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Diary Blog, 16 October 2021, with a story about Lenin in exile

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Well, this week I scored 7/10, beating political journalist John Rentoul, who managed only 2/10. I did not know the answers to questions 2, 6, and 8.

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…or to put it another way, no System parties inspire much enthusiasm among voters.

Oh. I only knew of him as someone in favour of better animal welfare, and I myself support that…

Where are the new Ned Kellys?

Quite. The “average joe” may “know” that there was “a” Russian Revolution, but what he [thinks he] “knows”, he knows only because somewhere in his mind is a misunderstood or part-understood conflation of biased and simplistic school lessons, and a general milieu in film and other msm output of to the effect that “the Tsars and aristocracy, living in luxury, burdened the workers and peasants, who then overthrew them and supported Lenin and the Bolsheviks“.

Not that there was no grain of truth in that. All big lies (such as the “holocaust” farrago) have to have some basis in reality, however slight. Russia before (and after) “the Revolution” did have terrible social problems, exploitation etc, which before 1917 included absentee and rentier landlords, and a social system that paid little heed to the poor.

The devil is, of course, in the detail. Few (even those today professing to be “fully-automated luxury Communists”) seem to know that there were many shades of opinion in pre-1917 —and, for a while, in post-1917— Russia. Many parties. Many tendencies.

Few know that the “real” Russian Revolution, as such, was in February 1917 (March 1917 in the new calendar), and that that Revolution was itself overthrown in October (old calendar) 1917, by a coup d’etat or palace revolution planned by Lenin and the Bolsheviks, and carried out as a military operation; it was a putsch in one or two cities of a vast empire, not a popular uprising, as many now think, and as the Soviet system propagandized via the films of Eisenstein.

[Ten Days That Shook the World, English-language-subtitled version of the 1928 silent film Октябрь (October), by Eisenstein: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October:_Ten_Days_That_Shook_the_World]

The original soundtrack (originally played in cinemas) is now replaced by the 1966 one written by Shostakovitch, which uses music of his tone poem October, and which forms also part of his 12th Symphony, The Year 1917:

Of course, even today, relatively few people realize that the second “Russian Revolution”, i.e. the Bolshevik coup d’etat in the Autumn of 1917, was basically Jewish. Almost all the leaders of the Bolsheviks were Jews, or (like Lenin) part-Jew. Even Churchill, though later himself totally in the pocket of the Jews, at the time (1917-1918) wrote articles in the Morning Post (at the time, the favoured newspaper of the UK aristocracy and wealthy) about it. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Morning_Post#Controversial_publications.

I was told, at second-hand, a story about Lenin in exile. I knew a lady, born 1926, whose father had been a Graf (Count), and an German aristocratic hereditary landowner in East Prussia, the area abutting the Baltic, and now split between Poland and Russia (Kaliningradskaya Oblast, the region around former Konigsberg [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6nigsberg].

The Graf was descended from an early master of the Teutonic Knights [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutonic_Order] and his estate near Danzig [after 1945, Gdansk, and a “Polish” city] comprised over 20,000 hectares, or about 50,000 acres. The mother of the lady I knew came from Austria, where her family also held estates.

The lady I knew was related via both father and mother to a number of historical figures, including Metternich [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Metternich] and Mannerheim [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gustaf_Emil_Mannerheim].

The father of the lady I knew was sympathetic to socialism when a student in Vienna or Munich, or Zurich (I forget now which of those I was told, I think Zurich). He was apparently acquainted with Lenin, who was in exile in that part of the world (he was certainly in both Zurich and Munich at the time).

Whichever city it was (as I say, I think Zurich, though possibly Vienna), Lenin was arrested, but was released on the intervention of said well-connected student and his diplomatic contacts.

“Irony of Fate”: the father of the lady I knew was shot in 1939 or 1940 by either the Red Army or NKVD, during the upheavals in the Baltic region (they were travelling at the time by car from Romania). The estate near Danzig was finally taken over by the forces of Sovietism in 1945, and became a hospital, then an agricultural college.

The lady I knew (who had been taken prisoner/hostage by the NKVD in 1939 and was confined in Siberia/Northern Kazakhastan for three years before escaping…a long story) was able to revisit her childhood home, now in Poland, in the mid-1990s. She stayed in Sopot [former Zoppot] in the hotel she remembered visiting in childhood: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Hotel,_Sopot].

A sentimental journey, and no doubt a bitter-sweet one.

[The Grand Hotel, Sopot —former Zoppot—, now part of the Sofitel luxury hotel chain]

Life goes on, even after the most enormous upheavals…

Still milking it…

https://www.timesofisrael.com/latvia-grants-46m-in-holocaust-restitution-but-says-state-wasnt-at-fault/

Jews get “restitution” of property (and/or other payments), property supposedly confiscated by Germans in the late 1930s, or early 1940s, but non-Jews get nothing in compensation for land or whatever taken by Soviet or other forces, despite having held that land for centuries (as contrasted with the recently-acquired monies or commercial properties etc allegedly taken from Jews in the interwar period).

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Aim: to create a better, more evolved society;

Method: import millions of the racially and culturally backward.

Oh, no…wait…

The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan…https://www.westernspring.co.uk/the-coudenhove-kalergi-plan-the-genocide-of-the-peoples-of-europe/.

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Ha ha! About time that malicious and mentally-afflicted troll got lost. See: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/07/18/theyre-coming-to-take-me-away-ha-ha/.

Perhaps he woke up to the fact that few people are interested in his malicious and unpleasant tweets anyway; or maybe he just forgot to take his medicines today.

