Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is portrayed as a Nice Man, and a significant feature of his leadership campaign was ‘Nicer Politics’. And yet in many appearances throughout his career in politics, and in his interviews since becoming leader, he has appeared touchy, and sometimes downright angry. Is this the mere frustration of being on the receiving end of the press, which many other politicians appear to survive with politeness and patience, or is there a deeper truth to Labour, Socialism and its end game of Communism. And why am I starting Jeremy Corbyn and not the subject of this piece, John McDonnell?
Because Jeremy Corbyn and been presented as the nice face of Labour Communism, the nice old man of Socialism. The dear old uncle that seduces the masses and the gullible young. The good cop to McDonnell’s bad cop … though you might have been deceived by John McDonnell’s transformation as Shadow Chancellor and bearer of free stuff during the 2019 election campaign. Corbyn is a front. He is a front to Labour’s Communists. Corbyn the old man Socialist is a stepping stone to the younger Communist McDonnell, who is the real future of Labour.
This makes Corbyn sound like a bit of a martyr, and maybe he is. Ideologues play the long game. It’s the long game they’ve played throughout the Cold War, when Harold Wilson’s revival of the “Reds Under The Bed” fears were dismissed as fear mongering … yet, here we are, with Communist John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor, ready to take over from Corbyn as Prime Minister, should Labour get into number 10. The reds are thoroughly tucked up in the bed and have not only pulled the blankets off the social democrat moderate Labour MPs, but booted many of them out into the cold.
Of course we can’t read Corbyn’s mind. Is he part of the set-up of Labour’s Communism, ready to step aside for the younger men, or will he become another Trotsky, written out of history be the hard liners like McDonnell and others that will take the party forward?
This sounds so conspiratorial. And yet, the guide book for latest manifestation of Labour has been around for over a century: The Communist Manifesto.
This piece is no mere comedy meme, not cartoon of Corbyn. It takes Communism very seriously, because in many ways Marx was right. In some respects his historical analysis, even his predictions for the future, were accurate enough, as one possible model of changing society. What is horrifying about Marxism is its implementation, it’s prescriptions for the future, that others like Lenin and Moa have implemented faithfully and brutally enough.
Communism’s Inherent Brutality
Communism would be better called Conflictism. Even in the language of Marx the brutality is evident.
When you take a closer look at Communism you will find you fall into one of two camps, depending entirely on how thoroughly you are seduced, or not, by both it’s accuracy as a description of society, and its cold hearted moralising, that can be be used to justify the many horrors we have seen in the USSR and Communist China. There are parallels with other brutal ideologies of the modern world, such as Fascism and Islamism, and all three, Communism, Fascism, Islamism differ in brutality only to the extent to which they have the power to enjoy it. None of these ideologies suggest there can be too many eggs broken in the making of their omelettes.
If you are seduced by Communism, then, like many Muslims and Fascists do for their ideologies, you will make excuses for its failures and for your ideology’s horrors. You might admit the terrors, but blame them on other reactionary forces; or you might deny the horrors and re-write history, ready to create yet another Year Zero*. Whichever way you look at it, if you are committed to it, you will not only believe the credible analysis of history, but you will submit yourself to the fantasy outcome that Communism itself accepts will never materialise, because the end game, for Communism, is an asymptotic road to diminishing returns achieved by exponentially increasing brutality. Only the dreamers think the Utopia of perfect Communism is realisable.
*Year Zero – The tendency of revolutionaries to re-invent history and define their own ideological coming to power with a new calendar. The the Khmer Rouge chose Year Zero. The French Revolution had a Year 1. Islam has its own calendar. Christianity too (B.C./A.D. became BCE and CE).
Perhaps you will study the theory and the practical attempts and come to admit the horrors and so reject Communism, but tell yourself stories about the half-way house of Socialism. A common retort I often hear to my claim that Labour is not run by Communists: “I’m not a Communist, I’m a Socialist. You don’t know the difference. Read a book!” Well, they clearly haven’t read the books of Marx. Because Socialism is one of the phases that society goes through on the way to Communism. Perhaps the hapless Socialists thinks Socialism is a suitable end game, as Social Democracy. Unfortunately their fellow party members that are Communists know it’s not, and have no intention of leaving it there. It is a matter of history now how Hitler seduced, then subdued, then crushed the people of Germany that opposed him. Communism hasn’t been so lucky in the West because the West has seen the implementations of Socialism and Communism’s early stages in the USSR and China. But, that hasn’t stopped Britain’s Communists trying to win power by controlling Labour. In what amounts to a two party system under first past the post the only way to achieve a one party system is to control one of those parties.
