Civilising the Red Menace

The dubious doctor received the unfortunate assignment from Law & Liberty of reviewing another misleading leftist history book written by an Oxford academic no less, who at best can be described as one of Lenin’s useful idiots, and at worst as a pathetic apologist for Soviet communist crimes.

When I read this passage to a friend whose formative years had been spent in the Soviet Union, he reacted with contempt. Either the author understood nothing, he said, or he was a Soviet sympathiser: and, indeed, several times in the book the author appears to relativise the horrors of the Soviet Union in order to reduce them.

But the atrocities of the Soviet Union and other communist regimes were not hypocritical in the sense of being in contradiction to their ideology: they were, besides being greater, the logical and practical consequences of that ideology.

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