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This study is being written at a time when the United States is losing world influence and is probably on the downward slope or disintegration of empire. It acts like a cornered beast, lashing out at Russia in an effort to maintain global dominance.
Russia has defended against every provocation, while refusing to fall into single file behind the 'leader'.
This seems a good time to compare and contrast the two superpowers. Most westerners are ignorant of Russia's history. Without understanding that history, we can't understand Russia.
Also, the history, values, intentions, morals and laws of the United States, have been largely lost, forgotten and obscured.
This study will trace the original republic, referred to here as the “several states united” [USA], to the democracy known as that great nation, the “United States” [US], to the monolithic administrative social democracy, becoming increasingly totalitarian and Marxist, referred to here as the “United Socialist States of America” [USSA].
It will trace Russia to the USSR and back again to Russia (the federation).
It is believed to be worthwhile to examine the path discarded by Russia to determine if we really want to tread those steps or change course, instead.
Each [mis]step has moved from USA to US to USSA, along a path previously attempted and then discarded by Russia.
INDEPENDENCE FROM MONARCHY
King of England
Tsar of Russia
Both, the colonists of the Americas and the people of Russia had valid cause to complain.
The colonists rightly felt that they were being treated unfairly and counter to British law.
The Russians were largely agrarian peasants, taxed, worked and sent to war to die for the Tsar. Most of these were illiterate simple farmers, used and abused.
The major difference was the few great minds who were able to enforce their wills. The colonies had men like Thomas Paine, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They shared a distrust of government and believed that all power was inherent in the people, who would lend that power to the local, decentralized states. They also believed and implemented “natural law” a euphemism for God’s Law.
In contrast, the original Russian revolutionaries seemed to only want to usurp the power of the Tsar, to replace the Tsar. This power grab was preempted by the Bolsheviks who had strong leaders with vision and ideals. These men were led by Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and others who shared a belief in the unfortunate and defective teachings of Karl Marx. This isn't intended to be a comprehensive study of socialism, so we will conclude this reasoning by pointing to the ultimate result.
Socialism did not and cannot function long term.
A discussion of their wars is more similar than dissimilar. They were different times, places, orders and people, but the issues, emotions, purposes and outcomes were very similar.
Russia started much later than the USA. To make up for lost time, it had two revolutions, a civil war and World War I, all nearly overlapping.
They will be discussed in the order more familiar to the western mind.
The revolutionary wars of both the USA  and Russia  were to gain independence from a monarch who claimed the divine right to rule, meaning the claim that God gave them the right to exercise unlimited power over His [God's] people.
One difference was the execution [murder] of the Tsar and his entire family. The British King George continued to reign/rule, but no longer in the USA. Russia was a very poor, agrarian empire. It was way overextended fighting in World War I, had suffered huge casualties and was out of food, out of leadership and out of hope.
The first part of the Russian revolution, the February revolution, was simply a strike, protests and riots carried to their conclusion. The Tsar dissolved the duma [parliament] again and the troops were called in to restore order. They fired on the protestors, but the riots continued. The troops wavered, then joined the rebellion.
The Tsar abdicated his throne and a provisional government was established.
The primary difference, however, was in the resulting governments. Unlike their American counterparts, the White Russian revolutionaries [winners of the February revolution] lacked vision and were unable to consolidate power.
This author regards that error as a result of deficiency of moral principal and sufficient power.
Consolidation of power requires either sufficient force [violence] and/or a rallying cry. Russia's White revolutionaries had neither, so were unable to hold their power.
The USA, in contrast, had a moral vision and implemented it. Each colony became a separate, sovereign representative republic bound into union by treaty. This lasted until some states wanted to terminate that treaty, but Abraham Lincoln went to war to force continued 'unity'.
In Russia, the October revolution followed a few months later, actually just a continuation of the original revolution, and was won by the Red Bolsheviks. These had sufficient idealism, vision, plans, dirty tricks and power to win. They implemented them during and after the October revolution, also known as the Bolshevik revolution and the Red revolution.
To study the worldview that foments revolutions, see Revolution.
The Russian civil war [7 November 1917 - October 1922] was more idealistic than the USA civil war. It was a battle between the White army, who wanted power and the status quo and/or opposed socialism, against the Bolsheviks and all other socialist parties, who had the vision of a new socialistic order. The Bolsheviks won their civil war. With this victory, Russia became the USSR, the world's first socialist nation. So began their now failed experiment. [1922-1991].
