The term Cultural Marxism gets thrown around quite a bit, it’s an adapted Nazi propaganda line (Cultural Bolshevism), generally used by people who have never read any Marx. The same people are constantly warning about the “culture wars”. That’s their term for progressive change. It’s actually these people who are waging the culture war (mostly unawares, the ‘useful idiots’ that they are) in defence of the established system of oppression which is where the original culture war began, waged by elites against the working class.
What we need to be concerned about is Cultural Conservatism, something that is actually real, actually happening and actually a threat.
For example of this you need only look at the Department for Education (DfE) latest guidance for school leaders and teachers. The government has ordered schools in England not to use resources from organisations which have expressed a “desire to end capitalism”.
The curriculum categorises anti-capitalism as an “extreme political stance” and equates it with “opposition to freedom of speech”, “antisemitism” and “endorsement of illegal activity”.
This is indicative of authoritarianism. These measures effectively outlaw reference in schools to key events in both British and world history.
The guidance says: “Schools should not under any circumstances use resources produced by organisations that take extreme political stances on matters. This is the case even if the material itself is not extreme, as the use of it could imply endorsement or support of the organisation.”
• ‘promoting the overthrow of capitalism’ (elements of socialism)
• ‘victim narratives’ (colonial crime)
• ‘accusations against state institutions’ (institutional racism)
• ‘groups that have used violence against property’ (pretty much every protest group throughout history, most recently BLM)
Yet what are we taught in school about empire? About the British history of colonialism and imperialism? Very little. You’ll learn more about Henry VIII’s wives than you will the suffragettes or the Chartist movement, and that is by design. That’s the real culture war.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own
understanding of their history.”
– George Orwell
Churchill is a prime example of the elite’s Culture War.
It’s telling that more is made about the defacing of Churchill’s statue as opposed to engagement with the messages daubed upon it. Instead of any meaningful discussion our government prefers to opt for considering £10,000 fines for anyone caught defacing g a monument.
Churchill was indeed a racist, a white supremacist, in fact, guilty of some truly despicable crimes. Churchill also quite literally had blood on his hands, and lots of it.
Theee things to quickly address.
Firstly… no, it wasn’t just the attitude of the time. The human condition was not that different to today. Some people have compassion and empathy, others don’t. Some people are massively racist, others are not. It depends what we are taught. The Slavery Abolishment movement in Britain long predates Churchill, so let’s not pretend it was the commonly held attitude outside of the British elite.
Secondly, Churchill didn’t win the war. We would have won with someone else in charge. To claim otherwise is an insult to the brave millions who fought and died. It also grossly overlooks the gigantic contribution and sacrifice made by Russia.
Through the entire war, more than 26 million Soviets died — compared to just around 400,000 Brits and 400,000 Americans. Even Churchill, himself an inveterate anti-communist, had to admit the undeniable fact that “it is the Russian Armies who have done the main work in tearing the guts out of the German army,” or, as he repeated in 1944, “it is the Red Army that has torn the guts out of the filthy Nazis.”
Thirdly, Churchill was not the original ‘anti-fascist’, far from it. In many ways there was little to separate Churchill and the fascist leaders. Churchill wasn’t fighting fascism, he was defending British imperialism. Churchill was a staunch defender of his class who up until the war expressed admiration for fascist leaders, a tradition British Prime Ministers have upheld ever since.
It’s hardly surprising, there is a huge effort that goes into perpetuating the myth of Churchill, which is constantly reinforced with imperial propaganda.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the amount of movies made about him. Just look at the people who have played him over the years… Richard Burton, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, and most recently, Gary Oldman.
When Richard Burton was preparing for his role as Churchill in a television drama he famously wrote for the New York Times:
For his insolence, Burton was barred from future work at the BBC, accused of having “acted in an unprofessional way”.
Before going into government Churchill fought for the imperial forces in India and Sudan. He helped the Spanish suppress Cuba’s freedom fighters, and, after a brief South African parliamentary career, fought in the Second Boer War. These experiences shaped Churchill’s attitude toward dealing with domestic trouble, advocating aggressively authoritarian measures to curb any social disobedience and crush any rebellion. This was callously demonstrated during the Tony Pandy Riots if 1910.
Churchill’s desire to defend and expand the British empire is demonstrated by his intent on immediately starting World War III after the defeat of the Nazi’s. Churchill suggested allying with the remaining recently defeated German army (yes, really) to cowardly launch a surprise attack against the Soviets. It appropriately took the name “Operation Unthinkable.” The US said they would have no part in it, but after all, they had plans of their own…
Churchill certainly had no problem with fascists. Speaking to Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in Rome in 1927 he said:
“Your movement has rendered a service to the whole world. If I had been an Italian I should have been wholeheartedly with you from start to finish in your triumphant struggle against the bestial passions of Leninism.”
Of Mussolini he said:
“…what a man! I have lost my heart!… Fascism has rendered a service to the entire world”.
In 1935 Chruchill expressed “admiration” for Hitler. He praised:
“The courage, the perseverance, and the vital force which enabled him to…overcome all the…resistances which barred his path.”
