"Until recently average American considered socialism and Nazism as something equally malignant as he should"
From the comment by some Russian immigrant on a chain letter showing the combined socialist/Trade- Union demonstration in LA.
In my first months of immigration to this country I was invited to the University to talk with the sovietologists.
- Congratulations, you have escaped from communism,- they greeted me cordially.
- I never saw any communist in Russia, - I said.
- What do you mean?
- I mean real communists, the ones who read Marx or wanted to change the world. Instead I saw a bunch of bastards in power. Those bastards populated the country more and more until the % of them became dangerous and brought instability. Then I left. I guess real communists still exist somewhere. As for the bustards, I am sure they are a plenty here too.
- You are right about that,- they said.
That's how we gained an understanding. It was much easier with them than with some of j my fellow- immigrants who promote vehemently one of the most vicious lies of the 20th Century- the perception that socialism and Nazism are the same or at least very similar.
It is quite understandable why this lie is cherished here in the West. It is to denigrate the epic victory of the Russian people (all nationalities of Russia) over the Nazi machine. It is to deny Russia its historic place. It is to spit on the memory of those who won that war, really won it because they were BETTER people in those times. In sorts, I would argue that this lie is promoted by the natural Nazi collaborators, the eternal breed of bastards who will squeal under pressure but then vehemently smear anyone who does not. If Nazis were in power now those people would have been their servants. They itch to get even with those who were so honorable. What amazes me is that my fellow- immigrants, predominantly Jewish equate those who exterminated the Jews and those who fought against that barbarism so easily. They surrender themselves as a lowly paid prostitute- right there, on the street. I tried and tried to understand it and came to only one conclusion: they are whores, bitches, they always wanted to exercise that ability and the country of opportunity gave them that chance. They act as they are. Nothing new.
Ok, but maybe they have a point? In both real cases in the 20th Century ( Russia and Germany; I am not including China as a separate case.) we have grim totalitarian regimes, militarization secret police, torture, repressions, aggression, suppression of the freedom of conscience, hundreds of thousands or even millions of victims, perpetually anemic economy, isolation and non- convertible currency. In both cases we see eventual collapse. In both cases the people formerly under the regime seem not to regret it at all. So what's the difference?
The difference though becomes clear when we post the right question. Both Nazism and socialism are not regimes. They are presented as ideologies. The regimes that used them were created by people. We could argue that people both in Russia and in Germany, the bastards in power could use the ideologies, any ideologies for their own goals and advantages, adapting the system to the best way possible to serve their needs. We can a also properly state that bastards are the same everywhere and in that aspect the similarities are striking. But if we want to compare ideologies the only way to somehow connect them to the practical deeds of their followers is to find out if those ideologies somehow encouraged the bastards in their malignant endeavors . And that's where the cookie crumbles; Socialism was the greatest obstacle to Stalin's atrocity; Nazism was a foundation for the Hitler's abomination.
Stalin hated social- democrats, real communists and all other socialists. He considered that only He was the interpreter of the new religion. That's how he considered the result of the efforts of the generations of humanists- just a tool. From Stalin's point of view socialism in Russia was a Lenin's gift to him. It stated tha t there should be a temporary dictatorship of the working class; the dictatorship then it will be and as for the working class- He is the class. It stated that communism would be the happiness of all mankind- great, Uncle Joe became the only vendor of happiness and a prophet of the future. He sort of decided to absorb the whole idea for himself, wanted to become a Grand Socialist, like a Grand Inquisitor of the new religion of progress. But socialism is a deeply anti-religious philosophy. That horrible contradiction was the parent of the new monster, the Stalinism- something like a werewolf of socialistic philosophy. Stalinism was a Mini-Me of Joseph Stalin and his cronies and yes, it has a lot in common with Nazism.
Both Stalinism and Nazism are thus not philosophies or even ideologies. Those are the pre-imposed, artificial, very primitive pseudo-religious compendiums of statements. Someone said about Nazism that its mother was stupidity and its father was hate. I would say that in case of Stalinism its father was fear and its mother was power mongering. In both cases we see the one and only keen similarity- none of those had anything to do with the people en masse. In both cases the anomalies were created to serve ONE individual only. The idea was to create a potent poison to paralyze the people on the way to power, to make them food. In case of the Nazism the main component was superiority. .In case of Stalinism it was faith, the speculation on maybe one and only feature of the Russian nation ( I mean here all nationalities) -- on its faithfulness. Stalinism in this case was much more sinister- it was indeed a Devil praying to God; it used the noble idea of socialism to turn it on its head. Nazism did not have to do that. But it also had to overcome the deep humanitarian tradition of the German society and it did it by appealing to the pagan times. Only in paganism it could find some connection and only pagans could say, 'If Jesus was here he would follow the Furhrer'. Nazism effectively distorted Christianity. Stalinism effectively distorted socialism .They fit each other like two doppelgangers. In the fearful malice, in disregard of Roman Law, in endless immorality both anomalies were indeed very similar.
Yes, that's true. But that's where it stops. Socialism in its simple and pure form remained in Russia as the main power which resisted Stalinism and eventually overcame it. That framework, those free education, free medical service, free access to culture, predominant literacy, ideals of justice and fairness- all those things effectively were in fact the primary obstacles on the way of Stalinism and Stalin could not get rid of them that way new Russian rulers did now. Stalin in sorts had to function in the permanently hostile environment: the compulsive power monger had to function in the atmosphere which constantly rejected him. He had to spend more and more energy on sustaining himself and his apparatus; the anomaly proved itself unnatural amd usustainable.
In Germany though as well as in Western Europe Nazism was much more successful in spreading its venom primarily because the idea of racial superiority was appealing and understandable. It was very tempting. Hitler did not have to preserve the framework; he molded Germany the way he wanted in a very short time. The pathological fear of socialism ( not of Stalinism, no) made the white elite of Western Europe complacent and actively cooperative with Hitler with the plans to turn him towards the East and for that they sacrificed the Jews and whoever that man-eater wanted to eat raw.
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