, please […] As far as I know about the slave camps, they were Fascist prisoners who had murdered millions of the Jewish people and who would have wiped out millions of the Negro people could they have gotten hold of them.”

    Without a shred of proof for anything said there, he ignored the fact that it was black African tribes who sold black slaves from their very own stock to the predominately Jew slave dealer.

    Black slavery facts here:
    https://www.unz.com/article/minority-worshipping-madness-our-new-monuments-will-be-to-blacks-and-jews/#comment-4208559

  21. Sol says:

    Thanks for writing this.

  22. @lloyd

    lmao. Commies never admit they did anything wrong.

    • Replies: @gotmituns
  23. dfordoom says: • Website
    @brabantian

    Linh Dinh, you are a really great guy, but let me suggest some hesitancy about too-readily accepting some of the anti-Soviet literature that earned millions in profit for many individuals.

    I agree. It’s bizarre the way so many people around these parts are constantly telling us that the media always lies and that we’re always being fed propaganda, but they believe every word of American-inspired anti-communist propaganda.

    • Agree: Robert Konrad
    • Replies: @utu
    , @Poco
  24. @obwandiyag

    Btw, incidentally, “Stalin” is not “communism.”

    Totally. These ignorant anti-Communists don’t know their history.

    Communism in other countries was completely different.

    Pol Pot was a renown music lover and excellent chef.

    Mao Tse-Tung liked to draw pictures of kittens and collect stamps.

    Ho Chi Min valued democracy and enjoyed a spirited debate on the subject.

    Comrades don’t let these Western Anti-Communists fool you with their propaganda.

    There is nothing wrong with Marx’s plan. As Marx said it is only a temporary stage where we give the government total power to do whatever it feels is needed for the great worker’s state.

    Torture is a merely stumbling block that is needed on the road to utopia.

    Marxiticus 3:14

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs, Alfred
    • Replies: @Alden
  25. @lloyd

    Linh Dinh was a refugee who fled Vietnam in 1975. So he has the customary exile pathological hatred of Communism.

    Is that really your defense? Are you arguing that because he experienced Communism he must be biased against it? Then you make some weird comment about his dad?

    Real genius stuff.

    You dopey reds can’t even see how low your standards are.

    Communism was supposed to create a people’s utopia. That is what Marx said would happen. It wasn’t supposed to create some half-assed low productivity union state with 100% taxes where you shoot people that try to leave.

    Modern Communists actually rationalize the opinions of people that escaped as if they are the problem.

    It’s absolutely pathetic that people still defend this failed system. Every Communist state has followed the same path where they torture and kill people that try to leave. A true utopia!

    Anyways we will destroy your goddamn Marx virus eventually and there isn’t anything you can do about it.

    So go ahead and wave your silly red flag. We will be putting a boot on your face and your absurd rationalizations won’t matter.

    • Agree: Fred777
    • Replies: @Cowboy
  26. When I started reading I thought of three books you’ll likely find interesting reading. By the end of this catalog of horrors, it’s hard to say or think anything. Nevertheless, they are piercing eyewitness accounts, so I mention them anyways:

    John Scott, Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia’s City of Steel
    (Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin, 1942).

    This is a memoir by one of those Americans who went to the USSR to work for Communism. He was Scott Nearing’s son (mentioned in Howl or Kaddish, I forget which).

    E.E. Cummings modernist travelogue Eimi (NY, Covici Friede, 1933) won Pound’s praise for good reason.

    Victor Serge, Memoirs of a Revolutionary 1901-1941, trans & ed Peter
    Sedgwick (London, Oxford, 1963). Serge was a writer, son of Russian exiled leftists, grew up among Belgian anarchists, returned to help the revolution, learned. I bet this passage, from Serge’s account of his dealings with the Writer’s Union (it’s head functionary was Pagoda’s nephew!) will remind you of your days in MFA-land.

    After completing a manuscript, “an author would assemble his friends, read
    his work to them and discuss together whether such and such pages would
    ‘pass.’… Once the book [passed the press censorship and] was published,
    official critics would issue their opinion, on which depended the sales of
    the book to libraries … The chosen book, recommended to all the libraries
    in the land, was printed in tens of thousands of copies; the Foreign
    Languages Publishing House translated it into several languages, and the
    author, loaded with money and praise, became a ‘great writer’ in the space
    of a season, which of course deceived nobody.”

    A “workshop” by any other name.

    • Replies: @J. Alfred Powell
  27. Linh’s “who would want to be Chinese” comment from awhile rings especially false when you realize that it’s capitalist America that is heading for the drain, and not Communist China. I suppose it’s natural to just be both wrong and bitter, which Linh evidences in his sympathy with the grain hoarder — the premise of which is the foundational building block of finance capital (end-stage: Antifa) itself.

    By the way, I’m an American who should have his Chinese green card by March of 2021 after a 6 years of hard work and ideological re-training. I’ll be dumping my US citizenship after the election. Wanted to make sure to see Trump’s defeat in the coming color revolution, and die happy knowing I played a part in the Jew King’s destruction. Best way to do that is by adding a real ballot into the mountain of fake ones!

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
    , @Alden
    , @Druid
  28. HalconHigh says: • Website

    ” A Nation of juked and jived Joads ”

    Superb…simple, yet elegant, like a condensed Einstein equation.

    Local observations….

    Pence was in town the other day.
    He’s straight out of Central Casting.

    With his beady blue eyes, silver hair and the self-assured grin of the True Believer, the only thing missing was the SS uniform.

    Kamala was in town also (the Election must be getting close) to beg for votes.

    In one of the greatest take-downs in pre-Presidential debate history, Tulsi Gabbard ended Kamala’s bid for the highest office in less than a minute.
    Lester Holt immediately went on the attack as did the movers & shakers in the Democratic & Republican parties.

    Tulsi was banished to the sidelines, while Kamala was awarded the VP job.

    None of this was as big to Arizonans as the Cards dismantling the Cowboys on MNF.

    In the end….Communism-Capitalism-Socialism or any other ism are mere words for despots, career criminals and outright mass murderers to hide behind.

    Well, I’ve blabbered long enough.

    Beautifully written, Linh….perhaps only Paul Edwards, the Montana activist, causes me to pause and reflect as much as you.

    Looking forward to your next article.

    • Agree: mwee
  29. GMC says:
    @Alfred

    Agree Alfred – and now we all know, one more of the many reasons, why the Maidan took place. Monsanto, Carghil, Dupont and others now own much of that Chernay Zolotoy called black dirt/gold. The locals call Monsanto’s corn Американсы Cookarooza – American Corn. And I’ve seen it and tried it and it is a perfect example of GMO corn – perfect size, perfect color and perfect taste. I paid a buck for 3 ears near the Crimean/Ukie border lol Spacibo Alfred

    • Thanks: Alfred
  30. Biff says:
    @Alfred

    Did you know? Ukraine, commonly known as the breadbasket of Europe, has over a quarter of the world’s chernozem or “black earth” and 54 percent of its land is arable according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    And to think that Monsanto has control of it now? (Sad)

    • Agree: Alfred
  31. Cyrano says:

    I have my own theory why there were one trillion victims of communist oppression. I think that the communists realized early on, that the greatest communist concept of all time is death. Since equality was the biggest mantra of communism, and death is the only naturally occurring phenomena that has the capacity to equalize everybody – both rich and poor – the communists put two and two together and decided to equalize as many people as possible by using death as the great equalizer.

    Luckily enough, “democracy” picked up on the equality mantra. But this is where they showed the superiority of the “democracy” as a system – compared to communism. Communism had It easy. Most communist countries – with exception of Cuba and Venezuela – were mono-racial countries. That’s not much of a challenge – achieving equality in a country populated with only one race.

    The “democracies” decided to up the challenge and to strive to achieve equality between domestic – white deplorables and imported (some recently, some long time ago) non-white deplorables. You tell me, which one is a bigger challenge. And kudos to the “democracies” for proving that they were up to this task.

    But the true genius lies in the fact that the “equality” that is supposed to be achieved in the “democracies” between the domestic and foreign deplorables was envisioned to come at the expense of the domestic deplorables, rather than outdated communist concept, where the equality is supposed to come at the expense of the rich. If that’s not pure brilliance, I don’t know what is.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  32. Have you noticed the uptick of young foreigners – particularly Jews – in Asia working to foment revolution? They’re beavering away in trade unions, international development agencies, labor and human rights NGOs, intentional organisations connected to the UN, etc. And they are all salivating over how WuFlu has impoverished the industrial class, thus ripening the Red Apple of Communism. Several Southeast Asian countries have been infested, and it’s time the governments got tough and hanged these rootless cosmopolitans from light posts.

  33. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Duranty worked for the NYT. Not much has changed since then. Fake news then, fake news now. Lots of people here in the west seem to be enamored of communism in some form without actually calling it such. The onus is always on ‘fascism’ here, or the new term of ‘white supremacy’ whilst remaining silent about communism which killed millions. That’s because they’re sympathetic to communism since it killed the right people as opposed to fascism which killed the wrong people.

  34. @J. Alfred Powell

    In #23 for “Pagoda” read Yagoda, which is what I wrote before Apple software “corrected” it.

    Genrikh Yagoda was the Soviet official who presided over the Holdomor, in which the Party seized the wheat of 5 million Ukrainians to sell on the international commodity market to raise the funds to pay American corporations to industrialize Russia to build the arms with which to conquer Western Europe.

    The portion of “Poland” that Stalin seized while Hitler seized the West of it in 1939 was in fact part of western Russia which, among its first acts, the new nationalist Polish state (which was created at Versailles out of pieces of what had been Germany and Austria-Hungary) seized from Russia by military force of invasion during the Russian Revolution (1919-1920), when Russia was in no position to resist the seizure. The Polish state of the era was a fascist military dictatorship that violently oppressed all its minority populations, notably its Jews. Nevertheless, to “rescue” it, as they said, the French and British declared war on Germany in 1939. It is an open question why Polish anti-semitism was “noble” and required defense, while German anti-semitism was ignoble and required attack. It’s a reasonable hypothesis that their respective financial policies had something to do with it. In any case, shit-heads on all sides then, and shit-heads now who selectively lie about it. Isn’t history wonderful?

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  35. Diego says:

    We have all seen with our own eyes in the summer of 2020 the mob violence, the mob hated, the capacity for destruction, the actual destruction, the looting, and ultimately the burning of American cities, accompanied by a campaign of deliberate erasing of the history and culture of the traditional American people.

    All this, so willfully encouraged by the leftist media which at the same time hid the negative aspects of all this from the American people; an American press almost completely owned by the literal and ideological descendents of yesterday’s tribal-centered communists.

    All of this lends much creedence to Linh’s excellent essay.

    • Agree: Alden
  36. padre says:
    @Icy Blast

    There are no revolutionaries in USA!

  37. @GeeBee

    Thank you Geebee for introducing a bit of colour into a black & white subject.
    On a positive note Linh is no be thanked for introducing the history of depression years Americans emigrating to the USSR & the horrific treatment they then often suffered. Valuable — I had no idea about this entire tragic episode.
    As to his more general orientation, well…who here at Unz would have guessed that Stalin was such a murderous Dreck ?
    We no longer need the knee-jerk thinking: socialism = Stalinism. If we’re not careful, either by commission or omission, we may end up killing or hurting many millions more than Stalin ever did: the world is steadily moving up shit creek & a paddle seems to markedly absent….
    Geebee makes a very important distinction between industrial & finance capitalism. The strangulation of the later by industrial capitalism & socialism is to be much prayed for.
    Incidentally — FDR & his “I may say that ‘I got along fine’ with Marshal Stalin.” I wonder how conscious FDR was of the simple blunt fact that the USSR was doing ALL the heavy lifting in the war (at that point), & would continue to do so, essentially until VE day ( not that the western allies actions in Africa, Italy, in the Air & sea were “a nothing”, its just that relative to the soviet sacrifices they tend to pale a little).

  38. @Linh Dinh

    Could the hoarding of grain amount to manslaughter ? If such hoarding is illegal & the hoarder consciously knows that by not sharing some of his grain his “neighbors” may starve to death ?
    No — morally the hoarder is not bound to give up the grain sufficient to sustain his family. But beyond that ? The State has a right & duty — to some degree — to sustain the entire nation.
    Where it gets very knotty is when the dearth of food has been caused by the malice or incompetence of the State itself. Again, the individual has a fundamental right to protect his /her own family — but a duty to help the nation is increasingly questionable when the “hoarder” realises that any surplus food may be wasted by either State incompetence or corruption.

