Last night I had the chance to watch the docu-drama, Mr. Jones.
While on the one hand, it is refreshing to see any pop culture reference to the Holomodor, something which pretty much no one knows about thanks in no small part to the subject of Mr. Jones, a certain historical class monster, Walter Durante, it is highly disturbing that at no point do they say why it happened.
The only other attempt to explain it is the excellent film, The Soviet Story. Something which should really be a mandatory part of all high school curricula.
In fact, as I write this, I am having a txt chat with a friend who also watched the film. And as I type here, he asked the question:
“I wonder what the conditions were for the massive starvation. It wasn’t bad crops”.
The fact that within hours of watching this movie a question like that would appear shows the failure of the movie and perhaps more sinisterly, the real agenda.
Netflix is notoriously leftist. On the board is Barack and Michelle Obama as well as Susan Rice. So it was a shock to hear they made a film about Durante at all. But it gets clearer after you watch it.
The Ukrainian genocide, you would think from the film, was not the fault of communism. No of course not. It was the fault of a hedonistic, corrupt, megalomaniac, sex fiend, white-male, American who worked for the New York Times and perhaps Stalin who was not doing things right. ‘Imperfect’ let’s say.
What they do not tell you, is that it is Communism that did this Genocide.
That Stalin was a good communist in the way that Mohammad was a good Muslim and Dr. Mengele was a good Nazi. They were all excellent representations of the ideology they believed in and acted on.
Politics is downstream from philosophy, and Stalin knew exactly the politics of Marx.
The film even went so far as to credit a famous saying by Stalin, “To make an omelette you have to break a few eggs” to Durante. Which shows how anxious it was to foist this historical class crime on an American opportunist. Next project for Netflix, they will make a drama about how the tens of millions of deaths in China under Mao are the fault of Norman Bethune.
The Holodomor was about killing millions of people in the Ukraine for the exact same reason that Mao killed tens of millions of Chinese farmers. Because Communist ‘science’ required it. Which is never mentioned in the movie at all.
In fact there was no communist or Soviet iconography in the film, which was in fact as ubiquitous as Nazi icons were in Nazi Germany. (Early Nazi art was actually taken from Soviet art as we learn in The Soviet Story. A more real attempt to educate rather than deflect.)
The film also neglects this interesting titbit from Durante’s belief system:
Crowley of course, was famous for claiming to be The Antichrist, and although British, worked to undermine the allied war effort against the Nazis. Another Socialist government which is also whitewashed pretty much by everyone within a thousand miles of Hollywood.
Seeing as how both Marx and Alinsky dedicated their most important work to Satan, it seems like no coincidence that Durante would be a close friend of Crowley’s. Even to the point of cordially marrying Crowley’s mistress.
The film does do an interesting treatment of George Orwell, painting him as a sympathetic leftist desperate to believe that communism was working and a good thing in the Soviet Union, and even willing to justify the deaths of millions of Ukrainians as needed for the greater good. Of the survivors one presumes. All during this film, they cut to Orwell writing Animal Farm. But if even Wikipedia says that although a self proclaimed atheist and provocateur, he was a regular attendee of Church of England and a lover of Traditional British values, then I have to go with that.
As I watched there was one thing that did come to mind quite often though. It was that amazing quote by Goebbels that we post often on this site:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels
You certainly see that in action by Stalin and the Soviet Union all through this movie. But they do not credit the underlying philosophy to communism or fascism where it belongs.
At the end of the day, Mr. Jones is more a product of one of Orwell’s characters than it is of George Orwell himself, which the movie seems to imply at the beginning. Specifically Winston Smith, as the film clips facts that the party does not want known from history and burns them, and replaces them with the things you are to believe today as surely as 2+2=5.