Why doesn’t anyone care about the Soviet document archive?

posted at 2:55 pm on May 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

That’s the question Claire Berlinski asks in the latest issue of City Journal, but the answer is rather easy to surmise.  Michael Moynihan wrote about the problem from a different angle in an excellent article for Reason last year, and various pundits have noted the dearth of admissions over the true nature of the Soviet regime in the period since the end of the Cold War.  The archives gathered by Pavel Stroilov and Vladimir Bukovsky, among others, provide evidence in stark terms of the end result of collectivist impulses — and challenge the academic conclusions about the nature of Soviet leaders, especially Mikhail Gorbachev:

In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains inexplicably indifferent and uncurious about the deadliest ideology in history.

For evidence of this indifference, consider the unread Soviet archives. Pavel Stroilov, a Russian exile in London, has on his computer 50,000 unpublished, untranslated, top-secret Kremlin documents, mostly dating from the close of the Cold War. He stole them in 2003 and fled Russia. Within living memory, they would have been worth millions to the CIA; they surely tell a story about Communism and its collapse that the world needs to know. Yet he can’t get anyone to house them in a reputable library, publish them, or fund their translation. In fact, he can’t get anyone to take much interest in them at all.

Then there’s Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, who once spent 12 years in the USSR’s prisons, labor camps, and psikhushkas—political psychiatric hospitals—after being convicted of copying anti-Soviet literature. He, too, possesses a massive collection of stolen and smuggled papers from the archives of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, which, as he writes, “contain the beginnings and the ends of all the tragedies of our bloodstained century.” These documents are available online at bukovsky-archives.net, but most are not translated. They are unorganized; there are no summaries; there is no search or index function. “I offer them free of charge to the most influential newspapers and journals in the world, but nobody wants to print them,” Bukovsky writes. “Editors shrug indifferently: So what? Who cares?”

The problem isn’t apathy as much as it is fear.  The narrative among popular academics and media is that the Soviet Union collapsed out of a too-generous sense of glasnost and perestroika, with Mikhail Gorbachev as the benevolent national leader whose love of freedom inadvertently ended the Soviet empire.  The documentation of the Kremlin’s activities and transcripts of Gorbachev’s own conversations put an end to that mythology. For instance, Berlinski quotes this passage from Politburo minutes of a discussion of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989:

Lukyanov reports that the real number of casualties on Tiananmen Square was 3,000.

Gorbachev: We must be realists. They, like us, have to defend themselves. Three thousands . . . So what?

So what, indeed!  What’s the death of 3,000 unarmed men and women when it comes to preserving the power of the dictatorial state?  One must crack a few (thousand) bourgeois eggs to make the Communist omelette, after all.  That comes to light again in a transcript of a Gorbachev conversation with a West German politician in which he defends a similar massacre of protesters in Tbilisi by Soviet troops.

These documents have the power to destroy the carefully constructed facade of Gorbachev by his Western apologists as somehow different from his Soviet predecessors.  He was not; he could hardly have risen to the Politburo had he not been an advocate of totalitarian control.  He had a much better sense of his enemies than his predecessors, and knew how to charm the media better than any of them.  And charm them Gorbachev did, enough to get them to make the argument over the last 20 years that Gorbachev won the Cold War by dismantling the Soviet Union, rather than the obvious conclusion that the US won it by forcing the Soviets into an economic war they couldn’t possibly hope to win.

That is why the term “Nazi” rightly remains synonymous with evil, while “Communist” gets more of a pass.  (When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain?  1959?)  The Soviet Communists killed tens of millions of people through malice and neglect over a far longer period of time, and that includes Mikhail Gorbachev, who spent decades working in that system.  The documents saved at so much risk to these archivists would show that unequivocally — and that should prompt us to ask, as Berlinski does, why that seems to threaten so many in the media and academia to the point of attempting to ignore their existence.

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The Soviets archived their goodies like Obama archived his BC, Harvud reports and transcript and other inconvenient treasures.

seven on May 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

An inconvenient truth.

ThePrez on May 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Well there are some good books coming out that use the archive. If you want a good read about Khrushchev you need to get:

Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali, “Khrushchev’s Cold War.” Talk about an eye opener. The guy was pretty crazy trying to play chicken with the United States using nuclear weapons.

taney71 on May 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Considering how many lefties here in the U.S. froth at the mouth when trying to explain why communist nations are so cool and fun, it’s little wonder they don’t want to dig too deep into the truth.

