Ben Shapiro

When Vladimir Lenin began his meteoric ascent to power, he was just a 30-year-old Marxist hoping to start a revolutionary newspaper called Iskra. Booted from Kazan University for "revolutionary activities," Lenin had already served a stint in Siberia. His cruelty was evident by the time he was 22, when he told friends not to raise money for famine victims because starvation would "cause the peasants to reflect on the fundamental facts of capitalist society."

 Lenin wrote most of Iskra's articles and did massive fund raising across Europe. He used his burgeoning power to promote his pamphlet "What Is To Be Done?" His thesis was simple: "The organization of the revolutionaries must consist first and foremost of people who make revolutionary activity their profession." This vision of a vanguard elite, which would in turn give birth to the idea of a totalitarian cadre leading a blind proletariat, revolutionized the idea of Marxist revolution. The people were stupid and had to be led by the hand to revolution, Lenin believed.

 When war broke out in Europe in 1914, and the czar committed to Russian involvement, Lenin saw his chance: He could seize power by undermining czarism through anti-war activity. "(B)ut for the war," he wrote, "Russia could have gone on living for years and decades without a revolution against the capitalists." Lenin encouraged soldiers "to turn their guns on their officers" and stated that military disaster should be exploited to "hasten the destruction ... of the capitalist class."

 Meanwhile, Lenin also labeled colonialism an intrinsic evil of the capitalist system. Lenin said in "Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism" that "imperialist wars are absolutely inevitable under such an economic system. ... Capitalism has grown into a world system of colonial oppression and of the financial strangulation of the overwhelming majority of the population of the world by a handful of 'advanced' countries."

 Lenin's goals, then, were: 1) to undermine the legitimacy of the ruling czarist system, 2) to do so through anti-war activity, and 3) to undermine capitalism by denouncing it as exploitative.

 Lenin had an "excuse" for undermining the czarist system of government -- it was dictatorial, even if Lenin and his successors would end up as far more brutal dictators than any of the czars.

 Michael Moore has no excuse. America is a republic, and Moore is a threat to the republic.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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