The American civil war was less about ideals and more a question of shear power. Lincoln and the northern Union claimed the power to prevent the south from seceding. The Confederate South claimed the right to leave the voluntary union. [note, neither view was about slavery. Slavery became the cause célèbre written by the winner in history books to misdirect].
The north won the physical contest, deciding the issue, not by law or moral right or negotiation, but by force. Unfortunately, it destroyed the very union Lincoln hoped to preserve.
Before the American civil war, the states were voluntarily united. This was the USA. After the war, the states were united by conquest. The USA, the several states voluntarily united, had died and were replaced by the single federal victor, the US.
The experiment started in 1776 was dead by 1865. If you think that is untrue, ask any surviving confederate [oops, too late].
Before the civil war, the states were supreme within the union. After the civil war, the states were subservient to the federal government. This had to be so because all states are equal. The federal Union had conquered the southern states, being their conqueror, and the northern states could have no advantage.
This was a change of government by conquest, by force, even though the conquering government pretended it was still the original republic - it was NOT. To the conqueror go the spoils.
28 July 1914 - 11 November 1918
The Russian Tsar brought Russia into World War I with the allies, alongside Britain and France.
Russia was weak upon entry. The Tsar lacked the peoples' support. They rebelled against the Tsar and murdered him and the entire Romanov family before the world war had ended.
Russia's government and economy collapsed. Two revolutions caused upheaval. The Bolsheviks, encouraged by Germany, caused Russia to accept extremely unfavorable peace terms with Germany, best described as defeat, in the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, signed on 3 March 1918.
In contrast, The US, hereditary heir to the former USA, entered with Russia on the side of the allies near the latter part of the war and ended as a victorious hero, savior of the world.
1 September 1939 - 2 September 1945
By the second world war, things had changed. Instead of Russia, it was the USSR. Instead of the USA or the US, it was the USSA [see those changes in the sections on law, economy and society].
In June 1941, the European Axis powers [Germany] launched an invasion of the Soviet Union [USSR], opening the largest land theatre of war in history, which trapped the major part of the Axis' military forces into a war of attrition. The USSR paid dearly for its defense of Leningrad, subsequent victory of Stalingrad, and the German defeat.
Germany was divided into Soviet [USSR], American [USSA], British and French zones of occupation. To the victor go the spoils.
The USSR and USSA became the superpowers of the world and entered a long cold war. Although ideologically identical, both claimed moral superiority.
The USSR failed, admitting it was wrong, changed its ways and reverted to Russia. The USSA continues to descend into the socialistic hell of the welfare / warfare state. It will also fail. Socialism cannot last forever.
Russia has been promoting peace, The USSA continues to stir the cauldron of chaos and provoke Russia. Western media hides this, but promotes the ideals of enemies.
Several States, united [USA]
Within the original republic, the united states of America also known as the several states united, ALL law was based on Natural law or God's law, depending on one's beliefs. Even though the origin may have varied, the law did not.
It was based on the common law of England and held that all power was in the individual who could LAWFULLY do ANYTHING unless specifically forbidden by law.
All men were innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law by a jury of his peers.
Gold and silver [nothing else] were legal tender. Without payment in gold or silver, lawful title could not pass.
Otherwise, the law was whatever each individual sovereign state said it was.
United States [US]
After the defeat of the southern states, ALL states became subject to the federal state (Washington D.C.). This was the single nation advocated by Alexander Hamilton but opposed by Thomas Jefferson.
The individual states were allowed to continue acting as if they were still sovereign, even though they were not. They could continue passing unimportant laws. But issues important to the federal government were passed as federal laws. Originally, the federal government had jurisdiction over only a very few subjects. Initially, there were only 20 federal crimes. But now it could legislate over ANYTHING. Today there are over 300,000 federal "laws", codes and regulations.
United Socialist States of America [USSA]
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102, declaring bankruptcy of the United States and seizing all Americans' gold.
Although some deny the claim of bankruptcy, what do you call it when a government says it lacks sufficient gold [wealth], so will take all that of its citizens?
