A good friend called me earlier to comment on an ongoing discussion he was following here in our blog.
The topic was who was, and who wasn’t a Communist; I have ideas on that subject which challenge long-standing Cuban exile orthodoxy.
I don’t know that I believe that Fidel Castro was ever truly a Communist.
I know…everyone reading this is now thinking that George should reconsider my status as a contributor…“Oye George, ese Rana está tostá!”
Well, now you are going to think that I am absolutely out of my mind.
I am going to make the argument that Socialism’s and Communism’s dirty little secret is that they DON’T REALLY EXIST!
My friend called me to let me know that I was not crazy, and that none other than Alexandr Solzhenitsyn had proposed the idea in “Lenin in Zurich”
I found a great article on the subject, a bit dated (August, 2011) but well worth the read.
Here is an excerpt:
What is socialism, whether Bolshevik, Menshevik, national, Maoist, social democrat, liberal, or whatever flavor you can name? A set of economic principles? Political values? An attitude? Don’t head off to a dictionary or Google-land for this.
I commend to you Solzhenitsyn’s “Lenin In Zurich”, a book I read years ago. It is fiction, yet invaluable to the understanding of the last century, and the next. I am about to share with you a secret known to few: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Deng, Pol Pot, Castro, and Solzhenitsyn himself. And me. And now you.
Socialism does not exist except in the imagination of the true believer and the useful idiot. None of the names I listed believed there was such a thing as socialism. They knew it for what it was: a means of fooling mass numbers of people into following them, and thus achieving power. Political power. Military power. Economic power. Absolute power.
Then again, maybe I am> crazy, and so is Solzhenitsyn.