Inconceivable law of the mind

Not so long ago, when the sixth part of the land was occupied by the country of victorious socialism, its citizen was put into the framework of the then dominant ideology of collectivism and involvement in formal social movements. Joining them was usually without desire of the man himself, and he was just put before the fact, that the time has come to become a Little Octobrist, then - a pioneer, and later a member of the Komsomol. At first sight there was no so definitely need to become a member of the Communist Party, however, it was almost impossible to move high up the career ladder, not owning a party card, so anyone who wanted to occupy a high position, sooner or later confronted with the need to get one.

 

Because of the lack of true unifying ideas some members of these imposed from above "associations" secretly hated them, but to come to school without a red pioneer tie or refuse to join the Komsomol meant to amass enormous trouble, so signs of belonging to this strange communities were dutifully worn or attached to jackets. However, many people were really inspired by the ideology of building a communist society and were guided with it through life, so it is not surprising that the construction of the century like BAM became the most important one and the strongest magnet attracting young people, easily leaving the cozy apartments in order to build a railway in the taiga. In a farewell letter from some graduate to her native school, it was possible to meet the final sentence that she will join CPSU only after university graduation.

 

Thus, joining CPSU was perceived as a very important procedure that had to be earned with the honest labor biography, and to which it was necessary to grow up both mentally and physically. It is not surprising, therefore, that in the interview, which TV took from passers on the eve not long before the New Year holidays somewhere in 1980-s, a young man quite frankly said that in the past year, the most important event for him was joining the Communist Party. True, some careerists were forced to become communists but were really angry faced with the need to pay the first party fees - quite noticeable to the family budget. A party meeting at the same time for a man who accidentally got there could seem a nightmare, because of the numerous accusations, abuse, and threats caused by irritation due to the fact it was almost impossible to fulfill all the top-down orders and comply with all the rules, invented by someone unknown. As a result, there was the impression that cell`s secretary standing behind the tribune was preparing the ground in order to make ordinary members guilty, and those, in turn, foreseeing a possible failure to comply with the plan, were going to blame everything on the secretary.

 

Not so much time passed since then, but the lies and formalism, through every word prevailed then ideology, have long been the talk of the town, as they were exposed and cast out immediately after its cancellation. Recent "convinced communists", not offended by the life and often held high positions in the governing structures, burned their party cards in front of TV cameras and deliberately renounced already disappeared CPSU. Its central office quietly escaped from the state, not bothering farewell to country long time patronized and at the same time driven by not communist ideas, but based on purely selfish motives picked up party funds, the cost of which is still unknown.

 

Not only that - for the sake of party funds several high-ranking party treasurers allegedly committed suicides jumping from the windows, taking away with them one of the greatest mysteries of the century - how much gold have Soviet communists accumulated and where did they hide it. It is not surprising that publications which soon appeared in national newspapers told that foreign lawyers employed by the new government to search for communist treasury found nothing and helplessly shrugged when confronted with how well all the ends were hidden. Terrible events of those days were later reproduced in a realistic movie "Party`s Gold". Then some articles about the British writer and historian Helen Rappaport appeared in the newspapers. She wrote an exposing book about Lenin, forcing ex-Little Octobrists, once carried Lenin`s baby picture in the little star on the school jacket, to grab the head from a fright.

 

Oddly enough, after a dozen years fully discredited communist ideology began to come to life in the form of school pupils taken to the pioneers, although officially this children's organization no longer exists and no one is forcing to join it anymore. There have been reports about the revival of the Komsomol movement as well, although it is unclear which goals can pursue Communist Youth League after the resounding failure of the Communist Party which directed it. Often the leaders of these recovery processes are far from being the young dreamers, but appear to be adults, witnessed themselves day after day how the world's best party was sinking pulling into the abyss the strongest country in the world, and red ties are put on children`s necks by old party functionaries, who don`t pay too much attention to the fact that those who brought communism to the vast empire from abroad, were likely agents of Western intelligence.

