Red Anniversary

In 1974 Alexander Solzhenitsyn addressed the Western World with words of warning. Solzhenitsyn helped to bring down a Communist Empire revealed in its Gulag system as being anti-humanity. It is not clear which red brick Solzhenitsyn metaphorically removed from the Berlin Wall but his writing contributed in no small measure to the fall of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless despite the fall of communism and the Soviet Union Marxism is considered to be a growing cultural phenomenon in the UK and EU. Institutions have been infiltrated by people sympathetic to Marxist ideology and this is reflected in bizarre decisions without due legal process. The EU raid on bank accounts in Cyprus in March 2013 is surely a sign of things to come. With this in mind here are extracts from Solzhenitsyn’s speech made forty years ago.


“Before the Revolution the head of the Communist Party of Russia was Shliapnikov – not Lenin.


Since that time, the working class has never been able to stand up for its rights, and in distinction from all the western countries our working class only receives what they hand out to it. It only gets handouts.


It is a story of how workers went in a peaceful demonstration to the Party City Committee, carrying portraits of Lenin, to request a change in economic conditions. They fired at them with machine guns and dispersed the crowds with tanks. No family dared even to collect its wounded and dead, but all were taken away in secret by the authorities.


Precisely to those present here I don’t have to explain that in our country, since the Revolution, there’s never been such a thing as a free trade union.


The leaders of the British trade unions are free to play the unworthy game of visiting Russia’s so-called trade unions and receiving visits in return. But the AFL-CIO has never given in to these illusions.


Some say that in the Kremlin there are some on the left, some on the right. And they are fighting with each other, and we’ve got to behave in such a way as not to interfere with those on the left side. This is all fantasy. left… right. There is some sort of a struggle for power, but they all agree on the essentials.


It’s a system without an independent press; a system without an independent judiciary; where the people have no influence either on external or internal policy; where any thought which is different from what the state thinks is crushed.


And let me tell you that electronic bugging in our country is such a simple thing that it’s a matter of everyday life. You had an instance in the United States where a bugging caused an uproar which lasted for a year and a half. For us it’s an everyday matter. Almost every apartment, every institution has got its bug and it doesn’t surprise us in the least – we are used to it.


It’s a system where the very constitution has never been carried out for one single day; where all the decisions mature in secrecy, high up in a small irresponsible group and then are released on us and on you like a bolt of lightning.


Marxism has fallen so low that it has become an anecdote, it’s simply an object of contempt. No serious person in our country today, not even university and high school students, can talk about Marxism without smiling, without laughing.


I would like to call upon America to be more careful with its trust and prevent those wise persons who are attempting to establish even finer degrees of justice and even finer legal shades of equality – some because of their distorted outlook, others because of short-sightedness and still others out of self-interest – from falsely using the struggle for peace and for social justice to lead you down a false road.


Because they are trying to weaken you; they are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country in the face of this fearful threat – one which has never been seen before in the history of the world.”

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