If you’ve been anywhere near a college campus in the last 75 years, you know that’s a rhetorical question.
In much the same way we’re instructed to ignore the “Socialist” part of “National Socialist German Workers’ Party,” Our Betters in academia have instructed us to ignore the fact that Stalin believed, with all his heart and soul, that he was a communist. The catechism is: Stalin was a one-off, a psychopath, a tsar-in-Marxist-clothing who tapped into the Russian soul’s deep, centuries-old yearning to be ruled by a despot. All that Foundations of Leninism-type stuff Stalin wrote, his authorship of the Party’s official hagiography, all that… it’s all just eyewash, saith the dogma. That pretty much everything Stalin did makes sense in the light of Marxism/Leninism is just a coinkydink.*
It also helps that the CIA isn’t hiring “Kremlinologists” anymore. Back in the days, a lot of academic historians worked for the Feds. The problem, of course, was that the Feds needed those academics to be right, which meant dispensing with the “true Communism has never been tried!” baloney which, then as now, was the standard line in the ivory tower. Guys like Richard Pipes and Robert Conquest (and gals like Condoleeza Rice) assumed that Soviet leaders were all singing off the Marxist hymnal, and so got at least in the ballpark with their analyses of Soviet actions. With the USSR gone, there’s no need for academic historians to test themselves against reality anymore, and so academic Russian history now goes like this:
mumble mumble something EVIL STALIN! mumble mumble something PUTIN STOLE THE ELECTION!!!
All this isn’t just more egghead-bashing, fun as that is. The point is that ideology is — or, crucially, used to be— a good predictor of behavior. This was true for analysts as well as actors. The only people surprised by Hitler’s actions, for instance, were the ideologically enstupidated. That is to say, guys like Stalin. The Wehrmacht all but hung big neon signs over their troop movements. It couldn’t have been otherwise — Operation Barbarossa involved over three million men, not to mention conquering several other countries along the invasion route. Junior high boys playing Risk have pulled off less obvious maneuvers.** And yet Stalin got caught with his pants down, because the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was the distilled essence of fraternal socialism and any NKVD analyst dumb enough to point out the panzers massing on the borders would swiftly find himself in Siberia.
What happens, though, when there’s no ideology?
It seems badly wrong to say this, but that’s the point we’re at now. Our PoMo, Cult-Marx Left sure seems to have an ideology: “Intersectionality,” let’s call it, for convenience. But when you look at how it plays out in practice, its predictive power is pretty much zero. Then as now, eggheads hated guys like Pipes and Conquest; “the Hoover Institution,” then as now, was a swear word in academia. And yet, Pipes and Conquest got it at least in the ballpark most of the time, as we’ve noted, because they took the Soviet leadership’s proclamations of fealty to Marxism/Leninism at face value. But even if we take, say, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her word, that puts us…. where, exactly?
As far as I can tell, “intersectionality” boils down to: Hate Whitey. Given the choice, the Intersectional will do whatever does the most damage to White people, especially White males. However, and crucially, the predictive power of that observation is fading fast. In majority-minority America — which we have certainly achieved electorally, if not quite yet demographically — all the fights that matter are going to be Intersectional civil wars. Worse, several important parts of the Intersectional coalition utterly depend on the continued existence of Whitey as an important socio-cultural force. “African-Americans,” for instance, construct their entire worldview around being not-White. It’s so obvious that even Black people joke about it — if we ceded the entire American South to the Blacks as slavery reparations, the first thing Black folks would do, according to Blacks themselves, would be: Move North.
Without us, there is no them. Most importantly: This seems to be true of the Intersectional as a whole. What the hell are they going to do when they win?
That’s what makes people like AOC so terrifying. Marxism is a bone-stupid, anti-human creed, but at least it’s consistent. “Intersectionality,” by contrast, is nothing more than the momentary whims of Basic College Girls…..