Image Credit: above: Vladimir Lenin (left) and Joseph Stalin at Gorki, just outside Moscow, September 1922. Photograph by Maria Ulyanova, Lenin’s sister (Wikimedia)
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How Communism Saved the Eastern Bloc from Cultural Marxism

Despite living under nearly a century of oppressive, conformist, Soviet-style Communism, Eastern Bloc nations have somehow maintained strong senses of cultural, religious, linguistic, and ethnic identities. What’s more, they arguably have stronger identities today than do most Western European and Anglophone countries that have enjoyed greater freedom for most of the 20th century. Unlike their Western neighbors, Eastern Bloc nations have avoided the cultural decay and self-destruction that has been eating away at Western democracies over the past half-century. How have they done so? The answer, ironically, is Soviet-style Communism and the circumstances it generated.

During the Cold War, the Soviets promoted fiscally restrictive Marxism, but not the type of radical social policies today’s Western Marxists are advocating. While some Communists in the early 20th century supported these types of policies, they never really took root, as the dire economic and wartime environments these nations faced didn’t afford them the time to implement post-national, open-door immigration, hyper-feminist, or pro-homosexual agendas.

Joseph Stalin was a mass murderer who ran a vast system of gulags. Despite these horrific facts, he nevetheless took traditional positions on social moral questions, unlike present American elities in both national parties. Stalin promoted ethnic Russians throughout the Soviet hierarchy, despite...

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