The New Communists
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
What gave rise to Bolshevism at the turn of the century is similarly inspiring the
movement that looted and burned last week in Genoa, and, before that in Quebec City,
Davos, and Seattle. The experience of both causes shows how violent fanatics can gain a
political stronghold, and influence the course of history, provided they choose their issues
carefully-and just as carefully conceal their ambitions.
From 1916 through 1918, recall, the Bolsheviks agitated against the Russian war on
Germany. The Communists were wrong on everything but that one issue, yet it was the
most important. An entire generation of young men was being drafted by the Tsar and
sent to be killed, even as the war was crushing the economy and spreading misery and
The Tsar seemed impervious to the suffering. Meanwhile, Lenin and Trotsky, maniacal
Communists with a lust for blood, said the war was a symptom of capitalism, which
makes no sense, but they called for an end to an undeniable injustice that no one else
talked about. Not until after they gained power did the Communists’ demonic intentions
become obvious to most Russians. But once the Reds consolidated their power by
murdering their adversaries, their bloody rule lasted 74 years.
The international communism movement didn’t disappear after 1989; it just took on new
guises and causes. The media like to talk about how diverse the protestors were in Genoa
(the whites, pinks, and blacks), but this applies only to their tactics and taste for blood.
They all agreed that capitalism, as embodied in the leadership of industrialized nations,
needs to be displaced. In this they were homogeneous, save for a few straggling
However, the propaganda strength of the Genoa protestors was also based in genuine
complaints about the present state of things. Top of the list: US military imperialism. The
US has most of the guns and cares least about the effects of their use. Everywhere on the
global map where you find US soldiers (in more than 100 countries), you will also find
locals who hate their guts, for their bad behavior and arrogance.
US military dominance has given rise to other complaints: that the US exercises undue
political influence on governments and international agencies. In fact, many political
trends of our times are best seen as attempts to provide some counterweight to the one-
superpower world. Despite assurances, for example, this is precisely what the Russia-