 

The question arises: what kind of communism are new pioneers and Komsomol members still going to build, not to mention the elderly communists, vividly remembering the inexorable collapse of the CPSU and the Soviet Union itself? Do they want to run a history on a new round of dispossession, collectivization, compulsory demonstrations, scandalous party meetings, five-year plans, mismanagement, everyday obsessive propaganda, and struggle against private property? It is difficult to understand what makes them revive the idea of communism. Well, the simple townsfolk, who felt hard Soviet "happiness" with its regular grocery and trade deficits and the Iron Curtain, have to wonder how short historical memory is and how easy it is to revive faith in the overthrown ideals.

 

Thank you for reading, you can also read this article here at my website.

You can also watch here from the point 53:42 in the feature film "Party`s Gold" a dramatization of suicide of one of the former treasurers of the CPSU based on real events. With the help of such murders, the Soviet Communist elite hid traces of the gold stolen from the Soviet people, which Western lawyers tried to find in Western countries, but without success.

 

Comments

Johnny Fever Added Jan 26, 2019 - 9:16am
There are nearly 8 billion people in the world, accordingly you will always be able to find some that embrace a stupid style of government.  Thankfully, as it relates to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, there are few left and those left have no power to enact their agenda.  For Christ sake, the Soviet Union doesn’t even exist anymore. 
 
My fear is how many people seem to be embracing socialism again.  It obviously fails wherever it is followed yet people keep finding ways to call it different things, thereby avoiding its abysmal historical record. 
Webmaster Added Jan 26, 2019 - 9:46am
It`s really great that former CPSU leaders have no power to enact their criminal agenda, but surely they want to come back in time when they got everything while doing nothing except telling fairy tales about a bright communist future and sitting at party meetings for years. It was a great step forward for the historical process when criminal Soviet Union collapsed. I am also frightened with the fact that socialism is now gaining popularity and raises his head, moreover even in EU and USA. Sure, people do not want to look back in recent history to discover that "socialism" is in fact slavery hidden under the cover of ideology and propaganda. Probably the new names for socialism and communism are "globalism", "equal income", "guaranteed future", "guaranteed income".
Dino Manalis Added Jan 26, 2019 - 12:22pm
 The mind is complex and what is rational to one may be irrational to another!  We have to come together and reason with values!
Benjamin Goldstein Added Jan 26, 2019 - 1:01pm
The communists become ever more brazen. That is for sure. We have conquered it 30 yrs back and still some idiots want the dictatorship back because their families were the ones who were floating on top back then. It is amazing how they get away with it.
Webmaster Added Jan 26, 2019 - 1:22pm
Communists today spread their ideas among young people and children, who of course do not know life at all and immediately believe that it is possible to build a society in which equality and fraternity will reign. Adults, especially in countries where capitalism has long been established, simply will laugh at this dream as if it were a joke. But young people and children can willingly set themselves such a goal to build a "fair world". It seems that in the United States recently some protests of young political activists have been held under the slogans of socialism. That is, 25-30 years is a historical period during which reality is forgotten and the construction of new utopias begins.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Jan 26, 2019 - 1:56pm
As an aside: I'm also very pissed about these child activists all the time. It is so manipulative. Men don't buy the shit, but -sorry for the misoginy, women DO. Obay, a kid demands what socialists coincidentally also demand! Ann Coulter was right to trash the 9/11 Jersey widdows back then. These weepy propganda techniques suck and smart people look through them. It is obviously for the idiots and insincere.
Marty Koval Added Jan 26, 2019 - 2:05pm
People who embrace Communism are mostly naive and harmless. There are some people who lack the drive and resourcefulness to make it in a competitive society. They want the safety net, similar to people staying at home and living off their parents money.
 
Some are so idealistic that they don't want others to fail, and want equality for all. Again, a safety net.
 
The danger arises because most communist leaders are predatory thugs who desire to dominate and control everyone. To them, "communism" provides a level field that they can manipulate; nobody has anything for their own, so the honest and virtuous in particular will be vulnerable. The strong and independent, who might be able to defend against the predators, have been removed and shackled by the system.
 
Communism creates many problems such as:
 
 It doesn’t value creativity. As a person you have no individual rights. It reduces incentives to work hard.
Forces redistribution of all land and property for the good of the national community. Extracts everything it can from the environment, without caring one bit about the health of that environment. It doesn’t take much to bring the fury of a Communist state upon an individual if you disagree. It cannot properly ration the distribution of a nation’s resources. Itself does not erase the class struggle, as it proclaims, but keeps it going.
 