  39. @Alfred

    Thankyou — I either did not know or had forgotten some of the facts you allude to– ie the issue of foreign currency/exports & the fertility of much of the Ukraine’s etc soil.

  40. gotmituns says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Commies never admit they did anything wrong.
    ————————————————–
    how very jewish of them.

  41. Alfred says:

    According to the independent Levada Centre, the Russian communist party polled 9 percent in August, 2018, hardly a popular choice or political force in that country.

    The “West” supposedly initiated the Cold War against the Soviet communists, their former allies, in Defense of democratic freedoms. Yet today, some 30 years after the collapse of communist Russia when Russia has a market economy, basic freedoms, and (unlike the U.S.) a flawed democratic system, anti-Russian hysteria and universal blame of Russia is reaching new heights in America. The Popularly-elected Putin is barely less despised in the monopolised American media than the murderous Stalin. Putin’s major crime seems to be the restructuring of Russia after the looting of the drunken, US-supported Yeltsin had turned Russia into a hapless, failed state which today resists imperial policies, international bullying, and endless wars.

    The threat to our way of life is neither Stalin nor communism nor the universal boogeyman but the flaws and failures of our own society that are quickly approaching a point beyond correction or even hope.

    • Agree: Alden, dfordoom
    • Thanks: Robert Konrad
    • Replies: @Oikeamielinen
    , @Ace
  42. Today we have the American Left whitewashing Communism and Stalin, and the American Right worshipping Putin, who is also whitewashing Communism and Stalin and arresting historians who try to tell the truth about the Gulag. Not to mention the fact that Trump tried to be another Armand Hammer back in the 1980s, but the Soviets never took him seriously.

    Not much space left for us anti-Communists.

    • Agree: noname27, utu
  43. noname27 says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    I know you’re a troll but I will take your comment on face value. It’s quite obvious you have never lived in a Communist state, but I must admit you do lie very well and in accordance with the norms of a Communist state.

    “In our country the lie has become not just a moral category, but a pillar of the state.”

    — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  44. noname27 says: • Website
    @animalogic

    It was nothing to do with sustaining the nation, but everything to do with destroying the Ukrainian Kulaks.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  45. Smith says:

    I cannot agree with this piece.

    Like it or not, the USSR was a VERY, VERY positive force in Vietnam and had a direct part in fighting against the americans AND an indirect part in fighting against the chinks.

    They have their problems, but I can’t shit on them like I shit on China. The USSR, at least in Stalin era and later, were pure in intention and didn’t bastardize the ideology like Maoist/Dengist China did.

    • Replies: @Alfred
    , @Ace
  46. anon[169] • Disclaimer says:
    @TKK

    A mortgage is its own gulag.

    Don’t be ridiculous.

    guaranteed if they stayed in line

    Just like domesticated animals. Except no domesticated animal ever displayed maximal stupidity, as TKK does here.

    • Replies: @TKK
  47. utu says:
    @dfordoom

    It’s bizarre the way so many people around these parts are constantly telling us that the media always lies and that we’re always being fed propaganda, but they believe every word of American-inspired anti-communist propaganda.

    I haven’t seen you bringing this killer argument of yours when the Holocaust was discussed on the UR. Quite the opposite:

    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/a-doctorate-in-the-strength-of-diversity/#comment-4126838
    Fourthly, the rabid Jew hate and the Holocaust Denial. This makes normal people understandably uneasy.

    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/yougovs-persistent-protocols/#comment-3623193
    Have you ever met a Holocaust deniers who didn’t hate Jews?

    Are you with the unrepentant Stalinist Israel Shamir on the same page when it comes to Cambodia or does it make you uneasy? Perhaps whitewashing crimes of Communists is not a test for separating normal people from the rest?

    Shamir wrote a column defending Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime, writing that, “The Pol Pot the Cambodians remember was not a tyrant, but a great patriot and nationalist, a lover of native culture and native way of life.” He further claimed that, “As for the mass killings, these are just horror stories, averred my Cambodian interlocutors.”[13] The Phnom Penh Post sarcastically replied, “We must admit we were swayed when Shamir provided conclusive proof that the KR genocides were either inept or out-and-out fabrications: he alerted us to the fact that the population of Cambodia has doubled since 1970. We eagerly await his next Counterpunch article, ‘Population of Europe has increased by a factor of six since 1939, therefore World War II never happened.

  48. GMC says:
    @TKK

    Ya you are right, I live with those older Russians , but they are not talking about the 1930s, 40s , they are talking about the late 50s on. When things were far more normal than the reign of terror years. The baby boomers of Russia, so to speak. Their education was similiar to ours – also – their books were selected by the Gov. – just like ours were. lol Sooo many secrets coming out these days – from both sides. No big social problems here, like in the states though.

    • Agree: TKK
  49. Hegar says:

    Tzouliadis points out, “Sympathy for the Soviet cause was no guarantee of safety; instead it attracted suspicion.” Born in Russia, Julian F. Hecker was educated in the US, where he published several books defending Communism. With his American wife and three young daughters, Hecker returned to his native country to teach philosophy at Moscow University.

    She never learned that just two and half months after his arrest, on April 28, 1938, Professor Julius Hecker confessed to being an American spy who had written his books merely to draw attention away from his espionage. Two hours after making this false confession, he was shot.

    It is sad for those who were duped and killed. Not so sad for the communist propagandists who were shown the truth.

    It’s hilarious to think of Latino “Eric Striker”, who after some years of history classes (i.e. Marxist propaganda) in college has taken to worshiping the Soviet Union. He writes “the Soviet Union would have worked if it had been Germans instead of Slavs.”

    And this guy writes for Unz Review. I only wish he could have lived in Soviet times. Would have been interesting to see if they would have killed him for being communist, but not communist enough.

    • Replies: @republic
    , @John Johnson
  50. @utu

    Execution by bullet? This shitbird never heard of gas chambers?

    • Replies: @utu
  51. Ace says:
    @obwandiyag

    I hear freezing to death was a problem in the camps. Siberia was a bit nippy for people under communism.

    I agree that Stalin didn’t understand what communism is. People like you can help build real communism.

    • Replies: @Druid
  52. Carlos22 says:
    @utu

    What a scum bag eh.

    I suppose the only thing in his favor is he pulled the trigger himself unlike many smiling sociopaths in politics these days I could mention.

  53. @Supply and Demand

    “Ha ha FOOLS! I’ll be safe in this Red Chinese cave!”

    The dragon closes his mouth with a satisfying crunch.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  54. Ace says:
    @brabantian

    So Solzhenitsyn made it all up. Who knew?

    And the young woman who wrote “The Stones Cry Out” about her experiences under Pol Pot made a fortune from her book. Another liar, of course.

  55. Poco says:
    @dfordoom

    Are memories so short that they forget things like the Berlin wall? It assuredly was not an imaginary piece of propaganda. When your people must be locked in place to prevent them from fleeing you can bet the government or conditions are not beneficial. Look for the US to continue on this same path as we become more and more ruled by the insane left.

    P.S. Current American media propaganda extolls the virtues of communism. As did Duranty’s.

    • Agree: Mark G.
    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    , @dfordoom
  56. @animalogic

    You should always denounce your parents to the secret police. The secret police protect everyone, just like masks are for the benefit of everyone around you.

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


    The Secret Behind Communism is a very good read, and very relevant for today as it explores the ethnic power structures in play during those bloody years.

  58. Alfred says:
    @noname27

    the Ukrainian Kulaks.

    It was not only in Ukraine. That is the MSM version. Nuland spent $5bn promoting the story that the Russians did this to the Ukrainians. Most Ukrainians believe this nonsense.

    The starvation was general. In Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. This is from the Jewpedia so handle with care.

    The Kazakh famine of 1930–1933, named in Kazakhstan as the Goloshchyokin genocide after Filipp Goloshchyokin to emphasize its man-made nature and also known as the Kazakh catastrophe, was a famine where 1.5 million (possibly as many as 2.0–2.3 million) people died in Soviet Kazakhstan, of whom 1.3 million were ethnic Kazakhs; 38% of all Kazakhs died, the highest percentage of any ethnic group killed in the Soviet famine of 1932–33. Some historians assume that 42% of the entire Kazakh population died in the famine.

    Kazakh famine of 1932–33

    Filipp Goloshchyokin was of course Jewish

    Filipp Goloshchyokin

  59. Another great article by Linh. I assure you I will getting my own copy of “The Forsaken”.

    As you can tell Linh, Unz Review is loaded with commie sympathizers who will be more than happy to march for the new(same old)RED revolution. History never means anything to these buffoon’s, at least at the present. They will only awaken when they find themselves in the same situations as told of in “The Forsaken”. But as always, it will be far to late by then.

    The new “faceless” face of the same old Red tyranny.
    https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.q0UhtotKx2pGooFUb5IpbQHaDt%26pid%3DApi&f=1

    • Replies: @Robert Konrad
  60. utu says:
    @Sick of Orcs

    “This shitbird never heard of gas chambers?” – They did. They invented them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_van
    During the Great Purge in the Soviet Union, NKVD officer Isaj D. Berg used a specially adapted airtight van for gassing prisoners to death on an experimental basis.[18] The prisoners were gassed on the way to Butovo, a phony firing range, where the NKVD executed its prisoners and buried them.[19] According to testimony given by NKVD officer Nikolai Kharitonov in 1956, Isaj Berg had been instrumental in the production of gas vans.[20] Berg had become chief of the administrative economic department in Moscow’s NKVD in the summer of 1937.[21] In October 1937 he was charged with the supervision of the Butovo firing range.[20] Berg had to prepare Butovo for the mass execution of people from greater Moscow and to ensure that these executions would take place smoothly.[22] According to testimony given by Fjodor Tschesnokov, a member of Berg’s execution team, in 1956, trucks were used, which were equipped with valves through which the gas could be directed inside the vehicles. The interrogations revealed that the prisoners were stripped naked, tied up, gagged and thrown into the trucks. Their property was stolen.[20] Berg was arrested on 3 August 1938[23] and sentenced to death for participating in a “counter-revolutionary conspiracy within the NKVD” and executed on 3 March 1939.[20]

    In late 1920’s still under the Weimar government Germany began close military cooperation with the USSR to circumvent limitation imposed by Versailles Treaty on work on military weapons and technology. German military trained in the USSR using their Soviet proving grounds and airports in exchange for German know-how and technology transfer.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
  61. Ugetit says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Thanks very much for your comment and I shall search at once for a transcript.

    Hard to believe that there are people today who think that either system is incorruptible and that one is preferable over another.

    • Agree: mwee, Johnny Walker Read
  62. Alfred says:
    @Smith

    The USSR, at least in Stalin era and later, were pure in intention

    I guess it would take a “pure” metal bullet in the back of your neck to clear up your thinking. 🙁

    The utmost evil is perpetuated by people seeking “purity” and trying to do “good” to others who have no need for it.

    Those who were taken to the Lubyanka prison for a serious interrogation invariably protested that they were real Communists – according to Solzhenitsyn.

    • Thanks: Johnny Walker Read
  63. Ugetit says:
    @animalogic

    Where it gets very knotty is when the dearth of food has been caused by the malice or incompetence of the State itself.

    Knotty?

    I think you meant, “naughty,” because that’s simply what it was/is, and nothing knotty about it.

  64. @brabantian

    Perhaps the “illusion” of terror was more effective than actual mass arrests. American politics and media are rife with illusion. I imagine Stalin’s accountant….”ya’ know boss, I did a costing of your terror plan, and it’s too expensive. All we really need to do is nick a few people here and there, play it up in the media, and the rest will fall in line. ”

    • Troll: Alfred
  65. mwee says:

    Now, what a crude trace-rendering of Yugoslav partisans had to do with Stalin?
    There was famous “Tito’s No” to him in 1948.

