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The Communist Party of the Russian Federation continues to be one of the major forces opposing globalization, and its concomitant bastardization of national cultures, by what Stalinists called “rootless cosmopolitanism.” Russia has shown herself to be the land with the most potential to resist globalization, despite the brief interregnum of the drunken clown Boris Yeltsin, and the disintegration paved by Mikhail Gorbachev, who now postures on the world stage as an elder statesman for a “new world order.”[1] The world kulturkampf remains a primary means for the inauguration of globalist hegemony, as it did during the Cold War era.

Cultural Lines Drawn

The lines of opposition between the main protagonists, the USA and the USSR, were drawn in what is now known as the “Cultural Cold War,”[2] that was attendant with the Cold War era. Cultural subversion became the USA’s means of undermining nations and this remains the case.[3] The USSR since the time of Stalin defined the role of “Soviet culture,” vis-à-vis the “rootless cosmopolitanism” that was being sponsored around the world by the USA via the CIA and plutocratic interests.

While “socialist realism” was formulated in 1932 by Maxim Gorky of the Union of Russian Writers,[4] the position of a new Soviet culture founded upon tradition, was developed and publicly stated in 1946 by A Zhdanov.[5] Classical composers from the Czarist era, such as Tchaikovsky, Glinka, and Borodin, were revived after being sidelined in the early years of Bolshevism, as were great non-Russian composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert.[6] Modernists who had been fêted in the early days of Bolshevism were relegated to irrelevance by the 1930s.[7] Jazz and the associated types of dancing were condemned as bourgeoisie degeneracy.[8] Soviet culture was to be folkish and heroic.[9]

In 1948, Zhdanov’s speech to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolshevik) intended primarily to lay the foundations of Soviet music, represents one of the most cogent attempts to define culture.[10] The Zhdanov speech also helped set the foundation for the campaign against “rootless cosmopolitanism” that was launched several years later.[11]

It is notable that these definitive statements on Soviet culture were being made at the very beginning of the “Cold War,” when the USSR rejected US offers to be a junior partner in a post-War “new world order”.[12] It is also notable that the USSR was launching its campaign against “rootless cosmopolitanism” at the same time that the USA was launching its campaign to spread its “modernism” throughout the world, primarily via “abstract expressionism,” the preferred artistic mode of the Rockefellers, CIA, et al, and their Left-wing lackeys.

In 1949 F. Chernov wrote a seminal article declaring war against “rootless cosmopolitanism.”[13] He described the “rootless cosmopolitans” that had entered both the Soviet arts and the sciences as “nihilistic” and “anti-national,” and even repudiated any notion of a “united world science,” seeing this as part of an attempt to create a “world philosophy” devoid of “national distinctions and features,” stating:

The forms in which bourgeois-cosmopolitan petty ideas are dragged into the area of ideology are multifarious: from concealment of better products of socialist culture to direct denigration of it; from denial of the world-historical significance of Great Russian culture and elimination of respect for its traditions to the frank propagation of servility before decadent bourgeois culture; from the spreading of national nihilism and negation of the significance of the question of priority in science to the slogan about “international solidarity” with bourgeois science and so forth and so on. But the essence of all these forms is this antipatriotism, this propaganda of bourgeois-cosmopolitan ideology setting its goal of spiritual disarmament of the Soviet people in the face of aggressive bourgeois ideology, the revival of remnants of capitalism in peoples’ consciousness.[14]

Chernov identified “rootless cosmopolitism” as part of a specific foreign agenda, which was certainly formalized that year – 1949 – with the founding of the Congress for Cultural Freedom:

In the calculation of our foreign enemies they should divert Soviet literature and culture and Soviet science from the service of the Socialist cause. They try to infect Soviet literature, science, and art with all kinds of putrid influences, to weaken in such a way these powerful linchpins of the political training of the people, the education of the Soviet people in the spirit of active service to the socialist fatherland, to communist construction.[15]

