New York Red

While I was emerging from a subway station on Manhattan’s upper West side last week, I was hollered at by a chap in his mid-to-late twenties sporting a black t-shirt and ginger beard who was standing on a corner handing out newspapers.

“Hey man,” he said “you have a red shirt on, you should read this!”  He thrust a newspaper in front of me that was some Commie publication and had as its headline a call to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act.  I have read that reinstating Glass-Steagall wouldn’t solve much despite its repeal being blamed for the Global Financial Crisis, but I was in no position to argue this particular technicality.

“Where are you from?” he asked me.

“Britain” I said.

“Oh man, with Barclays!  Those assholes have screwed everything!”

“Yes”, I said “they are assholes.”

“So what are we gonna do about it, man?” he asked, thrusting the newspaper at me.

I thought about a response.  What are we going to do about it?  I was going to suggest hanging politicians and lawyers, but I guessed his victim list would differ from mine and I didn’t want to encourage him.  As I was pondering the question he chimed in with “And no, war with Russia isn’t the answer.”

“Ah Russia,” I said “I know the place well.  Lived there for a bit. No, going to war with Russia won’t help much.”

“You were in Russia?  I heard St. Petersburg is beautiful!”

“It is.  It’s a shame everything over there is built on a few million corpses, though.”

“Corpses?” he asked, looking doubtful.  “Which corpses?  Nazis?”

“No.  Ordinary people.  And that’s the problem, isn’t it?  Which way is Central Park?”

“That way,” he said “but you gotta read this…” His voice trailed off as I walked away.

I hope he somehow gets to read this.


7 thoughts on “New York Red

  1. Nice episode.

    Reminds me of a local Somalian leftist immigrant activist here in Finland. He advocates that our country should pay for a welfare state in African countries because white people did slave trade.

    To illustrate the horrors of slavery, the Facebook page where he put out this idea had a picture of Bantus in chains. Bantus, the people who Arabs sold for slaves to Somalians until early 1900’s, until the new Italian colonial masters somewhat incompetently stopped it.

    Of course, our country had nothing to do with that business. Our last involvement in slave trade was in early 18th century, during and after the Great Northern War, when some 10 000 – 20 000 of our people were sold as slaves in Russia — among other things, to work as slave labourers in the construction of St. Petersburg.

  2. The irony being that Bolshevism was created and financed in New York.

    “How can we expect to free our own people from the fetters of this poisonous embrace if we walk right into it? How shall we explain Bolshevism to the German worker as an accursed crime against humanity if we ally ourselves with the organizations of this spawn of hell, thus recognizing it in the larger sense?”

  3. It’s plausible to say that some financing for bolshevism was done in New York. Everything was financed in New York. Probably even bolsheviks got some financing, though definitely not a major part.

    But to say that bolshevism was *created* in New York, that’s just not true. I don’t see how that snip from Mein Kampf is relevant to the matter.

  4. Well not being part of it, I guess all we can do is form our own opinions. My view on who was behind Bolshevism and why, align with the often persecuted but never prosecuted, published views of the late Antony Sutton.

    The snippet was posted as evidence at that time that some world leaders knew what the threat of Bolshevism meant and warned its own people never to countenance it not for a moment.

  5. Just noticed that Suttons work and book on this subject is now available on line.

    “Since the early 1920s, numerous pamphlets and articles, even a few books, have sought to forge a link between “international bankers” and “Bolshevik revolutionaries.” Rarely have these attempts been supported by hard evidence, and never have such attempts been argued within the framework of a scientific methodology. Indeed, some of the “evidence” used in these efforts has been fraudulent, some has been irrelevant, much cannot be checked. Examination of the topic by academic writers has been studiously avoided; probably because the hypothesis offends the neat dichotomy of capitalists versus Communists (and everyone knows, of course, that these are bitter enemies). Moreover, because a great deal that has been written borders on the absurd, a sound academic reputation could easily be wrecked on the shoals of ridicule. Reason enough to avoid the topic.

    Fortunately, the State Department Decimal File, particularly the 861.00 section, contains extensive documentation on the hypothesized link. When the evidence in these official papers is merged with nonofficial evidence from biographies, personal papers, and conventional histories, a truly fascinating story emerges.

    We find there was a link between some New York international bankers and many revolutionaries, including Bolsheviks. These banking gentlemen — who are here identified — had a financial stake in, and were rooting for, the success of the Bolshevik Revolution.

    Who, why — and for how much — is the story in this book.

    Antony C. Sutton

    March 1974″

  6. To illustrate the horrors of slavery, the Facebook page where he put out this idea had a picture of Bantus in chains. Bantus, the people who Arabs sold for slaves to Somalians until early 1900’s, until the new Italian colonial masters somewhat incompetently stopped it.


  7. “Corpses?” he asked, looking doubtful. “Which corpses? Nazis?”
    “No. Ordinary people. And that’s the problem, isn’t it? Which way is Central Park?”

    During my 12 years there, I was shown the land where the bodies were beneath. Not all that far, interestingly, from KGB HQ on Dherjinski Street.

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