  66. Trinity says:

    I always tip according to services rendered, I don’t give two shits what my server or bartender looks like, but yes, a lot of males will tip an attractive female much better than a plain looking girl, an overweight waitress or bartender. I wonder if females go over board on their tips if they are being served by an attractive male bartender or waiter? My guess is that females probably would stiff an attractive female waitress or bartender out of pure jealousy, have seen it happen on more than one occasion, women are so damn catty. And females would tip a male server better over another female even if the female was an overweight fitty something year old woman would huge “breastesses.” I used to go to a place to receive a real LEGITIMATE massage, no happy ending here, and they had two female masseuses , one was petite, above average in the looks department and the other was an overweight woman, although she was reasonably attractive in the face. First time there, I did chose the more attractive lass, so I never said I was perfect, and received a very shitty massage, next time I opt for the overweight girl and I receive a tremendous massage, and yes, I did tip her, even though this was a legit massage and not the sort of place Robert Kraft frequents. Every other time I went to this establishment I would always chose the heavier girl and always received a helluva massage.

  67. A capitalist Christmas gift gone to communist hell.
    By Chuck Orloski, a Scranton School bus driver.

    Was the week before Christmas, 2019, and Chuck learned about the deep sorrow of one of his girl riders, a white, 3rd grade. For anonymity sake, I will call her Bri.

    Chuck learned Bri’s father died from a heroin overdose and lived with her grandmother who walked her to the bus stop. A teacher told me, “Bri misses her father and she talks about commiting suicide.” This knowledge made him want to cry. A curious point: Never did Chuck see Bri’s mother. 🤔

    One morning, Bri boarded Chuck’s school bus, #78. She was happy and told him, “I am going to give you a Philadelphia Eagles coffee cup for Christmas. I will steal it from my Daddy’s cupboard!” Chuck realized Bri noticed his Eagles cap, and he said, “Uh, steal it you say? Thanks, but that will be unnecessary.” Bri smiled, “No one will ever miss the cup.”

    Bri took her seat and Chuck decided to tell Bri that he didn’t want the Eagles cup. He walked to her seat, cupped his hand behind Bri’s head and said, “Bri, I don’t want a cup and your kindness will be a Christmas blessing for me.”.

    The next day, my school bus company dispatcher, Tricia, a good woman, summoned me into her office for a very serious discussion. Trish asked, “Chuck, did you touch one of your Elementary school girls.” Aghast, I refused to lie, I replied, “Yes indeed! I did Pat a 3rd grader upon the back of her head as a consolation & signal of my care.”

    “Well, Chuck, you’re in trouble because the girl told her school nurse that you sensually TOUCHED her! We must pull the incident’s video camera and administrators will review it, make judgement on what happened.”

    “You gotta be kidding me, Trish!”

    The video camera failed to work and my persecutors only had my word versus Bri’s. My job was safe and poor Bri never spoke to me again.

    Conclusion: New Year 2020, Chuck arrived at Bri’s bus stop to take her to school. A big black guy was her escort, and he threatened Chuck, I am Bri’s new father, and if anybody touches my little girl, they’ll have deal with me!” I kept silent. Illegally, the asshole lunged into the school bus’s step-space, and I closed the air powered door & it caught his arm. Pretending pain, the guy screamed, “I will call the fucken cops on you!”

    By mid-March 2020, Scranton schools closed down because of the Coronovirus pandemic. Now Bri is likely doing online learning. Me? I learned many disgusting things about education that decent American parents never get to know.

  68. Bert says:
    @Anonymous

    The people who actually keep America functioning would deal with Communists as per Thomas Jonathan Jackson’s prescription.

    When the Rebels returned to the town of Fredericksburg, which Union soldiers had looted and destroyed, the Confederates were appalled by what they saw. Looking at the devastation caused by the Yankees, a member of Stonewall Jackson’s staff asked, “What can we do about this kind of barbaric behavior?”

    Jackson replied, his voice trembling with rage, “Kill ’em. Kill ’em all.”

    They know too much to respond any other way. Rudolph Rummel spent his career laying out the number of innocents who perished at the hands of Communists.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_Rummel

  69. Alfred says:

    She never learned that just two and half months after his arrest, on April 28, 1938, Professor Julius Hecker confessed to being an American spy who had written his books merely to draw attention away from his espionage. Two hours after making this false confession, he was shot.

    The grandmother of my Russian ex-wife was in love with a young man in Moscow. The man who fathered him was English. The English father had deserted the mother when the child was an infant. However, because of his “dubious” counter-revolutionary background, the son was sent to the Gulag. His girlfriend eventually married an officer who was half-Ukrainian. A man she never loved. She needed his protection.

    This grandfather of my ex-wife was responsible for guarding trains during WW2. His rank allowed him to protect his wife from accusations that she had had a relationship with an “enemy of the people”. If the train his troops were responsible for lost anything, he would have have been shot outright. A very risky job. A lot of thieving was going on as people were desperate.

    Many years later, the young man returned from the Gulag. He was now an old man. His ex-girlfriend was now a grandmother. His personality had totally changed. They never met again.

    There are millions of similar stories in Russia. I really hope the USA does not have to go through this sort of experience.

  70. The sad thing is that all bad things done to people by villains doesn’t come out on a timely basis to exact a revenge of out of proportion kind … for once, I would like see a living monster pay its just dues to the humanity.

  71. Muggles says:

    Great essay again.

    Although the demented psychopaths in some of the comments section are real vomit inducers.

    There is no Communist nation now or ever, that had to built walls or fences to keep people out. But they all had those (or large oceans) to keep their own people in.

    There is a book called The House of Government by Yuri Slezkine which is well worth reading if you have the time. It is over 1,000 pages long but details the lives of residents, builders and the history of a giant Moscow apartment building which housed the elite nomenclatura post 1930.

    Much of the book is biographical, much of it autobiographical, of the early Bolsheviks both pre and post revolution, and how they made it into that elite apartment building. About a third of the residents were subsequently arrested and killed. These were all Party elites and NKVD honchos.

    There are many other very good works about that era and the subsequent collapse of the USSR as well. These idiots who claim to support “communism” here are either paid CCP trolls or fat and happy westerners who have zero experience living under that.

    I’d recommend a Venezuelan month long holiday for any who want a taste of soft Marxism/kleptocracy. It used to be a nice place. Now, a hellhole. Bon voyage, comrades!

    • Thanks: Ace
    • Replies: @republic
  72. Cyrano says:

    Capitalism didn’t create the western civilization. It’s the other way around. If anything should outlive the other, it’s the western civilization which should enjoy a greater longevity then capitalism. But the stupids in the west are gunning for the opposite outcome. They think that capitalism is the greatest thing that ever happened to humanity. In order to prolong the life span of capitalism they are faking progress with bringing the 3rd world to the west to enjoy the much deserved equality. If communism was so bad, why are they trying to fake it? Why not fake feudalism? How is multiculturalism a progress? Has it raised the standard of living of the domestic deplorables? Or has exactly the opposite occurred? It has stunted the living standards of working people in the west, all just for the dubious pleasure of propaganda bragging rights about phony progressiveness and liberalism.

  73. @Alfred

    I have posted this before. The Russian mind seems to live in the old Bolshevik world still, just as popular mind in the Community of Western Values resides in the fables generated in the WWII period — adoration of Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower et c. are examples.

    It almost seems as if the Russians are kowtowing to the “International Community.”
    ______________
    Exclusive: Sergei Lavrov Talks About West’s Historical Revisionism, US Election and Navalny Case
    
© Sputnik / Alexei Kudenko 
Interviews 08:00 GMT 18.09.2020 (updated 08:11 GMT 18.09.2020)


    https://sputniknews.com/interviews/202009181080493098-sputniks-exclusive-sergei-lavrov-talks-about-wests-historical-revisionism-belarus–navalny-case/

    […]
    
By the way, the vast majority of the global community supports us; every year at the UN General Assembly, we introduce a resolution on the inadmissibility of the glorification of Nazism.
[…]
. . . and the monuments that were erected in Europe in honour of the victims of World War II, in honour of the heroes who liberated those countries.

    […]

  74. TKK says:
    @anon

    You think pigs being tortured in corporate farming is funny?
    It’s not. Those pigs can’t even stretch their legs out. It’s horrific.

    Pigs are smarter than dogs. I have a good friend who has one that is house broken, knows many commands and is a true delight.
    I’ll take the compliment.

    On the mortgage and its horrors: Do you venture out from your mom’s sub basement enough to know about HOA(s)? The new trend in HOA is to have “resident leadership” who work with corporate management. This means that any weirdo (like yourself) who has no job and has strange vendettas (again – just like you) can write you up for imaginary or trivial infractions.

    Your bushes are unkempt. You had a piece of trash in a tree. Your dog barked too long on Sunday at a squirrel.

    These infractions come with a fine- $100 a clip usually.

    And when you harrumph: I am not paying those fines!-

    Know the HOA can foreclose on your home- and they do. You can lose everything you have, including your downpayment, for HOA liens. They also sue in civil court for their attorney’s fees, treble damages and other costs they conjure.

    For the non weirdos: Read any closing documents super carefully- when a developer reserves the right to develop bylaws, form associations and any other covenants that run with the land, don’t buy the property. It is never worth the misery. Only if you like drama, and spending money fighting jerks. There are very few- almost none- protections for the consumer in State law from the HOA shakedowns.

    HOA are so burdensome ,sadistic and completely unpredictable that some condos in Hollywood Beach, Florida are going for $1- if you take over the $843 per month HOA fees and all those crazy rules. No guest for more than 3 days. No cars over 20 years old in the parking lot!

    Do an excel spreadsheet, or look at the amortization of your mortgage and see how much is hitting the principle. Then imagine an arbitrary group of jerks who have the right to seize your property, its equity and all attendant benefits because you don’t dance to their jig, or they simply don’t like you.

    And, the bankers are the real gangsters. Mortgages aren’t a gulag? In America, you better have a place to live or you will be under the freeway with the freaks who truly have nothing to lose.
    They will steal your shoes while you sleep and set your tent on fire. You know- BLM activists.

    I see Mexican builders throw up homes in 6 weeks. They actually hammer by flashlight. We are to then take on a debt for 30 years—30 years— to get to live in this poorly made box? After the realtor takes 7% of the profits, the builders walk about with 40% profit and the buyer is left holding a huge debt for a home that probably will NOT appreciate (another Horatio Alger myth Americans are sold),

    It’s a racket beyond anything Madoff could have conjured. It’s a terrible joke on the working class.
    It’s indentured servitude. Forced labor. What’s that? A gulag without the blizzard and boiled bread.

    • Thanks: obvious
  75. TKK says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    You were terrorized. This is why decent white people cannot work in the school systems, (if they can get hired) and why would you?

    One new tenet of the Global Woke is that females and people of color don’t lie.

    It’s sadly hilarious. When I take depositions, I catch women, both old and young, in a fishhook tangle of lies weekly. It settles cases. They can’t keep the lies straight.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  76. republic says:
    @Hegar

    What is known as a useful idiot by the communists

  77. republic says:
    @Muggles

    I highly recommend the book,
    Assignment to Utopia by Lyons,an American reporter who lived in Moscow from ,1929-32.

    He was at first a fellow traveler,but later became an anti communist

  78. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Stalin’s Jews

    We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish
    Sever Plocker in Ynetnews, 12/21/06

    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.

    Whole population strata were eliminated: Independent farmers, ethnic minorities, members of the bourgeoisie, senior officers, intellectuals, artists, labor movement activists, “opposition members” who were defined completely randomly, and countless members of the Communist party itself.

    In his new, highly praised book “The War of the World, “Historian Niall Ferguson writes that no revolution in the history of mankind devoured its children with the same unrestrained appetite as did the Soviet revolution. In his book on the Stalinist purges, Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Igal Halfin writes that Stalinist violence was unique in that it was directed internally.

    Lenin, Stalin, and their successors could not have carried out their deeds without wide-scale cooperation of disciplined “terror officials,” cruel interrogators, snitches, executioners, guards, judges, perverts, and many bleeding hearts who were members of the progressive Western Left and were deceived by the Soviet regime of horror and even provided it with a kosher certificate.

    All these things are well-known to some extent or another, even though the former Soviet Union’s archives have not yet been fully opened to the public. But who knows about this? Within Russia itself, very few people have been brought to justice for their crimes in the NKVD’s and KGB’s service. The Russian public discourse today completely ignores the question of “How could it have happened to us?” As opposed to Eastern European nations, the Russians did not settle the score with their Stalinist past.

