The Russian Revolution 100 years ago today

Here it is November 7 and it’s the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution – that is, the Russian Revolution – and there is going to be a celebration in Melbourne, and no doubt everywhere else across the West (but certainly not in Russia). Of course, for most of us, the only part worth celebrating is that we do not live in a communist state. Not for all these fools trying to get us there. Already discussed last month since the October Revolution was how the Russians remembered it, as did all communists. The question that really comes out of this is the absence of sense in supporting these regimes. Since we know that some people do not learn from history, we are forever in danger of falling into some leftist trap.

Socialism is a form of sadism. This story from Venezuela defies any sense of humanity: VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT EATS EMPANADA ON LIVE TV WHILE ADDRESSING STARVING NATION. Not an ounce of sympathy or sense of shame in the massive pain inflicted on his nation. All socialist leaders are the same, however they may portray themselves before they find their way to power. And it’s not just some ratbags off on their own, but try to find in any part of the mainstream media a full-scale discussion of the horrors of communism. We know it, and they know it too, but next time it will be better. Or maybe the time after that. Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn should be constant reminders that these people are everywhere. And let us not forget the most recent addition to the lists of clueless far left political leaders, Jacinda Ardern.

IDIOTIC IDEAS: Picked up by Baldrick in the comments and much appreciated: from the ABC’s Big Ideas series – Legacy of the Russian Revolution. Here’s the text:

The Russian Revolution is one of the determined attempts ever to build a better and more equal world. Extreme inequality was what fuelled that revolution. Analysing the reasons for its failures is important if we are to face the same question today, a century later. Once again, issues of inequality loom large. Big Ideas looks at the Russian Revolution – in the context of thousands of years of human history.

The Legacy of the Russian Revolution – Annual lecture of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia.

Okay stupidoes, compare the capitalist West in 1917 with the capitalist West today. You known, in places like the US, Australia, Canada, Europe etc etc. How are we going building a better and more equal world? I don’t despair in seeing things like this but am in fact infuriated by such base stupidity and ignorance. The ABC is filled with fools of the most debased kind, absolutely without a clue about what gives them their freedoms and their prosperity. Where are their programs on the 60-100 million deaths at the hands of communists never mind a bit of something on Venezuela or Cuba or North Korea right now? Worse than just stupid but actually complicit in evil. If they can support such communist horrors, the blood is on their own hands and nothing they might say about hoping for a better world will wash it away.

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56 Responses to The Russian Revolution 100 years ago today

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Is she really called Sarah Bloodworth?

    That is almost scary in view of the rivers of blood that communism has spilt around the world in the last 100 years.

  2. stackja

    Which socialist leader ever lived the real socialist existence?

  3. Bob of Brisbane

    Here’s a comment on the Russian Revolution that you won’t read in the mainstream media.
    It took the Russians over seventy years to get their country back.
    http://www.heretical.com/miscellx/bolshies.html

  4. stackja

    Bob of Brisbane
    #2545778, posted on November 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Stalin soon changed the Council of the People’s Commissars.

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Which socialist leader ever lived the real socialist existence?

    None of them – that’s for the proles.

  6. mh

    Which socialist leader ever lived the real socialist existence?

    Orwell wrote a book about this. No doubt Jacinda has a copy of Animal Farm on her bookshelf, but the message would have been totally lost on her.

  7. Ivan Denisovich

    This story from Venezuela defies any sense of humanity: VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT EATS EMPANADA ON LIVE TV WHILE ADDRESSING STARVING NATION. Not an ounce of sympathy or sense of shame in the massive pain inflicted on his nation. All socialist leaders are the same, however they may portray themselves before they find their way to power. And it’s not just some ratbags off on their own, but try to find in any part of the mainstream media a full-scale discussion of the horrors of communism.

    George Weigel:

    And still the Leninist dream lives on: in a hellhole like North Korea; in the island prison, Cuba; in what ought to be one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, Venezuela. Lenin and his disciples created more martyrs in the twentieth century than Caligula, Nero, and Diocletian could have imagined. And yet, somehow, communist bloodbaths have never drawn the continuous, unambiguous, and deserved condemnation visited upon other tyrannies.

