*From conference “Polish-Hungarian Brotherhood of Arms in 1920”
I would like to start by emphasizing that communist revolution was a part of a greater Revolution, that I call globalist Revolution. It was the Catholic counterrevolutionary intellectuals who found that it was a matter of a single process that was changing its forms of expression, its tactics, but not its essence. Therefore, we must talk about communism as a certain manifestation, or stage of globalist Revolution. This Globalist Revolution aims at destruction of all organic ties that exist between individual, family, nation and state, to destroy all natural order, erase history and identity, with the declared goal of clearing the stage for “paradise on earth”, which in the end turns out to be hell. Communist revolution was one of the bloodiest attempts of this project.
If previous stage of Revolution – the French Revolution – “created” a counterrevolutionary movement as a response, then communist revolution “created” counterrevolutionary nations. I am talking about Central and Eastern European nations that resisted communist revolution for almost a century – from the Russian revolution until the collapse of USSR. When Poles stopped Bolshevik army near Warsaw in 1920 it saved Western civilization. But it wasn’t just this event, although it is one of the most important ones. It was a constant struggle.
The social base for this counterrevolutionary struggle was not aristocracy, but peasantry. Peasantry with its close ties to the fatherland, to the value of honest work, to family and God almost instinctively realized the evil of communist ideas – evil that many “intellectuals” seemed to have missed. The question of peasantry by the communists was therefore dealt in two ways. One was the attempt to exploit it for the goals of revolution. They did this in Latvia where the national conflict between the mostly landless Latvian peasants and the German nobility that owned majority of the land was interpreted as a class conflict. Because of this, communist revolution at first found many supporters among Latvians in the short lived Latvian Socialistic Soviet Republic (a puppet state of Soviet Russia) between 1918 and 1919. But the real face of communism was soon to be revealed – the land was taken from the German nobility, but nationalized. Red terror, concentration camps and famine soon became a part everyday life – as it always happens under a communism. In a short time, most of Latvians started to support national government and later with the help of Polish army the communist forces were defeated in Latvia. The other way the communists dealt with peasantry was with terror – deportations, killings, artificially created famine like in Ukraine… In the Baltics communists deported more than 90 000 people in a single operation in 1949, half of them from Latvia and almost all of them – peasants. One of the reasons was the support they provided for the national partisans that continued to fight against the communists in the forests of Baltic states until the mid-1950s.
This struggle never ended in the region – not in Latvia, not in the Baltics, not in Hungary, not in Poland. It started with resistance and it ended with victory when USSR collapsed. Every country in our region had a strong anti-communist movements and governments in the interwar period, each in one or another way fought against the communists in the second world war – a struggle that was unfortunately exploited by the German imperialists. Each country had either a partisan movement like in the Baltics, Poland and Ukraine or armed uprisings like in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Later this resistance transformed in the struggle of anti-communist intellectuals – in most cases inspired by nationalist and Christian ideals. And when the communist regime showed first signs of weakness, our nations demanded freedom and participated in the dismantling of the hated regime.
The 1991 brought euphoria to the post-communist elites of our countries about the “end of history” – the supposed victory of liberalism and free markets. Ideals that inspired counterrevolutionary struggle against communism were “out of fashion”. But for the average citizen of Central and Eastern Europe era of neo-liberalism brought many troubles – both economical and cultural. Only with the advent of national-conservative governments in the region people are starting to regain something that was almost lost – values of family, nationalism, and God.
But new struggle is happening – a new phase of the same globalist Revolution. Having replaced the working class as a revolutionary agent with migrants, sexual minorities and other “oppressed” groups neo-Marxists are attempting once again to destroy the nation, the family and now even human identity itself, to bring a new totalitarianism under the mask of “humanism”. The carefully orchestrated “migrant crisis” of 2015 and the “cultural revolution” of 2020 is a waking call to us. Once our nations were bulwark against the communism and saved rest of the West from the direct dictatorship of the Soviets. But communism found its way in a mutated form. As KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov revealed, during the Cold War only 15% of the resources of Soviet secret services were used for spying. The rest were invested in ideological subversion, mainly through education system. Now we are seeing the results. And now Marxism is returning – like a boomerang. It would be a great tragedy if after all the struggle, all the sacrifice communism would once again have a chance to bring destruction to our nations.
To prevent this, we must learn from the past – and not superficially, but by carefully examining the essence of globalist and communist ideas. Once the essence is grasped, the camouflage is not effective, and the beast can be called by its name. It should not be allowed to remain hidden and to carry out the subversive work.
The past that we have to study is not only of our own nations, but that of the whole region whose destiny is tied since the days when our ancestors defended the West from Muscovites, Mongolians, and Ottomans. The more we look at the history of our nations, the more it is clear how everything is interconnected and how our freedom can be secured only if we cooperate. Common commemorative events celebrating our cooperation in the struggle against communism and informative conferences are essential.
But the work shouldn’t be only intellectual. Let us learn from the geopolitical realism of Polish statesman Józef Piłsudski, Latvian general Pēteris Radziņš and Ukrainian ideologue Yurii Lypa who all saw the dangers of communism and as an answer promoted closer political and military integration of our region – the Intermarium project. Idea of Intermarium partly lives today in the form of Visegrad Group and Three Seas initiative, but we should go further and consider this question also in an ideological dimension.
And last but not the least – we must strengthen the peasantry and create opportunities for families in the countryside. History shows that this is immune system of a nation against the virus that is the Revolution.