    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. After Stalin no longer viewed him favorably, Yagoda was demoted and executed, and was replaced as chief hangman in 1936 by Yezhov, the “bloodthirsty dwarf.”

    Yezhov was not Jewish but was blessed with an active Jewish wife. In his Book “Stalin: Court of the Red Star”, Jewish historian Sebag Montefiore writes that during the darkest period of terror, when the Communist killing machine worked in full force, Stalin was surrounded by beautiful, young Jewish women.

    Stalin’s close associates and loyalists included member of the Central Committee and Politburo Lazar Kaganovich. Montefiore characterizes him as the “first Stalinist” and adds that those starving to death in Ukraine, an unparalleled tragedy in the history of human kind aside from the Nazi horrors and Mao’s terror in China, did not move Kaganovich.

    Many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution and have blood on their hands for eternity. We’ll mention just one more: Leonid Reichman, head of the NKVD’s special department and the organization’s chief interrogator, who was a particularly cruel sadist.

    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. They too, of course, were gradually eliminated in the next purges. In a fascinating lecture at a Tel Aviv University convention this week, Dr. Halfin described the waves of soviet terror as a “carnival of mass murder,” “fantasy of purges”, and “essianism of evil.” Turns out that Jews too, when they become captivated by messianic ideology, can become great murderers, among the greatest known by modern history.

    The Jews active in official communist terror apparatuses (In the Soviet Union and abroad) and who at times led them, did not do this, obviously, as Jews, but rather, as Stalinists, communists, and “Soviet people.” Therefore, we find it easy to ignore their origin and “play dumb”: What do we have to do with them? But let’s not forget them. My own view is different. I find it unacceptable that a person will be considered a member of the Jewish people when he does great things, but not considered part of our people when he does amazingly despicable things.

    Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of “our hangmen,” who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of their origin.

  79. Alfred says:

    Much of the book is biographical, much of it autobiographical, of the early Bolsheviks both pre and post revolution, and how they made it into that elite apartment building. About a third of the residents were subsequently arrested and killed. These were all Party elites and NKVD honchos.

    Twenty years ago, I spent a couple of weeks in an apartment that I borrowed from my older brother. He was in the USA.

    The apartment was lived in by Alexei Kosygin for much of his life. It still belonged to his family. Kosygin, for those too young to know, was a senior member of the USSR from the time of Stalin onward. Eventually, he was the foreign minister. He was the face of the USSR abroad for many years. A bit like Lavrov today.

    Anyway, this apartment building was only a short distance from the Kremlin. Many times, the NKVD would show up late at night and arrest someone who was never seen again – and often his family as well.

    There was never a shortage of people who lusted for these important jobs. It was a notorious building. When I was there, there was a grand piano in the circular room upstairs. The walls in the corridor outside were lined with the memoirs of all the Soviet leaders – hundreds of bound volumes. Probably unopened.

    https://tinyurl.com/3Bolshaya

  80. @Linh Dinh

    Things like the Holocaust and slavery have one purpose and one purpose only, to strengthen in-group identification and optimally weaken the ethnocentrism of the oppressor group involved in the son story in question.

    The Holocaust is actually the real religion of Jews nowadays, they would have been atomised and assimilated by now if not for the threat of annuda Shoah looming over their heads (it looms because of activism by the likes of the ADL and whatnot)

    This dynamic is also why our elites in the UK got so antsy about the paki rape gangs, sure they only constitute a small percentage of overall rapes in the UK but the phenomenon of foreign men hanging together to predate on English girls activates the hatred neurons in all normal people, and the anti-Whites know this which is why they either downplay it or suppress it.

    This is also why Jews get so annoyed by talks of the Israeli atrocities in Palestine, because Israel is The Jewish State and most Jews, secular and religious alike, are Zionists at heart.

    Hence we will never have schools teaching about Stalin’s Jews, as that would make Jews uncomfortable and wash away their perpetual victim status.

    • Agree: GeneralRipper, Ace
    • Replies: @Druid
  81. @J. Alfred Powell

    If it was OK that “the portion of “Poland” that Stalin seized” when “Russia was in no position to resist the seizure,” what was the problem with Germany “seizing” the portion that had been German until Poland invaded after the Armistice and Germany beginning disarmament?
    Poland was once part of the Swedish Empire. Where do these things stop if you are going backwards? Historic claims are historic, not contemporary. We can’t go back and undo things done. Versailles was done so that finance capitalism could finish off Germany and expand ccommunism. Capitalism and Communism are the two sides of the same coin.

    • Replies: @J. Alfred Powell
  82. @TKK

    Experienced, TKK wrote: “You were terrorized.”

    Yes, sir, completely agree.

    One-day, and fyi, two black 4th graders brought surgical gloves home with them. Seated directly behind my driver seat, the kids stealthily bent down and pissed in the gloves. Soon they released the pee-pee upon the bus floor.

    It went backward & some kids yelled, “pew…, that stinks.” My school bus aide came forward, appalled, she hollared, “Chuck, what is that liquid?!” Replied, it’s piss, Miss Judy.”

    Miss Judy cellphoned the Principal. She wanted him to see the mess. Principal was “too busy,” I wrote an official disciplinary form, waited a week for a response. Got none, my bus aide said, “Chuck, It’s hard to punish kids who are Special Ed.”

    Frankly, for sanity sake, I must reflect & determine barbaric incidents (like this😟) as “sadly hilarious.” Thanks, TKK.

    • Replies: @Druid
  83. @GeeBee

    At the risk of nitpicking, I’m not entirely convinced that Lenin’s version of Marxism was entirely Marxism. Similarly, Marx’s “socialism”, i.e. communism was rejected by a majority of socialists as late as the 1870s, as it concentrated power. Most of his socialist critics saw replacing capitalism – the repression of the weak by the strong, with Marx’s communism – the repression of the strong by the weak, as equally unacceptable. Proudhon referred to Marx as “the tapeworm in socialism”.
    Otherwise, good comment.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  84. @Sick of Orcs

    How’s living in the burning country will all the angry black people going, bud?

    • Replies: @Sick of Orcs
  85. mwee says:

    So “feudalism” gave us Genghis Khan or Attila -the whip of God, or epochs like “bronze or iron age” gave us a blood thirsty conquerors of antiquity, that we even celebrate?
    Could it be, then, that ruthless psychopath emerged as a leader at some point of time and system, that happened to be a “communism”, and was more than a gift that kept giving for the “Western elite” that robbed their own populace blind (nice and soft with white gloves) while pointing to the East for 80 years?
    As we know, “capitalism” never initiated unjust war, plunder or such or, better yet, if so “somebody else died and not us”. That now brings to question sudden love and concern for millions of Russians that were also hated depending what kind of movies were made in Hollywood.

  86. @Anonymous

    I much prefer the communist path.
    should borders to the first world ever close, a worldwide communist revolution would actually occur.

    That would be great, then we could nuke the living dogshit out of you filth, and ruin it all, permanently for everyone. As long as EVERYONE suffers equally and your kind die by the billions, I’m perfectly fine with that. Having your dysfunctional idealogue retards in positions of authority and running things, however, is entirely unacceptable .

    “Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.” ― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  87. utu says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Stalin’s Willing Executioners: Jews as a Hostile Elite in the USSR. by Kevin Macdonald
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41561760-stalin-s-willing-executioners

  88. I happened to come across The Forsaken at the local public library while I was still in Illinois. It is a fascinating and infuriating book. Fascinating in its detail yet infuriating when one considers how these events were swept under the carpet by US media.

    I am not surprised this does not appear in the history books used in public “education.” Inclusion might mean less space for the story of Emmett Till.

  89. Cowboy says:
    @John Johnson

    The death of liberty is always just one generation away that’s just the nature of the world which is why we will always have the retarded utopianists amongst us declaring that which is false to be true and additionally it seems that the Slavic peoples are particularly susceptible to utopian fantasies due to their ignorant and brutish culture whom love totalitarians by the fact that their tiny minds seem pleased with a basic routine of inebriated subsistence so its incumbent upon the rest of us to train those closest to us on the necessity of retaining God given attributes and not to sell our birthright for a rank bowl of porridge.

    • Agree: HeebHunter
  90. @animalogic

    ‘Could the hoarding of grain amount to manslaughter ? If such hoarding is illegal & the hoarder consciously knows that by not sharing some of his grain his “neighbors” may starve to death ?
    No — morally the hoarder is not bound to give up the grain sufficient to sustain his family. But beyond that ? The State has a right & duty — to some degree — to sustain the entire nation.
    Where it gets very knotty is when the dearth of food has been caused by the malice or incompetence of the State itself. Again, the individual has a fundamental right to protect his /her own family — but a duty to help the nation is increasingly questionable when the “hoarder” realises that any surplus food may be wasted by either State incompetence or corruption.’

    When I think of the concrete facts you are attempting to justify with this rationalization, it makes me gag.

    • Replies: @ploni almoni
  91. @Curmudgeon

    At the risk of nitpicking, I’m not entirely convinced that Lenin’s version of Marxism was entirely Marxism. Similarly, Marx’s “socialism”, i.e. communism was rejected by a majority of socialists as late as the 1870s, as it concentrated power.

    Well you have some reading to do then.

    Lenin headed the Bolshevik revolution which included killing socialists that supported democracy.

    The woman that tried to assassinate him was from the competing Socialist Revolutionary Party. Lenin had banned all competing parties.

    That is often left out in media and public school depictions of the revolution as liberals like to portray it as Lenin and the workers vs the Tsar/conservatives/orthodox church/Bad Whites.

    In reality Lenin didn’t care what the people wanted and certainly wasn’t going to allow them to vote. His Bolsheviks rounded up democratic socialist leaders in the name of the people.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  92. Semeonx says:

    I have been reading this site for a couple of years now. I tend to avoid sites without a comment section as this is often more insightful than than the article itself. This is also one of the most intelligent of comment sections available, wether or not you agree with what is said.
    Thank you Mr Unz for this Gem, and long may it survive in a sea of stupidity.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
  93. Interestingly, I remember my dad (born 1914) mentioning something related to this.

    As I recall, he said that American engineers went to Moscow in the thirties to build their Metro — and never came back. He would have mentioned this at some point in the Sixties.

    Then, I’ve got letters exchanged between my grandmother on my mother’s side and my grandfather — again, from sometime in the thirties. He was an oil geologist, and had gotten some work in the Soviet Union.

    My grandmother was writing him, saying she wanted to join him along with my mother — she really, really wanted to see Russia. His reply was a tad vague, but boiled down to ‘no…that wouldn’t be such a great idea…’

  94. Semeonx says:

    Here in NZ (south pacific for the challenged), the sort of dive bars where men and women stare into their drinks have mostly disappeared. And that is no bad thing from my perspective. Alcohol culture is sad and destructive and unnecessary. There are other better ways for people to commune.

  95. @Hegar

    It’s hilarious to think of Latino “Eric Striker”, who after some years of history classes (i.e. Marxist propaganda) in college has taken to worshiping the Soviet Union. He writes “the Soviet Union would have worked if it had been Germans instead of Slavs.”

    I guess he missed the lesson on the GDR.

    On an economic basis the GDR probably did better than the Soviet union in terms of average standard of living for its citizens. Hungary did OK as well.

    They also became the world’s most advanced spy state where around 1/5 the population was providing information to the Stasi.

    Like all Communist states they would torture people that tried to escape.

    This is still a problem the Marxists haven’t figured out. Let’s say you pay everyone the same wage and everyone wears the same drab clothes and lives in the same drab apartment.

    Well what is stopping a doctor from leaving after med school for a wealthy life in the West?

    The GDR solved this problem through fear and torture. If we don’t catch you we’ll rape and torture your sister. And they would.

    Marx actually never imagined this problem because he believed in blank slate and expected there to be an abundance of doctors. He also expected there would be plenty of time for everyone to go to school due to his belief of how much more productive the system would be over capitalism. Today’s Marxists make no such claims. They are really just an alliance of the bitter and miserable that support equality in any form as long it takes from their betters.

    • Replies: @Erostratus
  96. @Poco

    A PERFECT example of what dfordoom is talking about.

    They did not build the wall to keep people in. They built it to keep American saboteurs out. Before it was built, they were running wild, blowing up everything that stood in the East. They had to do something.

