Want to see Anti-Utopia? Look at the stand of mind of the Western establishment.
After Trump’s win, a huge part of enlightened America was plunged into mourning. Students were crying, teachers canceled lectures to calm them down, a “hotline” started working to help desperate people.
In the USSR such mass hysteria happened only after Stalin’s death, when people cried thinking that it was the end of the world.
What brought American students to such despair? They are unlikely to be able to explain it, but it’s a very dangerous syndrome of mass insanity. It’s a symptom that the cultural totalitarianism of the West is firstly far more effective than the Soviet political totalitarianism and secondly – it is much more deadly and poisonous. It has suppressed the will, consciousness and emotions of people – what Soviet party members didn’t achieve.
Soviet totalitarianism not only failed to suppress basic instincts, it did not even try to do so.
A man seeing a girl subjected to sexual harassment would stand up for her if he could. A situation similar to the one that happened in Cologne last year was unthinkable in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
It was absolutely unthinkable in the USSR that political officials would justify rapists and accuse their victims on the grounds of immodesty. It was inconceivable that the Politburo members welcomed the mockery of their own children and protected rapists as happens regularly in Western Europe.
I can’t imagine that the Soviet court would justify the rape of a child, as was the case in Austria; or care about the future of migrants, who mocked and raped a child, as occurred in Sweden. Authorities in Sweden decided not to deport Afghan migrants who committed a gang rape of the boy, because it was not safe in Afghanistan.
The Code of the Builder of Communism gave no sympathy for a rapist, whereas the Code of the Builder of postmodernism does.
Brezhnev would never say, if the situation in Cologne took place in St. Petersburg, that “Sexual harassment is not automatically binding to migration and immigration”, as stated by the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
The Soviet regime taught the world philosophy through the prism of the “class struggle”. This is true. But it never, under any circumstances, fully canceled the existing world philosophy only because it is founded largely by the European culture.
Soviet students didn’t ask to remove Plato and Descartes from their syllabus simply because they were white, as students of London University did, when they replaced them with philosophers from Africa and Asia. Who exactly? Louis Farrakhan perhaps? Why not?
No one dared to reject the great culture because it was created by “Dead White European Males” (DWEM).
None of the Soviet Communists would have said what George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia said, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
Nobody could think to replace the picture of Shakespeare with the picture of Audre Lorde, an African American writer, civil rights activist and self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, as students at the University of Pennsylvania did.
Soviet party members used Western colonialism in their propaganda. But none of them could afford to use such notions as “White savagery” and “White ferocity”, as a Rosa Amelia Plumelle-Uribe did. Nobody declared that the history of the white race had been an endless appalling horror, as claimed by Louis Sala-Molins.
Together with Arab countries the KGB created a fictitious “Palestinian people” and manipulated by it for political goals. Sure, it was dirty, cynical and despicable game. But no one in the USSR really cared about Palestinians, and immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union former communist apparatchiks established fairly normal relations with Jewish state.
For progressives including Obama, Kerry, Bernie Sanders the “Palestinian state” is “sacral dogma”, part of their pseudo-religious doctrine and the Palestinians themselves are a “Chosen people”, with all rights and neither responsibility nor obligations. And they try to realize their vision with religious exaltation and fanatical obsession. Isn’t it the greatest paradox that the Kremlin tried to postpone the anti-Israel resolution orchestrated by Obama?
The Soviet regime was atheist and suppressed religion. However it suppressed all religions, without exception. It didn’t mock Judaism and Christianity, while at same time glorifying one single religion – Islam. It didn’t ban the study of Voltaire, Holbach and David Hume because they had despised and rejected Islam as a primitive, patriarchal and aggressive religion. No one invited a crowd of strong, aggressive, sexually unsatisfied migrants to the country only because they were Muslims.
The Church suffered from persecution in the Soviet Union. But nevertheless it remained the Church, not Sodom and Gomorrah. Priests and rabbis didn’t walk hand in hand, didn’t call for homosexual marriages and didn’t elect a lesbian pastor or rabbi just because of her sexual preferences.
The USSR was hypocritical – it’s true. But it supported the definition of the family as a “cell of society” and didn’t promote a homosexual ‘family.’ None of the Soviet scientists offered to use the gender-neutral pronoun ‘ze’ instead of ‘he and she’, as suggested by Oxford University. No one tried to get boys to urinate while sitting, like girls, in the name of gender equality, and no one thought to replace the term “boy” and “girl” by the word “it” ( «hen»), as occurred in Sweden.
Ultimately, Soviet party members were far from the ideals of humanism, but at least they were normal. They didn’t go against Nature.
The Soviet regime dictated harsh rules and established censorship. However people remained normal human beings. They laughed at authorities, composed jokes about Brezhnev, made satirical films in spite of the censorship, and learned to read newspapers between the lines. This primarily referred to intellectuals.
Western cultural totalitarianism succeeded in doing much more. It turned people into sterile zombies, brainwashed them, perverted the minds of men and women, and subdued intellectuals that have responsibility for the future of their people.
I feel sorry for these young people who cried after Trump’s election. But I am even more sorry for the nations whose progressive students will eventually become the elite of their societies. I am afraid we will return to the Middle Ages with a quasi-religious cult, where “progressive” Inquisition will rule.
Leonid Brezhnev, as compared to this regime of enthusiastic and fanatical priests of our future, will look like Marcus Aurelius.
The writer is author of “Agony of Hercules or a Farewell to Democracy (Notes of a Stranger”), published recently by Xlibris, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.