We’ve talked about this before, but in fact, I don’t think there has ever been a country like ours, where our elites are deliberately taught – in our best schools – to hate and despise everything that we are, everything that makes us unique. I don’t think there has ever been another country where our elites are taught to be ashamed to call themselves by our national name.
Or rather, there have been countries like that – but they were countries who’d lost a war, and where the governing elite were in fact puppets of their erstwhile enemy, sent in to utterly destroy what the country used to be and to make sure that it did not rise again and (maybe) next time win the war.
Did we lose the cold war? Well, of course not. Of course we didn’t. The Sov Union fell apart. Their internal economy was a shambles – communism does that – and they are suffering the fate of the defeated in a material and obvious way. The name for prostitute in most of Europe (and the Arab countries) is Natasha. Their population is crashing. Their men are dying of alcoholism and internally they are being taken over by a hostile minority. Ignore the invasion of Georgia, those are the spasms of the dying bear. It’s inevitable, in material terms to be aware that when it comes to the si devant Sov union the applicable Latin phrase is Vae Victis.
But here’s the thing – long before communism had lost the cold war, it had won the propaganda war.
Part of this was their saber rattling and the craven and raw nature of our intellectual classes. Craven because they know themselves to be weak. Dueling with your mind might be an exciting sport – it is, I know, I do it – but it avails nothing when confronted by thugs with hobnail boots. Most of those who labor in the vineyard of words find themselves utterly naked and defenseless in even the most minor physical confrontation. (Note, I said most, not all. I would not advise you to pick a fight with most of Baen. Even myself and Dave Freer who are relatively mild put bite into any fight – he, because he’s a devious bastage and I say that in the most profound affection [if I ever govern anything he’ll be my secretary of dirty tricks. The man has no bounds.] and I because I’m built like a tank and I berserk.) So they both turn coward – and justify it in big words – by cleaving to the people they think are going to invade and kick their butts. Now it’s Islam, but once upon a time it was communism; and they glorify and have a sort of hard on for violent sorts. Hence, their worship of that despicable, blood tinged psychopath, Che.
And they were really scared of communism. It also made sense in their minds – communism, I mean – as it can only make sense in the minds of people who live in the sheltered world of academia or the irrational world of art. And so… they turned.
And they do influence public opinion.
I wonder how much the Sov Union had to put behind the effort. My dad told me that the Sov Union spent quite a lot on Agit prop in western countries, the United states most of all.
But then there’s the nature of the beast, as it were – most communists in the US were by nature what we’d class as “radical losers”. They were outcasts, for some reason or another, (the ugly women, the little men – no, seriously, in Europe in the seventies this was as good a predictor as any of who would go commie.) And most of them were not very effective. There are stories that some guy in NYC got millions from the Sov Union for which he wrote careful receipts, and which he spent in the most bizarre projects imaginable, failing even to enrich himself. (Whether it’s true or not that they bought the SF magazines wholesale, I’m not equipped to comment. The rumor does go around and one does wonder how they could afford to play with New Wave and crash their readership. Never mind. A lot of others are doing it, so it might be an ideology uber alas thing. Something to which humans are prone. I think it was more like most of the media coordination, a matter of people wanting to be “cool” and “with it” – but then there is always journolist. This might be one of those watchmacallits of history because those who know will take it with them to their unquiet graves.)
So you see, communism doesn’t work, and no one who has ever run a business, or worked for a business that actually depends on selling its products, or in fact done anything productive can believe it does.
But it makes a total conquest of intellectuals, academics, and people who feel the “real” world doesn’t compensate them enough and that they’re way too smart for the common herd.
There was a time back in the eighties and early nineties when the edifice tottered. There were whispers about how things really were in the USSR and the more moral of the communists distanced themselves.
They’ve gone back now. Embraced the mantra that it just wasn’t done “right”.
Which of course is the fault – sorry, but it is – of the US when the crash happened. At the time they were dying for aid. They must have it, or the collapse would have turned violent.
The price for that help should have been trials. We should have – in Heinlein’s phrase – Hung the commissars with their own guts. More importantly, we should have exposed it all, and let the effluvium of seventy years of human wretchedness, perfidy, greed and horror wash out over our mass media.
We didn’t. They were allowed to save face. They were allowed to recoup – here if not at home. (Though the reign of Putin means something.)
Few people have read The Black Book of Communism – which should be taught in our schools, in every grade, in grade-appropriate chunks – but our highs chools boast Howard Zin’s People’s History which is the Soviet view of America; Young Hegelians clubs and hipsters decked in Che Guevara.
The “Well educated” are in fact indoctrinated, taught communist propaganda and syllogisms until they’re UNABLE to think. We now have an administration composed of people like this, who are unable to connect to reality. They might be our first Marxist administration, but they suffer from third generation blight, not having come to their opinions from their own mind, but having been browbeaten into them. They are the good kids, trapped in an illusion from which they can’t break out.
But the d*mned ineradicable fact about communism and its cousin “state capitalism” and the hellish hybrid they’re trying out here is that it doesn’t work. IT NEVER WORKS. It doesn’t work even when instituted by very bright psychopaths. It works even less when instituted by people so indoctrinated they can’t SEE reality.
And it will crash here – hard or soft, with a bang or a whimper. It will crash and it might drag the rest of the world with us into the endless night.
Tell me how would an alien think the Cold War ended?
Is the cold war ended?
When will it end?
Must we fight it here, on our soil, as it turns hot, and hang our own commissars from their own guts?
Welcome Instapundit readers, and thank you to Glenn Reynolds for the link. For those who don’t know it, this is my hobby, not my dayjob, which is writing fiction, so pardon the typos and the general mess of a post written before coffee.
UPDATE: There is an entirely different post at MGC, where I’m Robbing Graves For Fun and Profit!