Swedish historian and Soviet Union expert Gudrun Persson described what life was like during Stalin’s Terror.
“Anna Akhmatova wrote: "I have seen faces consumed, glimpsed horror under lowered eyelids, cheeks etched by pain." Even André Gide observed "in my opinion, no country today not even in Hitler's Germany is the spirit more suppressed, more timid, more servile than in the Soviet Union." Or, as brigade commander S. P. Kolosov expressed it in a letter in 1937: "I am afraid to open my mouth. Whatever you say, if you say the wrong thing, you're an enemy of the people. Cowardice has become the norm."
It was a world in which everybody played Safety First. Lying, hypocrisy and disloyalty to friends were seen as a small price to pay for keeping out of the hands of the NKVD. But once you did fall foul of The System the progression was inevitable: Arrest, torture and then trial. The danse macabre then moved to its next phase with the ritual ‘confession’, in which the accused admitted to all kinds of unimaginable nefarious activities, pathetically agreeing with his tormenters at every stage. But the confessions never did any good – their fates were already decided……. long before the trials even began.
Truth, in this dystopia of Political Marxism, was no defence. In fact, Berthold Brecht said something along the lines of ‘the greater the truth, the greater the punishment’. He said this approvingly, by the way.
Now let’s segue from Political Marxism to its Cultural counterpart, and from the Soviet Union of the Thirties to the West of today. Ok, you’re not going to end with a bullet in the back of the head in some bloodied prison cell at three in the morning. Well, for the foreseeable future anyway. I direct your attention to the case of two school girls in Gainesville, Florida, and ask whether you can distinguish any parallels.
In what the ever-reliable (NOT) Huffington Post describes breathlessly as a 14-minute-long racist rant on YouTube, the pair gave their views on people of colour and related issues. I’ve watched the video – twice – and I’ll try here to give you an unbiased summary. For a start they distinguish between ‘ordinary decent black people’ (whom they claim to like) and ‘niggers’. This distinction by the way has been made by Chris Rock, Bill Cosby and several other blacks.
Now what terrible things did they say about ‘niggers’? Well, they did mention about disproportionate levels of crime, welfare, teenage pregnancies and such things. And this, which really got up the noses of the worthy and morally superior folk at the HP: "You can understand what we are saying, our accents, we use actual words. Black people do not."
All the PC alarms went off on cue. Eight police officers were brought to the campus in light of death threats the girls were receiving in response to their videos, and, the HP approvingly informs us, the girls are "no longer students at the school". “Our lives have changed totally, 180 degrees" said one of the girls’ mothers. "This has made her an adult really quick.”
And then, right on cue, with Uncle Joe nodding approvingly from the Seventh Circle of Hell, came the tearful confessions and ritual self-abatement. "I am one of the girls who were in the racist video that got posted. I’m writing this so that I can tell people how truly sorry I am. I could never, in a million years, have pictured this happening with me involved. I wasn’t raised to hate people for their race, and I still don’t. I made a horrible decision in being a part of this video"
The girl also writes that she won't make excuses, but hopes the community will eventually forgive her. "While we can never take back the words and actions that these two children have said, we have to start to heal and forgive IMMEDIATELY. Stop the violent threats to our homes and our children." And the school "will wear orange, the color of racial tolerance, this week as a sign of solidarity."
Now reflect on this reaction, and then relate it to what the girls said. Did they say anything untrue? No. But they did offend against the Original Sin of Cultural Marxism, defined as "anything that makes me feel uncomfortable or might force me to re-examine my cherished beliefs/illusions."
Am I being melodramatic here in identifying the similarities between these examples of Political and Cultural Marxism? Maybe. But I don’t really think so.
This HP comments illustrate a form of madness from delusional fugitives from reality. Much of the output from these verminous reality contortionists is indistinguishable from self-parody. Somebody once said that reasoned discussion about multiculturalism is impossible because its supporters can’t tolerate opinions that differ from theirs. Oh, sure they can. They just can’t tolerate facts that differ from their opinions. They treasure what George Orwell once called their "smelly little orthodoxies." They then demand that the heretic recant, grovel, apologize, and pledge to go forth and sin no more.
This the girls have duly done, they now lie prostrate and self-abased.
But, as Rochdale suggests, maybe the worm is starting to turn.