Explaining the meaning of cosmopolitanism, Chernov stated:

Cosmopolitanism is the negation of patriotism, its opposite. It advocates absolute apathy towards the fate of the Motherland. Cosmopolitanism denies the existence of any moral or civil obligations of people to their nation and Motherland.[16]

Chernov then outlined the manner by which cosmopolitanism serves global capital:

The bourgeoisie preaches the principle that money does not have a homeland, and that, wherever one can “make money,” wherever one may “have a profitable business,” there is his homeland. Here is the villainy that bourgeois cosmopolitanism is called on to conceal, to disguise, “to ennoble” the antipatriotic ideology of the rootless bourgeois-businessman, the huckster and the traveling salesman.[17]

This is the situation that pertains also to the present, although with the means of mass communications now developed far more so than in Chernov’s time, the world is succumbing ever more, even in the remotest, hitherto inaccessible regions. “Bourgeois cosmopolitanism” in the arts is synonymous with commodity marketing, because the arts have become commodities for mass production and consumption, with the young as primary targets for the past several generations. Chernov identified precisely who was behind this global kulturkampf:

In the guise of cosmopolitan phraseology, in false slogans about the struggle against “nationalist selfishness,” hides the brutal face of the inciters of a new war, trying to bring about the fantastic notion of American rule over the world. From the imperialist circles of the USA today issues propaganda of “world citizenship” and “universal government.”[18]

It is in the above passage that Chernov makes it plain that this was a “Cultural Cold War” as it is now termed.

At the time the CIA was launching its front, the Congress for Cultural Freedom, with the assistance of Trotsky-apologist Professor Sidney Hook, and numerous other ultra-Leftists, and in particular Trotskyites. Its cultural ideology can at least in part be traced to the manifesto on the arts written by Trotsky along with André Breton and Diego Rivera in 1938, entitled Towards a Free Revolutionary Art.[19] Aptly, this was published in the Autumn 1938 issue of the Marxist magazine Partisan Review, which was to play a significant role in the “Cultural Cold War” and was to receive CIA funding.

One of the first projects launched upon the world was an exhibition of “abstract expressionism” in 1952 via the International Program of the Rockefeller founded, funded and run Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). This received a five-year annual grant of $125,000 from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, under the direction of Porter McCray, who had also worked with Nelson Rockefeller’s Latin American Department, and in 1950 as an attaché of the cultural section of the US Foreign Service.[20] Russell Lynes, writing of this period stated that MoMA now had the entire world to “proselytise” with what he called “the exportable religion” of Abstract Expressionism[21].

The Stalinists accurately perceived the cultural strategy of the globalists and their Leftist allies.

Although the Congress for Cultural Freedom, after numerous exposés, was wound up, and the CIA publicly acknowledges its role,[22] other organizations have arisen to continue “Cold War II,” again primarily against Russia, but also against any state that is reticent about a “new world order”: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Milosevic’s Serbia, etc., while the USA has pursued a policy of surrounding Russia by fomenting “color revolutions” in the former Soviet states.[23]

The destruction of Soviet Czechoslovakia was inaugurated by “rootless cosmopolitanism.” The Charter 77 protest movement was formed after the imprisonment of fans of the rock band, “Plastic People of the Universe.”[24] Hence, the means by which a state was rotted from within began from the most banal of issues. A present, following the same scenario, is the great tumult fermented by the punk-Left group “Pussy Riot,” which seemingly overnight became a cause celebre of well-organized mass demonstrations of the type that are always termed “spontaneous,” and quickly garnered a clamorous chorus of pontificating Russophobes to jump on the bandwagon. Some are even referring to this inanity as a “global revolution.” What was tantamount to a Black Mass in an Orthodox Cathedral has become a standard for “free speech” and a battering ram against Russia. If similar antics were tried in a synagogue in Israel, what would be the reactions of the Israeli Government, and “world opinion,” including that of US officialdom? One young enthusiast, whom we might pick as typical of a generation (like those of the “Hip Generation”), easily swayed into thinking that nonsense is “revolutionary,” gushed:

