I found the image above on a Facebook page. The following image is my response to it:
Yes, it's those double-standards again! That is,
National Socialism/fascism = bad
International Socialism (communism, Trotskyism) = good
This is striking primarily because - according to many - communism claimed far more lives than Nazism in the 20th century. Indeed it can also be argued that the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, etc. were far more oppressive than the Nazis. The Nazis get a worse deal, of course, primarily because they instigated a Holocaust against Jews. Yet communists also wiped out entire classes and ethnic groups. Many contemporary Leftists – including some fans of Jeremy Corbyn – would like to do the same today; though this time with different “counter-revolutionary” or “reactionary” targets.
Many Corbynistas, for example, want to rid the world of the entire Right and indeed all other “haters”: e.g., “Tories”, fans of Trump, Ukip, the EDL, Britain First, “bankers”, “Daily Mail readers”, “Sun plebs”, “low-information voters”, “bigots”, “racists”, “Nazis”, “fascists”, “sheeple”... ad infinitum. Thus, in order to bring about peace, tolerance and equality, segments of the Left now realise that a hell of a lot of people will need to be silenced, imprisoned or killed in order to bring about a socialist utopia. (How many Tories/patriots/rightwingers are there in the UK? 20 million or more?)
This means that it's massively ironic that many Leftists have made various very-tangential links between Donald Trump and white supremacists and Nazis. The Leader of the British Opposition, on the other hand, has very many intimate, strong and blatant links to communists and Trotskyists all over the world; not just in the UK. (He also has strong links with Iran, Iran's Press TV, Venezuela, etc.)
Jeremy Corbyn on Karl Marx
Of course it's true that someone could say that Marx was an“essentially a fascinating figure.. from whom we can learn a great deal” and not be a fan - politically or ideologically - of the dead German. But if that someone is Jeremy Corbyn saying these things, then that's something else entirely.
What is it, anyway, that Corbyn thinks we can learn from Marx? If he were specific, what would Corbyn say? Most people now think that as a futurologist (or prophet), Marx proved to be a joke. (Socialists don't think that.) Most people believe that Marx's economics are stuck in the 19th century. (Socialists don't think that.) Politically, most people think that Marxism is very dangerous and indeed deadly. (Socialists don't think that.) Though as a prophet of a future utopia and a stern moral critic of capitalism and capitalists, even Marx's critics can see the religious appeal. (So can socialists.)
The Islington North MP also said:
“Marx obviously analysed what was happening in a quite brilliant way and the philosophy around Marx is fascinating.”
And as a Marxist socialist, I suppose that it's almost inevitable than Corbyn will think of capitalism in 19th century terms. After all, that's when Marx was writing. Thus when Corbyn also said that “[t]he [Conservative] Government's policies... are a return to the workhouse” he was being a gross rhetorician – as Marx himself was.
Corbyn on the Soviet Union and Trotsky
Many people say “a man is known by the company he keeps”. That's not always true. However, it becomes truer when the person you're discussing appoints one of his friends the Executive Director of Strategy and Communications and another friend the Campaign Chief of his own political party; as Corbyn did. Both these friends are self-described "communists" and former fans of the Soviet Union.
His Campaign (Election) Chief is Andrew Philip Drummond-Murray; who dropped his double-barrelled name to disguise his “class origins”. (He's now named Andrew Murray.) He was a a member of the Communist Party of Britain until he joined the Labour Party under Corbyn's leadership. (He's also became Chair of the Stop the War Coalition after Corbyn himself stepped down.) He only joined the Labour Party only at the end of 2016. That's less than half-a-year ago. He's already Campaign Chief.
Seumus Milne is now Executive Director of Strategy and Communications for Corbyn and the Labour Party. His “communist tendencies” are well-known.
I don't usually go into detail about the “class origins” of people. However, Marxist socialists do. (Especially if they're discussing "Tories".) Class has been everything for Marxist socialists since Marx. Indeed Corbyn himself is still a fierce fighter in the class war. So why can't I too carry out a “class analysis” of the many Marxist public-schoolboys in Corbyn's Labour Party? After all, if “class determines consciousness”, then how did Corbyn, Milne and Murray's class determine their own consciousnesses? Despite saying that, I'll just include class details here; with no class analysis.
