To understand the present, study the past. The Bolshevik Revolution is a good place to start. This is what the Russian writer Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) said about the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924):
Lenin is a gifted man who has all the qualities of a leader, including these essential ones: lack of morality and a merciless, lordly harshness towards the lives of the masses. As long as I can, I will repeat to the Russian proletariat: “You are being led to destruction, you are being used as material in an inhuman experiment; to your leaders, you are not human.” (See here)
Those harsh Bolshevik attitudes to “the masses” were shaped by ethnic identities, because the leaders were ethnic outsiders with no allegiance or feeling for the Russian people. Lenin was half Mongol, a quarter German and a quarter Jewish. His henchmen Trotsky, Zinoviev and Kamenev were Jewish. Stalin, Beria, and Ordzhonikidze were Georgians; Dzerzhinsky, the ruthless head of the Checka (Secret Police) during the 1920s, was a Pole with strong pro-Jewish attitudes. The original Cheka was made up largely of non-Russians, and the Russians in the Cheka tended to be sadistic psychopaths and criminals — people who are unlikely to have any allegiance to or identification with their people (here, p. xxxii).
These ethnic patterns help explain the psychology of leading Bolsheviks and their “merciless, lordly harshness” towards the native Russian and Ukrainian majority.
British Jews also behave like ethnic outsiders and, like the Bolsheviks, they have a dramatic influence on society as a whole. Despite being less than 0.5% of the population, British Jews have a huge influence on British politics because of their financial contributions. And their role in the British media is no less. Genuine conservatives sometimes say that the acronym BBC stands for “Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation.” They speak more truly than they know. Just as Jews were hugely over-represented among the Bolshevik leaders, so they are among the BBC’s executives: Alan Yentob, Jenny Abramsky and Mark Damazer, for example.
A new name on the list is Danny Cohen, who is director of BBC Television at the age of only 40. But early success hasn’t assuaged an ancient angst:
The director of television at the BBC has said he has “never felt so uncomfortable as a Jew in the UK” as it was revealed that antisemitic incidents in Britain hit record annual levels in 2014. Danny Cohen used the platform of a conference in Jerusalem to express his fears over what he identified as growing levels of hostility towards Jewish communities in Britain and in other parts of Europe. “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually? Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before,” he said.
Mr Cohen, 40, the former controller of BBC1, said levels of hatred were on the rise across Europe. “You’ve seen the number of attacks rise, you’ve seen murders in France, you’ve seen murders in Belgium. It’s been pretty grim actually,” he told an audience at Jerusalem Cinematheque at a conference addressing the ability of comedy to drive forward social change. […]
The Gaza conflict led to a sharp rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain, where the Jewish community amounts to 260,000. Following a pro-Palestinian rally in July, a group of young [non-White Muslim] men drove in convoy through a Jewish part of Greater Manchester shouting “Heil Hitler” and throwing eggs and drinks cans at pedestrians. Four teenagers were charged with a physical attack on a rabbi in Gateshead. A sign saying “Child Murderers” was placed outside the Kingston Synagogue, south-west London, in August.
Vivian Wineman, of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told The Independent that the number of recorded antisemitic incidents for 2014 was “the highest since records began”, although there has been a fall-off in recent months. “Whilst we have much to celebrate about being Jewish in the UK, a summer filled with hostile, anti-Zionist demonstrations has clearly left its mark,” he said. “Compared to other countries in Europe, the UK still has relatively low levels of antisemitism and it is reassuring to note that the number of recorded antisemitic incidents is returning to former levels. However we must not rest on our laurels. The Board, alongside other Jewish organisations, will continue to work together with government and others to combat this deeply concerning trend.” (BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever, The Independent, 22nd December 2014)
Danny Cohen clearly sees himself “as a Jew in the UK” rather than British. For him, the UK is a temporary stopping off place depending on the fortunes of his people. Citizenship has nothing to do with having a deep connection to the land or the traditional peoples of the UK. He cares nothing for its long term viability. Unlike the native Brits, he easily contemplates moving elsewhere, perhaps Israel, if things become difficult for Jews in the UK. Read more