Grovelling and Recantations, All to no Avail.
Kevin Myers, ‘disgraced’ Irish journalist (His crime? Pointing out that two Jewish women were Jews.)
“I Kamenev, together with Zinoviev and Trotsky, organised and guided this conspiracy. My motives? I had become convinced that the party’s – Stalin’s policy – was successful and victorious. We, the opposition, had banked on a split in the party, but this hope proved groundless. We could no longer count on any serious domestic difficulties to allow us to overthrow Stalin’s leadership. We were actuated by boundless hatred and by lust of power.”
Lev Kamenev, ‘disgraced’ former USSR Politburo member. (His crime? He offended Stalin)
Is there not an eerie resonance here? And also with their post-recantation treatment with both suffering immediate execution. Literally in Kamenev’s case, metaphorically in the case of Myers. It’s worth noting that, contrary to popular perception, the Russo-European Communist bloc did not (apart from the period of Stalin’s purges) exercise power by way of mass executions. Instead citizens were cowed and controlled by round-the-clock surveillance which tracked every heretical word and thought. Offenders – apart from the more serious ones – were punished by way of losing their jobs and/or humiliated in the media.
Little wonder then that the term Political Correctness originated in that environment. And, in mutated form, still lives on today.
Source:: Irish Savant