Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Another myth would be that of a Bolshevik-Jewish conspiracy

Which despite the implausibility on the face of it could also be debunked in a more thorough fashion. There were a number of people of Jewish descent who were high up in the Bolshevik party, but I take this to be a reflection of the fact that the Bolsheviks and the socialist movement in Russia in general did represent the oppressed, and jews in Russia were certainly oppressed, with Russia also having a very large jewish population in general. People who are oppressed probably want to join parties that represent liberation from oppression. Specifically Jewish socialist organizations in Russia were dismissed by the Bolsheviks as representing a kind of earlier stage of socialist thinking that was regressive in that it combined a kind of nationalism with socialism , as opposed to recognizing socialism and socialist thought as completely coming first with the status of minorities in Russia coming in second. Also, the Zionist movement, which these conspiracy theories want to pin down as being the way through which the plot went, was not something that was really a socialist movement although there were certainly lots of socialist elements within it. And beyond that, Zionism was more concerned with going back to Israel than with trying to assert any sort of influence over the world in general. The only people the Zionists oppressed, with the possible exception of some of their own people through collaboration of extreme elements with Fascism, were the Palestinians.

If the Bolsheviks were popular with Jewish communities abroad it was probably because they represented liberation from traditional oppression.

The picture was not so completely rosy as that however in that during the Revolution, according to Mikhail Agursky in his book "The Third Rome", some rural areas that didn't have a big socialist presence decided that the way to liberate themselves from the oppressors was to persecute the Jews in their villages.

Then of course there was Stalinism afterwards and the legitimation of anti-semitism in the USSR that followed Stalin's death.

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