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Applebaum, the media-anointed expert on Holodomor, says Trump is “neo-Bolshevik”

Applebaum, the media-anointed expert on Holodomor, says Trump is “neo-Bolshevik”

Donald Trump, Viktor Orban, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen and Jaroslaw Kaczynski: although they are often described as “far-right” or “alt-right,” these neo-Bolsheviks have little to do with the right that has been part of Western politics since World War II, and they have no connection to existing conservative parties. In continental Europe, they scorn Christian Democracy, which had its political base in the church and sought to bring morality back to politics after the nightmare of the Second World War. Nor do they have anything to do with Anglo-Saxon conservatism, which promoted free markets, free speech and a Burkean small-c conservatism: skepticism of “progress,” suspicion of radicalism in all its forms, and a belief in the importance of conserving institutions and values. Whether German or Dutch Christian Democrats, British Tories, American Republicans, East European ex-dissidents or French Gaullists, post-war Western conservatives have all been dedicated to representative democracy, religious tolerance, economic integration and the Western alliance.

By contrast, the neo-Bolsheviks of the new right or alt-right do not want to conserve or to preserve what exists. They are not Burkeans but radicals who want to overthrow existing institutions. Instead of the false and misleading vision of the future offered by Lenin and Trotsky, they offer a false and misleading vision of the past. They conjure up worlds made up of ethnically or racially pure nations, old-fashioned factories, traditional male-female hierarchies and impenetrable borders. Their enemies are homosexuals, racial and religious minorities, advocates of human rights, the media, and the courts. They are often not real Christians but rather cynics who use “Christianity” as a tribal identifier, a way of distinguishing themselves from their enemies: they are “Christians” fighting against “Muslims” — or against “liberals” if there are no “Muslims” available.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/bolshevism-then-and-now/2017/11/06/830aecaa-bf41-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html

Poroshenko’s frightening centralization of power – President again gets to appoint governors

Massive blow to self-governing in Ukraine:
the parliament cancels transparent competition for heads of regional state administrations (incl governors) & hands the appointment back to the President.
A step away from much-needed decentralization, back to political corruption

https://twitter.com/verkhovna_rada/status/928581083028967424

Head of Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance – Volodymyr Viatrovych has been announced persona non grata in Poland

(News and analysis from, Andrii)

Polish media reported yesterday.

Officials keep silence but Polish minister of foreign affairs Blaschykowski made a skandal this week while visiting Lviv. He refused to enter museum Victims of Occupational Regimes: «Tyiurma na Lontskoho» (Prison at Lontskoho Street). There is a sign (plaque) on front wall where regime of 1918 – 1939 Polish state is among other occupational regimes.

Viatrovych supports that point of view and he also had suspended creation of new Polish memorials in Ukraine which are not agreed with Natioanl Unstitute of Remembrance

So, some Polish official call it “anti-Polish views”. Polish president Duda has asked Poroshenko not to appoint any officials who have anti-Polish views.

Viatrovych supports UPA, he also doesn’t agree with Polish narrative about Volyn massacres.

So, minister Blaschykowski says that Poland will make a list of Ukrainian persons non grata. Everyone who has views similar to Viatrovych’es can be there.

Analysis:

I think that all this is inspired by Polish internal politics. Blaschykowski and president Duda belong to Prawo i Spravedliwosc party (conservatives, nationalists). They try to keep high ratings and electorial support by manipulation with historical traumas.
Some Polish media even make headlines “Cold war with Ukraine”.

Our relationships with Hungary are getting worse too and reasons are the same there.
And Russia plays on that field too.

I would also say that Poland feels strong right now. And they try to transform into regional leader who tells neighbors what is right and what is wrong.

Ukrainian language analysis here: http://www.bbc.com/ukrainian/features-41934591

“National Day for the Victims of Communism” – No president since Reagan has made such a strong statement!

All the Trump hating cucks in the Ukrainian diaspora should read this White House statement!

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/11/07/national-day-victims-communism

Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.

Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.

Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.

(Off topic but important) Is Camille Paglia another betrayed revolutionary?

I watched this a second time.

Paglia, for all her insight, seems like discarded revolutionary, bitter that the promises of the revolution never materialized, yet too idealistic to see the promises as momentary Machiavellian manipulations toward a larger goal.

More specifically, she was promised that universalism, individualism and free speech were guiding lights for humanity.

She does *not* believe, as a growing number of us do, that these once-leftists virtues were Machiavellian steps toward the destruction of Western civilization. They were merely prying open the door to infiltrate and poison the institutions of the west.

I’m old enough to remember when burning the flag and desecrating the symbols of Christendom were hailed as heroic expressions of free speech. In school, debates were organized with exactly this framing.

But as soon as the leftists seized control, free speech, free expression, individualism, went out the window, in the name of class struggle, tolerance (for “oppressed groups only”), anti-hate speech.

Viewed in a time frame that spans more than a generation, this isn’t a case of lost direction, but exactly the deliberate dismantling of the West about which those despicable, ungrateful Cultural Marxists wrote.

