I understand how people want Russia to be a bastion of hope for white nationalism, but they are forgetting that these are the survivors of a bureaucracy that massacred the nation’s best people for decades. Their de facto policy was, basically, you survive if nobody can be bothered to say anything bad about you. But if someone whispers about you behind your back, then you go to the Gulag. This is possibly the most R-selecting national policy of all time, which actively promoted cowardice and dark tetrad traits.
Please understand, I don’t think there’s something special about the bear men that sent them down this road. What we think of as dysgenics is often just artificially accelerated regression to the mean for homo sapiens sapiens. Authorities intent on genocide need only lend their monopoly on force to the whims of the morally childlike. The apparatus practically assembles itself.
One of the main goals of the Soviet leadership was to destroy personal ties among private citizens and create an atmosphere of distrust and fear…
Perhaps the best known attempt to instill fear and distrust is the promotion of the child hero, Pavlik Morozov. Pavlik was a Young Pioneer (the official early Party training organization) who lived in a small village near the Ural Mountains. He was an excellent student and even taught his mother how to read and write. His father was one of the leaders of the village, but, according to the official story, he had fallen in with the enemies of the country. [Ed: Like a broken record. Is lack of creativity a requirement for authority?] Pavlik denounced his father to the authorities and went so far as to testify against him in court. The young pioneer was martyred when he and his brother were killed by their father’s supporters. Morozov’s selflessness and heroism were held up to all children as an example of how children should put the country even before their own families.
This is why I now describe The Gulag Archipelago as required reading for modern Western Christians, to get them back in touch with the fact that the world is a nasty place by default. If the Biblical proscriptions make you scratch your head, it’s probably because you grew up in the modern West. You probably weren’t even molested as a child. But if you roll the reincarnation dice and to be born in another era or place, you can definitely expect to be molested. Everywhere else, it’s just normal.
But hey, maybe the Russians turned this thing around and became better people. Have they shown any remorse for their history? Not that I’ve seen. Lack of remorse bodes ill for the possibility of repentance. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems that Russians are more confident than ever.
Why has there been no public process about the GULAG? One possibility is that people are reluctant to acknowledge that this past hysteria to identify enemies of the state may have included their own family members. The older generations, those who lived through Stalin’s time, might feel guilt about their own role as informants. Another explanation is that the current leadership is not interested in making the GULAG a topic for public debate, since many of the current political leaders were members of the Communist Party or the KGB in the Soviet era. Alexander Yakovlev, chairman of the Rehabilitation Committee in Russia, observed that “Society is indifferent to the past because so many people participated in them [its excesses].”
Despite the efforts of the Memorial Society, there has been no permanent monument erected to remember the victims.
History makes more sense when you realize it’s not written by winners, but rather by WINNARZ.