Many people who support communism assume everyone else thinks just like them. It's why they can't understand how others thinks. They assume that people who disagree with them are too selfish to relinquish control to a governing body that will keep them in check. They believe submission is a form of altruism.
Benjamin Goldstein Added Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13pm
No, if I know one thing for sure then it is that communism does not arise from naitivity. There are willfully ignorant people everywhere and - much worse - people who know everything but prefer dictatorship over freedom.
Webmaster Added Jan 26, 2019 - 2:42pm
Benjamin Goldstein, sure communists are great masters of propaganda techniques as they have such experienced teachers like Marx, Lenin, Trotsky and others. They have written volumes of ideological instructions which tell in detail how to get the power in one country and later spread it all over the world. They call it a world-wide revolution and world hegemony of the proletariat. So they have a nice looking mask to establish their global dictatorship and some peolpe will really believe that those communists came to make them "happy" and "equal". As a result they get dictatorship, the end of free speech, the start of poverty and slavery. Some people really prefer dictatorship over freedom as beggarly handout, which allows not to die of hunger, is more pleasant for them than the risk of entrepreneurship in a free society, allowing to become a billionaire.
Webmaster Added Jan 26, 2019 - 2:59pm
Marty Koval, I agree completely that communist leaders are predatory thugs, they understand to the full extend that they manipulate naive people who need some good ideology and noble goal in life. So they turn those people into slaves who are happy with guaranteed poverty requiring no creative effort to make personal life better. Moreover communists fight hard with such attempts and put creative people into prison. That is why private property and private business were strictly forbidden in the USSR. Communists surely desire to dominate and control everyone so they encourage informing at all around including relatives that they are "unreliable and doubt the correctness of socialist ideas". They use fear and repression as a tool for retaining power. They also use large-scale projects such as laying railways in the taiga or space exploration to captivate people and get a lot of money from their almost free labor.
Ryan Messano Added Jan 26, 2019 - 5:31pm
Today's Democrat party has the same party platform as the American Communist Party.  The socialism of Occasional-Cortex and Bernie Sanders always ends up as Communism. Charles Hurt was right, today's Democrats are Communists.  We are in severe danger, and until the Democrat party is dead, we will not be delivered.  The schools and media are packed full of Marxists.  There is a great book on the threat.
The Owl Added Jan 26, 2019 - 6:19pm
It is ironic that in socialist countries there is such a need for so many "administrators" to do the work of the "government" to the point that a word has been coined that has taken on a derogatory connotation:  apparatchik.
 
C. Northcote Parkinson suggested, quite accurately, that "(W)ork expands to fill the time available for its completion."
 
It is astounding that more of the citizenry, particularly environmentalists, don't question just exactly what our bureaucrats are doing for the money that we are paying them...
 
The world would have a lot more trees if the apparatchiks were to be discharged...
 
Ho, I can hear the whines already from the hedgerows of the British Isles...millions around the world would be unemployed and impoverished the meme will go...
 
And the meme would be correct. But I have a solution for that:
 
Pay all the apparatchiks to stay at home.  Even if we pay them as much as they are now, we would still save endless forests from destruction, clear a fair amount of the traffic congestion of our urban centers of commerce, and save millions of barrels and cubic feet of oil and gas.  Our happy apparatchiks could go write the great American...or British or French or Russian or Chinese...novel or pick up a spyglass and follow along behind Opher to capture the fascinating science that he has managed to miss in his enthusiasm.
 
Government might actually figure out that governing isn't the real problem...it's the people in it that only shuffle their papers from their desks to the one of their colleagues.
 
"T'wouldn't be fair", the taxpayer would complain.  I'd have to agree with them.  There would be a net change in the fairness meter accruing to the former apparatchik.  But there would no "net loss" to said taxpayer in financial terms and think about how short the lines would become in the motor vehicle registries.  Think of the gains to humanity if the former apparatchik were to become a net contributor to the futures of mankind rather than an anchor keeping things from ever moving.
 