    Which, surprise, surprise, you never heard in you American History books, or on your beloved mainstream mass media. Surprise, surprise.

  97. Petermx says:

    Interesting article. A book could be written on what is discussed in the article. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the US regime was 100% pro communist and I think a very good argument could be made that Americans have the blood of many millions on their hands for their support for that murderous regime. Joe McCarthy was on the right track but his death brought his investigation into communism in the US to a close.

    I just wonder what changed the Americans minds. Why did they go from being 100% pro communist to their enemy. I suspect that once Germany was defeated the Jewish media (like The New York Times) no longer had such strong reasons to cover up and lie about the USSR’s mass murderous policies. The war was over. The American Jews may also have begun to be less supportive of the regime because I think their grip on the regime was no longer 80% to 85% of the government, as President Putin says that is the percentage of Jews that made up the USSR’s first government. They also began to claim the USSR was “anti-Semitic”. If it had become “anti-Semitic” years earlier maybe the many millions of Christians that died in the gulags might not have been killed.

    Walter Duranty was certainly a liar and might be despicable but I think there were many hundreds or even thousands like him. Journalists know what their newspaper wants them to write, even in a “free” country and few are willing to sacrifice a good job or career to do the right thing. In order to bring a war on their enemies the Jews worked very hard in Great Britain, the USA and wherever they had influence and with a good grip on the media in these countries they painted Hitler and Germany as black as possible and the Stalin and the Jewish Bolsheviks were great humanitarians if you believed them.

    The only faction that stood up to the mass murdering communists were the Fascists and National Socialists and the Jews, as leaders of the communists, were their enemies. The record shows that while the communists were murdering millions before the war started in 1939, there was very little violence in Germany. Communists and other opponents of the regime were sometimes locked up and this number was in the thousands. There was also some political violence between Communists and National Socialists and some people died as a result of this but it was minor. So minor that 20,000 Polish Jews living in Germany wanted to stay there in 1938 still instead of returning to Poland. But the Jewish media lied and painted a totally different picture, portraying a “Holocaust” occurring in Germany beginning in 1933 already. The Jews knew a German victory would mean their role in Europe would be greatly reduced and they did not want that.

    Oh, and just a small note on Paul Robeson’s comment. The black athlete Jesse Owens wrote in his auto-biography that Hitler was respectful towards him at the 1936 Olympics, as were the thousands of Germans in the stands cheering him and he wrote that FDR snubbed him, not Hitler. Also, a few years ago a journalist came forward and said he witnessed Hitler shaking Jesse Owen’s hand. When you have enough power in the media you can concoct ridiculous lies and get hundreds of millions of people to believe them. You have seen something similar the last few years with the media claiming and convincing millions of people President Trump is a Russian spy.

    • Thanks: Ugetit, Ace
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  98. @Supply and Demand

    Don’t get me wrong, Fren, I respect your choice to emigrate, but there’s nowhere left to run. Even if you’re Chinese-American, is there any guarantee the Chicoms will accept you?

    Re: Orcs…
    …are still well-outnumbered here. A race war would be over in a week, especially if Mestizos pitch in. I accept possible secession not as an end but a new beginning.

    Safe travels.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  99. @Alfred

    Looks like a snapshot of Pine Island, New York

  100. LinhDinh, I was in Saigon, summer 1968. My reason was away from University, in Tacoma,, WA, 2nd yr, studying medicine. The horror of begging children (dismembered limbs, [legs, arms]) to create more sympathy for monetary support caused me to vomit. I love your writing, you stir in readers the Dante Inferno of ice feeling like fire. Hu Ching Ni in Tao version, I Ching, shares stories of China’s worst Emperors. One loyal server to an Emperor drank his own son’s cooked dead body in a soup. He did not expose his precog gift, or he too would have been killed. Sun Tzu’s story, in Hua Ching Ni’s I Ching, is enlightening indeed. Not the best translation, but meeting Hua Ching Ni vis a vis was one of my greatest gifts in being human. We are a species here in earth which haven’t realized the power of subtle vs non-subtle. The Hopi teach a fifth world may be, and certainly our time in this cosmic reality enema seems to concur with the Hopi. Thanks for your courage to create the “brushfire”

  101. @Curmudgeon

    My comment doesn’t address “justifications”. It’s concerned with facts and with the distortions of facts by biased “historians” — that is, writers betraying the discipline they pretend to practice.

    Some writers, of some partisan bents, simply leave the Russian seizure of “east Poland” in 1939 unmentioned. Others mention it, but I’ve never seen any of those who do so also mention that in fact what I’m here calling “east Poland” was a sizeable tract that Poland seized from Russia shortly after being created as a state by the Versailles Treaty in 1939. And even fewer historians mention the issues Germany had in 1939 with the “Poland” created by Versailles, which (“Poland”) included sizeable tracts of land that had been “German” for centuries, as well as others that had been “part of Austria-Hungary.” Suppression of pertinent facts is falsification of history. Partisan history is falsification of history.

    Similarly, the motives operative at Versailles are almost never discussed. Thorstein Veblen’s review of Keynes’ book (The Economic Consequences of the Peace) is the most cogent and uncensored discussion of this I have encountered. Veblen’s essay, originally in the Political Science Quarterly (Sept. 1920) is collected in his Essays In Our Changing Order.

    The Eleventh Commandment is don’t change boundary stones (Deuteronomy 19:14).

    • Replies: @J. Alfred Powell
  102. @J. Alfred Powell

    God, gremlins. The Versailles treaty “created” the modern “Poland” in 1919, not 1939, as I typo’d.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  103. Ugetit says:
    @Anonymous

    …very few places on earth were any better to people than the USSR at the time.

    And one of those places was Germany in the 1930s which was far ahead of anything else in the West making the rest look really pathetic. I’m convinced that fact is what caused a lot of enmity for Germany. If one compares the treatment of the workers between Germany at that time and the treatment they received in the US and Britain, it’s a wonder that there wasn’t a respectable exodus from those hell holes to Germany, or maybe there was, but it wasn’t publicized as was the exodus to the “worker’s paradise,” the USSR.

    Hitler instituted several programs to better the life of the German worker even going so far as to organize and subsidize leisure programs as “Strength through Joy,” which even the left leaning Spartacus and the usually unreliable Wikipedia sites admit had its positive* aspects saying,

    Strength Through Joy promoted evening classes, amateur cultural activities, recitals and travelling art exhibitions. Plays were performed in factories and specially organized KdF concerts, featuring important classical conductors and soloists, such as Carl Bohm, Eugen Jochum and Wilhelm Furtwanger, played to German workers. (6) The KdF had its own ninety-piece symphony orchestra which continually toured the country and in 1938 over two and a half million people attended its concerts. One observer pointed out that the KdF “made available at bargain rates tickets to the theatre, the opera and concerts, thus making available more highbrow entertainment to the labouring man.” (7)

    https://spartacus-educational.com/GERjoy.htm

    * Of course, remaining true to form, they had to put on the standard negative spin on it.

  104. Ugetit says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Hey Linh, doncha know that them Commies dindu nuttin, and that Hitler just came outta nowhere, with fangs, horns and a really bad attitude? And besides, dem Jerminz shoulda just sucked up to the Commies like Churchill and FDR done!

    What are you, sum kinna antee-Scamite er sumptin???

    MAGA, Baby! MAGA!!! An’ don’t fergit it!

  105. Anonymous[351] • Disclaimer says:

    >During the last Depression, thousands of Americans were desperate enough to sail all the way to Stalin’s Soviet Union … most were killed…
    I guess they shouldn’t have become “economic migrants” to a country they invaded a decade ago.

  106. Ugetit says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    I have a fine friend, a naturalized American, who had a similar experience. He was a school bus driver who would never hurt a flea or touch anyone inappropriately, and if he ever thought of it, I doubt he would have thought about doing such in a public space such as a school bus.

    Anyway, he had his day in court and was determined innocent.

    Despite his innocence, both declared and actual, he’d had enough so he took his beautiful family and they packed their bags for their mother country and I don’t blame them.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
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  107. @obwandiyag

    As you know, the Vopos would shoot anyone going out but no one going in. Otherwise, of course, you’re right.

  108. “Working for the New York Times, his extensive reports on the Soviet Union earned this monster a Pulitzer.”

    A great dangling modifier from a great Holocaust denier. But the danglers are not the only problem here.

    • Replies: @Druid
  109. johnwho says:

    You’re fun and everything but you might want to stick to social interest stuff because you really don’t have any understanding of history or politics. Likewise for most of the commenters here who trail behind you like you are some kind of social god. I’m going to watch a Western, which was probably made before Vietnam was ever even on the map 🙂
    Trolling I admit, but it’s fun!

  110. @brabantian

    “Linh Dinh, you are a really great guy, but let me suggest some hesitancy about too-readily accepting some of the anti-Soviet literature that earned millions in profit for many individuals.”

    Clearly, common sense is never common. Linh may end up blathering uncontrollably like so many other aging commentators not so gracefully succumbing to senile infantilism.

    • Replies: @johnwho
  111. Alden says:
    @brabantian

    Rot in hell forever and ever amen you Jew commie POS.

    What White Americans are facing today is the culmination of 140 years of Jewish communist Graminsci style infiltration of style every American institution.

    I’m anti commie Jew not so much for what they did when they took over Russia, but what they have done to American Whites school desegregation, aiding and abetting black on White crime, civil rights for all but Whites, unlimited non White immigration and most of all, the No Whites Need Apply Laws.

    Actually it started before that with the satanic alliance of the original John Rockefeller and his Jew attorney Samuel Untermeyer. Yes that Sam Untermeyer Who blackmailed his puppet Wilson into WW1. And whose great great grandchildren funnel their ill gotten Standard Exxon millions into liberal anti White causes to this day.

    Read the books of Eugene Lyons, a communist New York Jew who worked for TASS. He was overjoyed when TASS sent him to the New Utopia to report in it. He saw the same things Duranty and the rest of the useful idiots did, but reported the truth instead of lying.

    • Agree: Ugetit
    • Thanks: Trinity, R2b
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  112. Alden says:
    @John Johnson

    LOL, great post. Don’t forget Mao was a wonderful mentor to 10-13 year old girls and an emancipator for their sexual liberation ala Jeff Epstein.

  113. @Johnny Walker Read

    “History never means anything to these buffoon’s …”

    Anybody who still doesn’t know how to use the apostrophe correctly is a buffoon.

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  114. Alden says:
    @Supply and Demand

    You’re the consort of a Manchurian communist Princess from the highest caste in China. Of course you like it. Actually, I admire White American men who flee their untouchable unemployable, hated and scorned by all place at the bottom of the caste system for other countries.

    • Thanks: Biff
  115. @Sick of Orcs

    I don’t understand why the perception of someone supportive of the CPC would be blood-Chinese. As I’ve had to mention countless times on here, I’m ethnically Hungarian from my father and some smorgasbord of Italian/Slovene on my mother’s side. Larry Romanoff is also not Han-Chinese.

    I’ve married into the Party have a CPC designateship. I picked a good wife: her father is ethnically embedded into the Mil-Industrial complex, as most of the Khalka and Manchu are. Once I get my citizenship in March of 2021, that will be upgraded to a foreign-born Party membership. It’s not that hard, it took about 6 years of ideological re-education, and I even got to hold a comfortable university post while doing so.

    Re: Orcs

    The race war will not be a true race-war, it will be the government interceding on behalf of Orcs like they have for the past 70 years or so. The intelligence agencies will start droning all of you guys because you’ve left paper trails online a mile long. I’d suggest mail-in voting for Joe Biden now so you have some plausible deniability. Maybe you’ll throw smoke off your trail because they’ll think you’re dead, like all of his current voters now.

  116. johnwho says:
    @Robert Konrad

    Ageism and all that. I could say that the aged don’t by right hold more truth than the young, or vice versa that the young by lack of experience don’t have the knowledge of age and are complete in their conclusions.
    Personally, I would rather have a harem and keep my private thoughts to myself.
    Darling, if I were in such a situation I would make every effort to be sure that you don’t start thinking about me.
    Hell, I don’t even have to have a harem – Just a few private girls (they wouldn’t even have to wear uniforms) who believe in capitalism to keep my thoughts straight.
    Sorry, had a few and it was all done in fun.