After they blessed themselves with the sign of the cross and bowed toward the altar, the members of the band, clad in vibrantly colored masks called balaclavas that cover most of the face except for the eyes, performed a “punk prayer” for a camera and a few straggling worshippers in the cathedral.[25]

Ms. Carey further enthuses that the cause has been taken up by others as if this is surprising, considering the legions of the naïve that can be mobilized in short-order by Machiavellian interests in the name of the most inane of “issues”, so long as slogans such as “human rights” and “democracy” are sufficiently bandied about:

After igniting this flame of protest, it has been estimated that Pussy Riot has become one of most influential artists of our generation. Moreover, many politicians and artists, including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Pete Townshend have publicly stood behind the band. Citizens of New York City—as well as those in Bulgaria, Scotland, Germany and Russia—have taken notice and united under the cause.… [26]

Ms. Carey, a sophomore, is, like many others, eager to re-create the entire world in the image of American “democracy,” a euphemism for globalist hegemony, under the name of “freedom.” She and the multitude of others are in influential company, which one would think would give them pause for reconsideration as to whose agenda they are following,[27] had the education system and mass entertainment media not atrophied their critical faculties. However, youth are easily incited by clichés as they were in the 1960s and 1970s and as they have been during the “Arab Spring” and the multitude of “color revolutions” sweeping the world in the name of “human rights” and in the interests of global capital.

Given the inane world in which we live, thanks to the control of culture, including supposedly “dissident” culture, by plutocracy, this is not surprising, since mass marketing, including that of the “arts,” requires quantity over quality to ensure the largest possible consumer base. Like planned obsolescence, commodity culture must also be of very limited duration, so that there is a constant turnover.

Zyuganov Communists Launch Counter-Offensive

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation under the leadership of Gennady Zyuganov, is as fully cognizant of all the implications of the “new world order” as was the leadership of the USSR from Stalin to Brezhnev. This includes recognition that the global kulturkampf is still of primary significance. The Zyuganov Communists, in the tradition of Chernov and Zhadanov during the Stalin era, have launched an offensive aimed at upholding Russian culture against alien contagion.

In December 2012, the Russian Creative Movement: Russky Lad (Russian Order) was formed, uniting over 300 patriotic and religious organizations, as well as artists and lawyers, under the chairmanship of Zyuganov.[28] A news report states of the movement:

The preservation of Russia’s identity amid globalization is one of the core goals of the Russian Order. It is also set to unite and “mobilize” Russians and other indigenous peoples in order to protect the Russian language – the basis of unity and creativity in the country.[29]

One of the leaders of the movement, Communist Duma delegate Vladimir Nikitin, described a new “war launched by speculative capital longing for world supremacy and aimed against the Russian civilization.”[30] He stated that an “alien” form of government, economy and culture had been imposed on Russia, undermining everything “originally Russian.” He warned that the opposition movement against Putin could be manipulated in the service of outsiders, reducing Russia to chaos to provide a pretext for invasion by “NATO peacekeepers” to counter “imaginary Russian Nazis.”[31] The warning can hardly be dismissed as paranoid considering what happened to Serbia and more recently Libya, and what might yet happen to Syria.

Nothing except for genocide is more destructive to a people than cultural subversion. A “global culture” is concomitant with a “global shopping mall” and a “global factory.” The cultural front is the vital means of maintaining the possibility of a people’s revival even when that people is subjected to military invasion. The Stalinists recognized such issues decades ago, as do their present-day heirs. A people can overcome military invasion and even prolonged occupation, and rebuild in the aftermath so long as there is a remnant of culture from which to rebuild, a lesson the Chinese know in attempting to obliterate the Tibetan culture, for example.

