In the Shadow of the Red Banner

November 9, 2017  |  ARTICLES

The article below was written by Adam Sykes, IWP student and Assistant for Academic Affairs, and published by the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.

The Bolsheviks survived their founding crucible, and they spread. Over the course of the last century, Lenin's missionaries and converts slaughtered more than 100 million souls from the face of this world, while repressing countless others.

Accursed days: so pronounced Ivan Bunin as the red Bolshevik mare rode roughshod over White army officer and muzhik alike. The centennial of the 1917 revolution dawns, yet the apocalyptic reality perceived by Bunin and many others recedes behind the fog of memory. In fact, discussions of white supremacy and Nazism have relegated Bolshevism to a cloistered section of both the scholastic and popular mind. Russian studies prove no exception. The trailblazers rush to study Putin's Russian: some as political aspirants, others with a post-modernist fervor. Others enthusiastically immerse themselves in the world of Russian literature-where the preeminence of either Tolstoy or Dostoevsky poses the greatest existential question. Today, scant few study the god who failed, as he hides in the shadow of defaced workers' monuments and behind rusting statues of Lenin.

The Russian Revolution of 1917 posed an existential crisis to the world, just as much as its preceptor of 1789 and its disciple of 1933. However, the fanatical sans-culottes could not complete their program for want of the industrial slaughterhouse; the pagan white lions of National Socialism collapsed because their fuehrer's strategic blunders outdid his incompetence as a thinker. Yet, the Bolsheviks survived their founding crucible, and they spread. Over the course of the last century, Lenin's missionaries and converts slaughtered more than 100 million souls from the face of this world, while repressing countless others. All who died in an effort to line Aristotle, St. Paul, and Adam Smith before the same firing squad and liquidate them in the name of progress and utopia.

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