    • Replies: @johnwho
  117. @obwandiyag

    That was the official Communist narrative. Antifascistischer Schutzwall and all that bullshit. If you find that believable then you sure accept the National Socialists’ version of the events of 1933-1945 too, I suppose?

  118. @Alden

    Excellent post.

    Thank You.

    The sort of filth we’re dealing with deserve NO sort of respect or norms or quarter.

    They are vermin and should be given the same attitude a normal human being would give toward a roach or a rat.

    The Jew/Left always overplays their hand and ends up wondering why.

    • Agree: Poco
  119. johnwho says:
    @johnwho

    ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’
    Could be changed to ‘Your comment is waiting for judgement.With the Devils and hammers and everything.’
    to more accurately reflect the truth of ‘What is going on here manyways?’ 🙂
    Actually, Unz is pretty good in that respect, but there are plenty of other sites which are completely wrapped up in their own paradigms at all costs.

  120. @obwandiyag

    Well then shouldn’t you living in North Korea, funny monkey?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  121. @Ugetit

    In the red, age 68, I reckon broken Scranton will be my last stand.
    At any rate, I hope your friend got somewhat free and is content. Thank you, Ugetit.

    • Replies: @Ugetit
  122. @Robert Konrad

    Simple grammatical error comrade, Long live the communist world movement.

    • Replies: @Robert Konrad
  123. @ChuckOrloski

    Hey Chuck, I worked for a school bus contractor for a while as a shop foreman. I installed many of those camera systems and knew it was the start of a complete “big brother” system. My boss(retired Connecticut police detective)used to call parents in and show them tapes of misbehaving children. The parents used to say “little Johnny(or Jenny)would never do that and curse my boss out. It was then I realized we were done as a country. Here’s hoping you don’t have to deal with that crap any longer.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  124. @GeneralRipper

    ‘Well then shouldn’t you living in North Korea, funny monkey?’

    Is that what ‘obwandiyag’ means? I always wondered.

  125. @ChuckOrloski

    Jesus, that is a terrible story. I was so moved by your early interactions with her. How could she do that? It ties in with your much appreciated Solzhenitsyn video earlier in this link–how low we’ve sunk morally, which even Solzh. couldn’t have quite imagined way back in relatively upright 1978. I want to feel pity for this monster, but cannot.

    • Agree: Ugetit
  126. @Johnny Walker Read

    Fuck no, Johnny Walker Red. 🥺
    Fyi, I continue driving Scranton School bus as a form of penance for not having caved into “Big Brother.”
    Cameras in school buses somewhat scare bad kids but they’re rarely accountable.
    For example, one Intermediate level student hacked my bus seats with scissors, and my bus company demanded he pay for the damage. The student signed a letter of Intent to Pay; he didn’t, and never suffered any suspension. 😟
    The US public school system is complicit in guaranteeing a future of national doom.
    Thanks, Johnny.

    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  127. @John Johnson

    Well what is stopping a doctor from leaving after med school for a wealthy life in the West?

    To the extent it was based on the Soviet medical education system, the fact that he would know and care nothing about medicine and is purely a product of social promotion to fulfill a bloated bureaucratic statistic. Nobody wants to be a doctor. It’s a low-status, low-paying job unless you work out some system of bribery for access to rare competence. My surrogate son is one of these “doctors.” He couldn’t diagnose a gunshot wound in his own foot, and wouldn’t bother to try. Passing any test for foreign medical graduates is out of the question for these people. There’s a good reason for the short life expectancy in the former Soviet block.

    It’s getting to be that way here. Few of the kindly, old-school Jewish doctors any more. The proud new grads are now mostly immigrant Asian women.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  128. Poco says:
    @obwandiyag

    Do you live in Cuba? If not, why not?

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
  129. Ugetit says:
    @ChuckOrloski

    Thank you and I’m happy to report that all’s as well as can be expected. Freedom wise, quite a bit better than the banker’s gulag for sure.

    Thanks too, for the “Solz” tip. I did find a link to his speech and he fit more than a few nails on the head.

    https://harvardmagazine.com/sites/default/files/1978_alexander_solzhenitsyn.pdf

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  130. @Supply and Demand

    I don’t understand why the perception of someone supportive of the CPC would be blood-Chinese.

    Indeed.

  131. HalconHigh says: • Website
    @Linh Dinh

    Linh

    “Little Lamb” Blitzer just shit his pants

  132. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Poco

    Current American media propaganda extolls the virtues of communism.

    Does it? Can you give me some examples of the American media calling for the socialisation of the means of production? The nationalisation of the banks? The nationalism of the tech giants? Can you give me some examples of the American media calling for workers’ control of the means of production? The dispossession of the capitalist class?

    Can you give me any examples of the American media calling for anything that even remotely resembles any form of communism?

    The American media is certainly full of propaganda. But it sure as hell isn’t communist propaganda.

    You could probably make a moderately convincing argument that the American media is extolling the virtues of a kind of globalist fascism. Big Government and Big Business working hand in glove sure sounds a lot more like fascism than communism.

    Do you actually have any idea of what communism is?

  133. As a fan of Gareth Jones, I must agree with you about Duranty. However, there is also the case that the Hearst newspapers created modern anti Soviet/Russian sentiment. How many of these tales of dead Americans are any more real than anti-slavery propaganda such as loose pack and tight pack?

    Robeson was quie influential. He was popular in South Wales with the miners. Very much seen as a socialist.

  134. @Erostratus

    To the extent it was based on the Soviet medical education system, the fact that he would know and care nothing about medicine and is purely a product of social promotion to fulfill a bloated bureaucratic statistic. Nobody wants to be a doctor. It’s a low-status, low-paying job unless you work out some system of bribery for access to rare competence.

    The Berlin wall was in part created because of brain drain. The GDR would invest a lot of time and resources into a doctor or engineer who would just walk across the border and get much better pay.

    Some of the Soviet bloc countries had low education standards but not the GDR. It was one of the few things they did right.

    Plenty of people want to be a doctor as seen by the fact that there are always more applicants than slots in med school. They are certainly not low paid by any measure. But it is a fair question as to whether or not it is worth 12 years of school to work in today’s health care system.

  135. @Johnny Walker Read

    Say what? A “comrade”? In what sense could a Thoreauvian, agnostic Pagan, anti-corporate secular humanist residing on Pala be a comrade?

  136. jay says:
    @Anonymous

    Obvious troll. Nothing justifies evil.

  137. @obwandiyag

    There’s some sense in your post, as absurd as others would make it out to be. Consider this: how many Iraqis prefer living under the squalor, death and mayhem, courtesy of our mission (and still ongoing) to “spread democracy and human rights” in that country, compared to living under Saddam Hussein? Very few, if any – his Shia detractors included. The same could be said of Libya after our destruction of that country and leaving it in tatters, compared to living under Ghaddafi, during whose reign, Libya became one of the most prosperous nations in the world – not just Africa, as the press would have us believe.

    • Replies: @Oikeamielinen
  138. ooooo…..spooky! Its not even Halloween yet! Seems to be this guys theme after all. With these kind of nightmarish tales I kinda get the feeling this may be a CIA guy. I bet this totally not CIA guy believes the Chicoms are torturing millions of Uiggers in concentration camps as well. Lame.

    Heres another super spooky tale I heard recently from another CIA guy:

    Women are raped in N. Korea’s death camps, their babies aborted by guards jumping on their stomachs or hot irons shoved into their vaginas.

    The babies are then fed to dogs while the mom’s watch.

    So, to be clear, life as a DC reporter is not comparable to life in North Korea.

    These stories are so goddamn ridiculous that they can only be coming from the pampered rich kids that now make up our “intelligence agencies”. Low IQ right wingers, also typically pampered rich kids, eat it up though so whatever. Same morons that still think Reagan was the greatest thing to ever happen to the world, and the fall of the Soviet Union made life better for Russian and even American workers. Your capitalist overlords have been raping you, unchallenged ever since. Congrats!

    The same deaths of despair that killed millions of Russians after, now killing 100s of thousands of Americans every year. Before Covid! People literally drinking themselves to death, injecting, and popping oxys supplied by the Sacklers that just got off with a slap on the wrist, thanks to Trump and Giuliani. 10s of thousands dying or being bankrupted by lack of healthcare, millions of homeless including veterans that gave away their sanity killing for the empire. Woohoo capitalism! We’re free to die homeless, insane, addicted, bankrupt and in debt!

    Just wait till this guy finds out what Russia was like before communism. Or the American gulag, largest in the world. Or about the experiments his employer (CIA) did on American citizens. Or about the FDA and Big Pharma using orphans and other children as guinea pigs for pharmaceutical experiments today.

    But lets hear some more totally not CIA campfire tales about the evil commies.. Yea!

  139. @ChuckOrloski

    In this case the problem doesn’t seem to be the school system, it’s the larger dysfunctional world of drug abuse, broken families and low IQ people with no role in the economy other than as mindless consumers. How do you even design a school system that works under those conditions?

    Ambitious parents know the best school systems are the ones in towns where people like Bri’s parents and “new father” can’t afford to live.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  140. Ace says:
    @Alfred

    Excellent comment but Stalin initiated the cold war.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  141. Ace says:
    @Smith

    Pure in heart and keepers of the flame of glorious communism. Nobility itself.

    • Replies: @Smith
  142. Ace says:
    @obwandiyag

    You never heard about because such a ridiculous falsehood would have embarrassed even the NYT.

  143. @redmudhooch

    The same deaths of despair that killed millions of Russians after, now killing 100s of thousands of Americans every year. Before Covid! People literally drinking themselves to death, injecting, and popping oxys supplied by the Sacklers that just got off with a slap on the wrist, thanks to Trump and Giuliani.

    Is it not possible to be against drug use but also not support sending people to gulags?

    Doesn’t say much about your ideology when you have to compare it against the worst of your opponent.

    Hey our pizza might taste awful and we will force you to eat it but at least you won’t get food poisoning like that seafood place.

  144. Druid says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! I wish you would the rest of the antifa and Noam people with you. Then you would truly have DONE something great!

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  145. @dfordoom

    Do you actually have any idea of what communism is?

    Something which has never really been tried in history…

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  146. @Druid

    I’ll vote for Joe as a parting gift.

  147. Alfred says:
    @Ace

    American distrust of and aggression against Soviet communism started after WWI when the Bolsheviks overthrew the brief Kerensky government and the US invaded Soviet Russia along with an allied force. That American distrust and aggression continued after the end of WWII when Soviet Russia was a battered and broken country that had suffered disproportionately from having borne the brunt of the war against Nazi Germany. Soviet Russia, then a non nuclear power with a devastated economy, was in no shape to start anything. America on the other hand ended the war as the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth and on the verge of singular atomic supremacy.

    • Replies: @justanothernick
  148. @ChuckOrloski

    A couple of times I would have to get on a loaded buss and replace a fuse or something. The noise and complete lack of discipline(especially middle school kids)would drive me crazy. I would always ask myself how the hell do these drivers put up with this crap? Knowing they were completely powerless to enforce any discipline and with no backing from the school system, I could not figure out how any sane human being could put up with this. You and your fellow drivers were better people than I was. I’m afraid I would have rung the neck of one of those little darlings.
    I tip my hat to you Chuck.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
  149. Steven80 says:

    One of the benefits for the soviet state from stalin’s brutal approach was that he managed to cope with nationalism quite effectively – anyone with tribal feelings was equally crushed under the party boot. In this way, he achieved what generations of russian tzars didn’t manage to – make the population feel fraternity based on class (workers, villagers) instead of nationalyty.

    I think this is the sough after effect by the democrats in the US – don’t be with your own tribe, be with your own class. However, that is only achieved with extraordinary oppression…

  150. Poco says:
    @dfordoom

    Yes. Communism is idealistic materialism based upon ignoring human nature, or enforcing it’s idealism upon the proles. Meanwhile the elite vanguard develops plans for how the proles think and live.

    • Agree: GeneralRipper
  151. @Johnny Walker Read

    Broken Scranton Greetings, Johnny Walker Read!

    Late Summer 2018, I was assigned to drive the Scranton Knights to play a football game at Wyoming Valley West.

    Very hot afternoon, players entered bus, no pads, no coaches aboard yet.