    The horrors Lenin let loose have rarely been as powerfully captured as in Anne Applebaum’s new book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. In her earlier, Pulitzer Prize-winning study Gulag, Applebaum demonstrated that the slave-labor camps of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “archipelago” were not incidental to the Soviet enterprise, but an integral part of it, economically and politically. In Red Famine, Applebaum makes unmistakably clear that the Holodomor, the terror famine in Ukraine that took some four million lives in 1932-33, was artificially created and ruthlessly enforced by Lenin’s heir, Stalin, to break Ukraine’s national spirit while providing the faltering Soviet economy with hard currency from agricultural exports. Or, to put it more simply: Stalin starved some four million men, women, and children to death for ideological and political purposes…………………………………………………………………………………..

    As repellent as Stalin’s Leninist morality of revolution was, the tacit acquiescence in this mass artificial famine by Western reporters who knew what was afoot in Ukraine—but wrote nothing about it, so as not to jeopardize their Kremlin sources and their cushy lifestyles in Moscow—was equally revolting. Here, the chief villain remains the odious Walter Duranty of the New York Times, a principle agent of the cover-up of the Holodomor, which continued well into the 1960s and is being revived in Putin’s Russia today, as part of its propaganda war against a now-independent Ukraine. Duranty’s morals are neatly summed up in one of his 1935 dispatches: “It may be objected that the vivisection of living animals is a sad and dreadful thing, and it is true that the lot of [those] who have opposed the Soviet experiment is not a happy one,” but “in both cases, the suffering inflicted is done with a noble purpose.”

    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/11/murderers-row-soviet-style

  8. C.L.

    Everyone at that event ought to be arrested.

  9. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s one of history’s ironies – the last Czar was known as “Nicholas the Bloody” and Czarist Russia may have been a police state, but it all paled into insignificance beside what was to follow.

  10. RobK

    Bob,
    “Here’s a comment on the Russian Revolution that you won’t read in the mainstream media.
    There’d be a reason for that maybe; it’s written anonymously and a cursory check finds inaccuracies.

  11. Roger

    “Celebrating” the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution!?

    These people are beyond redemption.

    Imagine if someone at a university decided to “celebrate” the 8oth anniversary this week of the meeting which produced the Hossbach Memorandum, which led inexorably to WWII.

    After all, for the Nazis that (lebensraum for the German peoples) was a “noble cause”.

  12. Combine Dave

    Why is Boris strangely absent from this thread?

    Hanging his head in shame?

  13. Botswana O'Hooligan

    I asked my Russian born wife why they were celebrating the revolution and her reply was -they are not celebrating but remembering so that descent into Marxist Leninism can never happen again. She reckons that it might for the younger generation in Russia have no idea of what happened, just like many of our younger generation who are in love with the leftists in our society, and Federal governments who are slowly and surely dragging us into a socialistic state.

  14. Bob,
    “Here’s a comment on the Russian Revolution that you won’t read in the mainstream media.”
    There’d be a reason for that maybe; it’s written anonymously and a cursory check finds inaccuracies.

    Birdstrike?

  15. Dr Fred Lenin

    The revolution was stolen by the little fascist manipulators ,stolen from the peoples soviets by career political maggots like Lenin,Trotsky,Stalin,and the rest of the gang ,protected in power by the murderous psychopaths of Dzerzhinskys CHEKA murdering thousands monthly ,and enslaving millions . Stalin the Georgian gangster was the worst of a bad lot , and even murdered the murderers like Trotsky and Yagoda . Other murdering”socialists”were , Hitler ,Mao,Kim l]il sung , Castro,Che Guevara. .PolPot .the Viet Cong, etc etc . These are the comrades of the alp .gangrenes. US decromats and other socialist fascists world wide , the Tsar was. Pussy cat compared to those mongrels .

  16. BorisG

    I am not absent.

    (but certainly not in Russia)

    unfortunately I expect huge celebrations in Russia.

    many in the west think Russia has recovered from this. but far from it. Even there is a new cult of Stalin.

  17. BorisG

    Why is Boris strangely absent from this thread?

    if you have a question to me I can try to answer in the lunch break.

