Subbotniki, saturnalia and U-238

…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.”

[Caruba: Eco-Communism Celebrated Annually on Earth Day]

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.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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9 Responses to Subbotniki, saturnalia and U-238

  1. clock watcher says:

    I suggest we celebrate Pluto. What would those astronomers know? Planet is a planet is a planet …

  2. Coilands says:

    Link between the marxist ideology and the environmental one is obvious to anyone willing to think. I thought that enviro movement was taken over much later, but now I think it was planned from the very begining. Pity the environment.

  3. Elnos says:

    Let’s celebrate socialism 365 days a year! And get the capitalist pigs to work!

  4. Aneita says:

    Envy, Marxism all the usual suspects. Who does today believe that Greens are green?

  5. collaboranti says:

    Yes, the Leftist idiocies are coming closer and closer.

  6. no remedios says:

    Let’s ban the Greens!

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  8. Pounce says:

    The greenies are a menace to the mankind.

  9. Denitz says:

    There is a tendency to blame a law or priohbition against something as the reason for the development of an underground trade and the associated violence that accompanies that trade. We can look at the drug trade or the alcohol trade during the priohbition era and find two examples that support this. However, we fail to notice that the violence of the priohbition era continued after the laws were repealed. The violence wasn’t gang members killing one another, but consumers maiming and killing one another or maiming and killing non-consumers. Drug and alcohol impairment contributes to murder, rape, destruction of families, problems in schools, unwanted pregnancies, increased government and business costs to name a few.These so-called victimless crimes leave a lot of victims in their wake. The violence does not stop, it only changes the form it takes and the victims it chooses.

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