Bolshevism destroyed everything in Russia
Does Bernie Sanders know Dmitri Volkogonov? Has he read any of his books? It seems not.
Volkogonov was once Commanding General of the Soviet’s Army’s Propaganda Department, the Director of the Institute for Military History, and, eventually, Defense Adviser to President Yeltsin from 1991 until Volkogonov died in 1995. After Mikhail Gorbachev was deposed, Volkogonov was given free access to the Soviet military archives, Communist Party documents, and classified presidential files. And he read, he learned, and he wrote.
Which means he forgot more about the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics than Bernie Sanders—a longtime admirer of the USSR—ever knew, or likely imagined.
Should you or a friend admire Bernie’s political philosophy, you might contemplate a sampling of Volkogonov’s conclusions, from his four main books, about the political system to which he dedicated his adult life.
LENIN: “Lenin, A New Biography,” ©1994, The Free Press, Chapter 6: The One-Dimensional Society, p. 326.
“Bolshevism destroyed everything in Russia, starting with the weak and ineffective Provisional government, followed by private property, the peasant commune and the Church. Everything connected with Lenin was anti-capitalist, anti-democratic, anti-liberal, anti-reformist, anti-human and anti-Christian. There can scarcely have been another man in history who managed so profoundly to change so large a society on such a scale.
Marxism in Russia developed in three stages: Leninism, Trotskyism and Stalinism
Perhaps the single most characteristic feature of the new society was its one-dimensionality, its uniformity. The infinite variety of social and intellectual life, culture, historical tradition and the creative potential of millions of people was reduced to the harsh, uniform, uncompromising ideological paradigm of Leninism. Dogmatic thinking, totalitarian bureaucracy, authoritarian and irrational fear became the characteristic features of the new society.”
h/t forcibly deranged.