Anyway, these very posh Marxists are right at the top of the Labour Party... Where else would they be?
Corbyn himself went to Castle House Preparatory School, an independent school in Shropshire. He was brought up in a seven-bedroomed house in that charming county.
Andrew Murray (Campaign Chief of the Labour Party) is the son of Peter Drummond-Murray of Mastrick, a stockbroker and banker. His dad was also Slains Pursuivant (a private officer of arms) from 1981 to 2009. Andrew Murray was educated at Worth School, a Benedictine independent boarding school in Sussex. From 1986 to 1987, Murray worked for the Soviet Novosti news agency. He has also expressed “solidarity” with North Korea.
Seumus Milne (Executive Director of Strategy and Communications for Corbyn and the Labour Party) is also a public-schoolboy, like Andrew Murray. He's the younger son of former BBC Director General Alasdair Milne. He attended the private Winchester College and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford.
In terms of politics, Milne has been a systematic fan of Stalin and the Soviet Union.Milne once claimed that “history has been unkind to” Joseph Stalin. He also gave the lowest number I've ever seen for the number of people killed by the Soviet socialist regime.
Milne is now Executive Director of Strategy and Communications for Corbyn and the Labour Party.
So let's get back to Corbyn and the Soviet Union. Take the following speech:
“... I had an interesting meeting with an environmental campaigning group from the Soviet Union.... those people felt that they had the power to change the policies to stop the destruction of their own environment. The policies of free-market economies... have led to the pollution of the North sea and the Irish sea...”
So Corbyn believed that environmental activists had more political power in the Soviet Union than their equivalents did in the Western democracies? What's more, Corbyn seems to have thought this simply because of what was said to him during a single meeting.
In retrospect, it's ironic that Corbyn said the above just two years before the fall of the Soviet Union. This isn't a surprise. Corbyn, at that time, had a more favourable opinion of the Soviet Union than he had of the United Kingdom - at least under Margaret Thatcher.
Corbyn's friend George Galloway (also of the Stop the War Coalition) mourned the death of the Soviet Union. I wonder if Corbyn did too. He'd never admit that today. After all, large sections of the Labour Party (before Corbyn's rule) have always been strongly against communism and Marxism – and not only since Tony Blair!
Of course the official Leftist mythology (though not for Seumus Milne and Andrew Murray!) is that the Stalinism - and sometimes the Soviet Union itself - weren't true theological examples of socialism/communism. All true examples of socialism will, of course, come in the future. All past examples of socialism/communism have been false examples. One true example of socialism might have come to pass on the 9th of June, 2017; if Jeremy Corbyn had been elected Prime Minster. Corbyn's socialist country will only become false socialism when it fails; which it will do because every other socialist state (dozens of them) have failed in the past.
In 1988 Corbyn also took his honeymoon in the Soviet Union. It must have been then that Corbyn called for a “complete rehabilitation” of Trotsky; which some socialists will say shows the doubters that he isn't, after all, a fan of either Stalinism or the Soviet Union.
A Labour source, in response, said:
"Jeremy Corbyn has clearly been fixated by the political ideology and tactics of Leon Trotsky for some time, but perhaps he could now focus on the rehabilitation of the Labour Party, which has been performing very poorly in the polls since he became leader. Trotsky didn't have to worry about the troublesome business of winning elections, but the Labour Party does."
Trotsky has a glowing name in many socialist circles simply because his name isn't Stalin. Unlike Stalin, however, Trotsky never had massive state power. Thus it was impossible for Trotsky to have done as much damage to the masses, people and workers as Stalin did. Had Trotsky gained state power, however, he would quite possibly have been even worse than Stalin.
For example, in 1918 Trotsky was the first Bolshevik to agitate for concentration camps (the Gulag) for political prisoners and the “bourgeoisie”. Before Lenin's death (in 1924) there were hundreds of Bolsheviks concentration camps in the USSR (i..e, before Stalin's rule). Trotsky is also well-known for having slaughtered thousands of anarchists and the wrong kinds of socialist in Kronstadt. In any case, Trotsky was much more ideologically obsessive than Stalin and thus, perhaps, he would have potentially been far more dangerous and bloodthirsty (i.e., had he gained power) than Stalin.
So when did communism become fashionable again? When Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party?
So when did communism become fashionable again? When Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party?