The only thing that gives me pause is that many such online nuisances… trolls, wastes of space, whatever… make a big noise about “giving up the Twitter account”, then slink back a while later. Many trolls have done that in recent years.

In fact Twitter is a waste of time now. Most of the interesting accounts (such as mine, if I say so myself) are gone, in my case because a pack of Jews conspired together to make (as they do) malicious complaint about my tweets. That was in 2018, at which time I had about 3,000 Twitter followers (equivalent to maybe 6,000 today, had the account remained), whereas I see that “Slatfascists” still only has 2,358, three and a half years later. Not that “followers” mean much. In fact, the real influence of Twitter (as I have blogged before) is very limited.

Still, “Slatfascists” (who may or may not have been “doxed” recently) still has the privilege of reading daily (or, as he no doubt describes it, “monitoring”) my blog. He has read me since I started blogging in 2016, and can still do that when he goes back down the rabbit-hole.

As a matter of fact, my guess is that “Slatfascists” will be back on Twitter before long, just like so many others. After all, what else interests him (apart from reading my blog, and rubbing his hands when someone like Alison Chabloz gets prosecuted)? Apparently, playing some absurd “space cadet” electronic game…

Still, Twitter will be at least marginally more pleasant for his absence (as long as it lasts).

[“Get down there, where you wanted to send me, you unclean spirit!”]

[Late-night update: it seems that “Slatfascists”, or at least his Twitter account, has “gone up the chimney”. Good riddance, but it means that his above tweet cannot now be seen, because the account has been deleted, not merely locked. For those who did not read it earlier, the tweet said that “Slatfascists” was leaving Twitter temporarily or permanently because Twitter would not expel all the accounts he (daily) “reported”, who were, he alleged, all “Nazis”.

I always thought that “Slatfascists” had to be at least part-Jew. His obsessions, his behaviour etc…

Oh wellHow many green bottles does that make, about to fall off the wall?].

[Update, a day later: as I predicted, “Slatfascists” was unable to stop trolling, and is already back online…unable to stick to his “resolution” even for 24 hours. A weak-minded little troll with nothing to say about society]

Sometimes I wonder what is the proportion of the mentally-afflicted in the UK population now; must be huge, and on Twitter (especially pro-“antifa” Twitter, they seem even more prevalent]

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300. Meaning probably 500 or 1,000 overall. Even on the lowest likely figure, that is at least 100,000 a year (and on the highest, maybe as many as 400,000), just from those crossing the Channel in an armada of rubber boats. Yes, fewer in the winter months, but more in the summer (up to 2,000 a day; and this government of Jews, Pakistanis and Indians does nothing but talk. What a surprise…

A lesson taught, though in view of the fact that the aggressive black got up immediately at the end, arguably not enough of one.

A sign of the times…

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Diary Blog, 4 September 2021

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Well, this week I scored 6/10, the same as political journalist John Rentoul. I did not know the answers to questions 3, 6, 8, and 9.

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I once lived in a house from where parts of both Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor could be seen. In the cooler months, a wild part of the country.

Nick Griffin, Mark Collett, and Patriotic Alternative

I have never met either of the above individuals. Moreover, I do not “support” either, as such, and I do not oppose either, as such. Nick Griffin did well to turn the BNP into a machine capable of at least winning a few EU and local election seats prior to 2010. As for Mark Collett, I like what little I see online about Patriotic Alternative, inasmuch as they are at least doing things on the ground, even if those activities are only going on hikes and putting up banners at various places.

It is hard for an outsider like me to come to any firm view as to whether one or the other is more or less worthy or meritorious. I cannot think that either of those sides or groups is “what Britain needs”, as such, but “all roads lead to Rome” is, I suppose, my basic attitude.

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It will take more than opposition to the “panicdemic” to make me like Alex Jones, but his main point is worthwhile.

Interesting to note that Jones’s type of free speech would not be permitted in the UK: OFCOM would “unperson” him at once. In fact, Jones would probably end up getting prosecuted on some bs Mickey Mouse charge or other.

The word “elected” should also have been in quotation marks. The whole system is rigged.

The latest msm “celebrity” puppet of NWO/ZOG, following in the footsteps of so many others, from Michael Jackson to Elton John.

People generally tend to think of Sovietism as having come into being purely under conditions of political violence. Much of its consolidation in the early years, however, took place under what were basically conditions of near-chaos. Rudolf Steiner referred, in 1918 or 1919, to the “impossible social conditions” in Russia (it did not become the Soviet Union until 1923 —officially, 22 December 1922—; the 33-year cycle of world politics and society, again).

What conditions were “impossible?” Shortages caused by official policy, weird laws, “rules”, “advice” etc. People getting sacked, quarantined, arrested for crazy small things, or because their faces did not fit in the New Order, or because they were “former people” who remembered that things had once been mainly better. Also, gradually more severe restrictions on movement, particularly travel outside the country.

Does any of this seem familiar? Yes, the old “socialism”, Marxism-Leninism, even social democracy, started to disappear rather fast after 1989 (again, that 33-year cycle), but the essentials are there, meaning especially the lunacy that becomes dogma, with harsh enforcement of crazy “rules”, supposed “laws” etc. Look at what has happened in the UK and in many other countries in 2020-2021.

The facemask nonsense, the arbitrary “rule of six”, “2 metres social distancing”, the absurd enforcement of those and other crazy “rules” and the “advice” (whims) of idiotic ministers etc, enforced by dim and/or brainwashed police. Arrests of people doing perfectly ordinary things such as walking in the country, sitting on park benches, sunbathing on beaches, going for a recreational car or bike ride outside the local area. Oh, and don’t forget the socially-mandated “clapathon”, idiots clapping on command outside their houses, notionally “for the NHS”, which NHS was pared back to a kind of skeleton service in reality.

