American Leningrad – UPDATED

You’ll want to read neo-neocon today.

She’s got quotes by Lenin and thoughts on Dostoevsky and yes, it’s all relevant, relevant, relevant.

The quotes from Lenin are chilling and you will be able to relate all of them to what is happening in America, today, even though President Obama insists it’s not, and that he’s no socialist, nope, not him! Bush was the socialist, yep, yep, yep.

Bush made his mistakes, and the damn bailout in October was a biggie, but he was no deliberate socialist.

A sampling of Neo:

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.

The goal of socialism is communism.

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience.

No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.

I’ve quoted the following excerpt before on this blog. I’m quoting it again now. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I have reason to quote it in the future.

In this excerpt Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor is addressing Christ, who has returned to earth but is arrested and imprisoned again:

Oh, never, never can [people] feed themselves without us [the Inquisitors and controllers]! No science will give them bread so long as they remain free. In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet, and say to us, “Make us your slaves, but feed us.” They will understand themselves, at last, that freedom and bread enough for all are inconceivable together, for never, never will they be able to share between them! They will be convinced, too, that they can never be free, for they are weak, vicious, worthless, and rebellious. Thou didst promise them the bread of Heaven, but, I repeat again, can it compare with earthly bread in the eyes of the weak, ever sinful and ignoble race of man?

Read what’s in between.

Btw, socialism does not work, except in monasteries and the reason it works in monasteries is because it is voluntary. When you voted for Obama – if you did – did you think you were voting for socialism? When Obama talked to you about “remaking America” was socialism and “not wasting a good crisis” what you had in mind? Do you really think the US Constitution is fundamentally flawed, and not a bit of genius?

UPDATE: I wrote earlier today:

No wonder [Church] scares off so many. In our age, the self is everything to be celebrated and never to be diminished. Church subsumes; you become not the lone worker bee, but the very buzz of the hive. And what sweetness is found, therein.

But the thing is…being subsumed by something greater than oneself is only glorious when one is at liberty to assent to it, when one volunteers to be absorbed into the collective. That is, in fact, the ultimate expression of liberty. Being compelled into the collective – or herded there – against ones will, against one’s liberty, against one’s declared choice – even against one’s constitution, has nothing to do with glory and everything to do with tyranny. One is an ultimate human freedom and a good. The other is the antithesis of human freedom. And that is evil.

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  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Just exactly how does “preserve, protect, and defend” mean to destroy, harm, and attack?

    Meanwhile, Obama’s actions have indeed been foreseeable. The playbook was written long ago –

    Obama constantly engages in class warfare:
    “The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.”

    Obama attacks and demonizes the “wealthy” and “investors,” blaming them for causing the economic crisis:
    “Modern bourgeois society with its relations of production, of exchange and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.”

    Obama’s call for “change”:
    “Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a really revolutionary class. . . . Law, morality, religion,
    are to [the proletarian] so many bourgeois prejudices, behind which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois interests. . . . Hitherto, every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. . . . the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. . . . Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie, in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.”

    Obama the “community organizer”:
    “In what relation do the Communists stand to the proletarians as a whole? The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working-class parties. They have no interests separate and apart from those of the
    proletariat as a whole. . . . The immediate aim of the Communist is the same as that of all the other proletarian parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat.”

    Obama’s master plan of centralizing power:
    “The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organised as the ruling class; and to increase the total of productive forces as rapidly as possible.
    “Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionising the mode of production.
    “These measures will of course be different in different
    “Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable. . . .
    2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
    3. Abolition of all right of inheritance. . . .
    5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
    6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
    7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State”

    Looking at Obama’s history and past associations, his public comments, and his current actions, it is pretty apparent that his guiding ideology is fairly in line with the above excerpts from the Communist Manifesto, and that, in implementing such ideology, he is part of the vanguard of the proletariat, the intelligensia and professional activists whose vocation is to overthrow the existing order and impose a new ruling regime. If not a socialist, then quite possibly a Bolshevik and communist.

