On the 26th of December 1991, the upper chamber of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR voted both itself and the USSR out of existence. This historic moment would usher in the end of the Cold War, a conflict that lasted from 1947 to 1991. The victors were the Western capitalist democracies who had triumphed over the eastern communist and socialist dictatorships. Although the Soviet Union fell that day, communism and socialism unfortunately did not. There seems to be something strange going on. The Soviet Union is no more, but the ideologies of communism and socialism are still all around us. The European Parliament currently holds 8 communist parties from 7 different countries with 15 seats. The Party of European Socialists additionally holds 191 of the 751 seats. Socialists and communists are well represented in nearly all European societies, allowed to wave their hammer and sickle flag, free to wear their Che Guevara T-shirt and most importantly, they are free to spread their ideas in the media. How can we truly have won the Cold War if the enemies’ ideology is omnipresent?
How communism slowly took root
To understand the Cold War, we must understand the Russian Revolution of 1917. This event is of importance since Imperial Russia was a valued ally of the West up until that moment. During this revolution a movement called the Bolsheviks gained momentum and established the first communist state in the world. The West was not only abandoned by an ally while at war, it heard terrible stories describing crimes committed by the Bolsheviks. Tales of mass executions, systematic torture and extermination of clergy, the middle class and any other form of opposition shocked the Western nations. Communists claimed they weren’t interested in destruction but wanted to remake the world in their image. A world where property, god, money and discrimination where no more, a world where internationalism, feminism and egalitarianism would triumph. While some of these mentioned values are now ‘Western’ values, at the time, most people in the West recognized these ideas as foreign and highly subversive.
Western nations half-heartedly tried to stop the communist menace from spreading, but after a few failed invasions, they gave up. After the Russian Revolution succeeded, an awkward geopolitical stalemate ensued. For a short period of time there was no decisive action taken by either side. Until the Second World War communism was allowed to slowly spread its tentacles to more and more countries around the globe. In some countries this went along with the support of local communist parties, while in other countries this meant material and organizational support during a civil war. The Spanish Civil War is a good example of this. At that time fascism and national socialism were the only ideologies that opposed this international communist aggression. A real chance for a communist world empire came when the Second World War started. The USSR made a deal with Germany to jointly invade Poland while receiving none of the blame for it. Eventually the USSR joined the Allies in the war against Germany and so communism allied itself with the Western powers. As a result, the communists could claim all the areas they ‘liberated’ and were able to establish communism in some parts.
In the aftermath of World War Two, the United States granted Marshall Plan aid to the impoverished Western European nations. The concept of the Marshall Plan wasn’t just benevolent patronage, it was a capitalist plan to ensure communism and socialism would not take root among the poor and downtrodden in Europe. From this point on, the American and European allies both took a different approach to the Cold War internally. For a time The United States would pursue a puritanical anti-communist and anti-socialist stance at home, best symbolized by McCarthyism. The Europeans choose the road of appeasement, they left communists and socialist parties yet again free to run around. Since fascism and national socialism weren’t around anymore, nearly no groups opposed communism militantly. The local communist and socialist parties entered the ’free marketplace’ of democracy and accomplished significant successes on several of their key issues. More importantly, they were able to infiltrate and institutionalize themselves in European societies. While in communist countries nearly all Western, liberal and conservative writing was banned, Western countries allowed communist subversive literature and propaganda to flow freely through the hands and minds of its people.
The so-called End of the Cold War
The Cold War wasn’t just a geopolitical collision between two rising superpowers, both wanting to establish their hegemony over the world. It was a war of ideas, where traditional nationalist values was challenged by godless egalitarian internationalism. Although the USSR imploded in 1991, communism as an ideology was now deeply rooted in European societies. Even though current communists and socialists have disavowed violent revolution for now, they chose to move amongst us while slowly pulling the ever unstable political centre towards them. They indoctrinate new generations through media on topics such as political correctness, egalitarianism, atheism and feminism, to create new cadres of political commissars. Every institute they infiltrate becomes a swamp of cultural Marxism and Globalism.
The true Red Terror maybe a thing of the past, now it seems to have evolved to something new. We are faced with censorship of nationalist and traditionalist ideas across Europe. Our ruling classes keep dealing and compromising with these people, while further empowering them. Nearly every European country has communist groups which commit violence, destruction and sometimes even attack nationalist politicians. While you might live in a country which has free speech, these people will police your speech and punishment will be dealt according to their standards. The most serious problem is not just the presence of communism in our societies, the issue is that it has been there for so long. Radical communist ideals have become increasingly normalized, which has lead to wider adaptation.
McCarthyism now, McCarthyism forever
While we may have beaten the USSR in the Cold War, the ideals of communism are still well represented in our societies and culture. While some eastern European nations understand the inherent dangers of communism and have tried to outlaw it, most Western nations remain blinded by freedom. A freedom they would never give to fascist and national socialist parties since these are clearly dangerous. Until this day, communism in our societies goes largely unchecked and is given a treatment unbefitting of such a dangerous ideology. Online the most moderate conservative is censored, while the most rabid Bolshevik is given a platform. The time has come where we as Europeans should choose to end the Cold War once and for all by outlawing communism forever. We know that communism anywhere is a threat to liberty everywhere.