Jeremy Corbyn is a communist. He associates with them, supports them and advocates their policies. To understand him, imagine how the USSR would act in any situation. Corbyn acts the same way. Anti-USA, anti-British, anti-Israel, terrorist-supporting, pro-Russian, anti-defence, monolithic-statist, anti-capitalist, republican, there is not much difference, if any, between Corbyn and Leonid Brezhnev.
The persistence and power of the USSR for seven decades and the continued existence of the People’s Republic of China makes it easy to believe that communism is a robust political philosophy, equal and opposite to capitalism.
It is not. Communism is actually a weak political force. Its economics are woeful.
Corbyn’s triumph in Labour comes not after years of campaigning and planning by the hard Left, not even decades, but actually the better part of a century.
In 1944, the Revolutionary Communist Party first started entryist tactics into Labour. That was seventy two years ago. Since that time, there have been numerous attempts to shift Labour over to the hard Left. Although the most recent was in the 1980s with Militant, there were major splits in the 1950s when the leftist Bevanites, backed by Communist-infested constituency parties, fought the moderate Gaitskellites. That time, the unions were on the side of the moderates and Gaitskell prevailed. Some unions have since been taken over by the hard Left.
The ascendancy of extremists after over seventy years of trying is largely due to the current weakness of the Labour Party as it has found itself unable to appeal to voters during a major global economic crisis. This is normal. In 1931, Labour ran away from governing rather than deal with the Great Depression. Socialism cannot function in the UK when there is no money for it to spend. As Margaret Thatcher said, ‘Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.’
The weakness of communism is not unique to the UK. The only countries that have fallen to communism have been states that were previously diminished by events that have nothing to do Marx’s so-called ‘crisis of capitalism’.
The communists only prevailed in Russia because the State was collapsing due to the stresses of the First World War. The same was the case in China some thirty two years later following subjugation by Japan. In both cases the institutions that could oppose the rise of Communism were simply not strong enough.
The same was the case in Cuba. This was a Spanish colony ‘liberated’ by the USA, but lacking in strong national institutions that would have allowed a modern state to peacefully develop. It endured corruption, political unrest and US intervention for the bulk of its existence before the revolution that placed Castro in charge.
Although in all these cases the propagandists and fellow travellers have portrayed the rise of communism as a ‘People’s Revolution’ in accordance with Marxist historicism, the triumph of the Marxists has really been an opportunistic political infections of already diseased states.
There have been numerous cases of failed Communist revolutions and insurgencies where the revolutionaries had the touching delusion that they could attack civilians and State institutions and not be attacked back. In truth, most people do not like communism and will not support it if there is an alternative that can defeat it. This is something that Corbyn’s Labour will be discovering quite soon.
So communists are very bad at seizing power. They are, however, rather too good at holding on to it.
Communists are in no doubt about their lack of legitimacy. Once in office, they are very difficult to remove and will resort to depraved measures to terrorise their subject people into submission. When all else fails, they will exterminate.
To hold on to power, the communists killed millions in massacres, labour camps and organised famines. They had to build prison camps for transgressors of the new political crimes and also curbed the inevitable population exodus by closing borders. They outlawed once legal economic activity and organised secret police and networks of informers to spy on captive citizens they could never trust. ‘People’s states’, indeed…
While Corbyn and his cronies will not be resorting to actual repression, the political lives of their opponents will be monitored and curtailed, if not ended. There will be non-lethal purges.
For Labour, the party seems to be over. The time to resist the takeover was during the Miliband years, but Labour drifted as it was unable to adjust to being out of government for the first time in thirteen years. The Brown/Blair schism also poisoned the party.
Corbyn is still in charge. If Labour MPs and the moderates have not anticipated this event and planned a next move, the only alternative should be forming a new party. Labour is now no longer their home.
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