Monday, April 01, 2013

The Soviet Story -- a 2008 documentary on the Communist form of totalitarianism (with links to the Nazis and implications for the prevalence of spin in what we think we know about the world . . . )

Sometimes, we must take food for thought from grim history. 

The Soviet Story on the Communist dictatorship to 1941, is a case in point.  Note as well controversial claims on cross links to Nazism, including on the marxist influences in forming Nazism. The common theme is totalitarianism rooted in ruthless nihilist factions that seize power in the name of a victim group and promise the power to restore fortunes and right all wrongs. As Lord Acton famously observed, power (predictably) then corrupts, and total power corrupts totally.

Please view not so much as about Commies and Nazis -- don't make the error (never mind biases etc of the authors) of thinking this was unique to these ideologies (it is rooted in demonic depravity that seizes absolute power). Instead view this as being about what has already happened when ruthless factions seize power and resort to mass murder as a means to re-engineering society in the name of some new order.

Remember, too, this happened within living memory.  And, that ever so many were intimidated into silence, or swallowed lies and the pretence that one cannot make a delicious omelet without cracking some eggs, and became collaborators and enablers by silence or failing to stand up for truth when it was hard and politically incorrect.

One lesson is that we must insist on justice, civility and restraint in small things, lest things spin out of control and we become enmeshed in large scale demonic evil in control of the instruments of power in institutions and the state.

What evils can happen if men turn their backs on God, or misuse the name of God on the premise of wickedness: let us do evil that good may come.

Down that road lies only demonic nihilism and it ends in darkness and horror.   

Amazon blurb:

2010 Director's Edition of Edvins Snore's award-winning documentary, now with subtitles in 30 languages. Tells the story of the Soviet regime and how the Soviet Union helped Nazi Germany instigate the Holocaust. Other topics covered by the film: - The Great Famine in Ukraine (1932/33) - The Katyn massacre (1940) - The SS-KGB partnership - French Communists and the Nazis - Soviet mass deportations - Medical experiments in the GULAG. The Soviet Story was filmed over 2 years in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, France, UK and Belgium. The film includes recently uncovered archive documents and interviews with former Soviet Military intelligence officials. As a result, The Soviet Story presents a truly unique insight into recent Soviet history, told by people, once Soviet citizens, who have first-hand knowledge of it. The Soviet Story also discusses the impact of the Soviet legacy on modern day Europe. Listen to experts and European MPs discussing the implications of a selective attitude towards mass murder; and meet a woman describing the burial of her new born son in a GULAG concentration camp. The Soviet Story is a story of pain, injustice and realpolitik. The DVD contains the full 85 minute documentary feature, 25 minutes of bonus interviews & full color film booklet. The film is in English and the DVD includes subtitles in 30 languages: Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional - Taiwan), Chinese (Simplified - PRC), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. New, factory-sealed DVD, NTSC Region 0, shipped from the film's distributor. This is a Private Home Use DVD. Libraries, Community Groups/Clubs, Universities, Endowments, etc. must purchase the appropriate licensed edition from: films (at) perrystreetadvisors (dot) com.  

From DocumentaryTube, here:

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Grim, but important viewing. END

PS: What does this all suggest about the quality of news, views, education, textbooks, museum displays, big-S "Science tells us" and so forth since the 1920's and currently, where power interests are involved? What should we be doing in response? How? (And, onward, how should we go about rebuilding a sound worldview?)