Originally posted by freedomwv
Very well put together post! I liked reading it a lot.
I disagree that USSR was a result of the left-wing. Once again the Bolsheviks were never left-wing, they lied about their real agenda in order to
gain support. That is what politics is about in every country, they will tell you what you want to hear in order to gain or maintain their positions
of power, or simply to maintain their political careers.
You have to understand the history of Europe post WWII to understand why the Nazi's, and the Bolsheviks, used left-wing terms. The working class WAS
the left-wing, the establishment was the right-wing. Due to the advent of mass media post WWII those distinctions have been blurred and don't have
the same meanings as they did.
The problems of understanding is trying to argue events post-WWII using modern misunderstandings of terms. Understand how those terms were used
pre-WWII, and the events of those times take on a whole different perspective.
Post WWII the working class was organised in solidarity, and very much apposed to capitalism. This was evidenced especially by the Spanish
revolution/civil war, where people from all over the world were going to Spain to help the anarchists and socialists fight the fascists, including
George Orwell who wrote about it, "Homage to Catalina". Modern history doesn't even teach about the revolution, just the civil war.
The Spanish Revolution (1936)
Even nurses and doctors from the USA were going there to help the revolution. The establishment saw this as a threat, and we got WWII. WWII
decimated the working class, and post WWII worker solidarity was lost. The state propaganda machine went into overdrive, and the desire for class
climbing was instilled in the population. Worker solidarity was gone, and replaced with keeping up with the Joneses, and consumerism. The threat to
capitalism almost eradicated.
So some nations fooled their populations into supporting them by claiming to be for the workers. When in reality they simply wanted state power for
their own agenda, proven by history. Socialism didn't become a state system just because a state system decided to call themselves
It's no different to western governments, who have fooled their populations into supporting capitalism, against their own best interests. Not by
calling themselves communist, but by demonizing worker ownership by claiming that was what the USSR actually was. It's almost as if both the west and
east were in collusion over this, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were.
edit on 3/20/2013 by ANOK because: (no reason given)