Bishop on May 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

There is also the possibility that too many people in the United States don’t want too much attention paid to those documents because their names appear in some of those papers.

Skandia Recluse on May 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

If they can OCR that text and publish it in html, Google Translate can do the rest

Patrick Ishmael on May 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

That is why the term “Nazi” Jihadist rightly remains synonymous with evil, while “Communist” Islam and the Religon of Peace gets more of a pass.

hmmmm, works both ways.

upinak on May 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Is it technically difficult to get those docs OCR’d?

Patrick Ishmael on May 14, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Immediately prior to Stalin’s death, he was planning a pogrom against Russian Jews that would have eclipsed the holocaust.

The Black Book of Communism documented 100 million deaths a decade ago. 50 million more have been documented since then.

Anyone who harbors positive feelings towards either communism or socialism is morally and intellectually bankrupt, there’s no way around it.

NoDonkey on May 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM

LOL I recall sitting in recitation for my History 102 class years back.

The TA had the nerve to tell us that Russian Communism wasn’t “real communism.”

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM

political psychiatric hospitals

Anyone have any doubt that given the constant hammering of conservatisim as being “not normal” or “immature” by the Left that these will be coming here?

crazy_legs on May 14, 2010 at 3:09 PM

The Empire State building honored China, and it’s anniversary of communism, but has so far denied those wanting to commemorate Mother Theresa.

I think it’s blatantly obvious. Most of those working in these fields ARE communists, and are working to further instill this in our country. They won’t help get anything out that would taint their plans. However…somehow….the truth always shines thru!

capejasmine on May 14, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I do. But I don’t speak russian and don’t I could get access. One needs to be a historian and a lefty historian at that.

Blake on May 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Yeah, I’m sure Wikileaks has them and is going through them with a fine tooth comb to expose the abuses of comm… Bwahahahahaha… whoo, I just couldn’t say that with a straight face.

Skywise on May 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Media isn’t interested in Ted Kennedy’s traitorous activities.

JammieWearingFool on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I’ve been waiting for this article to go live.

The TA had the nerve to tell us that Russian Communism wasn’t “real communism.”

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Typical. Every time socialism/communism we’re told it’s because the regime didn’t engage in “real socialism/communism”.

amerpundit on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I’ve been waiting for this article to go live.

The TA had the nerve to tell us that Russian Communism wasn’t “real communism.”

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Typical. Every time socialism/communism fails we’re told it’s because the regime didn’t engage in “real socialism/communism”.

amerpundit on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I think part of it is that they don’t want more embarrassing nuggets to come out like the documents showing that Ted Kennedy lobbied the USSR to undermine Reagan during the 1984 election season.

teke184 on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

the Evil empire indeed

ed misses the real reason. Most of the media and elite think communism is great and therefore do not want to report the truth.

unseen on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Very important article. It was interesting to see the actual contacts between the West European Left & the Soviets.

Fellow travelers indeed.

Hope this gets more play.

rbj on May 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Why doesn’t anyone care about the Soviet document archive?

The answer is incredibly painfully obvious to anyone who thinks about it rationally. There are millions of people in America (Academicians, Media personalities [so called journalists] politicians, lawyers and union officials) who have invested their reputations and very psyches in Marxist/Communist/Socialist ideology.

For them to admit or concede the reality of what is contained within those archives is for them to face the reality that Marxist/Communist/Socialist ideology did not fail because the wrong people attempted to implement it in flawed manners, but that the ideology itself isn’t just flawed but genuinely evil.

doriangrey on May 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Anyone have any doubt that given the constant hammering of conservatisim as being “not normal” or “immature” by the Left that these will be coming here?

crazy_legs on May 14, 2010 at 3:09 PM

That’s for sure. I remember when they were offering free brain scans to conservative bloggers. I told them it was a trick and it would ultimately be used to discredit conservatives.

Blake on May 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I’ll offer to OCR some of those once finals week is over. Some of the documents aren’t top-quality, but nothing I can’t fix with my trusty Irfanview/MS Paint combo.

Dark-Star on May 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

amerpundit on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

It’s a whole ball of entangled, screwed up logic.

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM

One of my favorite tricks is to ask people:

“Who invaded Poland on September 17th 1939?”

