Monica Showalter has been writing a series of columns for IBD about life in the Soviet Union. The eighth and latest deals with how Lenin and the Bolsheviks went about destroying marriages and families. I urge you to read the whole thing (and the whole series) but here are a few excerpts. Does any of this sound familiar?
• Equating marriage with slavery. Lenin and his feminist lieutenants, particularly Alexandra Kollontai, the first female commissar in the Soviet government, considered much of what the suffragettes were fighting for, including voting rights and equal protection under the law, “bourgeois convention.”
What they had in mind was something far more radical: An all-out war on “old and outdated” institutions like marriage and family so dominance of the state could be achieved. Instead of marriage, there would be more disposable “unions of affection and comradeship.”
The first salvo in the “liberation” of the family was easy divorce, established almost immediately by the Bolsheviks. Abortion on demand — until then illegal in every country in the world — came in 1920.
“The family is ceasing to be necessary either to its members or to the nation,” Kollontai wrote that year. But capitalists, she said, “are well aware that the old type of family, where a woman is a slave and where the husband is responsible for the well-being of his wife and children, is the best weapon in the struggle to stifle the desire of the working class for freedom and to weaken the revolutionary spirit of the working man and working woman. ….
• It takes a village. The Bolsheviks believed communism would eliminate the need for families. The country, after all, would become “one whole family.” Hearth and home were viewed as potentially subversive.
Those who just wanted to look out for their own children were “selfish,” Kollontai wrote. Women should see all children as their own with duties shared. This made it easier to force wives and mothers into factories and gave rise to day-care centers, communal meals, even community laundries and clothing repair centers. …
• It takes a community organizer. Lenin dispatched Kollontai to set up the Zhenotdel, a community organizing group financed by the Communist Party for agitation and propaganda of the new model.
Zhenotdel representatives not only had their own publication, “Kommunistka,” they also were tasked with going out into the rural villages to set up community centers and force women’s political participation. They also agitated for divorce, abortion and all the other agenda items that Bolsheviks touted as “liberating.” (Read More)
Anyone who doubts that the Left is, in fact, not far removed from the likes of Lenin ought to read this, and hopefully learn from it. I have seen the similarities in the Left and Communists for years, ultimately, they are out for the same basic goals. Of course today, believing in a bogey man is frowned upon. Accuse anyone of being a Socialist/Marxist/Communist will get you ostracized by the Left and frowned upon by many on the Right. Communism is dead remember? It died with the Soviet Union they would have us believe. Only a fool would buy that. Communism will never die because Communists will never admit the truth, that they are wrong. They will keep trying, they will repackage their ideology, frame their arguments in different ways, soften their rhetoric, but forcing the chains of Marxism onto is all is their goal, as much today as it was in the past. They are still very much dedicated to their cause.