The Man Who Knew Communism Best - Ven Fulton J Sheen



friends a week or two ago we asked for suggestions of subjects and personalities which we might discuss on this show one little girl wrote in from Akron Ohio ins he said I don't care what you talk about as long as you keep on talking and that can prove very dangerous because some years ago on the way back from Europe a steward came out on the deck of the ship one night he said are you the one who preached sermon at st. Patrick's Cathedral steps in such a time yes samaya that was a wonderful sermon wonderful I enjoyed every minute of that hour-and-a-half I said my good man I never talked an hour and a half in my life well he said it seemed that long to me so tonight we're going to discuss a very remarkable man of literature the man who forced all communism and who understood it better than many who have lived through it and his name it has we should mention some alternate spellings fyodor dostoyevsky born in 1821 in Moscow father was a doctor in one of the poor hospitals the Moscow father was not very kind to the family part of the peasants when he bought a farm the peasants later on and kill me but the son lived from 1821 waiting underneath he won and in that relatively short span of life had three great creative moments the first creative moment appeared or Dostoevsky was when he learned the moment the meaning of freedom those were days when students were rather radical and young Dostoevsky belong to a radical group as he was studying engineering though he always loved literature and he was interested not in the German philosophers as many were at the time fancy more 4ei and others he wanted to establish some kind of a system where there would be no marriage no private property but some weird kind of socialism in kings and czars were jittery in those days in the year 1848 Louis Philippe was the last king of France he lost his throne Nicholas the first was afraid of losing his so when he heard of this young group of revolution a Peter and Paul queer name for a prison so it was and then after several months in jail on the 22nd day of December eighteen hundred and forty nine twenty youths were led up on a platform whose komoroske square of st. Petersburg there were lines of ten Dostoyevsky was sixth in the second line the sheriff mounted the platform he walked to each of them he gave the sentence of the court condemned to death condemned to death and them to death 20 men 20 minutes to wait for death Dostoyevsky nudged someone alongside er there was a cart down below 20 coffins in it black cloth over the coffin the temperature 20 degrees below zero they were stripped of all their clothing except a shirt for 7 o'clock in the morning the styrsky looked up and Sun were just coming through the clouds they began reflecting itself against the dome of a church he said in five minutes I will be this is where the source of all that light is and then one minute more and he said oh if I could only live what an eternity of days would be mine and how I would treasure each moment and at that moment a soldier him across the yard waving a white flag and announced it through the mercy of the czar they would not be shocked but Dostoevsky was to be sentenced to four years imprisonment in Siberia he breathed the air of freedom he began to be a kind of an embodied spirit the soul had come back into his body daddy because he wrote Inferno has been described as the man who has been to hell Dostoyevsky was the man who looked death in the face and got back that elemental freedom the freedom to live and move and have your being you would understand freedom as well as any man in the world that was his first creative moment the second was when he learned the implications of that freedom Christmas Eve of that year he was put into a sleigh driven out of st. Petersburg on a three weeks journey to Siberia and as he left st. Petersburg it was Christmas Eve there was no room in the inn you could see houses of blazed with lights Christmas parties on the inside so after the stable of the world he goes to Siberia and what a place it was Dostoyevsky describes he said we were huddled in this barracks like herrings in a barrel no room to turn around fleas and lice by the bushel temperature 30 and 40 degrees below zero ice three inches thick on the windowpane one stove in the center of a room never melted the ice in the room a sheepskin to cover us but had never covered our feet in our feet froze filth on the floor too cold to go outside to satisfy nature men would attempt to cross the floor and their chains would get caught in the chains of others and they would fall crack their heads and curse was a veritable inferno of implication and curses and lecherous laughter doubt of it later on came the books describing what he had been through letters from the underworld and the House of the Dead some of the most terrible pages of all literature what did he learn during this captivity in Siberia he learned three lessons and he puts them down in these books and the first lesson that he learned was how evil men can be he lived with characters and he saw guards that could not be divided as novelists divide their characters into good and bad he said there are some people who will abuse freedom to a point of wishing only evil they lose the distinction he said of right and wrong they will they do not deny God merely he says they challenge God they set themselves up as an absolute he said I found that while I was there that man is open that two ends first he's open to the inspirations of grace and any city's open to the devil himself some of these men he said wanted to do evil just for the sake of evil even to make good evil as a result he said they became cruel when I learned he said that it is possible for man to become more cruel and bloodthirsty than any beast as one of the characters said there only there are only two periods in history one is our ascent from the gorillas to the depth of God than the other is from the death of God for the making of a new earth through comings that was his first list how evil men can be in the second lesson that he learned was about a social system that evil men can create that social system that exists in the land where he lived Churchill describes that land as the dividing of it as the iron curtain that description would never satisfy Joss styrsky why why because the iron curtain is from our side the comfortable side the side of real freedom looking up against something opaque when you pass through Siberian see evils such as Dostoyevsky saw that description would never fit it and someone letters from the underworld he described the new race of men and what it means to live under this type of man he describes it as the mouse facing the wall he said a mouse will ultimately can't come to the last wall and he will gnaw but he cannot get through they bull in the face of a wall were respected he will not charge it it's something sacred when a mouse a mouse will gnaw and no and gnaw and be frustrated because he cannot get through what is the wall the wall is the impossible it is that social system under which men must live unto eternal frustration and the third lesson that he learned he described it in these two books that I mentioned was that the only alternative to this social system is Christ in whom is he rightly said his God in the image of man he said I thank the Almighty that I have passed through Siberia because I've learned now the