[Marxism] Gennady Zyuganov

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Tue Nov 22 12:40:34 MST 2016

Recently, in a second hand bookstore, I picked up a copy of My Russia, The Political Autobiography of Gennady Zyuganov.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gennady_Zyuganov  Here I share some excerpts with you.
			ken h

According to some sources, America made a $200 net profit on every Russian killed during World War II.  By 1945 America owned 50 percent of the world's gold currency reserves.
(While I cannot attest to the accuracy of this claim, I can certainly acknowledge the titanic effort of the people of the USSR to defeat Nazi Germany.  kh)

p. 39
It is a fact of world history, rather than an invention of the originators of the Russian idea, that Russia has been a guardian - in the highest and most humane sense - of Europe and Asia and of the whole world. No other country could take its place.

pp. 83 - 84
For centuries Russia has considered itself destined to show the world the treasures of the human spirit as reflected in personal life, family traditions, the social system and the form of the state.  Over many centuries, this idea has taken on diverse philosophical, religious and ideological forms.  It inspired the creators of the universal formula "Moscow as the Third Rome" expressed in the severe, courageous, and ascetic colors of Russian Orthodoxy.  Later, garbed in the trinity of the Russian Empire's motto - "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality" - this idea rallied under the majestic arch of the Russian state "the score of tongues" forming the unified family of Russian nations.
Fighters for the nation's happiness were inspired by it, and after October 1917 its life-giving breath kept the national soul together in spite of ideologists of a "permanent revolution" - cynical cosmopolitans who looked who looked upon Russia as only a base for instigating a world-wide conflagration.  It helped us get through times of cold and famine, destruction and hostile international actions.  It helped us achieve a glorious victory in a most bloody war and then re-create that great power on the ruins of which renegades, traitors and Russophobes are feeding today.

p. 121
The revolution of 1917 was a natural result of the crisis that affected all aspects of state life and national self-awareness.  From the moment of its emergence, the new state - the USSR - had to struggle with serious contradictions.  On the one hand, the huge historical inertia of the Russian state system and its great power tradition of national self-awareness steadily pushed the Soviet Union to accept the geopolitical role that Russia had historically played.  On the other hand, the sharp beak with thousand-year-long state and spiritual traditions, the categorical denial of historical continuity, a wholesale disparagement of old ideals, and a persistent nihilism in relation to national values had an extremely negative effect on our country's development.
The situation changed significantly with the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.  An appeal to patriotism and to the historical traditions of Russia provided the drive for our victory over Germany.  The unprecedently rapid reconstruction of our war devastated economy was based on a conscious shift in domestic policy toward the recognition of national values and the rejection of dogmatic utopian myths, official Russophobia, and the shameless antichurch campaign.

p. 165
The struggle of various criminal clans to divide and redivide their spoils is the real cause of conflicts like the one in Chechnya.

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