By the author of The Faithful Prepper and The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications,
I find it odd that nobody out there sells books on Vladimir Lenin. I challenge you to look at your town’s libraries and bookstores. If you’re like me, you won’t see a dang thing on Lenin (or Samuel Adams).
This is really a shame because there’s a lot that Lenin said that I think the current world needs to be aware of. Let’s take a look at some of what this man had to say way back in the early 1900s and see if he still has had an impact today.
Pertinent quotes from Vladimir Lenin
“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.”
Remember this when you see every talking head on your TV saying the exact same thing. Read the headlines of some of the major newspapers and magazines over the course of the last few years. Do you see “othering” being performed? Or do you see peace being advocated for?
“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”
This ties in really well with the above quote. Peaceful protests, anyone?
“The goal of socialism is communism.”
Just in case there’s anybody out there stupid enough to tell you the line, “But socialism is different! It doesn’t lead to communism!” you can show them what one of the foremost Marxists in history had to say on the subject.
“Why should freedom of speech and freedom of press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Why should any man be allowed to buy a printing press and disseminate pernicious opinions calculated to embarrass the government?”
Do you think that freedom of speech – regardless of format – has been protected of late? Or has it been attacked from every angle?
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”
Mao Zedong’s “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” would be a nice tie-in here. Does this make you a bit suspicious about all of the talk about the disarmament of American citizens?
“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”
It’s probable that you pay over 50% of all that you earn in taxes. Consider the devaluing of the dollar over the course of the past few years as well.
“One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers Communist and the disarming of the bourgeoisie the middle class.”
This is a discussion in and of itself. Laws for thee but not for me.
“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.”
I love this. It really speaks for itself.
“We are not shooting enough professors.”
“But communism is about love, harmony, idealism, and world peace!” you say.
*commences heavy eye roll.*
That doesn’t sound like any of those things to me. This sounds like a wicked man advocating for widespread murder.
“The establishment of a central bank is 90% of communizing a nation.”
Could it perhaps have to do with his above quote on inflation?
“Pacifism, the preaching of peace in the abstract, is one of the means of duping the working class.”
This goes hand in hand with the whole Mao Zedong discussion.
“Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
How long do college students take to get their degrees? Four years, right? Is that enough time to indoctrinate somebody? You betcha.
“How can you make a revolution without executions?”
Should the actual facts of how many millions of people have been murdered by collectivists not be enough to change your mind, perhaps the actual quotes of Lenin will do it? Collectivism is about death.
“I don’t care what becomes of Russia. To hell with it. All this is only the road to a World Revolution.”
Are we seeing the death of national sovereignty throughout the world right now? Are we seeing stronger and stronger international “alliances” and groups? Are they talking about international law quite a bit? Are they talking about international police forces? Have you ever heard of Interpol?
“No Marxist can deny that the interests of socialism are higher than the interests of the right of nations to self-determination.”
Dang, I feel like we just talked about this.
“By destroying the peasant economy and driving the peasant from the country to the town, the famine creates a proletariat… Furthermore, famine can and should be a progressive factor not only economically. It will force the peasant to reflect on the bases of the capitalist system, demolish faith in the tsar and tsarism, and consequently in due course make the victory of the revolution easier… Psychologically all this talk about feeding the starving and so on essentially reflects the usual sugary sentimentality of our intelligentsia.”
So, wait…you’re saying that creating a famine can be beneficial to building a communist state? That makes me want to think about those food processing facilities bursting into flames a little more.
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“The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.”
Like through inflation via a centrally run bank?
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Are Vladimir Lenin’s words still impacting today?
Well, you tell me. What do you think? Are there any other philosophies you think are being used to control the populace? Do you see the influence Lenin’s words still hold? Let us know in the comment section below.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, What School Should Have Taught You, The Faithful Prepper, An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.