Inevitable answer: “Hitler”

Wrong says I, “The Soviet Union”

WitchDoctor on May 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM

This is no surprise. These issues have to be hidden to convince the masses that they can “get it right” this time. Their central planning utopia won’t work if folks know the historical odds of starving, being forced to work in a labor camp or exiled are rather high.

Firefly_76 on May 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Typical. Every time socialism/communism fails we’re told it’s because the regime didn’t engage in “real socialism/communism”.

amerpundit on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

You don’t hear those excuses when conservatism fails. Because it doesn’t fail,. It has suceeded everytime it has been tried

unseen on May 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

The Mitrokhin archives

Vasili Mitrokhin risked his life and Americans are watching American Idol.

So dumb.

Please read the Mitrokin archives.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM

(When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain? 1959?)

– Ed Morrisey

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull“. 2008.

A mess of a movie, but the villains were commie rats.

Why doesn’t an anti-communist conservative “plutocrat” (Rush Limbaugh?) fund the Soviet archives’ translation and proper preservation?

Call it the Rush Out the Commies Initiative.

profitsbeard on May 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM

The TA had the nerve to tell us that Russian Communism wasn’t “real communism.”

blatantblue on May 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Technically that’s correct, because in practice, it’s completely unworkable so therefore it’s never been truly practiced.

Human nature won’t allow it to be truly implemented.

The problem with it is that it subordinates the individual to the state and those in charge of the state, will eventually become the most power hungry and ruthless people in the population.

What ensues from that is entirely predictable.

NoDonkey on May 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

That is why the term “Nazi” rightly remains synonymous with evil, while “Communist” gets more of a pass.

Two evil socialist phylosophies!

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

I imagine there are some embarrassing reports on American politicians…probably some ‘unofficial’ messages sent from members of the US government to Soviet contacts as well.

Asher on May 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Facts are of no interest to liberals…

right2bright on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

At the end of the Cold War, it became so obvious how many “national liberation movements” that had caused us and our allies such headaches were Soviet puppets, and collapsed without continued Soviet support. It was amazing to watch so many “intractable ethnic and political conflicts” literally dry up and blow away. A wonderful example is the peace in Northern Ireland, once the Provos finally realized nobody was going to fund them anymore.

I think someone in the George H W Bush Administration figured the same would happen with Soviet networks in the United States, that they would dry up and blow away. Also, it was believed that Cuba would collapse soon after the USSR, and the succeeding government would help US Counterintelligence by allowing the revelation of Soviet pay records for Soviet agents in America (Cuba being the paymaster of Soviet networks in the USA). Instead of provoking the Left, all ready with their tales of COINTELPRO and other such “official oppression,” they figured the lack of Soviet money would starve them out of business with no political cost to the GOP.

What they never figured on was that those Americans the Soviets were able to suborn during the Cold War had motivations beyond the monetary to bring down their home country. The Soviet networks remained intact. Cuba found funding from Latin American drug cartels in exchange for protection of drug shipments and training of enforcers. So we never got to declassify what we would need to document the treason of those who worked with the Soviets.

And now, here we are. Why won’t publishers and journalists translate and publish these papers? Because one of the prongs of the Soviet network in the US was taking over the media. What would people do if they found out that the executive producers of the major news networks they have trusted over the years worked for a foreign power? That journalist who published this secret could find himself out of a job and sued, his persecutor secure in the knowledge that the evidence of his guilt cannot be declassified for a mere civil suit.

Sekhmet on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I pointed out that fact about Gorby to a friend of mine once. She didn’t appreciate the idea that he was just as bad as the rest of the Sov leadership.

One of my favorite tricks is to ask people:

“Who invaded Poland on September 17th 1939?”

Inevitable answer: “Hitler”

Wrong says I, “The Soviet Union”

WitchDoctor on May 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM

That’s excellent. I’m stealing.
I read a book about what happened to the Poles who didn’t like either the Ruskies or the Nazis after they were invaded. And needless to say, it wasn’t pleasant…..

mjk on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Sandy Berger will be organizing that effort.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

JammieWearingFool on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Or Biden’s apparently.

lorien1973 on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Look at the Mitrokin Archive and Vasili Mitrokin.

He has the names.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

The KGBs program to de-demonize, and Co-opt the top levels of our mindset was so successful it’s still working today.

Wood Dragon on May 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM

mjk on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I just saw a move on the Polish Jews who lived in the woods. I forget what the name was. Very interesting.

upinak on May 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The state controlled media doesn’t want the obvious parallels to be drawn to the current administration.

