Contrary to Marx, there is no endpoint to the Communist ideological project. At every moment, new orthodoxies arise demanding unwavering conformity. What was pure yesterday is treason today, and forgotten tomorrow. There are endless new waves of correct thinking, limitless enemies upon which to throw oneself. And at the base of all this, the foundation of every Communist enterprise, is the maintenance of a lie; that the Party is building a socially and economically just society for all. The only means by which the Communist apparatus keeps the lie alive is through sheer terror.
From the long list of red monsters that populate the twentieth century, Stalin can lay claim to being the legitimate father of terror. His “Great Purge” in the late 1930s was a period of unbridled ferocity, so much so that it took a certain type of criminal apologist to blind themselves to what was going on. Walter Duranty of The New York Times springs to mind, but history is littered with such evil men. Similar men run the newsrooms of the fake media even today. Which is all the more reason to be thankful for men like Victor Serge.
The Case of Comrade Tulayev is a book for anyone wanting to understand the rise of the antifa and assorted hangers on. The Left, forever delusional, believes the age of Trump is congruous with 1984 (a premise so riddled with holes that it would only float on ice). It's not. The tsunami of leftist rage and identity politics is just the same old tired leftist ideological purity testing of which Serge writes.
Set in 1939, published in 1947, Comrade Tulayev captures the American Left so perfectly that my next book will use it as a template for an exploration of politics at a campus resembling Berkeley. The only difference between 1939 Stalinist Russia and 2017 antifa America is that evil men do not (yet) hold the reins of true power. But make no mistake; if they did, the project for purity would result in executions.
There are many fine books that explore the totalitarian Communist mindset, but Serge does not currently find himself on any “must read” list concerning that topic. That's too bad, because this book is a masterpiece of the genre.