Monday, 9 September 2019

Bolshevism

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Many things the Bolsheviks introduced in the 1920s are our daily reality. Abortion on demand, for example. Divorce on demand. Married women forced to go out to work. The Bolsheviks criminalised anti semitic and racist discourse in the 1920s and there were many prosecutions. The Bolsheviks legalised homosexual acts before later making them a crime again. They taught that colonialism was wicked and that world history was the history of the oppression of the masses by the rich. 

They denigrated and persecuted Christians. This happens in a very much milder way in the Western world than under Lenin but it happens more and more. The Finnish Christian Democrat former Interior Minister quoted on Facebook St Paul's words (Romans 1:24-27) condemning homosexual acts, after the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland participated in a Gay Pride event, and is now being investigated by the police. 

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  1. Many things the Bolsheviks introduced in the 1920s are our daily reality

    The Bolsheviks at least had some ability to learn from their mistakes. They veered sharply back towards at least a degree of social conservatism. The modern West seems unable to learn anything from its mistakes.

    They taught that colonialism was wicked and that world history was the history of oppression of the masses.

    They weren't really wrong about that. You can argue for and against colonialism (on balance I think it was pretty wicked) but it's hard to deny the part about world history being the history of oppression of the masses. The only thing that has changed is that the oppression used to have a certain paternalistic quality to it.

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    1. The Bolsheviks didn't really change or adapt, but the movement was slowly taken over by Russians, who didn't really understand the whole point of Marxism in the first place. The Russians, once in power, used the system to advance their imperialist drive (a continuation of the czarist ambitions) rather than to continue what the Bolsheviks had started.

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  2. History was not considered to be a chronicle of oppression until the second half of the 20th century - rightly or wrongly. As an Australian why do you think colonialism pretty wicked?

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    1. As an Australian why do you think colonialism pretty wicked?

      I think colonialism was a mixed bag. There was certainly plenty of greed driving it.

      You can argue, with some justification, that in places like Australia and North America and Africa it was an inevitable tragedy. The encounter with Europeans alway going to be traumatic for the existing populations and they probably are in some ways a lot better off today.

      It's difficult though to justify the behaviour of the colonial powers in Asia, India and the Middle East. The British were particularly bad with their mixture of greed and arrogance. There can be no excuses for the behaviour of the British towards China. I"m surprised the Chinese don't hate the British more than they do. And now the British and the Americans are trying to stir up trouble in Hong Kong.

      The French weren't much better. I think the Spanish generally tried to behave well in Latin America. The Americans were almost as cynical as the British.

      In the Middle East the tragedy was the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The British and the Americans took stupidity to new levels in that part of the world and they still haven't learnt their lesson. Both nations still behave as arrogant imperialist powers.

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