Archive for the ‘Lenin’ Category

If only we could get rid of God, then the world would be so much better

October 11, 2009

According to the evidence released from secret archives since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, during 1937 and 1938, when the Great Terror was at its height, the security organs detained for alleged “anti-Soviet activities” 1,548,366 persons, of whom 681,692 were shot–an average of 1,000 executions a day. (For comparison, the tsarist regime between 1825 and 1910 executed for political crimes 3,922 persons.) In 1941, when Germany invaded the USSR, camps run by the Gulag, their main administrative body, held 2,350,000 inmates, or 1.4 percent of the country’s population. The slave laborers performed important economic functions, being employed on large construction projects and forced to cut timber in the far north. No one responsible for these crimes against innocent people was tried after the Soviet Union collapsed; indeed, they did not even suffer exposure or moral opprobrium but continued to lead normal lives. Censuses revealed that between 1932 and 1939 – that is, after collectivization but before World War II – the population of the Soviet Union decreased by 9 to 10 million people. This orgy of destruction defied rational explanation. Black humor told of a new prisoner arriving at a hard labor camp. Asked how long a term he had drawn, he replies, ‘Twenty-five years.’ ‘For what?’ ‘For nothing.’ ‘Impossible,’ he is told, ‘For nothing you get ten years.’

Richard Pipes, Communism: A History, New York: Modern Library, 2001, p. 66-7

Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence

October 7, 2009

Religion is the opium of the people. Religion is a kind of spiritual intoxicant, in which the slaves of capital drown their humanity and their desires for some sort of decent human existence…The class-conscious worker of today, … leaves heaven to the priests and bourgeois hypocrites and fights for a better life for himself, here on earth.

Vladimir Lenin, Religion, New York: International Publishers, 1933, p. 48).

Doesn’t this language sound so old fashioned now in post-Christian Europe? Nowadays cocaine, TV and other endless distractions are the opium of the people.

Our morality is completely subordinate to the interests of the class struggle

September 11, 2009

Our morality is completely subordinate to the interests of the class struggle of the proletariat. Good is what advances the cause of the revolution.

Lenin

Lenin denied all morality that is drawn from some conception beyond man, beyond class. We say that it is a deception … a fraud

in Karl Marx, David Lyon, p.168

Hence the elimination of the Czar’s family, Trotsky, non-collectivist peasants etc.

Revenge as Political Motivation

September 5, 2009

(Lenin was expelled from university by the Tsarist authorities and) despite his mother’s repeated requests, denied re-admission. Lenin spent the three years following his expulsion in forced idleness, growing increasingly embittered at a regime that had punished him so severely for a minor infraction of university rules, ruining forever his career. His resentment focused not only on tsarism but also on the ‘bourgeoisie’ that ostracised his family for the crime of his executed brother. It made him into a fanatical revolutionary determined to destroy, root and branch, the existing social and political order. The source of Lenin’s revolutionary passion was thus not sympathy for the poor; indeed, when famine struck the Volga region in 1891-92, he lone among the local intelligentsia opposed humanitarian assistance to the starving peasants, on the grounds that the famine was progressive because it destroyed the old peasant economy and paved the way for socialism. Nor was his revolutionary ardor inspired by a vision of a more just future. It was grounded in anger and driven by a craving for revenge. Struve, who collaborated with him in the 1890s, wrote many years later that the principle feature of Lenin’s personality was hatred.

Richard Pipes, Communism, 2002, pp.27-28

Lenin’s orders for the kulaks (richer peasants) was:

Hang (hang without fail, so that people will see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers … Do it in such a way that … for hundreds of versts around, the people will see, tremble, know, shout: ‘They are strangling and will strangle to death the sucker kulaks’.

ibid., p.48

Give me four years to teach the children

September 1, 2009

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.

Vladimir Lenin