What image arises in your imagination if you are asked to present a modern communist or socialist? Surely, the image of the old school natsbola with a mohawk and in a leather jacket or an old grandmother in a headscarf and with a portrait of Stalin, cursing the "damned fascists of Bandera" will emerge in my memory.
However, the subcultural left, as well as the subcultural right, in Russia are already a thing of the past and are only part of the history of the informal movements of the 1990's - 2000's. Many subcultural leftists have become quite decent-looking people without fanatical aspirations for subculturality.
And in addition to grandparents nostalgic for youth in the USSR and perceiving any anti-Soviet propaganda as attacks on their youth, a new generation of leftists is coming. The new generation of leftists, communists, and socialists is far from being poor and young people of 80’s birth and younger. The girl with the latest iPhone, resting in Bali and driving on a tolerable Mini Cooper or Peugeot, or a young man working in a prestigious company in a managerial position and leading a rather respectable lifestyle with expensive cars, elite nightclubs and prestigious resorts nostalgic for the USSR, the revolutionary events of the first half of the twentieth century, as well as on terror, which they would gladly like to repeat if the opportunity presented itself.
You will probably think: “This cannot happen, a wealthy person will never be a Marxist and a supporter of any socialist ideas, because he is the most suitable victim for expropriation and dispossession.”
Nevertheless, recently the number of left-handed workers at the plant and wiping their pants at a beer stall has declined amid the total mass of new elite leftists with expensive smartphones and in brand clothes.
“And yet it cannot be so,” the average man will again object, “after all, they themselves violate the ideas of the class struggle.” But if we turn to history, it will turn out that the ideological ancestors of the present rich leftists were far from being from the proletariat, but quite from the noble families, had titles and considerable savings. Practically all the Bolshevik leaders, as well as the People of the People, were people from well-off families who sponsored their revolutionary terrorist organizations and undermined the foundations of the Russian State. In the same way, the modern left from the number of well-to-do young people who did not meet the USSR or found at a young age are imbued with outdated ideas of the beginning of the 20th century.
But what makes quite rich young people support socialists and communists? There are several factors involved; the first and probably the main one is youthful maximalism, the desire to do something above their powers. Let us recall the events of the August coup 1991 of the year: most of the photos feature representatives of young people who are waiting for “change” as in the song of the then popular rocker Viktor Tsoi, full of aspirations to change the face of their native country. And the matter is not even in the very late USSR, whether it is good or bad - this is already a historical question, the point is in the very opposition to the regime and the desire to try to do something yourself. After all, going out to the barricades in Moscow and St. Petersburg, young people tried not to ruin the country and plunge Russia into the abyss of the 1990's chaos, but to change the face of the country on their own for the better.
The second reason is imposed lately. "The cult of a good USSR". And the point here is not in the stories of grandparents about the trips to Gagra and 7 ice cream kopecks, the matter is in the widespread propaganda of the Soviet way of life: in social networks, films, pseudo-historians and so on. If you recall the 2000 series and films, it becomes immediately clear that at that time there was anti-Soviet propaganda: “The last battle of Major Pugachev” about front-line soldiers seeking to escape from the USSR and dying in battle with the camp guards of the GULAG; showing all the ins and outs of Stalin's punitive organs during the Second World War, the screen version of Boris Pasternak's eternal novel “Doctor Zhivago” and many other films and series showing the true face of Soviet power.
And yet, lately, the propaganda of the cult of the Soviet way of life has gained momentum. And now they are filming serials about good Stalin, as if there was no terror and repression, and Joseph Vissarionovich was a slander and wise leader, living as the saying goes: “the king is good, but the boyars are bad”, they are shooting about the “happy life” of Khrushchev-Brezhnev period, as if there were no starvation riots 60-ies and the shooting of workers in Novocherkassk, harassment of dissidents and the arbitrariness of "stagnant bureaucracy". Take off the godless "Matilda", frankly spitting in the face of the Orthodox believers and much more.
And over time, after watching films about the “bloody king” and the “good leader” punishing the “fascists and White Guards”, having listened to the speeches of the left-wing propagandists about the “holy USSR” and youthful maximalism, protruding outwards, along with internal Russian problems, new light appears Messiahs driving a Lexus with a Rolex or Breguet on hand and dreaming to drown Russia again in blood for the sake of utopian ideas of “freedom, equality and fraternity on a par with social justice”.
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