It is true that the Social Democratic form of Socialism is a tamer version of Stalinist Socialism, but the dividing line isn’t clear when members of one party, such as the UK Labour party, are drawn from the various factions of Socialism and Communism. In the USA McCarthyism, with its own undemocratic purges, made sure Communism didn’t get off the ground, and much of Western Europe had the Spectre of Communists to the East to scare them. In the UK this didn’t stop the Communists using democratic liberal freedoms to keep plugging away. The “Reds Under the Bed” term was revived during Harold Wilson’s premiership, and has dogged Labour since. The term is often ridiculed as exaggerated fear mongering. But, here we are.
Maybe the demise of the USSR, the slight opening up of China and its toying with capitalism has left the current younger generations with little understanding of the history and reality of Communism, being told the ‘progressive’ version in an education system dominated by left leaning illiberal progressives. We can certainly see the use of propaganda in education, especially in the USA, where old Commie professors have managed to twist the brains of gullible students more than they ever must have hoped for. For evidence of this sorry state of US education, see the case of Bret Weinstein at Evergreen, and in particular his explanation of the problem here: Bret Weinstein.
Marx’s theory explains well enough the history that resulted in the Capitalism of his time. It’s a very binary perspective that is based on “us and them”. Where does Jeremy Corbyn’s nicer politics of ‘unity’ fit in? It’s a front. See later for Moa’s ideas on unity: “One divides into two“.
Marx, in his Communist Manifesto, lists the various stages of history, through feudalism, serfs and lords, merchants, capitalists and workers.
And it’s all phrased in terms of a class struggle where only a violent revolutionary overthrow will change the system. Note that this isn’t a one-off revolution as Marx sees it, but a repeatable historical inevitability, and a future necessity, a never ending chain of violent struggles of the oppressed to overthrow their oppressors. This is not merely an observation of how things have been, but a prediction of how they will be, and a prescription of how they must be played out. This is such an absolutist part of the doctrine, requiring as much of a commitment as any religious one, that it not only predicts the future, but makes it. It asserts that this is the way it will have to be, and it demands that Communists make it so, by finding the appropriate enemy of the day, the current oppressor, and beating the crap out of them on the streets until the next phase of Communist programme is complete … and then, on to the next phase.
What Marx implies where he does not say explicitly, though it’s clear enough, is that today’s revolutionaries are tomorrows oppressors. The phrase ‘eating their own’ takes on a significant meaning under Communism that is very much like Takfir in Islam – it’s a risky business whereby if you stick your head above the barricades you’re as likely to have it shot off by one of your comrades as anyone else. In the USSR, yesterday’s heroes of the state became tomorrows occupants of the gulag or the grave, and often both in succession.
We have Capitalism as the current enemy. The Capitalist owns the means of production (machinery, factory, land) privately (personally, or through shares), and as such he is the one that takes the excess, the profit, from the business. No matter how much workers contribute, the Capitalist profits while the workers receive a meagre wage. Yes, now we have share options in some companies, and entrepreneurs can start small business where sometimes they are sole employees. But on the whole, the Capitalist system that Marx observed is still intact. Other ameliorating trends, like imposing regulation on companies to treat employees well, to provide a minimum wage, and to protect them and the public from the greed of the Capitalist, have made the current system more acceptable to some striations of people in a business, but many labouring and low skilled workers are still poorly paid compared to the profits of the company from which the capitalist accrues his personal wealth.
The criticisms are legitimate. It’s the Communist solution and the Communist methods I have a problem with. But Marx was pretty good with his predictions. His millionaries became today’s billionaire villains of Corbyn’s tax targeting (Labour has millionaires, so he can’t attack them the way Marx did). Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, … massive corporations, all pretty much predicted by Marx. No wonder it’s easy to buy into the killing if Marx’s theories are so spot on. What’s next in Marx’s theory, after Capitalism?
