High life | 24 August 2017

The Soviet project has polluted the academic establishment the world over

High life | 24 August 2017
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When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the harm they were unleashing on the human race. Once Lenin had prevailed, he decided to forge a new consciousness, New Soviet Man, as the Bolshies called it, someone who would overcome ‘the antinomies of subjective and objective, body and spirit, family and party’. Leave it to a horror like Lenin to design a new human being (although a certain Austrian tried to emulate him less than 20 years later) and you get Yakov Sverdlov, who ordered the murder of the Tsar and his family, and the hanging of their dogs.

We hear a lot about the Nazis nowadays, and very little about monsters such as Lenin and Sverdlov, and their enablers. If anyone copied Lenin’s methods of winning big through terror and murder, it was Hitler and Goebbels.

But let’s forget about the fierce persecution of the aristocracy by the Bolsheviks, the destruction of an entire class, the chilling tales of looted palaces and the murder of millions, and stick to the creation of New Man. What was required was transparency between the individual and the collective. The bourgeois family had to be erased from one’s consciousness — family attachments, domesticity, wives, children and lovers, and whatever else pre-Lenin humans indulged in. Lefty intellectuals concurred, many of them, like the Webbs and Bertrand Russell, British. This is a stain that academics defend to this day — more vigorously than ever, come to think of it. When Robert Conquest first published his litany of the great terror and its tens of millions dead, he was ignored by that very same academic establishment, and instead of being awarded a dukedom for his work, he was more or less ostracised by lefty professors and the so-called elite. Ditto Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was booed during lectures at American universities for pointing out the vacuity of the consumer society.

That nice guy who succeeded Lenin requisitioned grain from peasants, who starved in order to fund industry in the cities. Millions more died on that score alone. Still, true Bolsheviks remained loyal to the cause, fathers giving up daughters to the dreaded secret police, sons betraying mothers, and so on. Social engineering began with Bolshevism, and I must admit that it worked, at least where intellectuals are concerned. The Soviet project has successfully polluted the academic establishment the world over, and that continues to this day. Which brings me to what took place a couple of weeks ago at my old alma mater, the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville, Virginia.

The brawl was between extremists on both sides. Among a population of 326 million Americans I’d say there are probably a few thousand so-called neo-Nazis, and about the same number of white supremacists. In fact, not even that, because the two groups overlap. But things are quite different when it comes to the other side, the antifa that opposes them. To put it in plain English, every student I’ve ever met in America is ‘antifa’ in spirit. They do not allow conservative speakers to address conservative groups on their campuses. They interrupt any meeting that does not adhere to political correctness. They have even gone so far as to demand that white students leave the campus for a day in order to cleanse it of past white crimes and thoughts. I am talking about Ivy League universities, including Berkeley, where the concept of free speech was born in 1964. In other words, there is no free speech in American universities today, and the media and the academic establishment are complicit. What gets me is the amorality of the media and academia; the deception, dishonesty and race-baiting against whites that passes as liberalism.

Encouraged by the media, the extreme left now decides who speaks on campuses and, of course, who appears on television. Fox News has become the equivalent of ‘enemy of the people’ under the Bolshies. In my very own creation, the American Conservative, one Rod Dreher attacks Pat Buchanan for writing the following: ‘Looking back over the history of western civilisation, which we call great, were not the explorers who came out of Spain, Portugal, France, Holland and England all white supremacists?’ For God’s sake, as late as 1955 Winston Churchill was urging to ‘Keep England white’. I don’t believe that belief in one’s superiority is a crime. Many proud blacks in America laugh at whitey’s weakness when it comes to sport and the bedroom. Many Jews are amazed at gentiles’ lack of ambition and laziness. And many whites like me are proud of what dead white Europeans gave this world.

Just as the era of the Bolshie New Man saw family members betray each other for the good of the party, today’s globalist elite label as neo-Nazi and racist anyone who fails fully to embrace political correctness. As I said earlier, if there are more than 3,000 neo-Nazis and white supremacists among 326 million Americans, I’ll eat my hat, as they used to say in Yankee parlance. And I feel like eating it about as much as I welcome birthdays nowadays. Sixty-two per cent of Americans don’t want confederate statues to come down. Sixty-two per cent! Forget it, says the NY Times and other such ‘new man’ house organs. As few as 40 neo-Nazis arrived in Boston with permission to march, but thousands of antifa counter-protesters, armed with pepper spray and acid, swept them out of the way. Yet the headlines were all about neo-Nazis marching where the American revolution began. New Man lives on.