Socialism: An ideology of death

Guillermo Rodriguez Gonzalez in PanAm Post:

Socialism Is an Ideology of Death

Igor Shafarevich explains how socialism can only be understood if we admit that the idea of the extinction of humanity is attractive and the impulse of self-destruction plays a role in human history.

Understanding the true nature of socialism is indispensable so that the majority consciously defends the liberty upon which the spontaneous order of civilization depends. Among many essential books on this topic, today, we are discussing The Socialist Phenomenon by Igor Shafarevich.

In 1898, at Harvard University, Solzhenitsyn announced that “the mathematician Igor Shafarevich, member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, wrote a brilliantly-argued book (…), a piercing historical analysis that demonstrates how socialism, of any type, leads to the destruction of the human spirit and the leveling of humanity in death.

It is impossible for those who haven’t lived under socialism to comprehend why the laureate member of the Soviet Academy came to no longer support the ideology despite being an asset of Soviet power and why he would risk his life to study and expose the beast.

Shafarevich was born in 1923 in a Ukraine decimated by Bolshevik terror. He lived in Moscow when Lenin initiated the kulk extermination that imposed a genocidal famine in Ukraine: the Holodomor. Shafarevich remembered that in his childhood in Moscow, the humble caretaker of a church was hanged on the porch. He also remembers the persecution of writers, artists, scientists, and engineers as enemy classes, agents of the international bourgeoisie and/or Trotskyist-Bukharinist traitors during his adolescence.

He grew up during the peak of the war of the socialist state against its people. As a son of a Russian intellectual resigned to oblivion, he reads the philosophical and historical classics in his father’s curated library. He considered dedicating himself to history – a sure ticket to the Gulag- but discovered in the mathematical profession a refuge for his creativity with the least possible political risks. When he was 14, Shafarevich joined the Faculty of Mechanical Mathematics at the University of Moscow. He graduated at age 17. He defended his first doctoral thesis at 119. At 23, he received the unusual superior title of Doctor. The mathematical genius, although not a communist, proved too valuable for Soviet power. He was expelled from the university between 1949 and 1953 but was not imprisoned. Shafarevich received the Lenin Award in 1959. The socialist power displayed him proudly as an example of the new Soviet man.

No one is innocent under totalitarian socialism. And those who are close enough to be innocent, their conscience, which seems absent in the rest of the population, torments them.

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