…the USSR was designed and developed as (1) a resource base for the world revolution and (2) its military mobilization apparatus. And, if we consider its subsequent history on the basis of these goals and objectives, then all the actions of the Soviet authorities in the 1920s-50s, which sometimes seem insane, acquire an exhaustive logical explanation….Dmitri Savvin [i]
Marxism-Leninism in Russia can best be understood as having an exoteric and esoteric side. The exoteric Marxism-Leninism was for export. The esoteric was what the leaders of the regime actually thought and how they operated.  Because the regime did not work so well in economic terms, and they were falling behind in technology, they initiated a New Economic Policy under Gorbachev along the lines set down by Lenin in 1922. They were compelled, for various practical reasons, to give up their exoteric Marxism-Leninism in 1991. Only a stupid minority believed that nonsense anyway, and what good are stupid people? Of course, the soft West was full of people who were willing to believe in that sort of thing. After all, they had never lived under it. And Moscow was sure to take advantage of them as before. By promoting feminism and abortion, to kill population growth, economic arguments could be made for importing Muslims and Africans to Europe. This would disorganize the West and bring ruinous consequences in the long term. Add global warming “science,” and naïve policies regarding China, and the West would be doomed to its own existential crisis. At the same time, the special services’ infiltration of Europe and America would continue at an accelerated pace.
At home the Kremlin would concoct this Eurasian and Novorossiya nonsense and fake Orthodoxy as the new exoteric doctrine. Esoterically, they did not bury Lenin and they are putting up Lenin statues in the conquered areas of Ukraine. The regime in Moscow continues to be Marxist-Leninist under the skin. It continues to follow the old logic, which explains all its actions. However, the new exoteric doctrine is wearning thin. As anyone can see, only 4 percent of Russians could be described as genuinely Orthodox. Worse than that, I suspect there are more true-believing Muslims in Russia than Christians. Consider, as well, how accustomed the Russians are to going along with a regime by outward pretense. “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.” Now it is, “They pretend to be Orthodox Christians, and we pretend to believe them.” We now see that Russian nationalism in the mouth of the regime’s spokesmen is not taken seriously by the majority of the Russian people, whose young men vote with their feet to avoid military service. This is not patriotism. This is not belief.
Underneath, the regime is still the old Marxist-Leninist cabal, following the esoteric doctrines of Leninism. Marxism-Leninism is not utopian, and the old Soviet textbooks said as much. But who in the West actually read such books? Marxism-Leninism was not egalitarian either, and Soviet textbooks flatly said as much. But again, nobody in the West understood the underlying teachings of esoteric Marxism-Leninism. In Soviet ideology classes the students who grasped the esotericism, the code words, climbed the Party ladder. Those who did not understand, could not rise above the rank of colonel – in the Army or the KGB. Marx and Lenin were cynical human beings. They were after power. The Revolution was all about seizing power. And that is the real focus of their writings. Marx called his class warfare theory “that class shit,” and laughed at the people who believed in it. Marxism was intellectualized demagoguery, invented to turn the flanks of the bourgeoisie. “Make it thick and scientific and hard to follow,” Marx once told Engels. “They will eat it up.” Lenin wrote, “There is no Marxist dogma. Marxism is the scientific management of human affairs.” Here was the distillation of Lenin’s mode of operation. Lenin was scientific in the Machiavellian sense, and in the sense of Gramsci’s New Prince. Yet all the Western leftists could see, was the shiny bobbles and Easter eggs of the promised utopia. The communist wolves, however, knew the game and knew their quarry. The goal was, as ever, to take control and enjoy total power.
A confusion has arisen in Europe and America as a result of these changes in Russia. The new Russian exotericism appeals to angry Western conservatives and traditionalists. In America, where people do not read or think, the Russian propaganda has the greatest effect among the disaffected right. In Europe, where people read but likewise do not think, the alt right challenges the left on key issues like immigration. Suppose, as we must, that Moscow’s energy blackmail will bring revolution to Europe. What sort of revolution can we expect? If Putin’s alt-right friends win power in a place like Germany what will Moscow get? I suspect that the whole project will produce what we see in Sweden and Italy. Why? Because nobody brave enough to stand against political correctness all this time is going to be Moscow’s puppet when push comes to shove. The rising ideology in Europe contains self-correcting traits, and the virtue of courage, of going against centralized power. The old Marxist-Leninist cadre, huddled in Moscow, attempting to restore the lost empire, have dug their own grave at last. Moscow will never be the capital of “Europe from Vladivostok to Lisbon,” as Putin imagines. The Asiatic threat from the East will be recognized and ultimately resisted.
But first, there will be destruction and death – from the Don and, possibly, all the way to the Rhine.
Notes and Links
[i] Dmitri Savvin, “Ideology and Policy of Neo-Soviet Revanchism,” https://harbin.lv/ideologiya-i-politika-neosovetskogo-revanshizma.
 I have remarked on esoteric Leninism in the past, but never gave it full espression outside of private conversation. I was reminded of its importance by Paul Goble’s excellent commentary on Dmitri Savvin’s presentation in Riga last week. See, http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2022/11/1991-marked-not-collapse-of-sovietism.htmlSign up
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