Much later in the evening, at party with some friends, Dennis stopped dead in the middle of an argument, exclaimed: "Communism is not Communism!", puked into my plate and passed out.
We've been good friends and inseparable political partners ever since.
For the last two years and a half we've been running an outfit called the Russian Maoist Party (RMP). Being composed of orientalists, physicists, mathematicians, economists and other true sons of the sod and representatives of the oppressed toiling masses, our chief function is to act as jackals of our Russian commie movement, preying on the anti-Semites, Brezhnevites, lovers and connoisseurs of the Jewish-Masonic conspiracy and plain damn nuts that infest that movement and, to tell the truth, compose the quasi-totality of it. Everybody hates our guts, but everybody reads us, including such backwoods and asshole-of-the-fucking-universe places as Yakutia, the Far East, Serbia and New York City.
We are a quiet, bookish, Web-oriented sect of Maoist dogmaticists. I, for one, almost never leave my Shchukino pad at all, making junior Party members run errands for me: fetch cigarettes, coffee, vodka, take my son from school and so on. So it is a wee bit hard to understand why the FSB wanted to frame us for two terrorist attacks in the course of half a year, including the famous 2000 underground passage bombing in Pushkin Square -- on the latter occasion arresting Den and me and taking us to headquarters handcuffed together, as if we were Mafia killers or something. Thanks to some of our foreign connections, we have also been written up by News of the World and (if I remember correctly) The Guardian, using the epithets "fanatic," "madcap" and "known terrorists." So here is a recipe for you if you want to acquire the kind of sexy reputation we have: sit on your butt, publish a sedate and academic Marxist-Leninist paper and post in Internet forums using such sexy and racy words as "the right of nations to self-determination" or "the dictatorship of the proletariat." The rest is assured. Tells a lot, if you ask me, about the politico-cultural climate in today's world in general and in our long-suffering Russia under the heel of the fascist motherfucker Putin dictatorship in particular. Has some bearing, too, on the immediate subject of my ramblings here, which is
The Vanguard of Red Youth (AKM)
Needless to say, the AKM is neither a vanguard (to be a vanguard you have at least to be headed somewhere, a virtue these guys most conspicuously lack) nor red (pink, light brown, mauve or burgundy might be more descriptive of the group's political coloration), though it does indeed contain some youth. "Wackos," "nutters," "counterfeit-vodka-soaked degenerates," "hypersexual no-mind FSB dupes" and other endearing terms often used of them in the Left tusovka may be more accurate, but they are not terribly effective as an explanation - not much more helpful than the "Stalinist fanatics" and "implacable supercommunist intransigents" of the mainstream media. So let me try to explain.
Neither the AKM nor its parent organization, the Trudovaya Rossiya ("Labor Russia"), popularly known as the "Anpilov babushkas," are really about Communism. Nor are they about fascism, anarchism, antiglobalism or Soviet patriotism, though each of these ideologies does play a part. What these two groups are really all about is a totally nonthinking and visceral reaction of bewildered people to a hostile environment. In the microbiological world, if you drip some acid into a test tube filled with a solution with amoebas and infusoria in it, the critters will naturally drift to the section least affected by the acid. In the animal kingdom, you have the familiar Russian aphorism: "Flip the horse on the nose, it will wag its tail." In the Russian political world, you have the Trudovaya Rossiya and the AKM.
The hostile environment is, of course, what a pedestrian Marxist-Leninist like me would define as Russian capitalism, period. A fascist-influenced aesthete like the eXile's own Dr. Limonov (may he breathe the air of freedom as soon as possible!) might say the colonialistic plutocratic Elders-of-Zion globalist occupation. And some Berezovsky-funded libertarian democratic Russophobe human rights junkie will call it the totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship of the murderous KGB colonel Putin. But they're all different names for the same thing. And this environment is hostile to anything that lives and thinks. The TR and AKM are certainly alive (and kicking, in a convulsive sort of way) -- but their top priority seems to be to avoid thinking and acting intelligently at all costs.