June 16 2018
Let's start with this clip from Arthur Koestler's excellent work 'Darkness At Noon'.
'Two years ago the Party had called up the workers of the world to fight the newly established dictatorship in the heart of Europe by means of a political and economic boycott. No goods coming from the enemy's country should be bought, no consignments for its enormous armament industry should be allowed to pass. The sections of the Party executed these orders with enthusiasm.'
'The dock workers in the small port refused to load or unload cargoes coming from that country or destined for it. Other trade unions joined them. The strike was hard to carry through; conflicts with the police resulted in wounded and dead. The final result of the struggle was still uncertain WHN A LITTLE FLEET OF FIVE CURIOUS OLD FASHIONED BLACK CARGO BOATS SAILED INTO THE PORT/ EACH OF THEM HAD THE NAME OF A GREAT LEADER OF THE REVOLUTION PAINTED ON ITS STERN, IN THE STRANGE ALPHABET USED "OVER THERE". AND FROM THEIR BOWS WAVED THE FLAG OF THE REVOLUTION. The striking workers greeted them with enthusiasm. They at once began to unload the cargo. After several hours it came to light that the CARGO CONSISTED OF CERTAIN RARE MINERALS AND WAS DESTINED FOR THE WAR INDUSTRY OF THE BOYCOTTED COUNTRY'
'The Dockers section of the Party immediately called a committee meeting, where people came to blows. The dispute spread through the movement all over the country. The reactionary Press exploited the event with derision. The police ceased their attempts to break the strike, proclaimed their neutrality and let the harbor workers decide for themselves whether they would unload the cargo. They gave reasonable explanations and cunning arguments for the behavior of the Country of the Revolution, but few were convinced The section split; the majority of the old members left. For months the Party led the shadow of an existence; but gradually, as the industrial distress of the country grew, it regained its popularity and strength'
Arguments by the Party
'The world boycott against the aggressor had failed because of the Hypocricy and Greed of the European governments. Some of them kept up an appearance of sticking to the boycott, the others not even that.'
1. The aggressor needed PETROL
2.In the past the COUNTRY OF THE REVOLUTION had covered a considerable part of this need
3. If now it stopped the supplies, OTHER COUNTRIES would greedily spring into the breech;
4. Indeed they asked nothing better than to push the COUNTRY OF THE REVOLUTION from the WORLD MARKETS.
5. ROMANTIC GESTURES of that sort would only hamper the DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY Over There, and with it the REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT all over the world.
6. SHIP THE PETROL
1. If you get in bed with a Philosophy, not People, you become a slave to that Philosophy. In retrospect, the Parties Leaders and Followers theoretically should have 'made a last stand' right there. Compromising with the enemy, or in Theodore Roosevelt's phrase 'EXPEDIENCY FOR GOOD' meant ultimate death for the IDEOLOGY.
By delaying the confrontation with the other side, the decision landed the Party's Followers and Leaders in more even trouble. In this case a WORLD WAR that resulted in most of REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA being annihilated as Soldiers or Civilian victims later.
Is death a victory?
REALITY FOR EXTREMISTS: Follow your Ideology always, or get out as soon as you think the Ideology is flawed. Expect Death as a possibility, or the price you pay, for labeling others as an ENEMY and MURDERING Non-Participants, Bystanders.
2ND HISTORICAL LESSON:
IF the Philosophy is Flawed, any Action which is ascribed to its precepts, will result in Failure. Here are a few Fundamental Flaws of MARXISM.
Error: The Working Class is not made up of only the Proletariat
The BOURGEOISE (Shop Owners) are Workers, as are MANAGERS as are the INVESTMENT BANKERS. Antagonizing the Other Working Classes of Society and trying to assimilate them into a 'lowest common denominator' Class, degrades the Output and Quality, way of life of the entire Marxist Nation, and leads to PURGES, deaths of other Humans.
It is possible that in the short term, the SUFERING LOWER CLASSES gained, but in the long term, MARXIST Philosophy excludes Individual Choice and Initiative as UN-NATURAL and OUTLAWED. Once Individuals arelabeled as RENEGADES, it leads to failure of the concept, as it ignores INDIVIDUAL STRENGTH as contributing to the COLLECTIVE GOOD, and WEAKENS the POTENTIAL of the STATE.
ERROR: The STATE becomes the new Capitalist. The Proletariat is only a remote factor, a COG in the WHEELS of this State. They cede control to a new entity that decides your 'NEEDS AND WANTS', which turns out to be not much.
ERROR: Marxism ignored the rising STANDARD of LIVING of other people's and philosophies, and WOULD NOT YIELD and update the Theory.
I enjoyed Koesler's pun as naming STALIN as No. 1, get it?