TheSitRep on May 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I just saw a move on the Polish Jews who lived in the woods. I forget what the name was. Very interesting.

upinak on May 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Resistance.

portlandon on May 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM

I’d be willing to donate to the translation, and printing, of these historical documents (from my ever shrinking pool of resources).

Deckard on May 14, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Another, that in this case managed to get published but none the less ignored, along the same genre that deserves honorable mention is Mitrohkin’s The Sword and The Sheild. This book which due to the academic disdain for that they do not wish to accept, is the smoggled archives of the KGB where he was the official archivist.

Among other goodies that the counter the the usual leftist narrative is that the Rosenbergs were irrevocably indeed Soviet agents. And that, what they liken to as the hyper-ventalating hysteria of George McCarthry, was actually an under assessment of the Soviet infiltration of the American Gov’t.

You have to give the left kudos for consistency, as we have seen with the fraud displayed by ClimateGate of academics suppressing accurate depiction facts & the outright infiltration of the bureacratic structure of our Gov’t by treasonous elements that continues to this day.

Every day I become ever more convinced that, to insure the continuation our Republic we must storm the bastions of elitist academia and purge the malignant cancer that we have left to fester for too long. Intellectual dishonesty is the fuel by which progressives advance the enginine of our destruction.

As the good man LtCol West put it, “Bayonets!”

Archimedes on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

And now, here we are. Why won’t publishers and journalists translate and publish these papers? Because one of the prongs of the Soviet network in the US was taking over the media. What would people do if they found out that the executive producers of the major news networks they have trusted over the years worked for a foreign power? That journalist who published this secret could find himself out of a job and sued, his persecutor secure in the knowledge that the evidence of his guilt cannot be declassified for a mere civil suit.

Sekhmet on May 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Exactly, they are so personally invested that they cannot allow the truth to become common knowledge.

doriangrey on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

It would be nice to update the Venona Papers, but it would probably get the same yawn from the left as the Venona Papers got.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The KGBs program to de-demonize, and Co-opt the top levels of our mindset was so successful it’s still working today.

Wood Dragon on May 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM


Yes it was. Look into Vasili Mitrokhin & The Mitrokhin Archive.

Mitrokhin defected to the UK after secretly doubling his records in a NKVD and then KGB records office for over 50+ years… He became disenchanted with communism after and the February 25, 1956 “secret speech” by Khrushchev that repudiated Stalin.

Why nobody cares about his explosive records I have no idea.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

It would be nice to update the Venona Papers, but it would probably get the same yawn from the left as the Venona Papers got.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Vasili Mitrokhin.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM

As others have already posted, the left does not want the real evil of communism/socialism to be unveiled as that could seriously wreak their plans to impose a similar collective on us.

docdave on May 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Easy Solution: Call Glenn Beck. He is RICH and he would pay and publish the whole damn thing And then he would get out his chalkboard……………….

Opposite Day on May 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Will do, mucho thanko.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM

profitsbeard:
You bring up some very painful memories.
I don’t blame Ed for forgetting about the last Indiana Jones movie.

Captain Kirock on May 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain?

Wait, do you mean the characters, or the actors who play them? ‘Cause if it’s the latter, I don’t even have to look at a marquee to know there are more than a few out right now. Heroes, villians, leading men, leading women… take your pick.

logis on May 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Will do, mucho thanko.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Thank you.

Too many people died for this to be forgotten or repeated.

Please pass this on or tweet to others.

Remember the name: Vasili Mitrokhin

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:40 PM

The Mitrokhin archives

Vasili Mitrokhin risked his life and Americans are watching American Idol.

So dumb.

Please read the Mitrokin archives.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Well, done sir, you beat me to it.

The -The Sword and The Sheild-
The Mitrohkin Archives

One and the same, I refer to it by the 1st half of the title, you by the 2nd. By either illiteration, a masterful and eye opening account.

Cheers!

Archimedes on May 14, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Easy Solution: Call Glenn Beck. He is RICH and he would pay and publish the whole damn thing And then he would get out his chalkboard……………….

Opposite Day on May 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Interesting idea and worth a try, however keep this in mind. If Glen Beck genuinely believe what he has been discussing on his show of late, then these archives might not agree with the narrative he is building, or they just might agree with it to the point of scaring the living cr@p out of him.

What is contained in those archives might be to dangerous even for Glen Beck to broadcast.

doriangrey on May 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

WOW!