Socialism is next. The proletariat must rise up, overthrow the Capitalists and take control of the means of production – i.e. state ownership. Socialism requires that the ownership of the means of production should be collective and democratic, rather than being owned by individuals that are differentiated from the employees by that ownership and power. However, Socialism is temporary. Marx said so, and so, it must be.
“Between capitalist and communist society there lies the period of revolutionary transformation of the one to the other. Corresponding to this is also a political transition period in which the state can be nothing but the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.”Karl Marx
Here, the working class rules over the capitalist class, as a collective dictatorship. This was Marx’s vision of society before Communism could be achieved. This is why Socialism is temporary to Communists, and all you Social Democrats, you are just pawns in the Communist vision. Soon enough, they will come for you. That saying you often hear about the appeasement of extremists comes from Martin Niemöller. He wrote it in 1946 about the cowardice of Germans that didn’t resist the Fascists early enough because the Fascists were busy arresting others:
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.Martin Niemöller
Just in case you think this only applies to Fascism and not Communism, let me add another line, which has meaning in the context of current China:
Then they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Muslim.
We can also add lines that make it applicable to Islamic states:
Then they came for the Christian, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Christian.
Then they came for the ex-Muslims, and I did not speak out, because I was not a ex-Muslim.
It applies to any ideology that is prepared to use force to attain its goals.
So, socialist democrats of Britain, be warned. Labour isn’t what you think it is.
The Communists (and Islamists) will come for Jews. Oh, they already are doing: Labour refuse to deal with antisemitism within the party, whether from Muslims or non-Muslims. And, when Muslim votes are no longer needed, even Muslims – the conflict between Islamic homophobia and inclusive education in Birmingham schools is a warning.
Labour supporters are also conflicted over China. For example, there’s an acknowledgement of this problem by Peter Tatchell – long time campaigner for gay rights, supporter of Labour. At the time of writing he has been criticising China for its persecution of Muslims, while at the same time wanting to celebrate the anniversary of Moa’s Communist Revolution. It’s a tricky sell. How does he do it? He declares that current China, with its recent to dipping into small business capitalism, is ‘state capitalism’ and therefore not true Communism. It’s a clever rhetorical move by Peter, until you realise that this ‘state capitalism’ is also part of Marx’s predictions, which means, according to Communism, the Muslims need ‘re-education’. Not such a smart move after all, Peter, to point out that China’s current persecution of Muslims is part of the plan. UK’s Labour Communists still find the Muslim vote useful.
True Socialism is the dictatorship of the proletariat (that’s by the proletariat). And the point here is that according to Marx the purpose of the state is to oppress one class with another. Under Socialism the proletariat, through the state, oppress the capitalists. This is merely a reversal of the recent oppression by capitalists of the workers.
The final (yet never ending) phase is Communism is the end game. Socialists achieve victory through global Socialists societies, until Capitalism can not get a foothold. Note that this is part of the continuous struggle, because Marx’s understanding and theory includes the probability that not everyone will agree with this movement to Socialism and then Communism, that some people will still want other systems. And such reactionaries must be oppressed and crushed, because oppression is an essential part of the dogma. This theme recurs in Moaism.
The end game is that there will no longer be a class based society – there will be no class. The state will no longer be needed other than for pure administrative functions, and it will eventually fade away.
The next step is the phasing out of money. In a phase called ‘post scarcity’ (a naive idea that there will always bee more than enough food goods produced by a technological productive society) products will be plentiful and everyone can have what the need and want. Yes, really, this is part of the dogma. With an over abundance of cars you don’t need to buy one. If you need one, or yours needs replacing, you can simply ask for another and it shall be given. The idea behind this is a ‘gift economy’, where technology boost production to such levels that there will always be enough produced.
You might wonder a few things at this point. What about the ecosystem and our green credentials? Who decides that my third car wreck this month is a little wasteful so I can’t have one until next month? I mean, there should be no need for quotas from a production point of view, if there’s an abundance. See CPG Grey video Humans Need Not Apply
Of course you could achieve a state of ‘post scarcity’ if you oppressed the masses to prevent them having too many children. It’s no coincidence that a one party state with central planning would decide to control so many aspects of a person’s life that it amounts to oppression.
