- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2005

Forgotten romance

“These days, Stalin and Stalinism are in bad odor. We forget the romance that Western intellectuals indulged for this mass murderer. We also tend to overlook the fact that thuggishness is an integral, not an accidental, feature of Marxism. Marx spoke of the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat.’ What did he mean by ‘dictatorship’? Lenin explained. ‘Dictatorship,’ he wrote in 1906, ‘means unlimited power based on force, and not on law.’ In case that was not sufficiently compelling, Lenin added the word ‘scientific’: ‘The scientific term “dictatorship” means nothing more nor less than authority untrammelled by any laws, absolutely unrestricted by any rules whatever, and based directly on violence.’ … Hence the importance of terror, an essential ingredient in the revolutionary’s utopian program. … ‘The courts,’ Lenin wrote in 1922, ‘must not ban terror … but must formulate the motives underlying it, legalize it as a principle, plainly, without any make-believe.’ …

“Stalin once remarked that the death of an individual is a tragedy, but the death of a million is a statistic. What he neglected to add is that, for the Communist, there is no such thing as the individual.”

Roger Kimball, writing on “The Anatomy of Totalitarianism,” in the June issue of the New Criterion

‘Curing’ boys

“Modern American teachers are often taught in education school that fairly normal signs of ‘male’ behavior, like overflowing energy or aggressiveness, must be severely tamped down. …

“It is very natural for boys to play with guns and chase each other. … Restlessness, high energy, love of games that involve pursuit and moving objects, competitiveness and other traits associated with maleness for eons cannot be squeezed out of boys without quashing their human natures. …

“Many teachers, especially young ones, and particularly those who don’t have sons, have a hard time distinguishing between natural male development and truly inappropriate conduct. In addition, there are radicals in some schoolhouses who start with the false notion that boys and girls have no natural differences, that boys can be cured of being too masculine, and made to act like girls.”

Matthew Clavel, writing on “Save the Males,’ in the July/August issue of the American Enterprise

‘La Raza’

“Remember the Shining Path rebels in Peru? They were always labeled ‘Maoist’ in the American press. …

“In reality, they were highland Indians rebelling against their economic domination by whites. But they featured a white Marxist intellectual as their leader, who put an ideological gloss on their struggle. …

“The American media doesn’t understand Latin America’s racial divisions — or any racial divisions for that matter — so it has had a hard time understanding what has been going on in Latin America. …

“Since 1928, the Mexican government has officially celebrated every October 12 as the ‘Day of the Race.’ According to the national ideology, all Mexicans belong to ‘La Raza,’ that perfect combination of white and Indian traits that produces a superior ‘cosmic race.’ …

“These fine words haven’t made life terribly cosmic for Mexico’s poor. But they may have helped Mexico avoid the brutal race war that wracked neighboring Guatemala in recent decades.”

Steve Sailer, writing on “The Wind from the South,” Sunday at www.vdare.com


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