If we were to take the ideological pronouncements of Marx and Lenin at face value, we would believe — as have millions of their deluded disciples — that the uprising of the workers was inevitable, and that all that was to be done was to mobilize the underclass through propaganda, thereby sparking universal revolution. Of course, this premise is invalid, yet it remained inflexible doctrine among Communists — at least, for public consumption.
However, the hard core of the Communist movement consisted of ruthless criminals, clear-eyed in their understanding of the intellectual errors of Marxism, who were willing to employ any necessary means to obtain the power they sought. For such hardened, hate-intoxicated conspirators, ideology is a tactic, a means of mobilizing supporters and rationalizing criminal actions.
Those who accept uncritically the idea that “Communism is dead” fail to understand the true nature of the enemy. Communism is not an ideology in which one believes. Rather, it is a criminal conspiracy in which one enlists. Although Lenin professed to revere Marx’s scribblings as sacred writ, once his Bolsheviks had seized power in Russia, Lenin freely modified Marxism to suit his needs. The same was true of Stalin. The Bolsheviks did not come to power in Russia by any uprising of the workers and peasants, but by a coup d’etat, orchestrated by a tightly disciplined Marxist cadre and ultimately consolidated by civil war. They also received — lest it be forgotten — critical help from Western political and banking elites.
FK – Good history on communism but I can’t agree with blindly returning to the ancient tribal propaganda which was/is often forced on those who don’t wish to exist according to its edicts. If the human race is to survive we must stop choosing between the various forms of authoritarianism and strive for real human Liberty. This would not include following any religion that baptizes babies to save their souls from eternal hellfire or cajoles little kids into ‘gettin’ saved’ for the same reason. How sad that the human race for all its accomplishments is still a very primitive species and still exists in a very dark age.
FK – What’s more evil, an ideology that can kill a few hundred or a few thousand or one that can enslave billions?