I’m not sure why Communism and its bloody revolutions at each stage is necessary, except that Conflictism seems to incite moral cruelty in Socialists and Communists who always need to find a class enemy. Why can’t society evolve rather than revolt?
The conflict is built into Marxism through the dialectic – the inquiry into metaphysical contradictions and their solutions. This is a method of analysis that deals with conflicting, contradictory interests, resolving the contradictions and coming out the other end with a new system, the synthesis. Sounds so reasonable, but when posed in terms of a class struggle, revolution, oppressors that need to be defeated, you an see where the violence comes from. This is not a negotiated synthesis.
It’s not just scary USSR and Chinese Communism. John McDonnell calls for Insurrection, violent opposition, if he can’t get his way democratically.
For Marx it wasn’t simply the basic idea of the dialectic, but it’s use in his Historical Materialism. He describes the steps:
- In a slave owning system both the land and the slave that works the land are owned.
- Eventually, this dialectic resolved itself so that the slave can become notionally free and independent, but the land he works is still owned, under a feudalistic system, where the worker paid the land owner rent and a share of the profits of his labours.
- That contradiction in turn becomes capitalism.
- Those contradictions give rise to Socialism, as described above.
- Then, the contradictions in Socialism will give rise to Communism.
Enter Leninism. Lenin had the advantage of witnessing the actual growth of capitalism that Marx had predicted, and saw it emerge in a way not anticipated by Marx. He saw the imperialist instincts of Capitalism expand into large multi and trans national corporations that acquire land and resources around the world, draining those resources and using their labour for the benefit of the Western Capitalism systems.
And it’s with Lenin that we also see the notion of the Vanguard. This is a group of the proletariat that are conscious of this worldly situation, and their role is to enlighten and waken up the masses that are still under the yoke of Capitalism. The problem is, who is going to form the Vanguard? And how will they (how did they) resolve disputes? You guessed it. Killing. Though the Vanguard is supposed to be a revolutionary tool of the working class, the Valguard is obviously not that. Tools are usually wielded by the user, so that they can direct it. How can the uneducated masses know better than the Vanguard members, and so how can the masses lead the Vanguard if they are ignorant of the class struggle, and hence ignorant of the need for a Vanguard.
This exposes one of the common issues with Communism, Socialism, and collectivism generally. The Vanguard become the leaders, and they are going to release you from servitude, whether you like it or not, and if you don’t like it, if you resist, you are part of your own problem and you must be eliminated – killing two birds with one stone, releasing one member of the collective from his servitude and ignorance, and removing a reactionary obstacle, in the killing of one person.
Does this ring yet another bell? Are we not in the midst of woke culture where a black person like Candice Owens refuses to be seen as a victim, refuses to play the game, and is ostracised and demonised as a race traitor, a porch monkey, by the very people that want to rescue them? How dare you be so unappreciative. The Vanguard is there to help you but you resist its efforts. You are an enemy of the system, to negative conflict to my positive, and to resolve this conflict you must be re-educated or go. Referring again to the Bret Weinstein case, he was and is a progressive, a lefty, but he criticised a flaw in the dogma, and over night became a Nazi.
Another of Lenin’s ideas was the necessity to smash the state so that a new one can be built. Again, the violence visible throughout Communism is justified by this divisive idea of revolution against oppression. His “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination” sounds like a far right Nationalist agenda, doesn’t it? The parallels are not hard to find.
Note that this aggressive nationalism for left and right is quite distinct from benign nationalism. Benign nationalism simply sees the democratic state as one level of devolved self-governance of a people that can be used to manage their shared affairs while sustaining individual freedom within it. Co-operating democratic nation states are not xenophobic, since they permit migration, travel, exchange of goods that accounts for the different state economics, and they co-operate in wider enterprises such as trade organisations and the UN. It may be that this isn’t as successful as we’d like it to be, as there will always be conflicts of interest, that could, and sometimes do, lead to war. But this isn’t inherent in the system. Democratic states tend to go to war with non-democratic aggressors – and even when the West ‘invades’ states, like Afghanistan or Iraq, though many might not agree with it, there is usually agreement from at least some members of the target states.