  18. BorisG

    Hanging his head in shame?

    why? I have been an anti-communist in Russia, which was a bit harder than it is for you.

  19. BorisG

    “Celebrating” the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution!?

    These people are beyond redemption

    Not sure if anyone is beyond redemption, but certainly very sad.

  20. RobK

    I tip my hat to you Boris.

  21. BorisG

    I lived under this regime and know it first hand. I probably know a lot more about it than most of you do. So if you are interested to know about any aspects (not slogans but reality) just ask.

  22. Combine Dave

    why? I have been an anti-communist in Russia, which was a bit harder than it is for you.

    Why do immigrants also bring the thing that they are fleeing with them?

  23. BorisG

    Why do immigrants also bring the thing that they are fleeing with them?

    This is not an easy question. A partial answer: as some have difficulty adapting to new life , they begin to re-evaluate their past.

  24. RobK

    I had a blasthole driller from an eastern block country working with me, a few decades ago now. I asked him what it was like in the home country. He said: “everyone is poor, there’s not much in the shops but it’s hard to explain you see, when I got married the village got together and built a house in three days. It wasn’t big but I owed no money.”
    Politics is downstream from culture.

  25. BorisG

    Also because in Russia information about the west was scarce, many people thought it is paradise.

  26. Tel

    The revolution was stolen by the little fascist manipulators …

    Tends to happen that.

  27. Jo Smyth

    Socialism/communism/Marxism is alive and well and living in every corner of Australia. The long march through the institutions has ensured the education system, the judiciary, the media, the Unions, business, Politics and every other institution has become infested with their ideology. It is here, we are living it, our right to debate it is being stifled and there is nobody out there in Australia strong enough to fight it.

  28. RobK

    Another comment that sticks in my mind is that of a station owner in the WA goldfields who went go visit his parents in East Germany in the 80s, before reunification. Upon return he predicted that if reunified, it would take most of the “ordinary” people a generation or two to adapt and get some enterprise back in their psyche.

  29. Roger

    Why do immigrants also bring the thing that they are fleeing with them?

    I grew up with ethnic Russian friends and got to know some of their first generation emigre grandparents.

    Believe me, they certainly didn’t bring Communism with them!

    I remember seeing portraits of the Queen & Prince Philip in their homes alongside religious icons. Most of them had escaped via Harbin in China and were stateless before Australia granted them refuge, for which they were very grateful.

  30. cynical1

    Fun to enter into the spirit of it with a few Molotov cocktails.

    For old times sake…

  31. Baldrick

    Right on cue:

    Legacy of the Russian Revolution
    The Russian Revolution is one of the determined attempts ever to build a better and more equal world. Extreme inequality was what fuelled that revolution. Analysing the reasons for its failures is important if we are to face the same question today, a century later. Once again, issues of inequality loom large. Big Ideas looks at the Russian Revolution – in the context of thousands of years of human history.

    Via your taxes and TheirABC.

  32. mareeS

    I can’t believe anyone found anything attractive about communism. My father was a union leader during the split in the 1950s, on the DLP side. I was born in the middle of it, and grew up in the aftermath, and the strife it caused lasts today. The whole ABC vendetta against Catholics is a continuation.

  33. duncanm

    Big Ideas looks at the Russian Revolution – in the context of thousands of years of human history

    WTF?

    Bloodworth (linky) and co seem to be pretending that there was a glorious workers paradise between February and October .. before it all went pear shaped.

    How exactly does that fit into thousands of years of human history?

  34. NB

    ABC ran a program on Rear Vision called ‘What is the legacy of the Russian Revolution?’ over the weekend.
    Its conclusion was that capitalism has few answers for the future, while communism has lots of answers to current problems. The program amounted to an ad for communism. But that’s pretty standard for the state broadcaster.
    The program referred to Stalin, and did acknowledge the horror (even suggesting it was worse than Hitler), but that was the fault of the capitalists who opposed the revolution and forced the poet Trotsky to militarize. (The program let me know that Hitler was the fault of the German middle classes who feared the potential for communism.) Naturally no mention of subsequent socialist/communist disasters – all silent on Mao, Pol Pot, etc etc. Probably not relevant to the discussion of the legacy of the first communist revolution, I guess…
    In relation to current inequality; inequality and poverty are two entirely different things. No need to develop this here, suffice to say, whipping up storms based on identity are necessary when capitalism provides a decent living for anyone who wants it. You have to try pretty hard to remain dirt poor these days.