As I am now going through the thread, it is amazing how many of us are familiar with this work. HotHeads seem to be a) far better informed than the LSM & b) account for a sizable percentage of the total sales of this book, it did not fly off the shelves as they say.

I think this evidence says much to be proud of of the intellectual heft of those of us who comment here.

It makes me proud to be part of the HA community, I humbly bow to you all ladies & gents. ;)

Archimedes on May 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM

I spent a couple days with Tomas Schuman, whose real name is Yuri Bezmenov, back in the early 80′s. Before he defected he worked in disinformation/propaganda in America for the KGB.

He orchastrated, among other things, a layout in Life or Look magazine that was all about the wonders of the Russian fashion industry. All the clothes on all the models were bought in stores in the US, of course, and none designed or produced in the USSR.

He was amazed by the gullibility of western journalists. It really made his job easy.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Probably the best book I have read on the Soviet Union and some of the inner workings was “KGB – The Inside Story of Its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev” by Christopher Andrew and Oleg Gordievsky.

Gordievsky served as the KGB station chief in London and acted as a double agent. The book was originally published in 1990, just after the end of the Cold War and contains tons of insights into thinking within the intelligence community of the Soviet Union.

Some nuggets I do recall is how the invasion of Grenada had far more serious reverberations in the Politiburo and KGB then any of us could have imagined, the admission that the Rosenbergs were indeed Russian spies and the great glee they took over the embracing of the story in America that they were falsely accused. A story the KGB planted.

There is quite a bit devoted to the various schemes they launched to discredit Reagan and other American presidents and how they knew they had willing accomplices in our journalists and academia who were embracing communism.

The book is rather lengthy, about 800 pages, a lot of it dry since it deals with the organization of the KGB and the Politburo, but sections of it are priceless and given the time of it’s publishing very relevant.

Just A Grunt on May 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I humbly bow to you all ladies & gents. ;)
Archimedes on May 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Submission accepted.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

This is a good story Ed – thanks for bringing this to our attention. You are dead on correct here.

HondaV65 on May 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Submission accepted.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Very cute smart alec, let me re-phrase: I doff me cap!

Archimedes on May 14, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I recognize the removal of your sky piece as a salutary gesture, and I return it with alacrity.

Akzed on May 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Getting these documents properly translated and organized sounds like a job more for academia than Rush or Glenn. I’m thinking Hillsdale College.

AaronGuzman on May 14, 2010 at 4:12 PM

All correct except the part about Commies as the bad guys in movies. Just within the last couple of years, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull prominently featured the Commies as the bad guys. And that was a big budget, high profile movie.

(Generally speaking, you are correct in this, but it’s not a total blackout.)

Theophile on May 14, 2010 at 4:14 PM

As others have already posted, the left does not want the real evil of communism/socialism to be unveiled as that could seriously wreak their plans to impose a similar collective on us.

docdave on May 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM

McCarthy was right!

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 4:18 PM

When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain?

Red Dawn.

WOLVERINES!!!

CurtZHP on May 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM

When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain? 1959?

A couple of the Bond movies, Red Dawn (80s version had the Soviets, the 2010 version will have the Chinese), Rambo 2&3, Hunt for Red October (sort of), Das Leben der Anderen (the Lives of Others).

The Hort on May 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM

The Soviet Union and Marxism in general is also well documented by mass graves and the remains of death camps world wide.

Gorbachev rose through the ranks accepting such slaughter. The more he is revealed as a typical Communist sleaze the better our future will be prepared to detect and avoid his ilk.

There’s another angle on why the Left would want to keep Gorbachev’s true nature hidden and sugar-coated. Because the more people realize how bad Gorbachev was and is the more the world will realize how great Ronald Reagan is for ending the Soviet Union. The rabid Left, especially within academe, cannot handle those truths surfacing.

viking01 on May 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I’m thinking Hillsdale College.

AaronGuzman on May 14, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Yup, that’d be place for it. One of, if not the, not entirely corrupted universities left. They manage to pull this off by refusing any & all federal funding. Gee, do we see a correlation here? Federal funding leading to corruption and independent funding immunizes from coercive corruption.

Archimedes on May 14, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Along these same lines, check out “Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-Soviet Era” by the late Jean-François Revel, who was a member of the Académie Française. It was published in 2000 in French as “La Grande Parade: Essai sur la survie de l’utopie socialiste” and translated and published in English last December.

