…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
In April totalitarian regimes both past and aspiring have significant days. Though very few neo-nazis celebrate Hitler’s birthday on 20th April the followers of Lenin renamed, for the time being, 22nd April the Earth Day. Someone could wonder why the acolytes of both murderers had not selected a day in between. It would fit nicely, but the truth, however inconvenient it may be, is that it happens to be the equinox. On that day pagans celebrated new life. The greenies try to hide their affinity with paganism because they are “progressive”, they despise life and the astronomy, as any science, is not their good suit. Also, for tactical reasons, they steadfastly deny any resemblance of the Earth Day to the Soviet Union a nation-wide subbotnik celebrated on Lenin’s birthday, which Nikita Khrushchev later made a national holiday celebrating communism.
The readers who so far missed the joys of life under communist dictatorship, can turn to Wikipedia/Leftipedia – “ subbotnik was instituted by Lenin in 1920 as days on which people would have to do community service, which typically consisted in removing rubbish from public property and collecting recyclable material. Subbotniks were also imposed on other countries within the compass of Soviet power, including Eastern Europe.”
A serf had to work for his master certain number of days a year. Serfdom was abolished in Russia by Tsar Alexander in 1861. Lenin reintroduced it by restricting movement of peasants and workers and increased the number of workdays by additional compulsory ‘voluntary’ days. For most part subbotnik was simply an additional day in the workplace and only rarely it had anything to do with “community service” as Leftipedia attempts to claim. The apologists try to make it into something admirable and desirable – “removing rubbish from public property and collecting recyclable material” – and probably saving whales and pandas en pasant. Gore’s Geobelsians will soon attempt to justify Lenin’s, Stalin’s and Mao’s ideology induced famines as the well-meant attempts to save the planet.
In the meantime, besides the Earth Day, what about Venus, Saturn or Mars Day? As usual, Romans beat us to it and in the case of Saturnalia, mid-winter celebrations starting on the 17th December and lasting a whole week, Roman Catholics usurped it and called it Christmas. During original Roman holidays all business was suspended, candles would be lit, gifts were given and pleasure ruled. Slaves would be served by their own masters. The time was spent playing games, gambling, eating and drinking. Not too different from our Christmas, except that women still do most of the work.
Mars, logically enough, was celebrated in March, three times. On the 1st, Roman New Year, it was Feriae Marti, Agonalia on the 17th and Tubilustrium on the 23rd. Venus had her day on the 1st April, Jupiter on the 5th July and Neptune on 23rd July. What is left? Mercury? Mercur was a god of thieves and thus any such celebrations would be taken over by the bankers. Decent folks would avoid it. The International Astronomical Union (another fun-spoiling union!) has changed the definition of “planet” so that Pluto no longer qualifies.
That leaves Uranus, the third largest planet by diameter. Uranus was the ancient Greek deity of the Heavens, the earliest supreme god. So far so good. Uranus was the son and sexual partner of Gaia, father of Saturn. How could any socialist, from light green via pink to deep red, object to this? But the problem would be the name, from which the name that poster monster of the Left, element Uranium was derived. UN apparatchiks would welcome incestuous family, but not the nuclear one. We may as well forget it, at least for the time being.
Alan Caruba wrote on 23-04-2012:
In the run-up to Earth Day on April 22nd-the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet Union’s first dictator – Brian Sussman, author of the best-selling “Climategate”, has a new book, “Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda Will Dismantle America” . If you read no other book about the relationship between environmentalism and communism this year, you must read this one. Sussman has brought together all the relevant facts. “Karl Marx founded a philosophy that inspires dictators and demagogues,” writes Sussman. “Commencing with the Russian Revolution in 1917 to the present, Marx’s tyrannical ideology has been responsible for the documented deaths of more than 110 million individuals around the world.”
“Pollution,” writes Sussman, “never has been Earth’s most troubling foe-Marxism had. And Marxists have always seized upon pollution, both real and imagined, as an effective weapon in their unrelenting war on freedom.”
It is interesting how the Marxists in eco-camouflage manage to dismiss any connection, at least now, with the most murderous ideology the mankind had ever known. In a few years they’ll be proud of it.