Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Blind Denials of the Left

The Taverner's customers are all aware of the 'conventional' political divide into Left and Right. Not that I would go along with an 'axis' which is more like a circle, with the nasty ideologies congregating at the bottom.

Most of the Western world, the Anglophile world recognises the horror of the Nazis but all too many still regard the Communists as being somehow 'better' or at least less wicked. Some, indeed, regard Communism and it's seditious little sister Socialism as benign.

They fail to acknowledge that the  
Nazis were Socialists.

The National Socialist Workers Party of Germany is the full name that Nazi is but a shortened form. They were so close in their totalitarian view of power and of the value of human life - nil to both Nazi and Communist - that they allied for the first few years of WW2.

Almost total across the Anglophile and the European nations there is a revulsion against 'Fascists' but a blindness and denial about Socialists. It is as though the use of the word 'fascist' has been deliberately spread in order to take the spotlight off 'socialist'.

It is a Mendacity.
Indeed the infiltration of Marxist ideology into our education system has elevated the most evil people to a sort of heroic status. While decrying the Nazi's 6 million victim holocaust they conveniently divert attention away from the far greater enormity of the Communists.
Favourite University T-Shirt along with the beret.
Robin Shepherd came by to set a few records straight. Or at least straighter than is taught. 
Why isn't the Black Book of Communism on the curriculum of every school in Europe?  
Because it isn't exhaustive enough?  
Because its authors lack credibility?  
Because there is still more to be understood and researched on the matter? 
At more than 850 pages of carefully sifted evidence by a group of top-level scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines, the Black Book is as solid a piece of scholarship as any other you'll find being taught in our schools. 

Is it definitive? How could it be? Communist regimes went to great lengths to conceal their crimes, and one of the most oppressive of all, North Korea, still exists to this day.  
What the book does is use the best available evidence to give a sense of the scale of what we are dealing with. 
In introducing the Black Book, lead author Stephane Courtois, Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, offers the following rough breakdown of the numbers of people that communism killed: 

USSR -- 20 million
China -- 65 million
Vietnam -- 1 million
North Korea -- 2 million
Cambodia -- 2 million
Eastern Europe -- 1 million
Latin America -- 150,000
Africa -- 1.7 million
Afghanistan -- 1.5 million
Communist movements, parties not in power -- 10,000 
In total, this is not far short of 100 million deaths at the hands of a single ideology.

Nothing like this has ever happened before. (As an aside, my personal view is that the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews was the greatest single crime of the modern era, while communism was the greatest criminal system.) 

To be sure, these numbers are approximations. Courtois gives a figure of 20 million for the Soviet Union. Alexander Yakovlev, formerly the chairman of Russia's Presidential Commission for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression, estimates the numbers executed or done to death in prisons and camps for purely political reasons at 20-25 million. 
But, in his book A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia, he reminds us not to forget the 5.5 million victims of famine in the Civil War and the 5 million in the artificial famine of the 1930s. Other respected authorities offer even higher numbers. 
This is far less popular in Universities. There the Blind lead the blinder.

What should be clear from the Soviet Union and beyond is the staggering scale of what we are being asked to internalise. 
Apologists have adopted a number of strategies --  
beyond outright denial which lasted for decades.  
One of the most popular and enduring is that we should not spend much time on the crimes of communism because Western countries have also committed crimes, most particularly when they had their empires. 
To say that this is disingenuous is an understatement.  
Even if it were true that Western countries had committed similar crimes -- which it most certainly isn't -- why would that be an obstacle to discussing the crimes of communism? Jack the Ripper isn't any the less of a killer because Ted Bundy was too. 
But more importantly, Western imperialism was no more oppressive, and in many ways it was a good deal less oppressive, than any of the other imperialisms throughout history.  
The British Empire was the first ever to abolish slavery, for example.  
In any case, imperialism isn't a blueprint for societal governance. It isn't in the same category as ideologies such as communism, fascism, Nazism or even liberal-democratic capitalism anyway. 
This is all easy to pin down, which brings us back to the question posed at the beginning of this piece:  
Why isn't the Black Book of Communism on the curriculum of every school in Europe? 
The answer is not all that difficult to get to. The reason why the crimes of communism are given so little societal prominence is that
very large sections of Western political society were supporters of or apologists for the Leftist ideology that gave rise to those crimes. 
To talk openly about the history of communism is to talk openly about the history of the Left. And even among those who were not communists themselves, vast swathes inside the Leftist tradition stayed far too close to the communists for comfort. 
It's their very dirty big secret, and although they can't do much these days about tracts such as the Black Book of Communism lying on the dusty top shelves of our public libraries, they'll be damned if they're going to start handing them out to children in the classrooms. 

