Paradossalmente, e in modo assurdo, la propaganda occidentale accusa costantemente il comunismo di violenza. Ma il comunismo è il più grande avversario del sistema più violento sulla Terra, che è il colonialismo/imperialismo occidentale, in conseguenza del quale centinaia di milioni di esseri umani sono scomparsi, nel corso dei secoli, centinaia di culture avanzate sono state rovinate, interi continenti sono stati saccheggiati.
Anti-communism is a Fundamentalist Religion followed by Billions
Happy Birthday Comrade Lenin!
By: Andre Vltchek for VT
150 years ago, on April 21, 1870, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin,
was born. According to many, he was the greatest revolutionary of all
times, a man who gave birth to both internationalism and
It is time to “revisit Communism”. It is also time to ask some basic, essential questions:
is it possible that a system so logical, progressive, and so superior
to what is, up till now, governing the world, failed to permanently
overthrow the nihilism and brutality of capitalism, imperialism and
Without any doubt, you
have been told many horrifying things about Communism, especially if you
have been living in the West, or in one of the countries that are fully
under the control of the centres of anti-Communism: Washington, London
You have been forced to read, again and again, about
“Stalinism”, the Tiananmen Square massacre, and the Khmer Rouge
genocide. You have, again and again, been served an elaborate cocktail
of half-truths, outright fabrications, as well as twisted
interpretations of the world history.
The chances are, you have never been to Russia, China or Cambodia; you haven’t done any serious research there.
have been told that Cambodia is the best example of savage Communism.
You never realized that Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge extremists were
fully supported by the United States, and not by the Soviet-Union and
never foolheartedly by China; that they were never actually really
“Communist” (I did a detailed in-country research, and even Pol Pot’s
personal guards told me that they had no idea about Communism, and only
reacted to the monstrous U.S. carpet bombing of the Cambodian
countryside, and to the capital’s collaboration with the West). In that
period, most people died as a result of precisely that carpet-bombing by
the USAF B-52’s, and as a result of a famine. And the famine came after
millions of peasants were displaced by the savagery of the bombing, and
by the unexploded substances left in the fields, all over the
It never occurred to you, that one survey after
another, conducted in Russia, still shows that the majority of the
people there, would like to have the Communist-Soviet-Union back. And
even in the former Soviet Muslim-majority states, including Kirgizstan
and Uzbekistan, a tremendous majority of the people I encountered there,
remembered the Soviet-Union era as some golden age.
so-called Soviet occupation of Afghanistan? I have worked, filmed and
reported there, on three occasions, relatively recently. Outraged by the
on-going Western occupation of their country, countless Afghan people
told me stories, illustrating the contrast between their tolerant,
progressive and optimistic socialist era, and the present-day horror,
during which their country has sunk to the lowest level in Asia,
according to both UNDP and the WHO. I worked in Kabul, Jalalabad, Herat,
Bagram; the same stories, and the same nostalgia for the Soviet
teachers, nurses, engineers.
Showered by the relentless Western
propaganda, one never really realized how popular the Communist Party of
China is in its own country, and how the Communist ideology is
supported in Vietnam, Laos and North Korea.
If one goes to their
friendly local bookstore in North America, Europe or even in Hong Kong,
not to speak of Australia, the chances are is that all one will find
there would be tomes written by anti-Communist Chinese or Russian
‘dissidents’, people that have been living off Western grants, receiving
countless awards so they can spend all their energy on smearing
Communism, and glorifying anti-revolution. Writers such as Svetlana
Alexievich, who received the Nobel Prize for literature, for spitting on
the graves of the Soviet soldiers who died defending Afghan socialism.
one would be allowed to watch, on commercial film channels, would not
be any different than the books one had been encouraged to read.
in the West and in its colonies, is a tremendous industry. It is easily
the greatest and on-going propaganda campaign in the history of the
world. Its metastasis has been spreading even into the core of the
Communist and socialist countries themselves.
All of that is
because the Western, imperialist countries know perfectly well that
their empire can only survive if Communism collapses.
