Those Who Can See, The U.S.S.R., And The Ominous Parallels
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"M.G." at Those Who Can See blogs only three or four times a month but always produces a good show.

The current offering is well up to standard.  It shows parallels between the fanatical egalitarianism of the current West and the heroic age of Soviet communism, with slogans and propaganda poster from that time, and many supporting quotes from early Sovietologist William Henry Chamberlin.

Those slogans and posters are mostly from the 1920s and 1930s, when naive ideological passion still ran high.  Seeing them, you can't help but think forward a generation or two, to when the ideology had become a paper-thin screen hiding from the resentful, cynical masses a corrupt nomenklatura clinging grimly to power.

My column presaging my future as resident of a labor camp, written on the sound general principle that one can never be too pessimistic, drew much gentle mockery from readers.  The current post on Those Who Can See offers, I think, some reinforcement to my prediction.

Human society has only a small number of configurations that are stable across decades.  Like it or not, the U.S.S.R. was one such.  The Western world of today is not, of course, the U.S.S.R. of 1932 in all precise particulars; but if you don't find some of the parallels creepy, you're not paying close enough attention. 

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