Genocide quotes – Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky

“There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terrorism.”
– Karl Marx, “The Victory of the Counter-Revolution in Vienna”, Neue Rheinische Zeitung, Nov. 7, 1848.

“Among all the nations and sub-nations of Austria, only three standard-bearers of progress took an active part in history, and are still capable of life — the Germans, the Poles and the Magyars. Hence they are now revolutionary. All the other large and small nationalities and peoples are destined to perish before long in the revolutionary war-storm. … [A general war will] wipe out all these racial trash down to their very names. The next world war will result in the disappearance from the face of the earth not only of reactionary classes and dynasties, but also of entire reactionary peoples. And that, too, is a step forward.”
– Friedrich Engels, “The Magyar Struggle,” Neue Rheinische Zeitung, January 13, 1849.

“We would be deceiving both ourselves and the people if we concealed from the masses the necessity of a desperate, bloody war of extermination, as the immediate task of the coming revolutionary action.”
– V.I. Lenin, “Lessons of the Moscow Uprising”, Proletary, No.2, 29 August 1906.

“For us, we were never concerned with the Kantian-priestly and vegetarian-Quaker prattle about the ‘sacredness of human life’.
– Leon Trotsky, Terror and Communism 1920 (Toned-down for the Western audiences as Dictatorship Versus Democracy, Workers Party of America, 1922, p.63.)

Ukraine Proposes Law to Completely Legalize Cryptocurrency Transactions

Lots of headlines about Bitcoin. Lots of things *about* to happen. This is one of the more positive thing, but let’s wait and see whether it becomes a reality.

The first draft of a bill to legalize all cryptocurrency transactions in Ukraine has been submitted to its Parliament. Initiated by a group of deputies, the bill proposes to define cryptocurrencies including bitcoin as legal properties which can be exchanged for goods and services.

https://news.bitcoin.com/ukraine-law-legalize-cryptocurrency-transactions/

When I get dragged into the alternate universe of Irreparable Leftism, I think about these:

Lenin – “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

former KGB Spy Yuri Bezmenov – “Ideological subversion … or psychological warfare … change[s] the perception of reality … to such an extent that despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country.”

Chabad Feuds With Jewish Leaders Over Cozy Ties To Eastern European Autocrats

n the former Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, established mainstream Jewish groups are increasingly worried that Chabad, the international Hasidic movement, is allying itself with authoritarian governments.

In countries from Hungary to Russia, they say, Chabad is at times playing down anti-Semitism in a bid to compete with local Jewish groups and win access to financial resources and political influence.

Chabad, in turn, says that mainstream groups are too embroiled in secular and political issues, including polarizing disputes about democracy and civil liberties, at the expense of guarding core communal Jewish interests of physical security and Jewish religious freedom. In some cases, Chabad officials say, these establishment groups are also corrupt.

The increasing tensions between Chabad and more established Jewish groups are playing out in different ways in different countries. Each case is unique:

*In Russia, Vladimir Putin has for years favored Chabad Rabbi Berel Lazar over the long-established chief rabbi of Russia, Adolf Shayevich. Shayevich aligned with a Jewish umbrella group that sought to keep its distance from the government in the post-Communist era. Lazar has been more supportive.

*In Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling hard-right Law and Justice party, met in August with two Chabad representatives and the leader of a third Jewish group in a get-together that state media portrayed as a discussion with the community. Leaders of major groups who wrote Kaczyński about their fears of rising anti-Semitism in Poland were not invited.

*In Hungary, prominent Jews and non-Jews have criticized President Viktor Orbán for using anti-Semitic tropes in his extended national campaign against the American financier George Soros. A senior Hungarian Chabad rabbi, however, has defended Orbán.

Chabad, for its part, strongly defends its conception of and approach to Jewish interests. “When you start, as a representative of the community, mixing Jewish issues with political issues, even if they’re social, and saying you represent the whole Jewish community, it doesn’t work very well and is frankly dangerous,” one Chabad official in the United States said. “You’re mixing politics with what’s in the interest of the Jewish community.” Speaking on condition of anonymity in order to speak candidly, he explained: “Anti-Semitism is an issue for the Jewish community. Other rights are issues all [citizens] must grapple with, not the Jewish community uniquely.”

Founded in 1775 in what is today Belarus, Chabad-Lubavitch saw its ranks decimated after the Holocaust. But over the past decades, the movement, with its headquarters relocated to Brooklyn after World War II, has become a global force. Thousands of its emissaries, known as schlichim, are reaching out to Jews of all persuasions, on American college campuses and in outposts around the world.

“Chabad plays an outsized role” in post-Communist Eastern Europe, said David Shneer, professor of history, religious studies and Jewish studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. And Chabad, he said, “works with governments that allow Judaism to be practiced no matter their political orientation.”

Read more: http://forward.com/news/world/384236/chabad-feuds-with-jewish-leaders-over-cozy-ties-to-eastern-european-autocra/