    Of course, it is possible that President Teleprompter is not, himself, such a revolutionary ideologue, but it is clear that the people around him and behind him are.

  • Maura

    Anchoress, THANK YOU for writing this so clearly & succinctly! In my opinion, you are 100% accurate in your assessments here (I’ll go read Neo-Neo later…).

    Why, oh Why are so many people choosing to remain oblivious at this crucial point in history? It boggles the mind.

    I’m usually the “glass half full” person, with unlimited cheer and optimism, but with each passing day we now see this great republic systematically being stripped of her freedom and liberty, her very soul. Logically speaking it appears that nothing will or can stop this process.

    I’m little, a nobody in fact, but I do have faith and with all my heart and strength am asking for Mercy. Truly, may God have mercy on this nation.

  • culperjr.

    I only know one person who will admit to being a socialist–my wife’s cousin. He is an extremely intelligent, almost saintly man. And, like many saints, he is also completely impractical.

    I tried to explain to him my objection to socialism. “If everyone were like you, socialism would work”, I told him, “but if everyone were like you, socialism would also be superfluous.”

    I suppose that I might feel better if I thought more socialists had his purity of intent.

    But I don’t.

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  • Terrye


    I don’t think Bush made a mistake in October. There is no way that I believe that governments all over the world were experiencing a freeze in financial markets at the same time unless there was something serious going on. It was not something that could just be ignored. From what I have read about this the global financial system was within hours or days of collapse. If such a collapse had indeed come about, a lack of action would have been seen as criminally negligent. Like it or not, that is how people would have reacted.

    In fact I have wondered if there was some kind of terrorism involved it was all so sudden.

    In the past when the government bailed out the S&L industry they made sure the taxpayers were protected. In fact the Treasury made a profit on that intervention. So sometimes in case of emergency some targeted intervention is justified.

    However, that does not mean that I think the US government should just go on and on spending trillions and bailing out all sorts of industries. I think Obama is taking advantage of the situation to create more panic and gain more power over the economy.

    I do not trust him and I have never have.

  • AmericanEskie

    Here is a troubling article that was linked over at National Review’s The Corner.

  • rcareaga

    As I’ve advised Neo, most of her Lenin “quotes” are bogus (Google is your friend here as in all things, but see They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions for one-stop shopping). If it’s any comfort, the willingness of the right to counterfeit quotations from history’s villains to discredit the oppo appears matched by the fervor of the left to enlist folks like Lincoln (“corporations enthroned”) and Caesar (“drums of war”) to make their points. I am pedantically disposed to call a plague on both houses.

  • saveliberty

    In the nineteen-thirties, a German bishop responded to Nazi claims that Catholicism was “just like” communism. The bishop said, “in communism, what’s yours is mine. In Catholicism, what’s mine is yours.”

  • ejhill1925

    Here’s some quotes you CAN verify:

    “When the socialist says ‘Fair Shares for All,’ what he really means is EQUAL shares for all. Equal shares for those who toil and those that shirk. Equal shares for those that save and those that squander. No reward offered for the skilled. No incentive for the industrious or experienced. No reward for ingenuity, thrift or good housekeeping. What the socialist means is EQUAL shares for all.” – Winston S. Churchill

    Michael Bloomberg complained the other day that only 40,000 New Yorkers are responsible for over 50% of New York City’s income. Forty thousand in a city of eight million souls! With the city council, the state and the Feds all talking about raising taxes, those 40,000 may choose to live somewhere else and the city will collapse. Then what? You can only punish the achievers for so long. And as Churchill’s political heir, Mrs. Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

  • rcareaga

    ejhill1925: It is well that Churchill did not live to see the system of wealth distribution favored by our XXI century Wall Street executives.

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  • saveliberty


    The more I think about it, the more I think that the President does not want the economy to be in the tank. I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. There’s a difference between an American Marxist and old school.

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  • Misogynist

    That part about crushing the bourgeoisie between taxation and inflation isn’t really chilling in that “look at what Obama is doing” sense when you consider that we are currently in a deflationary recession, not an inflationary one.