J. Max Wilson on May 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Answer: because from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs

is considered high idealism. It is just us imperfect human beings who can’t make it work.

Obama will make it work this time.

AshleyTKing on May 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Why nobody cares about his explosive records I have no idea.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

The “Ostrich syndrome”, or HIA syndrome!

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM

When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain? 1959?

Red Dawn, Rocky 4, Spies Like Us…..any other good 80s movies?

Samhain on May 14, 2010 at 4:42 PM

The narrative among popular academics and media is that the Soviet Union collapsed out of a too-generous sense of glasnost and perestroika, with Mikhail Gorbachev as the benevolent national leader whose love of freedom inadvertently ended the Soviet empire.

Only because they can’t, absolutely can’t give Ronald Reagan the credit. It would kill them.

For instance, Berlinski quotes this passage from Politburo minutes of a discussion of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989:
Lukyanov reports that the real number of casualties on Tiananmen Square was 3,000.
Gorbachev: We must be realists. They, like us, have to defend themselves. Three thousands . . . So what?

Like Stalin said “The death of one man is a tragegy, the death of one million is a statistik”.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM

These documents have the power to destroy the carefully constructed facade of Gorbachev by his Western apologists as somehow different from his Soviet predecessors. He was not; he could hardly have risen to the Politburo had he not been an advocate of totalitarian control. He had a much better sense of his enemies than his predecessors, and knew how to charm the media better than any of them. And charm them Gorbachev did, enough to get them to make the argument over the last 20 years that Gorbachev won the Cold War by dismantling the Soviet Union, rather than the obvious conclusion that the US won it by forcing the Soviets into an economic war they couldn’t possibly hope to win.

viking01 on May 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Gorbachev and Obama; birds of a feather!

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Only because they can’t, absolutely can’t give Ronald Reagan the credit. It would kill them.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.

Johan Klaus on May 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Why nobody cares about his explosive records I have no idea.

tetriskid on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

[Dude,] This is U.S. History, I see the globe right there.

/s

nolapol on May 14, 2010 at 4:50 PM

City Journal rocks! I happened to run across this Sol Stern piece about Ramparts Mag a few days ago, which is germane to the question “why” people aren’t interested. To whit:

Long before American liberals took up the cause, Scheer argued eloquently in Ramparts for getting out of Vietnam. I suppose you might say that such a withdrawal would have let the Vietnamese people “make their own history.” But the real reason that Ramparts was for total withdrawal of American troops was that we wanted the Communists to win and were sure that they would. In the view of most of the editors, the Communists were Vietnam’s rightful rulers. One of the most effective Ramparts covers was an illustration of Ho Chi Minh as George Washington crossing the Delaware.

With the exception of a few people like Stern and Horowitz who had ‘second thoughts’ and are courageous enough to tell the truth, too many still embrace romantic visions of Communism, and it’s probably fair to say that a few of them are sitting Senators and Congresspeeps.

Buy Danish on May 14, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Why doesn’t Heritage Foundation, CATO, Ayn Rand Institute or some place like that take them?

Western_Civ on May 14, 2010 at 4:57 PM

(When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain? 1959?)

Think nuke the fridge.

clement on May 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM

The winners always write the history and as you hopefully recall the USSR was one of the winners. This in a way is just like wondering why the Confederacy didn’t get a break in the US history books.

duff65 on May 14, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Typical. Every time socialism/communism fails we’re told it’s because the regime didn’t engage in “real socialism/communism”.

amerpundit on May 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Then you get to say to them:

“And I really didn’t just beat the sh*t out of you. Shall I try again?”

BobMbx on May 14, 2010 at 5:05 PM

When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain?

Fahrenheit 911? (Some fat guy walking around stirring up trouble, IIRC)

BobMbx on May 14, 2010 at 5:07 PM

For more mindblowing information about communistic democide, see http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/PERSONAL.HTM by the world’s expert on this subject, R. J. Rummel.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on May 14, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Gorbachev’s revenge – Green Cross International. The Communists may not lose after all.

Connie on May 14, 2010 at 5:23 PM

By the way, in reference to my link above to Gorby’s Green Cross Int’l, Global Green is one of its biggest affiliates here and the organization that gave an award to self-avowed Communist Van Jones, (as well as some others you might find interesting).

Green is the new Red, baby!