All underpinned by a huge propaganda “fear campaign” in the msm.

It is hard to people now to understand how the Russian Revolution gradually became a total police state. Why did more people not resist? Why did many people comply, and even support the embedded nonsense? These things are not easy to spot whe they are happening. Look around you.

I am not just talking about the “Covid-19” situation. The pushing of the “Black LIves Matter” nonsense too: every ad with blacks in it, or with the multikulti “family” (often a white woman, often blonde, and a black man as husband figure). The same in dramas, “soaps” etc. Even historical dramas, like the recent one showing Ann Boleyn as a black woman!

None of this is a kind of “accident”. People, and not only in the UK, are being played like balalaikas, and most have no idea about it.

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…and not the migration-invasion, of course…

The “Lucky Country” is now a multikulti, and nightmarish, police state. Dystopian.

Australians must know where the centres of evil are: Canberra. State capitals. TV studios. Radio stations.

In decades past, French youth would have resisted more, would have done something to the robocops, not just filmed them for Twitter etc.

My blog from a couple of years ago about sinister NWO/ZOG puppet Macron: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/09/on-recent-events-in-france/.

Aux armes, citoyens!

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Diary Blog, 8 March 2021

Looks like being a generally quiet day.

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Someone needs a history lesson. I dislike having to correct those, with some of whose views I might be in agreement, but tweeter “@TimWhit22501381” is quite wrong in his dates.

Nikolai II or Nicholas II was in fact killed much later, on 17 July 1918. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II_of_Russia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II_of_Russia#Execution.

While I do not dispute the murderous nature of the Bolsheviks, nor necessarily the numbers killed under Bolshevik and Soviet rule (though numbers are always unreliable), the Bolsheviks took power in a coup d’etat about 6 months after the first revolution of 1917.

History is important. Historical facts are important.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Revolution#February_Revolution; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Revolution#October_Revolution; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_the_Romanov_family

It is true that the Afrikaaners were a hard people to like (I met quite a few in 1977, when I was in Rhodesia), but the black Africans are not capable of maintaining a civilized society of the “Western” (i.e. white European-origined) type.

The other parts of black Africa quite quickly reverted to savagery or chaos after colonies became “independent” “states”, and after most white people left. What is in black (sub-Saharan) Africa that is not savage or chaotic is, for the most part, like that because European people keep things going, either because they were born there and stayed, or are operating businesses or farms there, or are working for charities and other NGOs in those countries.

South Africa once had about a quarter of its population white. That declined to about 8.9% by 2011 and will no doubt be far less today. I have heard 6% mooted. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_South_Africa.

South Africa continues to decline, as it must under non-European rule. Slower, true, than has been the case in the rest of black Africa, because the proportion of Europeans is that much higher (Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, never had more than about 5% of its population white, a figure now far less than 1%, in fact around a quarter of one percent).

The South Africans I really cannot bear are the English South Africans, who were always whining about both the Afrikaaners and the blacks, and about apartheid, which had its flaws but also its merits.

Now, in the UK, we see many of those English-speaking South Africans working here (eg as doctors in the NHS). They display no intent to return to work in the fake “rainbow nation” beloved of the international conspiracy, yet pretend to love what South Africa has become, and decry “racism”…

If only the South African whites had voted differently in the early 1990s and had rejected what amounted to the ANC/Mandela takeover. The whites-only referendum was close; it might have gone the other way. Then, with Soviet support (money and arms) for the ANC, SWAPO etc gone, South Africa would have been able to crush rebellion and to survive, reforming itself slowly and intelligently, under white European control.

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I am more concerned that the vaccine may affect the fertility of the white European populations. I do not say that that is so, but that it may well be so.

Will there be another clip, from this year? Or in 2022?

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210308-victory-for-bds-as-judge-slapps-down-zionist-attempt-to-stifle-free-speech/

Time for English courts, as well as the police and Crown Prosecution Service [CPS] to awaken to the attempts by Jew-Zionists, and connected individuals, to abuse the English police, courts, and legal system in order to destroy free speech. They openly call it “lawfare”. https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/

More “Great Replacement” propaganda

Yet more propaganda aimed at the destruction of our white European race and culture: the Google graphic for International Women’s Day (today, 8th of March) shows a large brown/black hand grasping an obviously white and obviously female hand (with painted nails). I suppose that it will be claimed that both hands are supposed to be female and that the picture shows “solidarity” or some such. Deliberately ambiguous…

Google's Doodle celebrates a series of women's "firsts" throughout history (Google)

Not only Rassenschande— another act of war against the future of Europe.

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Diary Blog, 8-9 October 2020

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That is the crucial point: “the virus” is a serious public health problem, but the risk (especially of serious harm or death) has been hugely overplayed. There should never have been general “lockdown”; there should never have been stupidities such as the facemask nonsense and the “Rule of Six” etc.

9 October 2020

A video (10 mins) which is well worth watching

Covid-19 survival rates

Center for Disease Control, USA: “Covid survival rate if you are infected: age 0-19 : 99.997%, age 20-49: 99.98%. age 50-69: 99.5%. age 70+: 94.6%.”

Note, if you are infected; many are never infected; many are never known or discovered to be infected.