essence of man and I have also learned he said that it is only in Christ that I must repose later on when belinskiy the atheists would try to win him over to his atheism Dostoevsky said in his own queer way he said build billion ski he said I would rather be wrong with Christ and right with you prison spoil some men who spoiled Oscar Wilde he lost all of his creativity in prison and he came out of prison wandered the streets of London under the under a diabolical pseudonym lost his power of writing because he'd been in prison but not so Dostoevsky he learned these great lessons in Dostoyevsky came out in order to come to the third moment of his life truly creative literary moments in which he wrote some of the great pages of literature for example this is the man Dostoyevsky wrote in first of all the one that we will discuss first crime and punishment in 1866 the possessed 1872 we will not have time to discuss Brothers Karamazov around 1800 mean 79-80 before he died in these works he describes communism that is to come and he describes it well first of all in crime and punishment where one of the characters is russ colony called the individual communist Raskolnikov does not believe in a distinction between right and wrong good and bad but he's interested in the masses he's concerned about the poor wants to build up a social system is concerned with the proletariat in this new social system that loves the masses must be built up but in order to build it up says Roscoe only caught you have to have money so he kills a poor old woman pawnbroker to get money to establish his socialistic state and the arguments she was Fermin anyway you see the system you kill one you ate a thousand of the masses that simple arithmetic that's coming no concern whatever for the individual person all that matters is the party state the totalitarian structure hence what individuals wherever they'd be in Poland Hungary Albania anywhere else let them be wiped out all that matters is the regime that professes to love the poor and travels all Dostoyevsky's Menenius work the possessed describes the state that has been set up by this philosophy no longer concerned now with the individual communists in their home in ski whereof in ski says the Russian Revolution we'll begin with an atheistic base you see the characters of the styrsky McTeer aloft sigilyph their home in ski father very brothers karamazov off and others oh yes there in pages here they are in the process but if these men they you cut a page blood comes out and they walk across the streets of writer they're living characters they just have other names Stalin Lenin big enough for Ghani to talk heroes about them he knew the wall he lived through them he saw it coming so Vera Vince key said they don't foundation would be atheism and then he talks to Stavro Jin and he tells Stavro Jin just how he must develop this system and Sal Rajan prepares for it and so he violates a girl and then after he's violated her he locks her in a room there's little opening in the door she sips tea can look at her until she goes mad he enjoys his tea finally she goes mad and she hangs herself and stavrogin said now now I no longer know the distinction between right and wrong now I am ready to establish the system and so the characters walk out on the pages of the possessed would you not think that some of these reading from the possessed some of these pages were written by someone who had passed through the experiences and communism today in Russia he suggests a system of spy every member of society spires on the others and it is his duty to inform against them all our slaves and equal in their slavery see equality all comers they will be banished and put to death sister all will have his tongue cut out Copernicus will have his eyes without Shakespeare will be stoned slaves are bound to be equal there never has been any freedom or equality without despotism but in the herd everyone will be equal the moment you have family ties or love you get the desire for property will destroy that desire we will make use of drunkenness slander spying will make use of every incredible corruption will stifle every genius in its infancy we will reduce all to a common denominator complete equality only the necessary is the necessary that's the motto of the whole world from now on the world needs a shock and that's for us the dictators to look after absolute submission absolute loss of individuality but once in 30 years the dictator will let them have a shock and they will suddenly begin eating one another up just as a precaution against boredom and then Dostoevsky knowing that this philosophy that has no respect for persons that speaks of the love of the masses will be a menace to the world tell us how it will win over does not mention America but how true he was writing too soon for us perhaps but he told how all the intelligentsia the riffraff the false liberals all of the people without a plane that's teaching of right or wrong with Paulo after these individuals and do you know says the leader that we are tremendously powerful already our party not only consists of those who commit murder and arson fire off pistols in the traditional fashion or bite kernels they're only a hindrance I reckon them all up a teacher who laughs with children at their God is on our side the lawyer who depends an educated murderer because he's more cultured than his victims and could not help murdering them to get money he's one of us the schoolboys who murder a peasant for the sake of sensation they are ours the juries who acquit every criminal player ours the prosecutor who trembles at a trial for fear he should not seem advanced enough as ours and among all features and intelligence he and literary men we have lots and lots of them but they do not know it and so we'll have a little fresh blood now and then there's a set legends going and every scurvy group will be of use to us I'll pick up some of you fellows that will be keen for shooting well there's going to be an upheaval there's going to be such an upset as the world has never seen before Russia will be over found with darkness and the Kohler will weep for its God in 1872 we did he despair though he knew the world would run after these rough scholarly cops and Sheeta laughs Imperial offs no to the end of his life from the Journal of an author he wrote about soldier socialist soldier who would say who said he would commit the worst crime that one could ever commit he would steal a host he stole a host invested sacrament and then said he would shoot it he leveled his gun and he saw the image of Christ above him he knelt down in penance and that the Dostoyevsky is what Russia would do her one day recover its soul when it got rid of these individuals who had bought ruin upon it and then on another occasion he said it remember the young man in the land of the Gerasenes who was possessed with Devils and the Lord called The Devil's out of the young man use of the swine and the swine who were driven into the sea Dostoyevsky said that's my Raja my beloved Russia full of sores putrefaction paulus corruption fool even of devil but one day these devils the shigellosis akira lofts the rough scholarly coughs one day these Devils will be driven out of Russia and they will be pushed back and back and back into the sea and where there they will be drowned that it will be good enough for them in Russia Russia will sit at the feet of Christ and learn his gospel