It is because the very essence of Communism is the perpetual struggle against imperialism.
but very effective slogans, like bugs, that are being implanted into
one’s brains. They are repeated constantly, sometimes hundreds of times a
day, without one even noticing: “Communism is dead!” you have been
told. “It is outdated, boring.” “China is not Communist, anymore.”
“Communism is grey. Life under communism is controlled, and it is
monotonous”. “People under Communism have no freedom, and no
The opposite is the truth. Building, selfishly and
enthusiastically, a new and better society, for the people, is
definitely more satisfactory (and “more fun”), than rotting in the
constant agony of fear: worrying about mortgages, student loans, and
medical emergencies. Competing with others, stepping on others, and even
ruining other human beings. Living empty, sad, selfish lives.
paradoxically, Western propaganda constantly accuses Communism of
violence. But Communism is the biggest adversary of the most violent
system on Earth, which is Western colonialism/ imperialism. Hundreds of
millions of human beings have already vanished as a result of it,
throughout the centuries. Hundreds of advanced cultures have been
ruined. Entire continents have been plundered.
Communism, before the USSR itself, there was no true and powerful
opposition to Western imperialism. Colonialism and imperialism were
taken for granted; they were “the world order”.
and China helped to de-colonize the world. Cuba and North Korea, two
Communist countries, fought bravely and successfully, and brought
independence to Africa (something that the West has never forgotten nor
But fighting for freedom and for the end of
colonialism, is not violence; it is defence, resistance and a struggle
As a rule, Communism does not attack. It defends
itself, and it defends countries that are being brutalised. In my
future work, I will address two “exceptions”; and explain two cases
which are constantly misinterpreted by right-wing propaganda: Hungary
But back to the so-called “Communist violence”.
My friend and comrade, the legendary Russian intellectual and professor, Aleksandr Buzgalin wrote in his recent work, “LENIN: THEORY AS PRACTICE, PRACTICE AS CREATIVITY” (to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of V.I. Ulyanov-Lenin):
There is a principle at work here: it
is not the socialist revolution that provokes mass violence, but the
bourgeois counter-revolution, that begins when capital realises that it
is losing its property and power. In response to the generally
peaceful and in many cases legitimate victory of the left, capital
unleashes savage, barbaric violence. The left is then faced with the
question of whether to answer this violence or not. If you go to war,
then from that point the laws of war apply, and hundreds of thousands
are sent to their deaths, planned in advance, so that millions might be
victorious. That is the logic of war.
The revolution was
carried through. It was victorious. In the broader perspective, the
victors were not so much the Bolsheviks as the Soviets, in which the
majority supported the Bolsheviks’ position. The revolution was
substantially peaceful, prevailing almost without bloodshed. The
fiercest fighting occurred in Moscow, where those killed on both sides
numbered a few thousand. Beyond that, the picture was of a “triumphal
procession of Soviet power” (this heading in Soviet textbooks was no
accident). In the winter of 1917-1918 the relationship of forces saw
half a million members of the workers’ militia, the Red Guard, pitted
against a few tens of thousand White Guard members in the south of
Russia. Everything was quiet until the counter-revolution received vast
sums of money from the Triple Alliance (primarily from Germany) as well
as from the Entente, and all these imperialist countries launched
aggression against the young Soviet power.
This is a
brilliant take by Aleksandr Buzgalin. I have addressed this topic on
many occasions, but never so coherently. And this applies to countless
examples, all over the world, where the West first provoked and brutally
antagonized socialist or communist countries, then accused them of
cruelty, and finally “liberated” them in the name of freedom and
democracy, literally raping the will of their people. All this just so
European and North American imperialism would survive and thrive.
recall just a few examples: the USSR, 1965 Indonesia, 1973 Chile, 2019
Bolivia. The biggest attempt to date: to divert, destabilize and
overthrow the enormously successful Chinese system. But there are, of
course, countless other examples, in all corners of the globe.