This was at a time when these “resistances” were being sent to the labour camps.
Churchill also said:
“I have always said that if Great Britain were defeated in war I hoped we should find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among the nations.”
Churchill wrote an article called “Zionism Versus Bolshevism” in 1920, intent on comparing the differences between “good and bad Jews.” Churchill blamed Jews for the Soviet Union: “There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism by Jews.” Churchill also accuses Jews of being the root of other problems throughout history. He even complained about the influence of Jews in Germany. Jews, he claimed, had been “allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people”.
Churchill was also a proud eugenicist who declared:
“The improvement of the British breed is my aim in life.”
Churchill was a strong supporter of sterilising what he called “the unfit” to cut them out of the gene pool. He wrote that the mentally handicapped and unwell:
“constitute a national and race danger which is impossible to exaggerate.”
As for some of Churchill’s other words and deeds which you could rightly describe as being a ‘wee bit fascist’…
Churchill said of his time spent in Afghanistan:
“All those who resist will be killed without quarter”, because the Pashtuns need “recognise the superiority of race”.
Churchill believed the Pashtuns needed to be dealt with, he would reminisce in his writings about how he partook in the burning of villages and peoples homes. Churchill on how the British carried on in Afghanistan:
“We proceeded systematically, village by village, and we destroyed the houses, filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the great shady trees, burned the crops and broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation.”
Churchill would also write of how “every tribesman caught was speared”.
Cuba, 1896: Churchill wrote he was concerned Cuba would turn into “another black republic”.
By “another”, he was referring to Haiti, who were the first nation to abolish slavery in modern times (it wasn’t Britain, not even close).
Churchill ordered the overthrowing of the democratically elected leader of ‘British Guiana’. He dispatched troops and warships and suspended their constitution all to put a stop to the governments nationalisation plan.
South Africa: Churchill was part of the government that orchestrated and maintained the concentration camps in which 48,000 men, women and children died as a result of starvation and disease during the Boer War. He also planted the seed to strip black people of their voting rights in June 1906.
Of Ireland he said:
“We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.”
He was secretary of state for war when Britain formed the paramilitary “Black and Tans” and the Auxiliaries in Ireland. This was to strengthen the role of the police against Republicans. The Tans and the Auxiliaries became a byword for brutality —for rape and murder. They rampaged across the country carrying out reprisals against insurrection. But Churchill described them as “honourable and gallant officers”. Churchill sent these thugs to terrorise Irish civilians/properties, and also coined the Croke Park massacre and ‘Bloody Sunday’. He ordered “machine-fire and bombs” to “scatter and stampede”.
Saudi Arabia: He said in 1921 that Ibn Saud’s followers:
“Hold it as an article of duty, as well as of faith, to kill all who do not share their opinions and to make slaves of their wives and children”.
He wrote “admiration for Ibn Saud was deep, because of his unfailing loyalty”
Iraq: In 1920 he ordered the RAF to use poison gas against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. He said:
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes.”
This was the first use of chemical weapons in Iraq.
In fact, Churchill was a long-term advocate of chemical warfare, he was determined to use them against the Russian Bolsheviks. In the summer of 1919, Churchill even planned and executed a sustained chemical attack on northern Russia.
Palestine: Arabs in Palestine were a “lower manifestation”, and the “dog in a manger has the final right to the manger”, referring to Palenstinian Arabs. A statue of Churchill was subsequently erected in Jerusalem to honour his aid to the Zionist movement.
India: Churchill claimed:
“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion”. Churchill seized millions of tons of inessential rice to send the Middle East. Over four million Bengals starved to death, and he said ‘famine’ was their own fault “for breeding like rabbits”
Churchill refused all of the offers to send aid to Bengal, Canada offered 10,000 tons of rice, the U.S 100,000.
Even the right wing imperialist Leo Amery, who was the British Secretary of State in India, said he “didn’t see much difference between his [Churchill] outlook and Hitler’s”.
When notified of the famine, Churchill responded,:
“Then why hasn’t Gandhi died yet?”
Churchill held a deep contempt for Gandhi for daring to stand against Imperial rule and the ‘superior’ race.
Throughout World War II India was forced to ‘lend’ Britain money. Churchill moaned about “Indian money lenders” the whole time.
In fact, Britain stole $45 TRILLION from India…and lied about it. “Britain didn’t develop India. India developed Britain.”
Greece: in 1944, Churchill ordered the massacre of anti-Nazi protesters (the very people who ran the Nazi’s out of Greece). Churchill supported the new right-wing government and Nazi collaborators whom he opently sympathised with and helped into power.
Kenya: Churchill being your archetypical British supremacist believed that Kenya’s fertile highlands should be only for white colonial settlers. He approved the forcible removal of the local population, which he termed “blackamoors”.
At least 150,000 men, women and children were forced into concentration camps. Children’s schools were shut by the British who branded them “training grounds for rebellion”. Rape, castration, cigarettes, electric shocks and fire all used by the British to torture the Kenyan people on Churchill’s watch.
Now realise that this is the man that our current PM idolises, who he wants to emulate and even wrote a book about. But remember…Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson definitely isn’t racist.