  35. Rabz

    Utterly obscene.

    There’s (another) commie conference on in Sydney, I’ve noticed, hot on the heels of the recent socialism conference held a couple of months ago.

    Vacuous posturing wankers, none of whom would up end in the nomenklatura, despite their grandiose delusions and preposterous self importance.

    The reality would be the joy of experiencing solitary in gaol, a prison camp, grinding endless poverty or a slow, ignominious, unlamented death. Or all of them.

    Which quite frankly, would be all they bloody well deserve for wishing this monstrous accursed totalitarian idiocy on the rest of us.

  36. Defender of the faith

    Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Kates is in love with the first US President to embrace brutal Russian leadership (in the form of the modern Beria, Vladimir Putin). Oh I do so love the blatant hypocrisy.

  37. duncanm

    Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Kates is in love with the first US President to embrace brutal Russian leadership (in the form of the modern Beria, Vladimir Putin). Oh I do so love the blatant hypocrisy.

    I’ll have what he’s smoking.

  38. Maryanne

    “The Russian Revolution is one of the determined attempts ever to build a better and more equal world.”

    Their ABC’s ignorance is astounding. Much social and political progress had been made under the tsars, and more looked likely. Like all leftist movements, the Russian Revolution was driven from the top down exactly as Orwell later satirized and violence followed.

  39. Snoopy

    Their ABC’s ignorance is astounding.

    No. Not ignorant. Just on the other side.

  40. Snoopy

    Just on the other side.

    VIDEO: Dozens of anti-Trump protesters gathered in Seoul to protest against Mr Trump’s visit to South Korea. (ABC News)

  41. BorisG

    “The Russian Revolution is one of the determined attempts ever to build a better and more equal world.”

    I have no problem with this statement. Subjectively they did believe in this (at least initially and at least some of them). But that is almost always the case. Hitler also believed he was building the noblest society. That Bolsheviks ended up building exactly the opposite is a consequence of the laws of human nature, basic economics etc.

    To say it very roughly, early Bolsheviks believed that all working people want to be equal, selfless etc. They quickly discovered that their intended paradise did not work without extreme force. They then applied this extreme force. Thence it became the most violent dictatorship on earth.

    Thinking Bolsheviks were simply a gang of thugs whose aim was to enrich themselves and enslave the population using a combination of violence and deceit is a gross oversimplification.

  42. BorisG

    Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Kates is in love with the first US President to embrace brutal Russian leadership (in the form of the modern Beria, Vladimir Putin). Oh I do so love the blatant hypocrisy.

    I’d say ignorance, not hypocrisy. they can’t understand that Putin is a direct follower of Stalin and Beria.

  43. Nerblnob

    My colleagues in Russia tell me that Putin is making the anniversary all about Red Army victory over Nazis and pretty much ignoring events of 1917.

    What say you, Boris?

  44. Tel

    Putin is a direct follower of Stalin and Beria.

    What a load of crap. Putin is something of a strong-man, but he has also done plenty to promote trade, private industry, rule of law, improved the legal standing of homosexuals, fostered the Orthodox church, and mostly followed a policy of international diplomacy leaning towards stability.

    The USA is just pissy they couldn’t boot out Assad because Putin was willing to honour the long term Russian treaty supporting Syria. What were they expecting Putin to do?

  45. john malpas

    Why preoccupation with Russia when China is thundering towards you all.

  46. jonesy

    There was a time not too long ago that ANY person advertising or even attending such an event would be D noticed as an enemy of the state…how times change:(

  47. duncanm

    I have no problem with this statement. Subjectively they did believe in this (at least initially and at least some of them). But that is almost always the case. Hitler also believed he was building the noblest society. That Bolsheviks ended up building exactly the opposite is a consequence of the laws of human nature, basic economics etc.

