Sunday, 6 October 2013

The man who hated Britain

In the 1 October Daily Mail article, 'The man who hated Britain: Red Ed's pledge to bring back socialism is a homage to his Marxist father,' Geoffrey Levy told us this:
"Solemnly, he stood at the grave of Karl Marx at a moment when, in his own words, 'the cemetery was utterly deserted . . . I remember standing in front of the grave, fist clenched, and swearing my own private oath that I would be faithful to the workers' cause'.

The year was 1940. The young man was Ralph Miliband, a Jewish immigrant who, with his father, had fled to London from Belgium just weeks earlier...

In his explosive memoirs... Gordon Brown's spin doctor Damian McBride argued that Ed Miliband was obsessed with maintaining his father's legacy. Winning the leadership was Ed's 'ultimate tribute' to his father, an attempt to 'achieve his father's vision...
As for the country that gave him and his family protection, the 17-year-old wrote in his diary: 'The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world . . . you sometimes want them almost to lose (the war) to show them how things are'...

This adolescent distaste for the British character certainly didn't stop him availing himself of the fine education that was on offer in this country, or spending the rest of his life here.

He got a place at the London School of Economics... and there he was taught politics by Harold Laski, a giant of Labour's Left, whom some Tories considered to be a dangerous Marxist revolutionary. Laski was Miliband's mentor, his inspiration, the figure who encouraged his growing interest in Karl Marx."
Miliband's tombstone lies just 12 yards from Karl Marx's grave in Highgate cemetery.

Following the furore that greeted the above article, on 2 August 2013, the historian, Michael Burleigh, said this in The Daily Mail:
“The camps were the Soviet gulags at their worst, where temperatures dropped below minus 50f — colder than at the North Pole. The Kolyma region had been chosen because of its gold mines, and the Communist leaders forced skeletal and ill-clad prisoners to produce 80,000 kg of refined gold. This was the mainstay of Stalin’s economy. Almost every kilogram cost a human life...

These horrific camps, there were more than 2,000 in total, had a joint economic and punitive purpose, whose prevailing philosophy was: ‘We have to squeeze everything out of a prisoner in the first three months; after that, we don’t need him any more’…

The U.S. historian Anne Applebaum estimates that a minimum of 2,750,000 people died in the gulag system. The camps were but one aspect of a tyrannical socialist system that, from the beginning of the Russian Revolution in 1917, under Lenin, relied on extreme violence to purge Soviet society of its ‘class’ enemies.

About 14 million people were killed in the civil war that followed the revolution, five million of them in a famine triggered by the insane economic policies of the Bolshevik government. A deliberate famine, designed to force peasants into collective farms, resulted in a further seven million deaths between 1928 and 1932…

Such a system… relied on any number of Western apologists to deny what others had witnessed first-hand. Many of these were British academics, intellectuals and journalists…

When Stalin decided to purge entire swathes of the Communist party in the mid-1930s, resulting in 600,000 or so people being tortured and shot, Western apologists lined up to excuse actions that had been motivated by his envy, paranoia, hatred and spite. The fact that the vengeance extended to the families and children of the Soviet butcher’s victims, and blighted the lives of others down the generations, was no hindrance to putting a rosy gloss on mass murder.
For Stalin established a few model prisons especially to show visiting Western dupes such as Professor Harold Laski, the mentor of Ralph Miliband at the LSE and chairman of the Labour Party. Laski, who was seemingly not shocked by prisoners having their teeth smashed out with iron bars, reported back: ‘Basically, I did not observe much of a difference between the general character of a trial in Russia and in this country.’

This pattern of exculpation of extreme brutality, provided it was meted out in the name of social justice, extended to justifying the infamous Nazi-Soviet Pact in 1939, which led to their joint invasion of Poland, the occupation of the Baltic states by Russia, and the Soviet invasion of Finland.
Among Western socialist sympathisers of the Soviets was Ralph Miliband’s friend, the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, who claimed the real enemy was capitalism, not the two criminals in Berlin and Moscow… There was no shortage of such apologists. These were the kind of people whom Lenin had earlier called ‘useful idiots’…

These Western intellectuals of the Left… more often than not worshipped Stalin, demonstrating a shocking naivety, or, worse, a frightening amoralism worthy of Stalin himself. Indeed, Hobsbawm remained a Communist Party member despite Soviet tanks rolling into Hungary in 1956.

He was still lecturing his Marxist creed to students and writing books at a time when Soviet tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia in 1968, and during the period when thousands of dissidents were imprisoned or shot dead by execution squads…

During these years, the people who lived under Communist regimes struggled to find food, while elite party members had exclusive use of luxury stores. Uniformed Soviet personnel went to the front of any queue, as I witnessed myself in East German banks in the late-1970s. Everywhere, too, freedom of the Press had been eliminated in favour of state newspapers, radio and TV that sung the praises of the Communist leadership and ‘heroic’ tractor drivers.

Religion was aggressively wiped out, with priests and nuns murdered, to make way for the new socialist creed. Citizens were so afraid of what the secret police might overhear them saying that they could not trust even close friends in their own apartments.

Meanwhile, among the increasingly calcified minds in genteel Hampstead drawing rooms, tragedies affecting the lives of millions were no more than mere debating points, where they could expend their mock outrage, even as some of them climbed the Ruritanian heights of the British Establishment.

Feted by the bien pensant Left everywhere, men such as Laski, Hobsbawm and Miliband Snr specialised in talking in abstractions about real people, while men in the Siberian camps were forced to undertake heavy labour at gunpoint and try to avoid starving to death…

Hobsbawm remained an utterly unapologetic supporter of Stalinism until the day he died. He maintained that despite the millions of murders to which it led, the Russian Revolution of 1917 was a great cause to which he was right to remain loyal. In 1994, when asked whether ‘the radiant tomorrow’ had actually been created in the Soviet Union, the deaths of 15 or 20 million people would have been justified, Hobsbawm replied: ‘Yes.’
This was the same man who is still feted in New Labour circles. Indeed, he was made a Companion of Honour in Tony Blair’s first New Year’s Honours List in 1998. 
And when he died last year, Ed Miliband released a statement mourning Hobsbawm as ‘a man passionate about his politics and a great friend of my family’.

While Ed Miliband feels aggrieved about the Mail’s profile of his father, he should surely realise that many people in Britain do not regard what happened to millions of people under Communism as a Hampstead parlour game."

Geoffrey Levy, who is Jewish himself, was good enough to inform us of the Jewish origins of Ralph Miliband, the man whom he suggests 'hated Britain.' Michael Burleigh did not. Nor did he mention that Harold Laski and Eric Hobsbawm were also Jewish.

A.B. Khalatov, Soviet Minister of Food at the time 'five million' died 'in a famine triggered by the insane economic policies of the Bolshevik government,' was also Jewish. As was Lazar Kaganovich, the man, along with Stalin, who was most responsible for the 'DELIBERATE famine' which 'resulted in a further seven million deaths.'

Karl Marx, of course, was also Jewish.

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