When that starts to play out, the fairness meter shifts to the benefit of society, something that even Opher and I can agree upon.
 
On quiet reflection, I might even turn into a raving environmentalist if I keep producing brilliant ideas such as these.
 
 
 
 
 
Ward Tipton Added Jan 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
Government: Do you know the difference between ignorance and apathy? 
 
Average person: I don't know and I don't care! 
 
Unless and until people take an active role in their own governance, we are all effectively buggered by the proverbial powers that be ... but ignorance and apathy is on the side of the power grabbers as the people are too obsessed with them to actively participate in their own rule. 
The Owl Added Jan 26, 2019 - 9:22pm
Oh, my, my Mogg...
 
Can't a guy be a touch inconsistent when chuffing the opposition?
 
You have to admit that there is a touch of leftist elegance to my solutions to good governance and how to get something of value out of the apparatchik classes without increasing the cost to the taxpayer.
 
..."Average person: I don't know and I don't care!..."  -- Ward Tipton
 
The average leftist sponge cares deeply, Ward.  They don't want to have to do anything that denies their status as professional victim and entitled to the largesses of dependency...It would just take too much effort.
 
Ward Tipton Added Jan 26, 2019 - 9:49pm
That would be where the ignorance comes into play. Their ignorance aids and abets the usurpation of power every bit as much as does their apathy. 
Webmaster Added Jan 27, 2019 - 4:41am
Ryan, thanks for the link to David Kupelian`s article, I`ll try to read it to the end if I have more free time, surely communism can take any name and Democrat party is one of them. If you want to expose communist party just turn attention whether they promise you:
1. Guaranteed job with guaranteed salary.
2. Free medical care.
3. Cheap food and housing.
4. The end of free market and "exploitation" of "good and depressed proletariat" by "cruel and greedy world bourgeoisie".
5. Equal income, ban on private property, bright future, heaven on Earth and so on.
Very soon after the moment when communists will take the power, poverty, hunger, lack or shortage of goods and services will spread everywhere and an Iron Curtain will close the way out to the free world.
George N Romey Added Jan 27, 2019 - 2:56pm
The problem with socialism and communism is that it still leads to the power of elite.  So in the former USSR the average person had a crummy job, little in the way of comfort, poor access to thinks like food and medicine.  In other words, the very basics of life like a welfare check.  On the other side were the minority of party officials that lived like kings.  So how is that different than run away capitalism? 
Unrepentant Added Jan 27, 2019 - 3:38pm
I knew a Russian who told me that because he made the mistake of expressing his opposition to the Soviet crushing of the Prague Spring of 1968, he was expelled from the Komsomol and blackballed (or redballed?) pretty much for life. He said that he emigrated to the U.S. as fast as he could (1991), and thought of becoming a Jew so he could go to Israel in order to get out of there faster, lol.
 
 
I see the left these days as the communists that they pretty much are.
Webmaster Added Jan 27, 2019 - 3:59pm
George N Romney, you will be surprised, but the fact that Soviet citizen had a crummy job now seems to many as a great happiness which was stolen by evil forces. Now many of those people have no job at all and live in terrible poverty. At the times of USSR they were poor too but they had stable job, some salary, an apartment given by employer, and free vacation in the recreation center at the Black Sea coast. Recently news came that schoolchildren in Kuzbass region fall into hungry fainting because parents can not pay for school breakfast. 
I understand your question, the difference was in the way out. The only way out of Soviet slavery and poverty was emigration to the Western country, the way out from the poverty in your capitalist world was fulfillment of the American dream through studying, working, opening own business, saving money and buying car, house, second car, one more house, a boat and so on. Surely billionaires in US live much better but many of them started as poor people and worked hard. The Soviet citizen could not become legally rich as private business was a crime punished by true imprisonment.
Webmaster Added Jan 27, 2019 - 4:16pm
Jolly Roger, expelling from Komsomol was one of the Soviet torture rituals widely used to intimidate and suppress the freedom loving person. The Soviet state machine liked those rituals a lot, and now they seem to be great background for Hellraiser episodes scripts. The emigration to US from USSR seemed to be the ticket to happiness and escape from hell. I do not even imagine how many people emigrated to US that time and I suppose there were millions of them. Yes, I heard about the trick of becoming Jew so to run away from USSR. I know that some people really managed to do it through looking for some relatives who were Jews.
It is hard to believe, but right now the desire to leave Russia is great again, so hundreds of thousands people do emigrate, so it has become very easy to meet Russians all over the world as they created communities eveyrwhere abroad. And many of them emigrated recently. The situation in Russia is hard and highly criminal now, but Iron Curtain does not exist any more, so the decision is simple - emigration, not only to US.
If communist ideology wins in US then very soon you will see the same desire of freedom loving and independently thinking people to leave the country for more democratic one.
Unrepentant Added Jan 27, 2019 - 5:40pm
@ Webmaster - I have no idea who you are or what your background is, but you seem to have the voice of experience. I have yet to encounter greater haters of communism than that of those who actually lived under it. Russians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Romanians, you name it. I lived in Germany from 1989 to 1994, and the East Germans were no different.
 
