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Saturday May 4th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    In 2006, so it's not that long ago the more neo conservative leaning had an issue of one of their their online magazines, that's still published, which claimed that during the Soviet era there was around one KBG operative to every four hundred and fifty Soviet citizens, and the magazine went on to suggest in 2006 there was around one FSB operative to every three hundred Russian citizens. Back then of course the more rightward leaning had distinct ideas about evil empires and these statistics suggested some kind of improvement in routines of Russian citizens. It's true also that any pronouncement by a politically motivated online magazine should be taken with several ladles of salt. But the point is without the Cheka, Soviet Union's early iteration of the KBG, the Soviet Revolution might never have succeeded. During the Russian civil war from 1918 to 1921 the Red Army had in excess of three million deserters, it was the Cheka that was charged with sorting the problem out. Lenin wasn't much interested in Hearts and Minds, in one of his early speeches he had no problem with rounding up counter-revolutionaries and shooting them in the interest of the revolution, later in his career it wasn't something he liked to boast about in public speeches, he preferred the George Washington type father of the nation, more of a cult following.

 

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    The Cheka hung around, often for political reasons it changed it's name, it changed its practices, it evolved, became more subtle, but it didn't go away. Chekism has come to mean the less visible organs of the state charged with neutralizing perceived disruptive influences. There's an argument that when members of a virulent Political Party confront a reality that might rob them of their power they see an easier solution to their worries in versions of Chekism. Perceived disruptive influence becomes the competing party, and less and less to do with the constructive solutions and more and more to do with blindly clinging to power. Wishy-washy snowflake implies a devotion to the constructive sportsmanship of relativist thinking and a deep suspicion of intuition, the gut the more absolute minded claim to trust to the point of worship. Possibly the example of neo conservatives is worth considering. They were leftward leaning people, but the left was way too wishy-washy and they yearned for a Cheka of their own, the snarling result hasn't much added to Zoroaster's Good Progress. I guess too the Cheka has everything to do with Ends justifying the Means, and funny thing about Ends in politics they never arrive, which has long been the potential for Liberal Democracy being an End in and of itself, a place to keep the Wolves from killing us all, a zoo if you prefer. Inefficient and chaotic, we're talking Wolves for goodness sake, of course it's inefficient and chaotic! Look what happens when they escape.

 

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