Why is this not publicized more in the UK (where the statistics are at least similar)? Because there is an agenda behind all this…

Sturgeon’s toytown dictatorship

As recently as, say, 20 or even 10 years ago, Sturgeon, or someone like her, would have been just laughed at. Now look at her! “First Minister” of devolved Scotland, leader of a substantial bloc of MPs in the Westminster monkeyhouse, and now instituting a toytown police state north of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Scottish economy was in a poor state anyway. Now, not “the virus” but the hysterical over-reaction to it has pretty much collapsed the economy of Scotland. I was just reading about how Edinburgh Woolen Mill Company has been into or is going into administration. Looks like it is finished, the way Sturgeon is even racing ahead of the UK Government in trashing the economy. Jaeger is one of the subsidiary companies affected; Peacock’s is another. 24,000 jobs: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8823023/Jaeger-Peacocks-owner-Edinburgh-Woollen-brink-collapse-24-000-jobs-risk.html

24,000 jobs lost affects at least 100,000 people: families, and those companies supplying goods and services to those people (who will now have far less spending money).

On the wider point, I have always said that I have no objection to Scotland breaking away from the UK, but that if it does, it cannot expect to be further subsidized by England. Neither can it rely on “its” North Sea Oil. At present that is costing about $10 per barrel more to produce than its sale value.

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A good point (which I have myself made many times). You cannot plausibly oppose Jewish Zionist behaviour in Israel/Palestine, but excuse it in the UK, France, Germany or USA (etc). Same types, same problem.

Anyone who (stand up, Jeremy Corbyn and your Labour Party supporters!) pays lip-service to Jewish festivals, the “holocaust” narrative or who supports action against “antisemitism”, is supporting Zionism both in the Middle East and in the rest of the world.

At last! Propaganda with which I can agree!

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Peter Hitchens and I probably disagree with what needs to happen to the Westminster monkeyhouse (MPs, “lords”, Press and other msm drones and puppets)…

The whole corrupt system needs to go, and that includes the mindset, which is so ingrained.

At present, I am little more than completely obscure, as far as the general public is concerned. Yes, a certain number of people, who mostly agree with me, read my blog (tens of thousands of hits already this year), yes those hostile to European race and culture are aware of me (and snoop on me), and “the authorities” are well aware of me and my blog. However, the general public is unaware of my existence. I am untroubled by that, yet feel a duty to become better known.

When I was disbarred in late 2016, there began to be public interest. Had I been in a different and better position generally, I could have accepted the invitation from pretty much every newspaper (national and even regional/local) to be interviewed. I declined. I seem to recall that even some TV “journalist” was interested. I was not.

Naturally, any msm interview would have been hostile in intent, if not in form or attitude. However, I can understand the balancing act involved when a political “activist” (though I am hardly that) is asked to be interviewed or to appear on TV. One thinks of the Nick Griffin Question Time appearance. Naturally, a political party or group will usually want publicity, but of what kind? “Ay, there’s the rub“…

Incidentally, after my disbarment and the Daily Mail piece about me that appeared the next day, I was interested to see that, despite the Jew claque organizing hostile remarks in the “readers’ comments” underneath the story, most of those comments were in fact favourable; the Mail then expunged many favourable comments and stopped taking new ones.

Again, the persecuted satirical singer-songwriter Alison Chabloz was basically unknown before the fake “charity” known as”Campaign Against Antisemitism” started to push police and CPS to harass and prosecute her. That campaign has backfired, and woken up untold thousands more to the menace that Jewish Zionism represents.

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Again, that letter-writer thinks that if only the Government knew…whereas the government of clowns knows very well. It just does not care. Reminiscent of those who, in 1905, marched through St. Petersburg, thinking if only the Tsar knew what was being done (or not done) in his name…The same was true under Stalin: if Stalin knew of this or that injustice, he would stop it. I think not!

Well, we all know what happened in the end to Nikolai II and his ministers; as to Stalin. he himself may have escaped assassination or execution, but many of his ministers did not.

This (above) really is the elephant in the room. The madness is such that I cannot go along with Peter Hitchens’ view that all this is somehow only the result of the incompetence and uselessness of Boris-idiot and his cohorts (incompetent and useless though they are). That does not plausibly explain the similar agenda being followed by a number of governments in major countries across the world. We thus arrive at the view that the madness is connected with “the Great Reset”…

Incidentally, the “Great Reset” is not some “conspiracy theory”. It’s real. It’s happening. https://www.weforum.org/great-reset/; https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/504499-introducing-the-great-reset-world-leaders-radical-plan-to; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Reset

Same is true of the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan: https://www.westernspring.co.uk/the-coudenhove-kalergi-plan-the-genocide-of-the-peoples-of-europe/; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalergi_Plan; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_von_Coudenhove-Kalergi

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For once, I agree with Ash Sarkar. Allegra Stratton [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegra_Stratton] has just been appointed spokesperson for Boris-idiot. Salary? I do not know. Somewhere in the £200,000 zone, I expect. Oh, and the bitch is married to James Forsyth [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Forsyth_(journalist)], who writes for the Spectator and the Sun “newspaper”, and is probably on at least £200,000 too.

So there we see a sanctimonious bitch with a gross family income of, or close to, £500,000 p.a., trying to put down a poor young woman who is trying to bring up a young daughter on peanuts. Yes, I see that the victim is mixed-race etc, but that is a separate issue. In fact, I commend the polite way in which the young woman responds to what amounts to bullying by someone who has had all the social and economic advantages.

What a prize bitch Allegra Stratton must be! We must not miss, though, the fact that this is “Conservative” Party propaganda. Not only is Allegra Stratton now going to be the mouthpiece of Downing Street, but she and her husband are “close friends” with Indian “clever boy” Rishi Sunak…

Is this part of the softening-up process for yet more “austerity”by another name, as Sunak and Boris-idiot p*** hundreds of billions up against the wall? In the David Cameron-Levita 2010-2015 government, the poorest people in the UK were blamed for the 2008 world banking crash; will the same ploy be used to lay blame for “lack of money” by reason of “the virus” (in reality, caused by the “lockdown” shutdown, an act of national economic suicide or murder carried out by a pack of idiots in high positions)?