Ron Unz, the publisher of The Unz Review, wrote in his report “American Pravda: Our Coronavirus Catastrophe as Bio-warfare Blowback?”, recalling his thoughts, in 1999, when China protested about the NATO bombing of its Embassy in Belgrade:
when I considered that the Chinese government was still stubbornly
denying the reality of its massacre of the protesting students in
Tiananmen Square a decade earlier, I concluded that unreasonable
behavior by PRC officials was only to be expected….
at least were my thoughts on that matter more than two decades ago. But
in the years that followed, my understanding of the world and of many
pivotal events of modern history underwent the sweeping transformations
that I have described in my American Pravda series. And some of my 1990s assumptions were among them.
for example, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which every June 4th still
evokes an annual wave of harsh condemnations in the news and opinion
pages of our leading national newspapers. I had never originally doubted
those facts, but a year or two ago I happened to come across a short
article by journalist Jay Matthews entitled “The Myth of Tiananmen” that completely upended that apparent reality.
to Matthews the infamous massacre had likely never happened, but was
merely a media artifact produced by confused Western reporters and
dishonest propaganda, a mistaken belief that had quickly become embedded
in our standard media storyline, endlessly repeated by so many ignorant
journalists that they all eventually believed it to be true. Instead,
as near as could be determined, the protesting students had all left
Tiananmen Square peacefully, just as the Chinese government had always
maintained. Indeed, leading newspapers such as the New York Times and
the Washington Post had occasionally acknowledged these facts over the
years, but usually buried those scanty admissions so deep in their
stories that few ever noticed. Meanwhile, the bulk of the mainstream
media had fallen for an apparent hoax.
had been the Beijing Bureau Chief of the Washington Post, personally
covering the protests at the time, and his article appeared in
the Columbia Journalism Review, our most prestigious venue for media
On top of it, what Western mainstream media was
describing as a group of “freedom fighters” and “pro-democracy
movement”, had a substantial number of radicals in its ranks, even
outright racists, that were protesting against the presence of black
Africans on Chinese university campuses. They demanded a ban on their
relationships with the Chinese women. And they were fully supported and
at least partially funded by the West, simply because of their savage,
aggressive, fundamentalist anti-Communism.
The Chinese government
does not even want to touch this subject, anymore. They feel that, faced
with massive Western propaganda, they cannot get through with their
take on the story; in brief, that they have lost the narrative.
fast-forward to 2019 and 2020. Hong Kong. Again, what we are witnessing
there is outrageous and extremist anti-Communism. Fascist protesters
that are marching, destroying public property, and attacking the Police,
all under U.S, U.K and German banners, are hailed by the Western mass
media as “pro-democracy activists”. They are physically attacking the
supporters of Beijing. They are paid, they are glorified. I have talked
to them on many occasions. They are fully, thoroughly brainwashed. They
know nothing about facts. They deny the crimes committed by the British
and the U.S. colonialists. They admire everything Western, and they
despise their own country.
The West has been told to view them as “revolutionaries”. And it promotes them as revolutionaries, all over the world!
group unleashed against the Communist China, are the Uyghurs. Many of
these people have joined terrorist organizations in Idlib, Syria, in
Indonesia, and elsewhere. Or more precisely, they were injected there.
The reason? To harden them on the battlefields, so that they could one
day return to China, and try to break Communism, as well as the “Belt
and Road Initiative” (BRI), the most internationalist mammoth project on
Earth. I have covered their activities in Syria, Indonesia, Turkey and
elsewhere. I have written extensively about the atrocities they have
been committing. But the anti-Communist propaganda is often too massive
and too “professional”. It manufactures a “bullet-proof narrative”. It
portrays the Uyghurs as the victims!
Ask the common men
and women of the streets of London, Paris or New York, what they know
about Stalin’s era, or the famines in the early years of the USSR, or in
99.99% know nothing. Where these famines took
place, or why? But they are absolutely certain that they took place. No
doubts, whatsoever. No doubts that they happened “because of Communism”.
Westerners are intellectually obedient, like sheep. Most of them do not
question the propaganda unleashed by their regime. Are they really
The famine in the Soviet-Union actually took place because
the young revolutionary country was totally devastated by the Western
and Japanese invasions, which tried to break and plunder the country.
British, French, U.S., Czech, Polish, German, Japanese invasions, to
name just a few.
But ask, for instance, the Czechs, how much they
know about their Legions that controlled the Trans-Siberian railroad, on
their way from Europe to Vladivostok. Plundering, rape, and mass
killing. I tried. I asked, in Prague and Pilsen. They thought I was a
lunatic. The Legions are portrayed as heroic, in their history books. A
bullet-proof narrative. No doubts there.