Of course, for Lenin, he wasn’t in a position to create Communism everywhere, and so the idea of Communism in one country was a necessary beginning. Even so, Russian expansionism was an obvious part of the Soviet system. Their own invasion of Afghanistan was supposed to prop up the Communists there.
Next up is Moa. The result is Marxist-Leninist-Moaist (MLM) Communism. What did he bring to the killing fields that another Communist would make infamous? Well, his experiences in China were a little different to those in Russia where the Monarchy and feudal system existed. China had its own nationalists and external imperialists running the show. And this experience shaped Moa’s theory.
With Moa we see the theory of The Permanent Feature of Contradiction – his version of the dialectic applied to Communism. The Unity and Struggle of Opposites. And there we see again how fundamental conflict is to Communism, and why, when you see the term ‘struggle’, you should expect violence to be a part of the system.
Incidentally, do you see the narrative of Corbyn’s working for peace anywhere in all this? Or does this look more like the narrative of Islamists and IRA terrorism? What do you think is the true position Corbyn held when he had all those meetings with Islamists and IRA, supporting their ‘struggles’ while having no such support for the other side? Corbyn and McDonnell see everything in terms of a class struggle. No matter that Catholic Ireland unification dictated the ‘struggle’ against an unwilling Protestant Northern Ireland. No matter that Israel is the only democratic state in a region of antisemitism. No matter that there are minorities within minorities that Corbyn cares little for. If he can identify a class struggle, he seems willing to look the other way his ‘friends’ commit their violent acts. The Hamas rockets into Israel, the knee capping and bombing of the IRA … Corbyn will only denounce them when pushed into a corner, and he will only denounce he violent acts, not the parties that commit them.
This inherent conflict, the persecution, the oppression, is endless under Communism, and is why Muslims in China are being ‘re-educated’. Moa’s expression of this was “One divides into two”. This was a statement of the principle that even after resolving a binary contradiction into one resolution, the unity, it will be inevitable that further contradictions will emerge, to create another conflict that must be resolved (through violence, you can be sure).
The reason this is significant to Moa’s Chinese experience is that in his time China had not resolved earlier contradictions, because it never achieved the phase of Capitalism, being under the boot of imperialists exploiters. In this case the nationalist bourgeoisie of the state must cooperate with the proletariat to throw out the imperialists, then some form of State Capitalism can build the economy to a point where the state can be overthrown and the proletariat take control under Communism at last. Moa also saw that other states must move towards Communism in some similar but locally unique way. This move from imperialist control to State Capitalism directly was the New Democracy (as opposed to the Old Democracy of the West). Basically it’s skipping what Marx thought of as a necessary stage of Capitalism that would grow the economy until contradictions forced the revolution into Socialism: State Capitalism.
The New Democracy is symbolised by the flag of China.
“The largest star symbolizes the Communist Party of China’s leadership and the surrounding four smaller stars symbolizing the Bloc of Four Classes: proletarian workers, peasants, the petty bourgeoisie (small business owners) and the nationally-based capitalists. This is the coalition of classes for Mao’s New Democratic Revolution as he described it in his works. Mao’s New Democracy explains the Bloc of Four Classes as an unfortunate but necessary consequence of imperialism as described by Lenin.”New Democracy
This differs from Marx’s description of events in Western Europe, but is not contradictory to the main idea that the road to Communism is through a series of class ‘struggles’. The dialectic of contradictions, the resolution through the overthrow of perceived oppressors, this is still part of the nature of MLM theory and dogma. It is still a conflict based ideology that makes a mockery of Corbyn’s ‘Nicer Politics’, which at best could be attributed to naive wishful thinking, or more in common with regular Communist propaganda, propaganda.
Within the New Democracy were yet other phases, such as the Great Leap Forward. Note again, though, that this is still a stepping stone to actual Communism.