Oh, and I belatedly saw this (below) from Private Eye, which exposes the unprofessional behaviour of Allegra Stratton (well, “journalism” is not really a “profession” anyway, but you take my point…):

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Looks as though Boris-idiot and Dominic Cummings have hired the right “ho”…

Walls. Squads. End…

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” That is the UK, now. Mad. One cannot entirely blame the Government of Clowns. A majority of the British people are stupid enough, fearful enough, or brainwashed enough to support either the present raft of toytown police state measures or even harsher ones! They seem to believe that there is a real and serious threat to life and health, or maybe they just want to be told what to do. Ironically, the pseudo-socialist ones (eg on Twitter) and those who think that they are “Left”, support “civil rights” and “human rights” are those most willing to be obedient serfs of Boris-idiot’s bad joke government! They want to be ground down harder, the idiots!

Pathetic.

I have heard a number of experiences from people, similar to the above, recently.

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Some Thoughts About Venezuela, Socialism and Fellow-Travellers

I watched a BBC2 TV documentary about Venezuela. Something like Venezuela: Revolution in Ruins. I was of course au fait with the way in which other revolutions in history developed and, in many cases, degenerated: Russia/Soviet Union, China,
Cambodia/Kampuchea, Ethiopia, Cuba etc, even France (from 1789). However, I especially wanted to understand better why this country, Venezuela, rich in oil, huge in area, fertile, with a coastline on the Caribbean, a number of scenic islands and also a huge exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under the Law of the Sea, should be in such a condition that 3 million or more, 10% of its population, have now fled, that large numbers of its inhabitants are starving, or rummaging for food in trash cans or dumps, or are foraging wherever they can.

Why are basic items such as loo roll, bread, milk, even fruit (in a tropical country where many fruits grow wild) effectively unavailable? Why are basic medicines not available? Why is oil being imported when Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, exceeding even those of Saudi Arabia?

There is a natural human desire to make excuses for states espousing the overall values (superficially) espoused by the judging person. Thus we see pro-“socialist” people defending the Soviet record on human rights, living standards or generally, despite the early [Russian Civil] War Communism (under which strikers and others were shot, and anyone late for work could be imprisoned or sent to a labour camp), despite the Leninist and Stalinist repressions, the “GULAG Archipelago”, the Cheka/OGPU/GPU/NKVD/KGB etc. Thus we see people (British, other Europeans, North Americans, others) today defending Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba, despite the large number of persons shot, imprisoned or driven out under socialist rule.

The usual excuses for the failure of an old-style Marxist-Leninist socialist state are that:

  • foreign intervention ruined the economy and/or made the new regime more severely repressive than it otherwise would have been;
  • one or more individuals usurped or misused the power which properly belonged to “the people” and/or the “true” socialists;
  • existing private enterprises or wealthy persons either left the country (with their wealth) or stayed in the country and profiteered; in both cases, these parasitic classes of people sabotaged the socialist economy.

We can look at a few well-known examples to illustrate the syndrome.

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Here is a typical example of a self-deluding socialist, one “Liz from Leeds”, heard via telephone on some daytime TV show (the black woman shown is the presenter):

Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar are supporters of Corbyn-Labour and part of a collective called Novara Media. I wrote about them —and others— in this article:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/disordered-and-infantile-people/

In that clip, hereinabove, “Liz from Leeds” asserts that Soviet socialism failed because

  1. “14 foreign armies smashed it” and then
  2. “Stalin took over and imposed a state-capitalistic totalitarian state”.

(and, by the way, “revolutionary” talking-head Ash Sarkar, on the show as a guest, and who teaches Global Politics at a former polytechnic —!—, can be seen nodding in apparent agreement at this ahistorical nonsense!).

“Liz from Leeds” obviously has little or no real knowledge of what seems to be her main interest, because:

  • the Intervention by “Western” powers in Russia only started to occur in July 1918, about 8 months after the start of the Russian Civil War. By that date, the various factions in the Civil War had already been fighting for months;
  • the largest and most powerful foreign contingent, the Czechoslovak Legion, eventually had 40,000 soldiers (93% Czech, 7% Slovak) in Russia, but this was not a foreign army in the sense of a state-controlled force. Czechoslovakia only declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in December 1918. The Czechs etc were in Russia because they had been fighting with the Russian Empire against the Central Powers (including Austria-Hungary) in the First World War.
  • most of the Allied troops were in or around a few ports: Archangel, Odessa, Vladivostok. The main British contingent was about 600-strong and confined to within a few miles of Archangel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allied_intervention_in_the_Russian_Civil_War#Foreign_forces_throughout_Russia
  • all this in a country of vast extent (over 90x the size of the UK), encompassing 11 time zones, in which the Bolshevik forces numbered some 5.5 million (and the White or anti-Bolshevik forces about 2.4 million).
  • in other words, the Intervention was fundamentally a side-show in the Russian Civil War. The war started in late 1917, eight months before Intervention, and continued until late 1922, two years after almost all Allied forces had left in 1920 (though Japanese forces occupied small parts of the later-termed “Soviet Far East” until 1922, and part of Sakhalin Island until 1925); in fact, the larger contingents, such as the 23,000 Greek troops in and around Odessa (to protect Black Sea Greeks), were only there for three months;
  • while Intervention affected the development of the Soviet Union (established late 1922), it did so mainly in the psychological sense. In fact, there were still outbreaks of anti-Soviet fighting as late as 1934 (in Central Asia), but there was no foreign backing for that. It was purely local and regional.
  • As to personality-cult etc, Stalin expanded the slave-state aspects of the Soviet Union, but that already existed: Lenin and his fellow-Communists (Jews and part-Jews, mostly, such as Dzerzhinsky) set up that system as soon as they seized power (in one fairly small corner of the Empire, i.e. Petrograd and Moscow, initially): executions on a vast scale, prison camps, prisons, labour camps, secret police and so on;
  • the Soviet Union was “State Capitalism”, but that was not the creation of Stalin. It was there from the very start of Lenin’s rule;
  • even the system of “nomenklatura”, with its gradations of special rations (the best being the Kremlin Ration [Kremlyovsky Payok], which developed under Stalin into a whole sector of special-privilege shops, apartments, health services etc), started during the Civil War:  http://www.polithistory.ru/en/visit_us/view.php?id=1735
  • As to sabotage by parasitic classes, the Bolsheviks first destroyed (killed, exiled, imprisoned) the Imperial Family, then the aristocracy and the wealthy merchant class, but then moved on to those peasant families who were more affluent than average (the “kulaks“), then later to the peasantry as a whole (via Collectivization). Eventually new targets had to be found: a myriad of Diversionists, Deviationists, Trotskyists etc. “Enemies of the people”. By that time, most of the “former people” of pre-1918 had been exiled overseas, killed, imprisoned, or reduced to complete poverty in internal exile. Few existed in Soviet territory, outside camps and prisons, after the 1930s.