    A star player, Reggie Dickey, entered the bus, greeted me, and yelled, “We are the football niggers!” Both white & black players joined the cheer, did high fives, and kept yelling “Yea, we are the football niggers!

    Concerned about students using offensive language, I got on interior mic and questioned, “(argh) Why do you guys say football niggers?”

    The team screamed back, “Because we are football niggers!” Then I said, “well I hope the football niggers win today!” They cheered.

    Days past until Thursday. Was called into office for using the word nigger in front of Knights football team.😟

    My boss said, “The Scranton Athletic Director was contacted by football player parents. He said: They want your scalp for saying “football niggers.” For the remainder of the 2018-2019, I was prohibited to drive bus for Scranton Knights athletes. The Principal and Athletic Director abjectly refused to give me a hearing. 😟

    Thanks a lot, J.W.R.!

    • Thanks: Johnny Walker Read
  152. Dumbo says:

    “Communism” is a scam, always was. THEY just want power and control.

    All attempts to change human society or human nature are bound to fail.

    Now they are trying something else, being brought on by “Covid” and etc, it’s not communism but the purpose is the same: power and control.

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/shopping-i-can-t-really-remember-what-that-is/

    “THEY LIVE, WE SLEEP”

    And remember: STAY HOME, FOLKS! It’s for your own good!

    • Agree: Druid, GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @dfordoom
  153. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Something which has never really been tried in history…

    Ah the “Not True Communism” argument.

    Tell us exactly which of of Marx’s plans haven’t been tried.

  154. @redmudhooch

    Bravo, redmudhooch. Thanks for your post. Unfortunately, my friend, the amerikkan corporate hyenas who run the country (and the countless russophobic Americans and russophobic American bloggers, well represented on the UNZ Review) are education-proof. Nothing will cause them to even consider re-thinking their beliefs.

    The RT reporter in the video you posted points out what would normally be a very important lesson for the Americans: you can vastly improve your social and economic system by implementing certain socialist, not capitalist, measures. This is precisely what Putin has done and within a couple of decades turned a failing capitalist, mafia-controlled country into a world superpower. And this, despite the countless sanctions imposed by American and EU state terrorists.

    Putin’s accomplishment is beyond compare. (Even should he eventually fail in some way.) This is why his approval is beyond anything any American president can hope for. Not Trump, not Biden, not any of the current and recent candidates. No wonder Putin is demonized by the American media, American corporate hyenas, and various American morons. Which is to say, by just about every American. Today to be American is to be russophobic.

    The most ridiculous aspect of the American hatred of Russia and socialism (not communism, as there has never been a true communist country) is that the American economic system is kept alive by socialist–not capitalist–programs. Let’s just imagine what would happen to millions of Americans if they were suddenly deprived of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid–all classic, quintessential socialist programs. But many American morons don’t even know that these programs are socialist.

    In other words, there is no hope, my friend. Only an ecological catastrophe or a pandemic (even worse than the current one) can teach the Americans a lesson. Until that happens, you, I, and some others can only watch in horror as the American “democracy” and “free market economy” continue to brutalize everybody: Americans and non-Americans alike.

  155. ltravail says:

    This is most timely and fascinating material, Linh. As we all know, the “woke” people of this day and age have been championing the virtues of a communism they do not understand in the least. In fact, if you look for material on YouTube related to Stalinism you’ll find nothing but glowing documentaries praising and romanticizing the virtues and achievements of Stalin and the Bolsheviks – often juxtaposed to the evil, brutal, inhuman Fascists (Nazi Germany). Apparently, all critiques of communism and Stalinism have been erased from YouTube in the recent wave of censorship, just as all critiques of Joe Biden are not permitted. Is this surprising, given the ownership of platforms such as YouTube?

    It’s unfortunate, Linh, that they’ve made a pariah of you. Information such as provided in this excellent essay should be widely available. It would be, perhaps, an eye-opening education for at least some of the witless people in the country now advocating for a Soviet style (or Chinese, for that matter) totalitarianism to replace our representative republic and constitution. The USA is looking more like Stalinist Russia with each passing week. Clearly, the “woke” types of contemporary America are every bit as capable of and enthusiastic about inflicting great pain on the insufficiently “woke” among us. But what they are horribly ignorant of is the fact “revolutionary” totalitarian systems eventually turn on their own “useful idiots” and devour them with the same cruelty as they themselves were willing to inflict upon others. The “wokes” sorely need education in the realities of the totalitarian systems for which they ignorantly advocate.

    • Thanks: Johnny Walker Read
    • Replies: @Johnny Walker Read
  156. R2b says:
    @redmudhooch

    Well, this last video at least suggest, that not only in covid, but also in alternative marxism, that is reformed socialism, Sweden did it right!

  157. @John Johnson

    I italicised “really” so as to convey sarcasm and poke fun at the “Real Communism has never been tried” coping mechanism of modern day Reds.

  158. R2b says:

    Thank you Linh, for this.
    There is now a revision of Solschenitsyn.
    Its just now growing with pace.
    So do we have to come up with more evidence?
    No, I believe Alexander Isaievitch Solschenitsyn is a true witness.
    For truth, we have to await the coming of our Lord.
    That pertains to so many events and things.
    Have faith, like a child.
    Many pretend grown-ups, but they are really kids.
    Realising that, many would be a real boost in nwo-resistance.

  159. @John Johnson

    In reality Lenin didn’t care what the people wanted and certainly wasn’t going to allow them to vote. His Bolsheviks rounded up democratic socialist leaders in the name of the people.

    You made my point.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  160. @J. Alfred Powell

    Thanks for clarifying. I don’t think we differ that much. As for Poland’s creation, I’m not sure about God, but certainly gremlins and the Treaty created virtually all of modern Poland in 1919. However Gdansk/Danzig the 95%+ German city that voted to rejoin Germany in 1938, was under the League of Nations mandate. Poland refused to recognize the League’s mandate and annexed Danzig and East Prussia (Germany) post WWII to complete its reconquista.

  161. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Dumbo

    “Communism” is a scam, always was. THEY just want power and control.

    When it comes right down to it all political ideologies are about power and control. The power and control can be enforced in various ways.

    If the alt-right could gain power they would in practice be just as concerned with power and control. The only difference is that the alt-right (or whatever it calls itself these days) is too incompetent and too incoherent to gain power. And they have no effective leadership. But if a miracle occurred and they found themselves in charge they would be just as oppressive.

    The really amusing thing is that if libertarians ever gained power they would enforce their ideology upon everyone as well.

  162. GuestAug says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Come on, Linh! The “hoarding” of preppers is quiete different than hoarding with the purpose of causing discontent in general population such as in Chile under Allende (the CIA ordered their Chilean allies to make the economy “scream”) or the sabotage (including hoarding of goods) of the Venezuelan economy by the opposition.

    And repeating the “80 to 100 million victims of Communism” BS does not help you credibility either unless you also mention the victims of ALL wars in human history started by gangs of very wealthy thugs for the sole purpose of increasing their PRIVATE wealth.

  163. Druid says:
    @Ace

    I wish he would move!

  164. @Supply and Demand

    I’d suggest mail-in voting for Joe Biden now so you have some plausible deniability. Maybe you’ll throw smoke off your trail because they’ll think you’re dead, . . .

    That’s pretty good.

  165. Druid says:
    @Petermx

    BS. The jews eere the biggest mass murdererrs

  166. Smith says:
    @Ace

    I don’t care much about communism, because it’s just ideology, it can be interpreted in 8 millions way.

    I care more about the pure intention and the will to do it. Stalin and USSR had that, same for Hitler and National Socialist Germany, and Ho Chi Minh and Qin Shi Huang, Oda Nobunaga, and so on and so on….

    But attacking the USSR now seems very boogeyman-ish, it’s dead, it’s exactly like the “left” who keeps accusing everyone of being Hitler.

  167. @Justsaying

    It’s good to see that some remember.

    http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

    Baghdad Burning

    … I’ll meet you ’round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend…
    Tuesday, April 09, 2013
     
    Ten Years On…
    April 9, 2013 marks ten years since the fall of Baghdad. Ten years since the invasion. Since the lives of millions of Iraqis changed forever. It’s difficult to believe. It feels like only yesterday I was sharing day to day activities with the world. I feel obliged today to put my thoughts down on the blog once again, probably for the last time.
    […]

  168. @ltravail

    From William Bramley’s excellent book The Gods Of Eden

    [MORE]

    Considering the affiliation of Karl Marx to the Brotherhood network, it should come as no surprise that Marx’s philosophy follows the basic pattern of Custodial religion. Marxism is strongly apocalyptic. It teaches a “Final Battle” creed involving forces of “good” and “evil” followed by a Utopia on Earth. The primary difference is that Marx molded those beliefs into a nonreligious framework and tried to make them sound like a social “science” rather than a religion. In Marx’s scheme, the forces of “good” are represented by the oppressed “working classes,” and “evil” is represented by the ownership classes. Violent conflict between the two classes is portrayed as natural, inevitable, and ultimately healthy because such conflict will eventually result in the emergence of a Utopia on Earth. Marx’s idea of inevitable class tension reflects the Calvinist belief that conflict on Earth is healthy because it means that the forces of “good” are actively battling the minions of “bad.” Marx tried to make his “inevitable conflict” idea sound scientific by fitting it into a concept known as the “dialectic.” The “dialectic” was a notion espoused by another German philosopher, Hegel (1770-1831). Hegel’s idea of the “dialectic” can be explained this way: from a thesis (an idea or concept) and an antithesis (a contradictory opposite) one can derive a synthesis (a new idea or concept which is different than the first two, but is a product of them). Marx took this seemingly scientific idea and incorporated it into his theory of social history. In the communist model of “dialectical materialism,” social, economic, and political change arises out of the clash of contradictory, and often violent, opposites. In this way, the endless wars of history and the unceasing array of opposing factions on Earth are said to be a natural part of existence out of which all social change must occur. This makes endless social conflict seem desirable, and that is precisely the illusion Marx tried to convey in his “class struggle” theory. The communist vision of Utopia is a curious, but significant one. In it, everyone is a worker equal to every other worker. No one owns anything but everyone together owns everything; everybody gets everything they need but not necessarily everything they want; but before this Utopia occurs, everyone must first live in a dictatorship. Whew! This bizarre vision of Utopia seems clearly designed to maintain mankind as a work race and to encourage humans to accept conditions of social repression (i.e., dictatorship).

  169. @Cyrano

    Most communist countries – with exception of Cuba and Venezuela – were mono-racial countries. That’s not much of a challenge – achieving equality in a country populated with only one race.

    Even in Russia… Bolshevism was essentially a Jewish enterprise relying heavily on Chinese and Latvian Jews for their efficiency in conducting mass exterminations and to provide mid to upper level staff for CheKa’s torture and execution chambers. Non-Russians also provided the personal security for top Bolsheviks and administered intra-military punishments.

  170. @Curmudgeon

    In reality Lenin didn’t care what the people wanted and certainly wasn’t going to allow them to vote. His Bolsheviks rounded up democratic socialist leaders in the name of the people.

    You made my point.

    You have clearly adopted the left-wing lie that Marx was an innocent class hero and Bolshevism was a corruption of his teachings.

    Marx called for a violent revolution by workers that included ending democracy and the free press.

    He didn’t trust the workers to vote for his plans nor did he trust them to have a democratic governing body after the revolution.

    Lenin did exactly what Marx wanted which was establish a dictatorship and eliminate any competition (including democratic socialist parties).

    But I realize that aspect of Marx normally isn’t mentioned in the colleges since he is depicted as some innocent social theorist.

    • Agree: Johnny Walker Read
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  171. @Alfred

    American distrust of and aggression against Soviet communism started after WWI when the Bolsheviks overthrew the brief Kerensky government and the US invaded Soviet Russia along with an allied force. That American distrust and aggression continued after the end of WWII when Soviet Russia was a battered and broken country that had suffered disproportionately from having borne the brunt of the war against Nazi Germany. Soviet Russia, then a non nuclear power with a devastated economy, was in no shape to start anything. America on the other hand ended the war as the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth and on the verge of singular atomic supremacy.