And “Stalinism”? This
author is planning to write much more on this subject. But here, just in
brief: What kind of country did Stalin really inherited? It was a
country thoroughly plundered by foreign invaders, a country devastated
by civil war. A country where the anti-revolutionary forces have been,
until recently, financed by the U.K., France, U.S. and others. As a
result of this brutal civil war unleashed from abroad, criminal gangs
roamed all over the vast lands, and inside cities.
beginning, the Russian Communists wanted peace, the brotherhood of
nations, and peaceful development for its people. I wrote in 2017, in my
book “Great October Socialist Revolution. Impact on the World and Birth of Internationalism”:
revolutionaries wanted to end all wars immediately. Russian soldiers
left their trenches, and embraced their enemies. “We are all brothers!”
they shouted. “We were forced to fight each other by ruthless monarchs,
priests and businessmen. We should battle real enemies, not each other!
Proletariat of the world, Unite!” But the Western officers and
commanders were determined: they forced their men back to the trenches,
accusing them of treason, pushing them to the battlefields.
significantly, the countless foreign invasions were overwhelming of
both several major Russian cities and the countryside. As always
throughout the previous centuries, the Europeans never thought twice
before putting their military boots on Russian soil. In a way, Russia
was treated and perceived as a ‘barbaric’ nation that could be attacked,
colonized and plundered at will and without much justification, not
unlike all those countless unfortunate nations all over the world:
located in South America and Central Asia, in the Middle East, Africa,
Asia and Oceania. Many Russians looked like whites, like Europeans, but
to the Westerners, they were never “white enough”, never really part of
the culture of the conquerors and plunderers. Russia always had its own
soul, its way of thinking and feeling, its distinct manner of acting and
In my book, I revisited the subversion tactics of Western imperialism and militant anti-Communism:
essence and strategy of Western imperialist subversion is essentially
very simple: identify all strong and weak points of the country that you
are attempting to murder, and try to comprehend its ideology. Study and
learn all about its progressive leadership: its plans, and all that the
revolution is trying to do for the people: like giving them freedom,
equal rights, improved life expectancy, high standards of education,
medical care, housing, infrastructure, arts and overall a decent quality
of life. Then, attack where it hurts the most: use direct
interventions, sabotage, terrorist assaults, or sponsor extremist and
even religious fundamentalist groups, in order to spread fear and
insecurity to slow down the process of social change and economic
growth. Hit so hard that at some point, the democratic revolutionary
system will have to react, simply in order to protect its people, their
achievements, and even their bare lives. Wherever the West tries to
destroy a socialist country, be it Nicaragua or Afghanistan in the 80’s,
it first targets hospitals and schools, in order to demolish the great
social achievements of the government, and to spread hopelessness among
the population. Then it hits even harder, to trigger a strong government
reaction, and then immediately declare: “You see, this is the real face
of socialism or communism! You want a revolution? Fine: what you get in
the package will be this: oppression, political trials, gulags, a lack
of freedom, and even some brutal executions!” Use widely, weapons like
disinformation and negative propaganda, so the revolution in a
progressive but cruelly terrorized country would never have a chance to
really influence the rest of the world, and even at home it will begin
to suffer after being put under too much pressure…
…Such hideous tactics of the West, deeply injured the Soviet-Union before WWII, but it failed to destroy the country.”
Chinese famine took place partially because during the Japanese
occupation, the Imperial Army disrupted the food chain supplies, as well
as the system of farming, which had been formed and developed
throughout thousands of years. Japan was interested in only one thing:
how to feed its troops that were occupying a massive part of Asia.
both cases, Western propaganda made people believe that the real cause
for the loss of lives in Russia and China was Communism! The
brainwashing has been so successful, that even in Russia and China,
millions of people have been fully indoctrinated by these countlessly
repeated lies coming out of the West.
But ask in London, whether
people know anything about the fact that under the British occupation of
India, tens of millions of people died from starvation; victims of the famines triggered by London,
for many reasons, one of them being an attempt to lower the population.
