Anton Goryunov writes from London: A beautiful woman asked me recently to explain to her what political correctness stands for these days and where it originated. And when I told her that it was actually invented by the Russian Bolsheviks and their syphilitic leader, Vladimir Lenin, after they had seized power in a coup in October 1917, the woman was mightily surprised. ‘I thought,’ she said ‘it came from the so-called swinging 60s when liberals imposed their views on others.’ I told her that it was not the case at all.
PC goes back to the 1920s, in fact to 1918, when Lenin and his Bolsheviks invented their own morality and sets of values, courting all sorts of minorities and vested interest groups basically to turn them against the majority of Russians who despised the commies. (It later transpired that Lenin and some of the leaders of the glorious ‘Socialist Revolution’ were actually working for German intelligence who wanted Imperial Russia destabilised and taken out of World War I.) It was then that people were arrested and even executed for voicing their opposition to the new regime’s take on morality and other values. Religion became a no-no, with blasphemy becoming very politically correct. (Very modern, that last one, in today’s liberal democracies.)
Lenin and his thugs turned the ‘big socialist idea’ into a PC dogma, treating anyone who objected to it as an ‘enemy of the state’. If you didn’t like the revolution – or what it stood for – you were a bigot, a reactionary and even a counter-revolutionary and were treated accordingly. PC zealots informed the newly created All-Russia Emergency Committee, the future KGB, about cases of people saying politically incorrect things and these people were arrested and either sent to concentration camps – another invention of Lenin that the Nazis copied later – or were shot.
The Bolsheviks considered marriage to be an invention of the bourgeoisie and for a while followed the idiotic suggestion put forward by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that women should no longer be ‘enslaved’ by their husbands and sleep with anyone they liked. Promiscuity was encouraged and all sorts of extreme liberties were welcome. In case you wondering where things like streaking came from it was Soviet Russia. Classical art and music and literature were considered outdated and all sorts of primitive modernist trends mushroomed all over the place. ‘We’ll build a brand new world,’ one revolutionary song went, ‘and all those who were nothing would become everything,’ (Which is exactly what had happened with mediocrities and nonentities shielding themselves with political correctness and getting to the top.)
Feminists, who sprang to life under the Soviet rule, demanded that women should be exactly the same as males, even in their appearance, and the Bolsheviks welcomed that. (Look at any photographs of that time and you’ll see butch chicks dressed in manly clothes building a new free society.) Equal rights for women were a huge thing in the 1920s communist Russia. Women were encouraged to take on jobs in areas that were always considered the prerogative of men.
In the 1920s Soviet Russia, yesterday’s criminals were transformed by political correctness to ‘victims of social injustice’, who were supposedly mistreated under the Tsar and deserved all the support they could get. They were released from prison and allowed to terrorise the law-abiding majority, as it was seen as politically incorrect to stop them from enjoying themselves, being victims and all that. Swearing and prison talk were deemed by the Bolsheviks as something quite acceptable in everyday life.
It was politically correct to review and rewrite history, and even reject proper science as false and confusing for the working masses. Charles Darwin was elevated by the Bolsheviks to the status of one of the greatest scientists ever and anyone who doubted that was risking losing his job and even his freedom. It was considered quite acceptable to attack classics and promote multiculturalism which was supposed to reflect the diversity of Russia that had about 150 different nationalities living within its boundaries.
But guess what happened in the 1960s? The political correctness of the Bolsheviks resurfaced in the West. The Western liberals, who, by the way, were never very keen to criticise the ruthless communist regime in Russia, suddenly realised that PC was a great way to impose its will on the majority and terrorise it into submission. Out came the old rusty instruments of Lenin and Stalin: mainstream religions were ridiculed, classical art, literature and music were mocked and stupid modern ‘alternatives’ were promoted. Promiscuity replaced marriage as the preferred way of life. And eventually multiculturalism, that cultural genocide, raised its many ugly heads, like some giant Hydra.
The Western liberals of the 1960s, of course, had a big advantage over the Russian Bolsheviks. Not only did they take over the education system, arts and culture generally but they had modern means if communication at their disposal, including television, to spread the PC virus. And that was how PC became a way of life, a new religion, a means of censorship and suppressing opinions that were contrary to the liberal idea.
And it gets worse every day.
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