[Addendum: re-reading this in 2021, I realize that some people may object that Dzerzhinsky was not Jewish. Wikipedia describes his parents as “ethnically Polish”. Sadly, Wikipedia is not infallible. Though Dzerzhinky’s parents were technically second-generation “noble” under the Tsarist meritocratic honour system (Lenin’s father was “ennobled” for service as a schools inspector), and mainly of Polish origin, Dzerzhinsky’s father was part-Jew (as was Lenin’s mother)].

The “Liz from Leeds” school of cod-history is based on small nuggets of truth as well as large measures of wishful thinking. The Tsarist system was in need of reform; there were huge inequities; there was a foreign Intervention, though very limited, composed arguably of 12 mostly small forces rather than “14 armies” (and never intended to actually overthrow Bolshevism); there was the cult of personality (though it predated Stalin’s supremacy and was the child of Lenin, Trotsky/Bronstein and others in the early 1920s); there were wealthy or not-poor classes who could to some extent be described as parasitic (especially the absentee and rentier nobles). It is worth remembering that, pre-1914, the Russian economy was booming, and looked like overtaking Europe and North America before long.

However, the Soviet Union was badly flawed from its inception, and its evil seed was Marxism-Leninism. The idea that the political sphere (the State) should rule over both the economic sphere and the sphere of spirit, culture, education, medicine, was wrong in conception and was bound to lead to a greater or lesser disaster. The same mistaken conception brought low other lands (eg Cuba) and, our present interest, Venezuela.

In fact, the syndrome, in less savage or severe forms, also applies to the social-democratic regimes in Europe, such as the post-1945 British governments. Harold Wilson of the Labour Party blamed “speculators” and “the Gnomes of Zurich” (Swiss bankers) for the UK’s economic problems of the 1960s and mid-1970s, rather than nationalized industries and subsidies paid to industry and agriculture.

Below, a cartoon for “Liz from Leeds” and her colleagues in (?) the local social workers’ union or comprehensive school staff-room:

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Cuba

The same applies to Cuba: socio-economic inequities, leading to revolution. That revolution elevating personalities (Fidel, Che etc). State takeover of the economy, including all major industry and agriculture. Eventually, shortages, corruption (you don’t think that Castro lived like the poor mulatto saps he ruled, do you?), repression. Cuba even had ineffective foreign (US) interventions: the Bay of Pigs botched “invasion” by proxy, the sanctions regime imposed by the USA (termed “Blockade” by Castro); attempts to assassinate Castro in various absurd ways (eg poisoned ice-cream). As for scapegoating, the Cuban regime has blamed American policy, counter-revolutionary Cubans based in Miami, but also Cubans in Cuba and who wanted to leave in the 1960s and 1970s, which people were called gusanos (“worms”).

The Cuban economy was kept afloat by Soviet subsidy (direct subsidy and also via preferential pricing of Cuban agricultural exports to the Soviet Union) until the early 1990s. Cuba then had to introduce a free-market element to the economy, in order to prevent complete collapse.

Venezuela

So we return to Venezuela. Again, socio-economic inequities led to demands for reform. Eventually, a revolution by election happened, in 1998, in this case led by an Army general, Hugo Chavez. I have no idea what Chavez was like as a general (though judging by his botched first coup d’etat, in 1992, not very effective), but as a political leader I regard him as having been a blundering clown, sometimes well-meaning, genial, friendly, sometimes sinister and frightening. In fact, with his televized clowning, inability to master facts, and populist emoting, he was reminiscent of a certain British politician, one who is superficially on another ideological page— Boris Johnson.

As the TV documentary I saw noted, Venezuela’s oil wealth bankrolled the social programmes which improved the lot of many of the poorer Venezuelans. Chavez was voted into power by 56% of the population, mostly the poor and some of the “disenchanted middle class”.

No attempt was made to diversify the economy. When oil prices fell, Venezuela went into a spiral. The tensions within the country worsened, many left (the wealthy by air to the USA and other countries, the middleclass nouveaux pauvres and the real/always-been poor by car or on foot to neighbouring countries).

The US sanctions on Venezuela have enabled the Venezuelan government, now under Maduro, to claim, however implausibly, that those sanctions largely caused the economic collapse.

