The Thoughts of Stalin On The Current Financial Crisis
"Lenin left us a country, and we shat it away" -
Stalin's apparent reaction to the news of Operation Barbarossa; if memory serves, these words, or a form very like them, are quoted in Sol Shulman's 'Kings of the Kremlin'.
The quote was brought back to mind by seeing just how badly the United Kingdom's finances have been run. We are going down the toilet - for what? What? What was the great ideological goal that justified breaking one of the world's richest nations? What were those in charge thinking? And what were we thinking for electing them? We now have to ask ourselves - indeed should have asked ourselves long before now - were they lying to us all along?
When one mentions the word 'elites', one always runs the risk of being denounced as either hysterical or paranoid; yet just who will come out on top out of all this? My money's on the elites; if the history of the past 20 years is anything to go by, the people won't.
As soon as the Cold War was over, we were frogmarched, without our consent, into a transcontinental simulacrum of a nation state which now exercises more power over us than our native institutions. We did not vote for it; and yet we have it. Those of our youth likely to have higher than average lifetime earning capacities now begin their careers in hock to the state, thanks to the oppression of the state owned Student Loans Company, another creation of the immediate post Cold War period. We did not vote for it; and yet we have it. Those unsuitable for further or higher education have had their earning capacities slashed by mass immigration. We did not vote for it; and yet we have it. A rentier class of public servants, employed specifically in order to advance ideology, has been recruited at ruinous expense, and who will be sheltered from the worst effects of the coming downturn. Working in British public administration now brings the same lifetime security as did membership of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. We did not vote for this; and yet we got it.
The entire aim of British economic policy since the end of the Cold War seems to have been the beggary and alienation of the people. The impending collapse of the economy - I'm afraid I have little hope that all of this will not end very badly - will be the policy's completion. What has happened in this country since 1989 has not been democratic; it has been Satanic, the result of those with command of affairs placing their faith in a false religion.
It will not be long before Gordon Brown browbeats us with demands for austerity and self-sacrifice. We will be expected to display a fortitude of which many of us are no longer capable in response to a financial crisis which is absolutely and entirely of his making. He thinks that this will be his 'Great Patriotic War'; but he has no resources and no armies with which to fight it. The hollowing out of our manufacturing economy will be as disastrous for our ability to recover as the purges of the Soviet military in the 1930's were to the Russians' abilities to defend themselves in the summer and autumn of '41. In our days, adherence to principles of efficiency became as important to us as adherence to ideological purity was in Stalin's Russia. Every job offshored was as much a loss for us as every political execution was for the Soviets in 1937. Our elites did the same thing to us as Stalin's elites did to the Soviets; they judged us by their standards, found us wanting and purged us in order to strengthen their grip. Like all good Marxists, they have waged class war upon us; now the enemy they courted is at the gates, and we have no 'General Winter' we can rely on for relief.
O Lord and Father in Heaven, spare us from Your wrath in this time of troubles.