    America squandered the opportunity to do away with Soviet Russia. Patton and Churchill realized the opportunity and played with the thought of doing the right thing, but as war propaganda carved into American and British people’s minds that the Bolshies are “their guys”, it took a few years to reverse that. Operation Unthinkable was indeed unthinkable before 1949 when Stalin already built the bomb, thank to the help of the very same Jewish communists who built it for the Americans first.

  172. Sparkon says:

    It’s pretty clear what the Hungarians thought of Iosef Stalin during their 1956 revolution. Removal of his statue from Budapest’s Városliget park was one of the 16 demands broadcast by Hungarians on Oct. 23, 1956, in the wake of reforms enacted during the so-called Polish October.

    By that evening, a huge crowd had gathered around Stalin’s statue and proceeded to tear it down and cut it to pieces, with Hungarians taking out their fury on Stalin’s decapitated head on Budapest’s Grand Blvd.

    Indestructable Giant Joe

    Photograph by Sandor Acs. The writing on the left translates as “The Murderer of 25 Million People”.

    “It finally happened, we managed to get the crowd back; and then the trucks could pull down the compromised statue, crackling and rustling. It must have been the happiest moment of my life up until that point, witnessing how the enormous, loathed symbol came crashing down to the ground. As it lay there we mounted it and we were overcome with euphoria, as if we had defeated the whole of communism and we embraced each other with joy.”

    https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/stalin-monument-budapest-1956/

  173. Poco says:
    @redmudhooch

    I cannot sanction communism in any way because I am on their list to be liquidated. You see, I am a modern day kulak.
    I employ 20 electricians and apprentices in the oil industry. I also run a small 200 acre farm with the help of my wife and run a small herd of 40 cattle on another 200 acres. I believe that’s what you would call a capitalist exploiter of the proletariat. I don’t want what my father and I have worked to build split up and divvied out so everyone can have the warm fuzzies of equality and state ownership.

  174. CollDoll says:

    I read Tzoliakis’s book Forsaken about 13 or 14 years ago. It left me numb for weeks. Linh’s excerpts from the book are almost benign compared to the magnitude of criminality and depravity that the book relates.

    Just this past week I had occasion to evoke Forsaken after my partner and I watched a 2019 movie called “Mr. Jones,” a banal title for a topic as compelling as Western journalists in the USSR in the 1930s. The film is worth watching even if it barely tells the story.

  175. Yes, human life, those of us whom the elites call the goyim, doesn’t register on their conscience. Lenin, that great friend of Freemasonry leaders the illuminati, had Russia doing it’s part to put the world on a path to a ‘One World Government’. And, when and if that happens, communism will disappear along with every other form of government, and the respective nations. Few will survive the dictatorship that follows. All of this talk of Universal Income, and debt relief is only the carrot preceding the proverbial stick. And it’s a BIG ONE!

  176. dfordoom says: • Website

    The only conclusion I can come to is that most of the people commenting on this thread must be 95 years old, sitting in a nursing home refighting the ideological battles of seventy or eighty years ago. It’s sad.

    National Socialism is long gone and it’s not coming back. Communism is long gone and it’s not coming back. Even the liberalism of the 1940s is long gone. The Bolsheviks are gone. Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, Mussolini, Franco – they’re all long dead.

    The ideological battles of today are entirely different from the ideological battles of the 1930s or the 1940s or the 1950s. The ideologies of today (both good and bad) are not the same ideologies people were fighting over in 1950. The issues at stake are different. The motivations are different. The objectives are different. The mindsets of today’s ideological warriors are different. There are different political alliances and different political enmities. It’s a different political war fought on different political battlefields.

    The political landscape does not remain fixed. It never has remained fixed. The ideological battles of the 1930s were not the same as the ideological battles of the pre-WW1 period. The ideological battles of the pre-WW1 period were not the same as the ideological battles of the mid-19th century.

    Anyone who is still fretting about Nazis and Bolsheviks is hopelessly stuck in the past. Trump is not a Nazi or a fascist. Joe Biden is not a communist. The Chinese Communist Party is not communist any more. Putin is neither a Nazi nor a communist. The antifa loons are not Bolsheviks and they’re not fascists. Today we are dealing with new ideologies and trying to put labels such as communist or fascist on these new ideologies just results in hopelessly muddled thinking.

    These new ideologies may have evolved from old ideologies but they have become entirely new and distinctive, just as old species of animals evolve into entirely new species.

  177. Good book review. I wish you had tied it quite a bit more to what’s going on right now in America, but close enough.

    One thing though:

    Abandoning his mistress and son in Russia, Duranty lived until 73, and is buried in Orlando. His breed lives on, of course. There are many Duranties roaming around.

    The plural of a family name is not Duranties. It is Durantys.

  178. Sam J. says:
    @Anonymous

    “…third world countries there are 2 paths of development, the communist and the capitalist…”

    A massive huge lie. You can tell the big liars when they list the only choices you have and completely leave out any that they wish to hide. Another choice is Nationalism or National Socialism. Many of the Asian countries have done just that. If you look at Japans policies they are about as close to the German Nazis parties as can be found. Capitalist and corporate powers are under firm control. It’s not perfect but it sure beats Oligarchical capitalism or Communism and has made the country very rich for the very little land or resources that they have.

    Singapore is another close model that is a sort of technocratic autocracy.

  179. Smith says:
    @dfordoom

    Ideological battle nowadays is:

    1. Anti-Americanism vs Pro-Americanism.

    2. Geopolitics, depends on the specific country you are supporting.

    Geopolitics is always, always stronger than ideology because surprise, ideology doesn’t feed people, land and resources that can be harvested do.

    But anyone who supports Americanism nowadays is a fucking retard, no matter if he’s a communist, nationalist socialist, anarchist, whatever because America cannot be trusted, no matter what, and they have no idea of what they are even doing.

  180. @dfordoom

    Marxism is definitely not in the past.

    Every year there is a new crop of graduates that believes in Marxism. Their professors are not willing to move on since it is a framework that offers to completely transform society and end everything the left is against. The new Marxism isn’t as focused on economics but in some ways that makes it more destructive as economic arguments become secondary to feelings. The left realized that Marx was a buffoon when it came to actual economic plans and have focused on criticizing society instead of providing specifics on fixing distribution problems that go all the way back to the first revolution.

    One of the most popular podcasts is heavily Marxist (Chapo trap house) so no this isn’t a case where people of the past are making the same arguments. Have a listen to that podcast sometime. They will quote Marx as if he figured it all out but then avoid any serious discussion on why his plans didn’t work. Their con is to resell Marx with humor and pop references and they also use the old left trick of depicting the opposition as not smart enough to understand it.

  181. @dfordoom

    Yes, so glad the push for world communism is dead.



    https://www.cpusa.org/

  182. Adûnâi says: • Website
    @Wyatt

    The Soviet system demonstrated its life-assuring virility in the holy war against against the genocidal Hitlerian Europe. I cannot fathom why you would be lying and smearing an Aryan totalitarian state. Probably because the Christian liberal axiology has such a tight grip on your American mind… The USSR itself fell apart – surviving the National Socialist onslaught proved out far easier than fighting degenerate Christian rot creeping in from within – Stalin was forced to reopen the churches, to pardon the Greek Catholic priests in 1945, then blasphemer Khrushchev desecrates Stalin’s tomb in October 1961, and now Russia is in shambles, occupied by the Christian Jewish globohomo. The allure of buttsex of 1991 Gayrope seems stronger than the steel of 1941 Evropa.

  183. Adûnâi says: • Website
    @GeeBee

    > “The other, which is Industrial Capitalism, represented an existential threat to Finance Capitalism, and was unsurprisingly done away with via the Second World War.”

    Certainly, the USSR and the Socialist movement worldwide have long praised the Machine and the forces of Industry. Would you call modern revisionist China a country of “Industrial Capitalism”? Because Juche Korea is for sure a state that puts every penny it gets to the protection and betterment of it people to this day, and it is Socialist and Democratic, guided by the blood of Mangyongdae and the spirit of anti-Japanese struggle.

    • Replies: @GeeBee
  184. @dfordoom

    Fascism is a fairly basic set of ideas. It still seems to be around to me, although the label is horribly misused.

  185. GeeBee says:
    @Adûnâi

    Most certainly I would describe China today as a country espousing Industrial Capitalism. Indeed, it resembles National Socialist Germany in more than merely its economic principles. This is why Zio-America and its Western puppet regimes are indulging in sabre-rattling towards the People’s Republic. Only this time – unlike the last occasion when Finance Capitalism came under the shadow of an existential threat in the 1930s and ’40s – they will not dare embark upon any military adventure. There are those who believe that the whole Covid thing was an attempt by the desperate and moribund bully that the American Empire now is, to land some sort of a blow on China. If that is indeed the case it has spectacularly backfired. A wounded and incapacitated bully does this sort of thing. But purblind as its arrogant and deluded leadership is, I believe that they well understand that a war with China would spell a very swift end to Zio-America.

    As for North Korea, I too used to believe all that nonsense spewing from the open spigot that is the Zio-media propaganda machine. No longer! If Zio-America tells us that North Korea is evil, then it must be at least half-way decent!

    By the way, do not confuse the fact that, as you put it, ‘the USSR and the Socialist movement worldwide have long praised the Machine and the forces of Industry’ with any automatic alliance with Industrial Capitalism. I believe that you have recently crossed swords with commenter ‘Mefobills’: his username really says much about Industrial Capitalism. You might already know that a mefobill was a financial instrument introduced by National Socialist Germany as a way of side-stepping the usurious and parasitic Jewish system of Finance Capitalism. ‘Mefobills’ calls this system Industrial Capitalism, and it does not suggest that any adherence to ‘the Machine and the forces of Industry’ automatically places that entity within Industrial Capitalism’s ambit.

    • Replies: @Peter Akuleyev
  186. @Supply and Demand

    We can certainly guesstimate our fates, but no one has a working crystal ball. (If one is found make sure it’s not Made in China.)

    SEACREST OUT.

  187. @GeeBee

    I have read enough Russian reporting and Russian and Polish eye-witness tourist accounts from North Korea that I am sure the place truly is a shithole. Maybe not “evil” but hardly a society any normal person would want to emulate or live in.

    • Thanks: GeeBee
  188. @John Johnson

    My point is, and always has been, that Marx was not a socialist. The majority of his contemporaries opposed his centralist views. They saw capitalism as the oppression of the weak by the strong, and Marx’s communism as the oppression of the strong by the weak. To socialists, both were unacceptable. It was Bakunin, his main opponent after Proudhon died, who wrote:
    “This world is now, at least for the most part, at the disposal of Marx on the one hand, and of Rothschild on the other. This may seem strange. What can there be in common between socialism and a leading bank? The point is that authoritarian socialism, Marxist communism, demands a strong centralisation of the state. And where there is centralization of the state, there must necessarily be a central bank, and where such a bank exists, speculating with the Labour of the people, will be found. “

  189. With its absolute moral righteousness, us-against-them mentality and incitement to violence in the name of global justice, it attracts the worst kind of busybody fanatics. Cloaking their boundless hatred, anger and resentment with feel-good buzzwords, they can go on an invigorating offensive against accused bourgeoisies, kulaks, reactionaries, Fascists, spies, wreckers, diversonists and deplorables, ad infinitum. Since there will always be those who resist their suffocating orthodoxy, if only by a hair, they will never run out of enemies.

    Amazing paragraph which sums up the Left. Thank you Linh!

    Atheist/Humanists who believe they’ll one day create an Egalitarian Utopia.

    All they ever do is fuck things up for everyone, while making themselves rich and powerful.

    • Replies: @toyotomi
  190. toyotomi says:
    @GeneralRipper

    @GeneralRipper
    Dinh linh’s quotation would absolutely fit the Yankees !
    @ Ding , how about a post about the good sides of Communism , the good it brought to the Vietnamese , the Chinese , the Africans : those people were freed from colonial yoke

  191. Johan says:

    “With its absolute moral righteousness, us-against-them mentality and incitement to violence in the name of global justice, it attracts the worst kind of busybody fanatics. Cloaking their boundless hatred, anger and resentment with feel-good buzzwords, they can go on an invigorating offensive against accused bourgeoisies, kulaks, reactionaries, Fascists, spies, wreckers, diversonists and deplorables, ad infinitum. ”

    Indeed, but democracy is false in everything which its propaganda claims it stands for, it is a war or the people against the people, a mass orgy of hatred.

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