Chavez expropriated and redistributed land, again with “good intentions”, but the net result has been both a falling-off in food production and a great fall in dollar-exports, which in turn restricted the supply of foreign imports of food (and other goods).

Chavez blamed “speculators and hoarders” for the problems, imposed price controls, replaced private supermarkets by a chain of 16,000 State shops and supermarkets, which however now have almost bare shelves. Chavez also nationalized large food producers. The result has been a breakdown in food supply. Children are starving, adults and children alike scavenge in the trash for anything to eat. The Roman Catholic Church has asked those who discard any food waste to label it so that people can rummage in the rubbish dumps and trash cans for it. Meanwhile, the government set up 6,000 soup kitchens.

Thoughts

I have never been to Venezuela (nor any part of Latin America south of Panama), and I have only known one person who has visited the country (a girlfriend who attended a week-long international conference in Caracas in the 1980s). My views are therefore taken from what I have read and what I have watched on TV.

It is clear to me that Venezuela’s problems are, at root, political. There was always poverty there, but the cure has been worse than the illness. Chavez was a political clown, who had no idea how to run a government, let alone an economy, but who decided, amid clowning and behaving like a public entertainer, to take the reins of the economy firmly in his own hands. He took over the oil industry, agriculture, food production and distribution, imports and exports generally, even banking. He tried to run industries himself or via equally-inept cronies.

The result has been disastrous. Thousands and quite possibly millions may have died from lack of food and medicine, as well as via militarized repression (the troops always look fit and well-fed…). To my mind, those responsible for this politico-economic disaster could not complain were they to be taken out and shot. Chavez himself died a few years ago; his daughter is apparently one of the wealthiest women in the world. Before people start praising Chavez, they might start to ask where those hundreds of millions of dollars came from.

What Chavez should have done would have been to

  • regulate, tax, but not operate businesses;
  • by all means nationalize oil production, as a national strategic asset, but employ only experts experienced in upstream and downstream oil to operate it;
  • work with landowners (existing landowners and new entrants) to maximize and diversify domestic food production; set a cap on acreage held by any one family;
  • revalue the currency;
  • create social programmes from taxes raised, not directly from oil revenues.

All the same, there are those in British political life who praised Chavez: Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn, to name the two most prominent. They have been quiet about Venezuela for a while now, as that country slides into chaos, but some of their colleagues still beat the drum. Here is Chris Williamson MP (whom I am loath to impliedly criticize, because he is pro-animal welfare, and used to retweet me on Twitter occasionally; and because the Jew-Zionists hate him, but truth conquers all):

(in fact, the Venezuelan government has only hit 24% of its housing target, though the programme itself may be OK in principle).

It seems to me that the only thing to do in Venezuela is to rip up the Chavez-Maduro system and begin ad novum. That means a different government, an all-out war on crime, corruption and disorder, a private-enterprise economy (except for oil production), a clear and effective tax system, an appeal for all Venezuelans now overseas to return and to help rebuild. Also, the government has lost control of the borders of the State and has lost control of the streets. Gangs are rampant. Firing squads may be necessary. An effective border force must be set up. Above all, consumer goods and/or including food must be prioritized, urgently. In this case, butter before guns, up to a point at least.

Racial Aspects

Racial aspects are important. Cuba was ruled by Spanish-descended Europeans and to some extent also mestizos, until Castro drove most of them to the USA or elsewhere. Now Cuba has a far higher percentage of blacks than it had in 1959. Venezuela is about 54% mestizo, only 43% white (and that figure is out of date; there must be far fewer white people now).

Could It Happen Elsewhere?

Never say never. Russia was booming only four or five years before it fell into civil war and despair under Lenin. Cuba, though corrupt and unequal, was in a far better state in the 1940s and 1950s (even though plagued by the Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky etc) than it is now. From what I have seen on TV, much of Havana seems to be just falling apart, literally. As to Europe, who knows? Reasonably-civilized Yugoslavia fell into civil war and bloody chaos only 25 years ago.

Now that Europe has been invaded by untermenschen, who are breeding, who knows what lies ahead? Britain is increasingly non-white, while the real British (white) population is, in my view at least, less and less cultured. You only have to look at those who are now MPs. Many MPs, and not only Labour Party ones, would not have been seen in the Palace of Westminster before the 1990s, unless working as cleaners or office staff.

As to economy, we have seen that Corbyn-Labour (yes, well-meaning, as were many radicals and revolutionaries prior to taking power) has praised Castro, Chavez, even Lenin and Trotsky! British Labour Party policy may not go as far as that which Labour leaders have praised in other lands, but never say never…

Notes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Ch%C3%A1vez

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_Venezuela

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Ch%C3%A1vez#Political_ideology

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/disordered-and-infantile-people/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Civil_War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allied_intervention_in_the_Russian_Civil_War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czechoslovak_Legion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Dzerzhinsky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_threefolding

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Economic_Policy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Economic_Policy#Disagreements_in_leadership

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Economic_Policy#Influence

19 January 2019, A Few Further Thoughts

Listening again to painfully naive “Liz from Leeds”, it occurs to me that her definition of “Communism” could apply to almost any self-describing political movement, as well as to, say, Christianity. In fact, Valentin Tomberg [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentin_Tomberg], whose mother and pet dog were both killed (tied to a tree and shot) by those lovely kind Communists after the Bolshevik Revolution, made the point in one of his works that it was the small “Christian” element in Communism that made people willing to support it and struggle for it.