Comments
  1. The intelligencia the scholars the RIFF RAFF…. Dostoyevsky wasn't into mincing words was he?

  2. How do we know Dostoyevsky didn't provide the blueprints themselves for the atheistic regime when he wrote his books…and the funding?

    Well, we only need to read "Dead Souls" by Nicolai Gogol, "to buy names of dead serfs"…

    Didn't these shadowy ones realize that by the installation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 by nefarious means thru congress, and 20 years later in 1933, the flip of status by FDR was finally achieved via the EBRA (Emergency Banking Relief Act which amended 5(b) of the Trading With The Enemy Act of 1917) legally making ALL Americans "enemies of the State…" from private status to public status, subject to public statute and NOT the law of God… therefore disabled them to hold title…we see these shadowy ones have the means now to fund such a diabolical system on earth…

  3. as predicted, Russia now sits at the feet of the Christ, It has turned its back on atheism and communism and reclaimed Jesus. Now we, in the U.S. , have misguided youth, indoctrinated by Atheist professors, and a Satanic Hollywood, plus not to mention many of our own government officials, trying to implant this communism into our land. So it is our time to sit at the feet of the Christ and return to the teachings of the prince of peace

  4. “The Jewish population [in Russia] in its mass showed a suspicious, even
    hostile attitude towards the Bolsheviks. But when, as a result of the
    revolution, it had acquired complete freedom which fostered a real expansion of
    Jewish activity in the political, social and cultural spheres—a well‐organized
    activity to boot—it did nothing to prevent the Bolshevik Jews from occupying
    the key positions, and these made an exceedingly cruel use of this new power
    fallen into their hands.”
    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – Chapter 15 “Two Hundred Years Together” (a
    translation)
    With eyes wide shut, we are witnessing the harnessing and enslavement of
    what was the greatest country on earth. But isn’t it the Jews that made it
    great, you ask? A minimal study of (not commonly available) history will show
    that Jewish migrations and infestations follow the true wealth creators in
    close succession and that they cannot moderate themselves to avoid killing
    their host.
    Ah well, all good things come to an end.

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