Most of the people I've met from the former ComBloc are highly intelligent, highly educated, but a little thuggish, too, lol.
Jeff Michka Added Jan 27, 2019 - 8:30pm
Of course you rightists like to see liberals as the communists theyre not, just to lable them framed in old conserv stripes, you know back when the old SU was an enemy and not a friend and ally like today, eh?  Webbastard has nothing in his lil quiver save "they're all COMMUNISTS!!," What tenets of communism do these liberal terrors promote?  Like all these lables, Communists, Leninists, Stalinists, and LOL Maoist, rightist can't tell you what those enemies stand for or mean, but the words are such great signals to other cryptofascists and rightist they can help themselves.  What total hypocrisy and rightist bullshit, you stupid rightists believe your own press.  Doomed.  Sad.
Doug Plumb Added Jan 28, 2019 - 6:52am
Communism is just Talmudism by another name. Its Jewish back to front, top to bottom and side to side. That is a truth that makes people uncomfortable. Avoiding discomfort is what people need to do to ensure that communism lives on.
Webmaster Added Jan 28, 2019 - 11:30am
Doug, I agree with you completely, I have read that Soviet model of "kolkhoz" way of farming which means "collective farm" was copied by Soviet communists from the jewish kibbutz where socialism is a way of management. The bolshevik governement which came to power in 1917 was basically jewish and many of its members hid their jewish names under pseudonyms so the true names were not widely known.
Webmaster Added Jan 28, 2019 - 11:50am
Michael, thanks for nice feedback, you are 100% right, they are intelligent and educated because USSR paid much attention to these aspects and they can be thuggish because after ComBloc collapse hard times came as economic connections broke. There were many criminal elements at that time so those who lived there and then just had to adapt to that reality.
Communism is no more than naive utopia, but when this absurd utopia leaves imagination of some philosopher or sociologist and comes to real life, it is used by mean people for their own purposes of getting power, money, property, women. So the dream of universal consent turns into slavery, poverty, censorship, repression, political sentences and other terrible phenomena generated by scoundrels at all times within all social systems.
Webmaster Added Jan 28, 2019 - 11:53am
Thanks for all the comments, I will try to respond if I have more free time.
FacePalm Added Jan 28, 2019 - 11:56am
From what i vaguely recall of the Communist Manifesto, "true" communism would only emerge after the socialist state had ensured equality among all people...a laughable pipe-dream.
 
Marx/Engels were remarkably reticent about how the transition from socialism to the ideal "Worker's Paradise" of communism was to manifest, however...and probably on purpose.
 
So although many use the terms "communist" and "socialist" interchangeably, they've only ever been socialists, as there's never been a "worker's paradise" manifest anywhere.  All of these "ists" and "isms" have this in common, however - they're totalitarian dictatorships who claim the State as being superior, and all must serve it - or rather, their definition of "it."  There is no such thing as individual rights, and because there is no God in socialism, "natural rights" sourced in God cannot be claimed.
 
Based on results, their theory never works - well, ok, it works until they run out of money to steal or people who have some wealth remaining to plunder after their murders...and the "party members" are a favored class of society, while "the People" who their "revolutions" were allegedly FOR simply survive as best they can on the dregs of what is left over, if anything.
 
