This section of the course focuses on how class warfare is waged as a deliberate strategy to win popular support before communists take power. Communist regimes typically persecute and kill ‘class enemies’ after taking power, as occurred in Soviet Russia and Communist China (‘kill the kulaks!’). Information about class warfare after communist regimes take power is found in the ‘Utopia through Terror’ section of the course.
- “Lenin: The Great Strategist of the Class War” by A. Lozovsky (1924 pamphlet)
- how Lenin used the working class and the peasants to bring about his revolution
- THESES AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE SIXTH CONGRESS OF THE COMINTERN (1928 – esp. Part IV)
- describes the maneuverings of the bourgeoisie to weaken and divide the proletariat and Communist Parties
- Forward to “Deception of the People with Slogans of Freedom and Equality” by V. Lenin (1919)
- wherein Lenin urges the peasants to ally with the workers to fight the remnants of the bourgeoisie, and expresses the “class struggle” thusly: “the capitalist state (under the freest and most democratic republic) have always and everywhere, in all countries, helped the rich to rob the working people, helped the speculators and the rich to grow richer at the expense of the poor who become poorer.”
- Class Conflict, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_conflict (“Marxist Perspectives”)
- ‘Workers of the World, Unite!’ (slogan), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers_of_the_world,_unite!
- Spreading the Revolution Abroad
- “hopes were high that workers all over the world would join the Bolsheviks in the battle against international capitalism”
- “The Theory of Class Warfare”, Marxist Origins of Communism, III
- Marxist Social Justice by Carl Teichrib (key section in long article) – “method of arousing envy, often disguised as virtue”
- Marx’ View of Class Conflict by R.J. Rummel
- RUSSIA STARTLED BY AUSTRIAN NEWS: Bolsheviki, Immersed in Home Problems, Surprised at Revolt Stalin Predicted. PRESS WAXES ECSTATIC Believes Workers Will See Only Hope in Communism and Class Warfare. New York Times, February 18, 1934. By Walter Duranty (notoriously pro-Soviet journalist)
- Hayek: Social Justice is a Meaningless Conception (1977 William F. Buckley ‘Firing Line’ episode – 14 min video)
- Class Warfare: The New Bigotry – Barack Obama’s ‘you didn’t build that’ remark and other attempts to stir up class hatred.
- Social Justice Politics And Class Warfare by David Fiorazo - “… we have a media and an administration selling class warfare and massive spending – and people are buying it.”
- “The Class Warfare lies infecting Social Justice, in theology and in secular philosophy” by Vic Biorseth – “Conjuring Fixed Social Classes into being, where classes do not exist, is necessary for Marxism to incite class warfare.”
- “Education Association Convention Touts ‘Social Justice’ and Class Warfare” by Larry Sand – “… ethnic studies will become pure Alinsky fare, a never-ending barrage of revolutionary, America-bashing screeds, serving only to keep us in race, ethnicity and class ghettos.”
- How do communists wage class warfare? What are their methods?
- Why did Lenin think workers in different countries had more in common with each other than with other classes in their own countries? How did that play out in World War I? What attempts did Leninist Russia make to bring about world revolution? What was the fallout for communism when the hoped-for ‘international revolution’ failed to occur?
- What did Lenin mean by the term ‘useful idiots’ and how have they been used to carry on class warfare?
- America doesn’t have classes the way European aristocracies do. How have communists tailored class warfare to the American context? What explains the continuing appeal of the term ‘social justice’ to American audiences?
- What role did class struggle play in the French Revolution?
- Deconstruct as propaganda and argue against this victim story:
Battling Smug, Empathy-Challenged One-Percenters – The Class Struggle In America