Investor’s Business Daily has another op-ed/history lesson about the Soviet Union. This one focuses on Lenin’s propaganda. Just turn on your TV and ask yourself if anything you’re hearing sounds familiar. Like Lenin’s “new economic plan” because the old economic plans never worked. You know, like the way Obama’s stimulus didn’t work, so every time he pivots back to jobs he blabbers about building the foundation for a better economy. How long has he been saying that?
Where don’t we hear propaganda anymore? From the White House, to the news and entertainment media, to our schools – it’s everywhere, and has been for quite some time. It’s just gotten worse in the age of Obama. The progressives have learned Soviet-style propaganda well (just look what’s hanging on the wall of my 4th grader’s classroom) but the American people are still clueless.
Anyway, here are a few snippets, but be sure to read it all.
Presenting his New Economic Policy (NEP) at the 10th Communist Party congress in 1921 in the aftermath of Russia’s civil war, Lenin drew much praise in the West for his supposed pragmatism and flexibility after the famine that he created had killed 6 million people.
But the retreat was nothing more than a tactic to ensure the Soviet regime’s continued grip on power. Ever so lightly, the NEP lifted the boot of socialism from the necks of Russia’s peasants by replacing the looting, expropriations, summary executions and abolition of private property of Lenin’s “war communism” with a massive tax on “the rich” — meaning any peasant who could grow more than he could eat. …
Whatever policy was in effect, what Lenin really wanted was a new Soviet Man, completely transformed, free of all Russia’s supposed backwardness and shaped and directed by the state’s leaders at the top.
With force diminished as a tool, only propaganda could get such a job done — through educational instruction “in the faith” that resembled the original 17th century meaning. But the religion now was communist. …
Lenin believed the peasants were “backward” because they relied on their Russian Orthodox faith and were capable of believing “fairy tales.” After destroying the churches, he used new kinds of technology to change their thinking.
To adequately “educate” Russia’s sprawling population, Lenin’s Bolsheviks made the first widespread use of radio and motion pictures for the purpose of propagandizing. Peasants, who had never seen films, were enthralled. …
Like I said, read the whole thing. Also, be sure to share it with your low information voting friends. Who knows, maybe they’ll notice a few similarities. It’s a shame that the bloody history of the Soviet Union isn’t taught in American schools. I guess that would be counter-productive to the grand agenda.