This is why on the one hand it’s a legitimate claim to say “True Communism has never been tried.” On the other hand, it’s a god awful way to get there, because, steeped as it is in conflict, there are going to be potentially many deaths along the way. Is there any Socialist revolution that has been on the path to Communism that hasn’t smashed thousands if not billions of eggs?
Moa and Stalin recognised the fact that Socialism can’t remove all other elements of culture and capitalism overnight. And there are other cultural aspects that will remain and have to be kept in check, including cultural elitism that appears in the party system. They must be on the look out for counter revolutionary elements – another convenient categorisation of inconvenient people and an excuse to get rid of them.
The solution for Moa at this stage is to have another revolution, a Cultrual Revolution, that requires mass criticism of the culture, of leadership. It requires a proletarian culture to be created to replace older ones. This leads to the Mass Line:
“consulting the masses, interpreting their suggestions within the framework of Marxism-Leninism, and then enforcing the resulting policies. … to ensure that all cadres and other workers would be “carefully indoctrinated in basic Marxist-Leninist mass line theory and practice” –Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping is quite keen on this, which could also be part of the justification for the persecution of Muslims.
The methodology in all this is indoctrination or elimination. Not exactly what most liberals like. Communism is an oppressive system that does not cater for the individual. It makes a claim that since the collective is made up of individuals it is for the individual. Individual sheep, maybe. But it’s a weak claim. Collectivism is the enemy of the individual.
Defenders of Communism will attempt to deflect attention away from the failures in the USSR, Cuba …
“Communism is a good system.”
“What? Look at all the failed communist states.”
“They are not true communism [ring a bell with ‘not true Islam’?]. They are failed Socialist states run by dictators. Real Communism has never been tried.”
Unfortunately this isn’t a good sales pitch for Communism, because it’s an acknowledgement that you actually have to have such Socialist horror shows in order to make your way to Communism, and they don’t get you to true communism anyway. The route to idyllic Communism is one long hidden mass grave, which, to add insult to injury, is paved with enough visible bodies to make a point to reactionary forces that might oppose the movement.
There’s a funny thing about Communists. They will scream bloody murder when the Capitalists treat workers poorly, dismiss them in redundancies, or close unprofitable coal mines. Yet they don’t bat an eye when Socialist Communist states make people disappear, perform mass purges, and force re-education on people as China is doing now with its Muslims.
Reflections of Red Guard
Teachers were the target of the political campaign. Moa taught us they have to receive political re-education by the workers and the peasants. My female teacher, who I loved … she liked western clothes … this was a criminal accusation. One boy went to here bedroom and led so many people .. I went there too late, her hair had been cut already. She was humiliated and I could not help. … Shame on me.Still ashamed of my part in Mao’s Cultural Revolution – BBC News
After reports of rioting and beatings up, and even murder, the Red Guards seemed to have gone too far.Narrator
This is ironic, since the doctrine of Moa’s Communism asserts that the party must listen to the people and do what they ask. Apparently Moa decided that the Vanguard in the party knew better after all. The trouble is, if your doctrine unleashes the violence of the masses, what else can you expect but street violence.
John McDonnell Incites Insurrection
And what has this to do with John McDonnell? Here is John McDonnell inciting violence through insurrection if you can’t win at the ballot box.
Elections aren’t working for us … we’ve got to bring democracy back into the community. And that means the democracy of the streets. So when it comes to coordinated industrial action, we need coordinated street action. And that means, if we have to, close off Parliament square, close off Westminster Bridge, in the form of direct action. There’s more to democracy than just a vote every five years. Democracy is about taking control of your own community. And that means industrial action combined with direct action. We used to call it ‘insurrection’. Now we’re polite and say its ‘direct action’. Let’s get back to calling it what it is. It’s insurrection. [Applause] … to bring this country standstill, let’s start organising for it now. [Applause] It needs absolute determination. It needs courage. Above all else it needs solidarity.John McDonnell calling for insurrection
So, screw you if you don’t agree. John McDonnell’s Communism requires absolute determination to inflict insurrection on the people of Britain. No wonder he had his copy of Moa’s Little Red Book to hand for George Osborne.
“This is a classic Marxist crisis of the economy, a Capitalist crisis. I’ve been waiting for this for a generation. For Christ’s sake don’t waste it. “John McDonnell