Russia is again the focus of resistance to globalist hegemony. Zyuganov is aware of Russia’s responsibility as the only potential leader of a new dispensation in world geopolitics. He has urged the creation of a Eurasian power bloc which includes a “united Europe” in opposition to a US-imposed “new world order,” similar to the position advocated by Eurasian theorist Alexander Dugin of Moscow State University. Zyuganov spoke of this in connection with the war against Serbia, stating in 1999, “united Europe together with Russia can compete with the U.S…. America is afraid of united Europe.…”[32] However, there can be no such entities as “Europe” or “Russia” if both end up existing as nothing more than land-masses in the service of an international production-and-consumption process where the distinctiveness of peoples and cultures have been obliterated in the quest for global profit maximization.

Notes

[1] K R Bolton, “Mikhail Gorbachev: Globalist Super-Star,” Foreign Policy Journal, April 3, 2011, https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/04/03/mikhail-gorbachev-globalist-super-star/

[2] Frances Stonor Saunders, The Cultural Cold War: the CIA and the world of arts and letters (New York: The New Press, 1999).

[3] Ralph Peters, “Constant Conflict”, Parameters, Summer 1997, 4-14. http://www.usamhi.army.mil/USAWC/Parameters/97summer/peters.htm

[4] Richard Overy, The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia (London: Allen Lane, 2004), pp. 352-353.

[5] Ibid., p. 361.

[6] Ibid., 366-367.

[7] Ibid., 371.

[8] Ibid., 376.

[9] K R Bolton, Stalin, op. cit., pp. 21-27.

[10] A. Zhandov, Speech, Central Committee of the Communist Party SU (Bolshevik), February 1948. p. 6.

[11] K R Bolton, Stalin, op. cit., p. 22.

[12] K R Bolton, “Origins of the Cold War: How Stalin Foiled a New World Order,” Foreign Policy Journal, May 31, 2010, https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/05/31/origins-of-the-cold-war-how-stalin-foild-a-new-world-order

[13] F Chernov, “Bourgeois Cosmopolitanism and its reactionary role,” Bolshevik: Theoretical and Political Magazine of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) ACP(B), Issue #5, March 15 1949, pp. 30-41.

[14] Ibid.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Leon Trotsky, André Breton, Diego Rivera, Towards a Free Revolutionary Art, 25 July 1938.

[20] Saunders, op. cit., p. 267.

[21] Russell Lynes, Good Old Modern Art: An Intimidate Portrait of the Museum of Modern Art (New York: Atheneum, 1973), cited by Saunders, ibid.., 267.

[22] “Cultural Cold War: Origins of the Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1949-50,”Cewntrla Intelligence Agency,  https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/docs/v38i5a10p.htm#rft1

[23] K R Bolton, “America’s ‘World Revolution’: Neo-Trotskyist Foundations of U.S. Foreign Policy,” Foreign Policy Journal, May 3, 2010, https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/05/03/americas-world-revolution-neo-trotskyist-foundations-of-u-s-foreign-policy/

[24] D Bilefsky, “Czech’s Velvet Revolution Paved by Plastic People,” The NY Times, November 15, 2009, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/world/europe/16iht-czech.html

[25] Madeline Carey, “Defend the Riot: Pussy Riot’s Global Revolution,” November 20, 2012, Huff Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madeline-carey/pussy-riot-free-speech_b_2109754.html

[26] Ibid.

[27] See: Tony Cartalucci, “Russia’s ‘Pussy Riot’ Supported by US State Department,” Global Research, August 18 2012, http://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-s-pussy-riot-stunt-supported-by-us-state-department/32395

[28] “Communists set up new movement to counter Western oppression,” December 10, 2012, http://rt.com/politics/zyuganov-communist-movement-patriotic-691/

[29] Ibid.

[30] Ibid.

[31] Ibid.

[32] Robert Tatman, “Zyuganov Says Kosovo Crisis Key to New World Order,” February 22, 1999, http://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg06099.html