“Communism” as defined by “Liz from Leeds” is the sort of platitudinous wishful thought that might be heard on Radio 4’s Thought For The Day. Stalin once cut short a discussion (which must have been unwittingly hilarious) among his mostly useless Politburo members, as to what “Socialism” (the earlier stage, in Marxist theory) was, by saying “I’ll define Socialism for you— it’s where the Red Army halts its trucks!”

21 January 2019: a few more thoughts

Some reading the above article may imagine that my being opposed to fossilized 20thC socialism must mean that I am a free-market anti-communist and nothing more. Not so. My views favour policies which are social, rather than socialist. For me, economic enterprises must be regulated and taxed (and that is the business of government), but not directly run by the State. By the same token, the world of business must not interfere with the organs of the State, must not buy or own politicians or civil servants.

29 January 2019

It occurs to me that Che Guevara was at least to some extent in the real world, unlike most of those who admire him…

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Reminiscent of Jack London, who said that

“I am a socialist, but a white man first.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London

Update, 2 February 2019

Andrew Neil on BBC2 This Week nails Ken Livingstone to the mast…

and a further comment

Update, 4 February 2019

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6664121/How-Venezuelas-children-paying-terrible-price-countrys-failed-socialist-experiment.html

Update, 5 February 2019

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6667889/Rich-Kids-Venezuela-including-Socialist-leader-Hugo-Chavezs-daughter-flaunt-wealth.html

Update, 12 February 2019

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6696099/Venezuelas-children-starve-Maduro-refuses-let-aid.html

Below, an interview with Venezuelan quasi-dictator Maduro. While he is probably right to say that the USA would like to have a firmer superpower grip on Venezuela, Maduro cannot explain Venezuela’s fall into chaotic poverty by reference to that American wish or strategy. He’s an idiot…

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/02/venezuelans-fight-scraps-food-lifesaving-medicines/?playlist=structure%3Anews%2Fworld-news

Update, 6 April 2019

Update, 30 April 2019

Venezuela’s agony continues. A rebellion has now broken out, and Maduro’s forces are suppressing it ruthlessly, or trying to:

Update, 18 May 2019

Well, the Venezuelan rebellion has failed, mainly because the Army would not back it. Also it seems that the leader of the uprising, who now hides out in the Spanish Embassy in Caracas, is a silly ineffective fellow. We saw something similar in Zimbabwe, when the opposition to Mugabe years ago was led by a silly and thick African (supposed) “liberal” (later killed in the USA, in a plane crash). The lesson is that a dictator may be opposed by less wicked people but those possibly better people may simply be ineffective.

Meanwhile, for the Venezuelan poor (i.e. almost all inhabitants), the agony (caused mainly by simplistic socialism) continues:

Update, 16 July 2019

Nothing to do with Venezuela.

Here is another little twit of the same or similar tribe, one “Chris#WeBackCorbyn/@Socialist_Chris”:

To understand the fullness of this idiot’s repressive ideological fanaticism, you have to read the whole thread. He thinks that parties or people which are “fascist” (as decided by him? as decided by a troika of secret police officers? as decided by a Stalinist-style fixed meeting of “activists”?) should be barred from elections or other political activity.

“Socialist Chris” seems very limited in his mentality. His derivative and flawed narrative about being intolerant of intolerance is not only hackneyed in the extreme, but is dependent on him or people like him deciding what is “fascist” (and so unacceprable…to him). He says that “you cannot compare fascism and socialism”. In a sense, true. Many 20thC types of “socialism” were far worse (more repressive, more evil, less effective in any field but repression) than Fascism (eg Mussolini, Franco) or even (different from “Fascism”), National Socialism.

It is pointless to refer people such as “Socialist Chris” (or, as seen above, “Liz from Leeds”) to books such as “All Pity Choked” (https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Pity-Choked-Memoirs-Soviet/dp/B0007J4OWY), The World I Left Behind (https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Left-Behind-Pieces-Past/dp/0679439110), the works of Robert Service (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Service_(historian)) or the better-known ones of Solzhenitsyn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn)

Those books, and thousands of others, show that when relatively undiluted “socialism” takes power (whether by force or election), political freedom vanishes. That has been true in every instance of importance, from the Soviet Union and China to Cuba and Venezuela.

I suppose that “Socialist Chris” would make the usual excuses (see above) re. all that. He cannot see that “socialism” in the 20th (and now 21st Century, as far as “socialism” has even existed since 1989) is and has been far more repressive than either “fascism” or National Socialism, and that both Fascism and National Socialism achieved far more for the people than Marxist (etc) “socialism”, and in far less time.

An idiot, and yet looking at his tweets, I see that he makes much of having written a “dissertation” (on post-1945 “fascism”). No university mentioned. Maybe Oxford, maybe Cambridge, maybe the God-Knows-Where University of Travel and Tourism, who knows? No mention of a specific profession or occupation, just that he works up to 13 hours a day (which seems doubtful, but maybe that’s life in a call centre…I wouldn’t know).

Here’s another idiot, supporting “Socialist Chris”:

Marxist “socialists” wouldn’t do that, would they? Remove the vote from people? Never! Ha ha! No, they would more likely seize power forcibly in the first place, then label all opposition “fascist” (and so barred from existing at all), then hold meaningless “votes” in elections containing only approved non-“fascists”…

It is worrying that someone such as “Socialist Chris” can undergo primary, secondary and tertiary education, including as it seems a valueless “Master’s degree” and even perhaps a pointless “doctorate”, yet still be unable to reason. But that is where we are…

Update, 25 August 2013

Here’s another idiot, one @eshaLegal. A lawyer? If so, remarkably ill-informed about modern history, especially that of the Soviet Union, Stalin etc. Seems to be an Indian or Pakistani living in the USA. Read the thread to see others put her right, more or less right anyway.