Connie on May 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

The Soviet Communists killed tens of millions of people through malice and neglect over a far longer period of time, and that includes Mikhail Gorbachev, who spent decades working in that system.

But Ed, Gorbachev has been inducted in the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for all his humanitarian work in liberating the downtrodden. Of course that militaristic cowboy Ronald Reagan was deemed unworthy of such an honor.

Ain’t liberalism grand? /sarcasm off.

simkeith on May 14, 2010 at 6:05 PM

For evidence of this indifference, consider the unread Soviet archives. Pavel Stroilov, a Russian exile in London, has on his computer 50,000 unpublished, untranslated, top-secret Kremlin documents, mostly dating from the close of the Cold War. He stole them in 2003 and fled Russia. Within living memory, they would have been worth millions to the CIA; they surely tell a story about Communism and its collapse that the world needs to know. Yet he can’t get anyone to house them in a reputable library, publish them, or fund their translation. In fact, he can’t get anyone to take much interest in them at all.

How much money does he needs to put that online..? Today politicians raise millions asking for donations online. These guys have raised $144,000 for a website to compete with facebook. For such an important project, couldn’t we do the same…?

ujorge on May 14, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Thank you, Ed. This is the second post on this subject seen today. You are in good company.

Caststeel on May 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM

I imagine there are some embarrassing reports on American politicians…probably some ‘unofficial’ messages sent from members of the US government to Soviet contacts as well.

Asher on May 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Actually, there is one reference to an American politician. From the article:

And what of Zagladin’s description of his dealings with our own current vice president in 1979?

Unofficially, [Senator Joseph] Biden and [Senator Richard] Lugar said that, in the end of the day, they were not so much concerned with having a problem of this or that citizen solved as with showing to the American public that they do care for “human rights.” . . . In other words, the collocutors directly admitted that what is happening is a kind of a show, that they absolutely do not care for the fate of most so-called dissidents.
Remarkably, the world has shown little interest in the unread Soviet archives. That paragraph about Biden is a good example. Stroilov and Bukovsky coauthored a piece about it for the online magazine FrontPage on October 10, 2008; it passed without remark. Americans considered the episode so uninteresting that even Biden’s political opponents didn’t try to turn it into political capital. Imagine, if you can, what it must feel like to have spent the prime of your life in a Soviet psychiatric hospital, to know that Joe Biden is now vice president of the United States, and to know that no one gives a damn.

Interesting, no?

lonesomecharlie on May 14, 2010 at 7:47 PM

There is also the possibility that too many people in the United States don’t want too much attention paid to those documents because their names appear in some of those papers.

Skandia Recluse on May 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

LMAO! Double plus 10!

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 14, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Well of course Google would translate, store and post them. They want information to be free. Right? Right?

29Victor on May 14, 2010 at 8:26 PM

It’s not just the end of the Soviet era and the Grobachev myth that the establishment is protecting.

It is the end of their entire belief system.

Those archives contain information that heavily implicates the Soviets in the anti-nuclear/US protests worldwide for decades. Imagine your a former hippie now running a Newspaper and you learn you were duped into thinking your government was the enemy by the real enemy!

They are afraid the archives show that the Vietnamese were not fighting for self determination, as the left believed, but actually were a puppet state of the USSR with much of the war directed in Moscow before the US entered the fray.

Their head would explode, so they prefer to not look.

LifeTrek on May 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM

It’s not just countries: it’s the Left:

Rachael Carlson alone was responsible for 60 million deaths.

landlines on May 15, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Lucky Gorby ended the cold war .

borntoraisehogs on May 15, 2010 at 2:46 AM

political psychiatric hospitals
Anyone have any doubt that given the constant hammering of conservatisim as being “not normal” or “immature” by the Left that these will be coming here?

It does appear they are already working on that. However our own socialist seem to lean more to Mao. With consideration that those who identify with the Tea Party Movement are portrayed as terroist by our government training exercises, expect to see it classified as a terroist cult in the same manner as the Faln Gaung were in China. Those peaceful particpants were persicuted and imprisoned in re-education camps, to eliminate the precieved threat to the communist party rule. The threat consisted mainly of there being more of them than the communist party members. Not alot of difference between the FG and TP as for peacefulness and numbers vs the ruleing socialist leaning government.

Franklyn on May 15, 2010 at 9:39 AM

(When was the last time we saw a movie with a Communist villain? 1959?)

Probably the Killing Fields sometime around 1980.

jpmn on May 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

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