A moral dilemma: to burn or not to burn?

The capitalists will happily sell the proletarians the rope with which the proletarians intend to hang them, provided the capitalists get a good price for it.

Thus the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov-Lenin.

He knew whereof he spoke: at the time Ulyanov-Lenin uttered these words, he had made a deal with American businessman (and, originally, physician) Armand Hammer. Lenin persuaded Hammer to abandon his planned Russian medical practice and go into a business venture there, instead. It started with making pencils (which the illiterate muzhikiмужики – Russian for peasants – must have appreciated beyond belief).

The venture would end soon after Ulyanov-Lenin’s death in 1924, but: Hammer did return to the United States in 1930, his suitcases filled with paintings and jewellery pieces. These objets d’art used to belong to the Romanov imperial family. The Soviets needed cash, the Romanovs were all dead, anyway, shot by the Soviet Red Guards in Yekaterinburg on Ulyanov-Lenin’s personal orders, and Hammer was perfectly willing to pay cash.

The relationship would keep developing till Hammer’s death in 1990.

The official record insists Hammer got into oil business merely by pure accident, egged on by a friend. No matter how that happened, FBI investigated some strange dealings and found these companies were used to launder dirty Soviet money. According to published reports, Al Gore Sr. joined Hammer in this humanistic undertaking. Of course, the U.S. Representative and Senator for the Democratic Party from Tennessee made sure the probe went nowhere. Still, the FBI never challenged the published reports, and it has been suspected that the Bureau itself might have been involved in their publication.

Story continues

It will be 64 years this November since then-Soviet chief communist Nikita Sergeievich Khrushchev told the Americans that the communists will bury them.

This statement made instant headlines, and (as happens so often with modern media) most of what Khrushchev would say later would get lost. Not in translation (Khrushchev’s personal interpreter Viktor Sukhodrev knew his job to a t). It just wasn’t as catchy and sexy as the headline-grabbing burial statement.

But, it turns out, Khrushchev wasn’t as naïve as many thought he was.

Here’s what he had to say on that rainy November day in 1959: “Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have communism. We will not have to fight you; we will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands.

“The democracy will cease to exist,” Khrushchev finished, “when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

If this last statement reminds anyone of what is going on in Canada even as we speak, three cheers for their observation powers.

A spy speaks out

As if to confirm the former Soviet boss’s words, a former Soviet KGB spy Yuri Bezmenov spoke about the ways the originally unthinkable can be achieved without too much effort on the Soviet Union’s part.

He recorded this interview in 1984 (a significant year, wasn’t it?), and it has begun making rounds on social media networks again these days.

For a pretty good reason.

The Soviet Union does not exist any longer, neither does the KGB, but people who still believe in totalitarianism in the socialist vein have never disappeared from the scenes completely. Now they are back, louder than ever.

After all, whoever believed that the Soviet Union’s successor, the Russian Federation, would disregard its predecessor’s imperial ambitions knew not whereof they spoke. Russia’s imperial ambitions did not begin with the Soviet Union, the Tsars used to have similar goals.

There have always been internal struggles in Russia whether she should open herself towards the west more, or whether she should close the door. But the stated fear that nobody loves them and therefore they must be vigilant and continue getting stronger, has been there for ever.

No, we’re not paranoid, but, frankly, everybody’s after our throat, and we know it.

Add to it the Marxist conviction that this is the only bright future the world should strive for, and you have a perfectly dangerous mix.

A frank disclosure

A KGB officer, known as Yuri Bezmenov (only he knows what his real name was), defected to the U.S., and in an 1984 interview, he spoke very openly about his native country’s goals.

First of all, he mentioned what has become known as ideological subversion. The Soviets (and communists generally) found it very easy to perform these activities quite openly, Bezmenov said. If only the Americans unplugged their bananas from their ears and opened their eyes, they would have seen it. Yes, espionage sounds much better, more romantic, but ideological subversion seems to have much more lasting impact. It used to be called (and still is by KGB’s successor, the SVR) active measures (активныe мероприятия). It amounts to psychological warfare, and the basic idea is to change the perception of reality on the other side.

What we see happening now in the U.S. is the culmination of the ideologically subversive efforts.

The Marxists must be dancing with joy wherever they are: the looters and rioters are just gangs of illiterate morons, many high on drugs and pleased with unexpected income they get for each store window crashed, each business set on fire, each peaceful citizen scared out of her/his wits.

The Marxists must be also ecstatic when they see illiterate and arrogant politicians who, not knowing what they are talking about, impose all kinds of limitations upon their fellow citizens whom they have scared into mass hysteria with a non-existent pandemic.

Democracy has shown its obvious weakness: it just doesn’t know how to fight against a ruthless enemy who takes no prisoners.

American history has shown how would-be intellectuals (such as U.S. media star Edward Murrow) have fought against what they would call McCarthyism, not knowing that the good Senator’s accusations were based on facts. They never realized that being a communist does constitute present danger to all those who love living in freedom. That communism is not just another opinion. That it is a weapon.

Yes, the committee set up to investigate what they called un-American activities did (from to time) use methods that can hardly be called purely democratic.

This debate hasn’t started yesterday. In the year 10 B.C. Roman writer and poet Ovid wrote (verbatim): exitus ācta probat (ends justify the means). The question becomes worthy of a deeply thought-out philosophical debate: is it true that morally wrong actions are sometimes necessary?

No philosopher has yet come up with an answer acceptable to all.

And, in the meantime, America is burning.

Should THAT answer not be enough?

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