    To say it very roughly, early Bolsheviks believed that all working people want to be equal, selfless etc. They quickly discovered that their intended paradise did not work without extreme force. They then applied this extreme force. Thence it became the most violent dictatorship on earth.

    that’s the rub, always.

    The revolutionaries think everyone else shares their lofty ideals .. when they discover they don’t agree, or won’t voluntarily comply, then its off to the gulags or death for the unbelievers.

  48. mh

    Netflix Pushes Alt-Left Propaganda Series

    Infowars reporter Millie Weaver discusses a new series being launched by Netflix and the USA Network on November 7th, Damnation, which promotes alt-left “Antifa” doctrine as well as communist style propaganda. It’s based in the 1930’s mixing pop-culture, civil rights, suffrage, speakeasies with an anti-capitalist and anti-industrialist class warfare message. It was ordered for production this past May giving Game of Thrones executive producers only three month to make it just in time for the November 4th protests.

  49. Tel

    The revolutionaries think everyone else shares their lofty ideals .. when they discover they don’t agree, or won’t voluntarily comply, then its off to the gulags or death for the unbelievers.

    Personally I don’t believe the revolutionaries were all that lofty to begin with. They find a new flavour of bullshit and they spread it around for a while, then it starts tasting like shit as usual. Mostly they want power, and part of the process is convincing themselves it’s a good idea, then the next part of the process is convincing some other people. After that, just focus on power.

  50. NB

    @Tel: ‘Mostly they want power, and part of the process is convincing themselves it’s a good idea.’

    Definitely truth in what you say.

  51. BorisG

    What a load of crap. Putin is something of a strong-man, but he has also done plenty to promote trade, private industry, rule of law, improved the legal standing of homosexuals, fostered the Orthodox church, and mostly followed a policy of international diplomacy leaning towards stability.

    Bullshit. You have no idea what is going on inside Russia (or don’t care).

    he has also done plenty to promote trade, private industry,

    This was done before Putin. Putin is steadily reversing the reforms, nationalising big industry, and redistributing big and medium size enterprises among loyal elite, KGB people etc. Thousands of people are in prison, whose only crime is that they had a profitable business that someone with the right connections found attractive. This is a snowball effect not seen from outside. Even I only found out it when visiting Russia, because these are not high-profile cases and are not political.

    rule of law

    You must be kidding. Don’t you see a flood of politically motivated show trials?

    improved the legal standing of homosexuals,

    yeh like the law agai9nst gay propaganda, which is used to further bully these people.

    fostered the Orthodox church,

    yes he needs some state ideology in place of Marxism-Leninism. But the same intolerance, the same worshipping of the strong leader. Nothing godly about it.

    mostly followed a policy of international diplomacy leaning towards stability

    looks like you are indeed just kidding. Annexing parts of Georgia, Crimea, invasion of Ukraine. yes all peaceful moves.

  52. BorisG

    Personally I don’t believe the revolutionaries were all that lofty to begin with. They find a new flavour of bullshit and they spread it around for a while, then it starts tasting like shit as usual. Mostly they want power, and part of the process is convincing themselves it’s a good idea, then the next part of the process is convincing some other people. After that, just focus on power.

    Yes. But when Bolsheviks started their movement, they could not possibly think of a slightest prospect of getting into power. They were ready to face hard labour, exile to Siberia and sometimes death. So they must have had some other motivations.

  53. Oh come on

    I wonder what the site’s self-identified member of the “Labor royalty” has to say about all this.

  54. Pyrmonter

    The depressing thing is not that parts of the Left celebrate this, but that there is so little commemoration by those who should, most of whom seem to have been off indulging in that vulgar festival of consumerism, the Melbourne Cup.

    I’m wary of a “Right Wing Get Up”, but seriously, where were the churches, the Liberal Party, the masons and the rest of the decent side of civil society?

  55. Zatara

    The USA is just pissy they couldn’t boot out Assad because Putin was willing to honour the long term Russian treaty supporting Syria. What were they expecting Putin to do?

    Wrong. “The USA” couldn’t possibly give less of a shit.

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