OTOH, i've heard the saying that "a socialist is a communist without a gun."  Both have the same goal in mind - compelled obedience.
 
That said, no socialist has ever answered this question for me: why do people in socialist countries escape as soon as they can to a capitalist one, and never from the latter to the former?  Well, unless they're criminals, like that lady who escaped to Cuba after killing a cop.
Webmaster Added Jan 28, 2019 - 1:08pm
FacePalm, very well said, the idea of "fair life and world for everybody, without property and exploitation" in true life turns into confiscation of the property which was earned at times of capitalism and exploitation for money which will be enough only for poor life. By the way Lenin did not give land to peasants and plants to workers although he promised to do it. Instead of this bolsheviks took away the land and cattle from peasants and enslaved them, workers were also enslaved and forced to work for pennies.
Korolev, the creator of the Soviet cosmos, began his career in the camp barracks, where during interrogation he received a strong blow to the head by a decanter, from which he died years later. That's what true communism means. By some miracle, the Soviet Communist leaders were able to avoid the trial and even deftly hid the huge money stolen from the people. That is, the party leadership of the CPSU did not actually live by the rules of communism, but instead saved up gold and then took it out after the collapse of their regime.
George N Romey Added Jan 28, 2019 - 2:05pm
In the US social mobility has been on the wane for several decades. Adding to this is that lower economic classes no longer value a way out.  Young men are expected to drop out of school, join a gang and either go to jail or die very young.  Young women are expected to have multiple children which they will raise without another parent. Both lead to worse and worse generational poverty.
 
The reasons are many and varied.  Finding a solution to re-ignite social mobility won't be easy as those that control the system aren't impacted by social mobility.  They are born rich to be rich. On the social value end I believe that war might be totally lost.  It seems to me even if social mobility would make a comeback those in lower economic classes would not strive to improve the lives of their children.  For a few exceptions they appear to be married to their adverse economic standing.
Webmaster Added Jan 29, 2019 - 12:22pm
Usually, the incentive to enrich is born just among the poor and impoverished people. From early childhood, they understand that they live in unbearable conditions, and the only way out of them is to study and work. But the children of rich people often make the return journey, since from the first years of life they are surrounded by luxury. They do not know the price of money and they are easily squandered, gradually moving to wine and drugs.
Kristen Foley Added Jan 30, 2019 - 8:23am
The data suggests otherwise.  Generally the poor remain poor and the rich get richer.  I think the reason this is so is because one of the things rich people have the luxury of doing is provide the best possible opportunities for their children.  Poor people are too occupied with the necessities of life like food and shelter.  The rich go to the best schools and have good employment waiting of them when it’s over.  Not to mention the inheritance and a debt free start to their career.
Webmaster Added Jan 30, 2019 - 1:59pm
Logically you are right, but there is also a great contribution of psychology. Recently I have read some paragraphs of Nassim Taleb`s article The Intellectual Yet Idiot, where noticed that the phenomenon of degradation of the ruling and wealthy class is widely observed. Being rich in generations is as hard as being poor. At the same time, social elevators are impossible to stop. Moreover having to work hard to make the ends meet a poor man gets used to the pursuit of wealth. It makes a strong and stable motivation so he looks for new sources of income and gets chances to improve his life`s level. Best schools are a conditional notion as all the subjects taught there are the same as in a usual school. The employment is also a matter of own initiative, as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, George Soros, Raymond Dalio, and some other billionaires were not rich from birth but worked a lot to become ones.
Webmaster Added Feb 1, 2019 - 9:13am
The Owl, you are right about the fact that the socialist system gives rise to just an insane number of bureaucrats, with whom a great many small issues need to be coordinated, because of which even the expression “running through the instances", that is, the bureaucratic offices was common. I am very surprised that you know the word “apparatchik”, which was used in Soviet times to refer to bureaucratic managers who were close to the supreme power in a republic or country. You are absolutely right in saying that they in vain translate tons of paper, and therefore it would be better to leave alive the trees from which it is made. But since the apparatchiks do not know how to create useful goods and services, they will hold onto their chairs and in every possible way inflate their significance. Not surprisingly, with the current government, the number of bureaucrats in Russia has increased markedly compared with Soviet times.

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