Of course, I am using the school curriculum issue as a proxy for a wider reluctance fully to come to terms with one of history's darkest chapters.  
The angry reaction of the British Left this week to the Daily Mail's discussion of Labour leader Ed Miliband's Marxist father suggests that that reluctance is as deeply embedded as ever.

The Tavern is a haven for Freedom. It recognises that everything has a limit, a boundary that defines it and distinguishes it. But Totalitarian boundaries expel people, human beings, from any self-determination. Socialism holds the State as being a 'Higher Power'.

Higher than the individual or life itself.

My Lord said, "I Shall Not Have False Gods before Me". 

God is the only Value above the value of the Human Being. We are made in God's Image and Likeness.

Socialists hold that the State is higher than God Himself.

Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Feminism, Cultural Marxism, Trotskiism, Leninism, Maoism, SOCIALISM whatever...all of its 'running dogs' and 'useful idiots' are in thrall to Evil.

One cannot defeat an enemy one does not recognise.


  1. Communism: Socialism enforced by Fascism.
    It's for the children.

  2. How can (I'll call them "Progressive") denials be "blind" when they're pre- projected upon "others" in the perfectly logical expectation of their exposure to sunlight?
    Oh, right, "New" children's school history books.

    1. You are going to have to be a lot clearer if I am to understand what it is you are saying.

  3. *sigh* OK, sometimes I go off a bit.

    My contention is with the term "blind" lies, when historically, they've been presented with full knowledge of their worth. We'll call it "politics"-with no reasonable fear of consequences.
    BUT JUST IN CASE- the inevitable "unforeseen consequences" are systematically blamed on "anybody else", usually the folks who said "Wait a second here..." to begin with.
    I'll call this "projection" (of responsibility and consequence)

    Recently, a NEW batch of "official" elementary/secondary school history books have been found to have "Oopsies" concerning the re-"interpretation" of The Constitution (law of the land). TRADITIONALLY, the folks interested in capturing the "education" of our nations youth, AWAY from their parents, relied on mere reinventions of history in the "official" (It MUST be true, it was in the book that my teacher gave me!) public school text books chosen by the "administration" and distributed in masse to "all" school districts in a given area... you save money!

    I apologize for my ASSUMPTION that an audience on such an international scale such as this site would have any idea that keywords in brief allusions to "local" issues were not lunatic ravings. Rightly so upon reflection.

    While not "official-in the US, IMHO: NEW WORDS
    Public School=Inferior "revisionist" instruction (in matters of "interpretation")
    Projection=Blaming others for consequences of ones self imposed "issues"
    Socialism (the rent-seeking stepping stone toward Communism) "enforced" by "The State" laws concerning "This is how you will operate ANY business-violators WILL be PERsocuted) SEE:Current US administration efforts to "fund" needlessly maximized angst in limited "shut down" (a LIE) of "gub'mint services"(another lie). Apparently, SOME folk are blaming those not in power for "Sorry for the inconvenience". They often cite "recent polls" of undetermined folk, with undetermined knowledge, of "The State's" actions.

    Of course, all this may have just muddied the waters even more.
    It's a (unnecessarily, and intentionally made) complicated situation.
    Apparently, not limited to the US.


    1. Now Hear This ! That was the Captain speaking. Brilliant too, albeit after a few bevvies of distinction.

      You may be right to challenge the 'blind' bizzo, Capt. There is deliberation behind their activities. They blow smoke but it does not penetrate up your backside as it does with others.

      And they carry a big stick. In Universities it is in the form of down-grades and ostracism; howling down speakers; funding 'womyn's centres'; etc etc. The young are herded into the 'left' interpretation of history.

      Meanwhile the deaths under even 'mild' communism (even with a capitalist face) go on.

  4. I love quotes. I am a quote junkie. And my favourite is by Stalin who said :
    " You got people, you got problems. No people,no problems. "


    1. A strange 'favourite', Uber, but apt here. Have a drink with me and the Capt.


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