Over 50 million Indian people, cumulatively, died in these famines,
between 1769 to 1943, in British administered India.
Should we, as
a result, ban the British political system? I am convinced that we
should! But that is usually not what the people of the world, including
the victims of the British colonialist barbarity, are demanding.
back to the British or French public. What do they know about their
past, and even about their neo-colonialist present? They only know what
they have been ordered to believe. In brief: they know nothing. Zero.
Only fairytales. But they are convinced that they are well informed. And
that they have the right to lecture the world.
absolutely nothing about the USSR, and about China. They have no clue
about why North Korea and Cuba are being continuously demonized (as
mentioned above, they both, hand in hand, liberated Africa from Western
I have lived and worked all over Africa, for years,
made films, and written countless essays. The Cuban and North Korean
involvement, enormously positive, internationalist and undoubtedly
Communist, from Namibia and Angola, from Egypt to Mauritius, has been
very well documented. But say it in a Parisian café or a London pub, and
jaws will drop. Blank stares, emptiness.
“Anti-Communist left” consisting of anarcho-syndicalists and Trotskyists
(really mostly British and U.S. brands of pseudo revolutionaries),
knows nothing, or wants to know nothing, about true revolutionary
On 23 April, 2020, Brasil de Fato quoted the Venezuelan Vice-Minister Carlos Ron:
is very interesting in North American culture, to believe in “manifest
destiny”, to think that they have a messianic mission. They believe that
their mission is to end communism in Latin America, so they will
overthrow Venezuela, Cuba and everything that is red, because all that
is red is communist.”
In Indonesia, an entire failed,
miserable and depressing religious state is based on anti-Communist
dogma. Nobody clearly understands there, why they are anti-communist,
but the more they are ignorant about the subject, the more aggressively
they act; banning all Communist concepts and lexicon, building
anti-Communist ‘museums’, and producing anti-Communist films. After
killing millions of Communists on behalf of the West, anti-Communism has
become the essence of their existence. In the past they even used to
ban the Chinese and Russian languages. All just to silence the past,
when President Sukarno and the PKI (Communist Party of Indonesia),
before the US-backed 1965 coup, were building a great, progressive,
socialist and non-aligned nation.
In fact, in much of Southeast
Asia, perhaps the most grotesquely turbo-capitalist part of the world,
Communism has been banned, or at least demonized. The result: confused,
consumerist, religious and dismal nations. Communist Vietnam is the
shining star, but it is never portrayed as such, definitely not abroad.
Let us celebrate the 150th birthday of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin!
Let us celebrate it by revisiting history, and the present.
most brutal political system is Western imperialism, colonialism. It
has already murdered hundreds of millions of people, all over the world.
This fact should be repeated again and again.
The goal of Western
propaganda has always been to equate Communism and Fascism, the two
most antagonistic systems in history, in the world. It was the Soviet
Communist system, which smashed Nazism to pieces, saving the world, at
an enormous cost of approximately 25 million human lives.
Only Western imperialism can be compared to German Nazism. The two are made of the same stuff.
To me, to many of us, Communism means the perpetual struggle against Western interventionism, colonialism.
In this terrible moment in human history, it is important to clearly understand this reality.
Communism were to be defeated, it would be the end of the struggle for
freedom. Only the powerful, centralized, ideologically-sound Communist
system can fight and liberate the human race from colonialist shackles,
from savage capitalism, and an nihilist empty existence.
tell you insane lies, that Communism is outdated and boring. Don’t
believe them: it is the most upbeat, still young, and optimistic
arrangement of the world. And unlike imperialism and capitalism,
Communism is constantly evolving. Not in Europe or North America, but in
the rest of the world.
Just look at the West and its colonies.
Look at the misery and deprivation brought on humanity by the Western
oppressive dictatorial regime.
Happy birthday, Comrade Lenin!
The struggle continues!
[First published by NEO – a journal of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences]
Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative
journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries.
Six of his latest books are “New Capital of Indonesia”, “China Belt and Road Initiative”, “China and Ecological Civilization” with John B. Cobb, Jr., “Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism”, a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”.
Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and Latin America, and continues
to work around the world. He can be reached through his website, his Twitter and his Patreon.