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Like Shaw and too many others
15 February 2016
The nobel prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn exposed the Marxist fraud for what it really is. One elite replaced another, the Csars for the communist elite. When Sartre read Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago he lamented 'where shall we go', 'what shall we do'. Simone De Beauvoir drew on metaphor saying that a 'whirlwind' would take her to the grave. Communism had imploded. The whirlwind was the ghosts of the tens of millions of ordinary people murdered in the name of the Marxist revolution and now rising from the grave in the most damning indictment of Marxism the world has ever seen. The model state was an apple with maggots emerging from within the core. Like Shaw and too many others, the great Marxist project of the Soviet union had been visited by tourist intelligentsia. Read what Shaw said. Then Sartre. The sixty million who died in the gulags in forced labour camps never happened. When Estonia took down the hammer and sickle flag and declared its independence, workers in Red Square held up banners saying, 'Workers of the world. We're sorry.' I am working class. Their words mean more to me than this white privileged view of a comfortable academic spouting from the safety of a chair in a university. Isn't it funny how privileged Marxists assume the right to speak for the working class? WIthout them to dictate about they have no mandate. Their mandate is forced upon them. Like the elitist rulers they criticize they decide what is good for them.
Funny how Momentum - the radical left movement in Labour - sing The Red Flag, with its lyric that the song is sung in the halls of Moscow? Shame on them. It certainly wasn't sung in the concentration camps of the gulags where people were starved, tortured, and worked to death on an industrial scale. Good old Marxism.
The Gulag Archipelago and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich destroy the myth-making Marxism of this book, that history is created by a collective body, ennobled and envisioned by collectivism and collective concerns. The reality in Soviet Russia was a brutal dictatorship. The wounds of that failed repression and genocide are still with us and books like this fail to engage with the failure of Marxism and its ultimate betrayal in practice of the working class.