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Lenin’s Useful Idiots at Dalhousie University

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After a hundred years of failure why are we still celebrating socialism as if it worked?

On my recent travels through Dalhousie University’s campus, I have nervously chuckled to myself as one is apt to do when confronted by absurdity passing for normality, of which there is no short supply on a Canadian university campus. What snagged my eye was a public invitation to “Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution”, accompanied by a defiant-looking likeness of Lenin himself. Mere months ago Western media rightfully expressed revulsion with the Charlottesville white-nationalist rally held on General Lee’s birthday. I therefore marveled at how a celebration of a Marxist putsch which established one of the most oppressive regimes of the 20th century, could go unnoticed by polite society on a university campus.

The content of the poster which I saw signals the precise political alignment and motives of the responsible group, a group which is not unique to Dalhousie University. There can be no hiding behind defenses of it being a mere historical commemoration, indeed any historian of even a moderate persuasion should justly call the event the “Bolshevik Revolution” although in my view “putsch is a more appropriate term. Characterizing the event as a “celebration” of a “great” historical occasion is no more redeeming than Vladimir Lenin’s posing on the poster; it conveys a blatant admiration. Its message is clear: “we Bolsheviks study among you, and we are not ashamed to openly celebrate comrade Lenin’s accomplishments.”

Let me be clear, I fully support the right of this group to assemble and peddle their views. I can even support an event concerning the centenary of the establishment of socialism in Russia, although I would wish it to be more akin to a Holocaust education day than a party. What appalls me is the blatant double standard of the academic community in applauding communism, while denying public speaking venues to respectable and peaceful conservative activists such as Ben Shapiro, or even moderates like Jordan Peterson. When the word capitalism is mentioned it is always uttered with dripping contempt from professors, while Karl Marx’s name is spoken with a sort of reverence.

The reason for this encouragement of Bolshevism is evident though, if one is honest enough to look at the flaws which pierce every human heart. Vanity is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason, and it is the most poignantly hubristic trait of the intelligentsia. In a secular age, the average intellectual has only the capacity of their mind and its ability to strike awe and support as their basis of their personal security. Irrespective of how true your views might be, the greater currency they have, and the closer they are to the forefront of progressivism the more readily you will be lauded by your peers. Therefore, communism is an irresistible prospect for the academic class, hence the celebration of the establishment of the 1917 uprising on a university campus.

If academia wants to live up to the respected and rational reputation it purports to have, it must become honest with itself as to why the sickle and hammer are openly displayed by its students, but a swastika necessitates police involvement. Only once this happens will the poster inviting the public to celebrate the 1917 Bolshevik putsch (at the local business school no less) be met with the hearty laughter any other similarly absurd proposition would summon.

 

 

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