Remember, at law, title could ONLY pass by the payment of gold or silver (the only legal tender). Without gold, there could be no more lawful titles, only 'legal' titles. Silver could still be used, but do you know how many pounds of silver it takes to pay for a car or a house?
President Roosevelt notified the people of the coming changes by telling them there would be a "NEW DEAL", patterning his socialistic "New Deal" on the communist ideal.
The original deal, the republic formed by "we the people" had been conquered in the civil war and replaced with the federal nation, US and now (1933) that was replaced by a "New Deal", Marxist socialism.
That nation was bankrupt. The peoples' gold was taken. There would be a new deal. That new deal would be an administrative social democracy. It would be "progressive" [socialism, communism, Marxism]. It would be a welfare state. It would implement all of the planks from Marx's communist manifesto, wholly or partially, little at a time.
Under the new civil code NOTHING is legal unless the codes allow. All are guilty until proven innocent. An administrative judge can decide everything by himself.
All this was formalized in the 1938 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Act.
Law and equity remained separate forms of action in the federal courts until the adoption in 1938 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which combined the two into a single type of case, called a "civil action."
Law was dead and equity lorded over all under the form of 'administrative procedure' (Administrative Procedure Act 1946).
Russians who remember will say "yes, we were there". They have passed through the tunnel of communism into the light. America, acting as the USSA is currently in the middle of this same tunnel and heading deeper.
Next would come spying on its own citizens, enhanced interrogation [torture], extrajudicial renderings, kill lists and drones. The USSR saw all this and left it behind. Now these horrors have come to the USSA. The only thing remaining are the gulags. Some claim they have been built and are ready for use and there is little difference between the Gulags, extra-judicial rendition, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.
10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto
Which of the following have NOT been wholly or partially implemented into the 'laws' of the USSA?
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.
These were the basis of the USSR. How can anyone deny that America is a communist [socialist] state, or the USSA?
The Bolsheviks had many plans to re-mold Russia. The one on which all others depended was rejection of God. Before the civil war was over they began killing monks, priests and clerics. All churches and church property was confiscated and churches were turned into stables or any other degrading use. Atheistic propaganda and education followed.
This has been accomplished in the USSA largely though false science and materialism.
The elimination of God is required to eliminate His law, which is required for all that follows.
"Religion is the opium of the people." Karl Marx
"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within." Joseph Stalin
Russia has since been turning back to God in large numbers; rediscovering her Christian roots. Her churches have been restored and property returned to the church.
Meanwhile, Americans continue to deny God's existence.
Destruction of Family
The family is the greatest defense against everything. The family protects its values and its members. The family teaches its values to its children. This process must be abrogated to change future generations.
Both, the USSR and the USSA undermine the family.
Destruction of Privacy
Privacy is required for personal peace. Go to a restaurant and stare at one person. Soon they will feel it and become uncomfortable. Their peace has been disturbed.
For the state to exercise total control, it must know everything. Privacy protects against control.
This is why the USSR and the USSA spy on everyone - to control everyone. Restore privacy and you remove that control, restoring peace.
Liberty is the opposite of control. The craving for liberty has been lost in the USSA. It has been replaced by a craving for security. Security is also the opposite of Liberty. You can have one or the other, but not both.
Theists get their security from faith in God. Atheists petition the state for security. That can only be granted through surrender of Liberty and increased (or total) control by the state. Control by the state is inversely proportional to liberty of the individual.
This author doesn't know the current level of liberty in Russia, but believes the security apparatchiks have been reduced. If that is true, liberty has increased.
It appears that Russia and the USSA are exchanging places.
Individualism is the manifestation of personal responsibility. It is the opposite of collectivism. If EVERYONE is responsible, NOBODY is responsible.
'If it's to be, it's up to me'.
That is the opposite of:
'It takes a village to raise a child'.
Nonsense! For 6000 years, it's 'taken a family to raise a child.'
The state has usurped the liberty of the individual and handed it over to the collective.
The only solution is to reclaim the liberty and accept the responsibility.
The biggest mistake Karl Marx made was misunderstanding ECONOMY.
One can design all the plans and pogroms and make all the promises they want. Eventually, someone has to pay for them. The fiddler must be paid.
Socialism [communism] has shown itself incapable.
The first economic failure was the failure of collectives.
From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.
Both 'needs' and 'abilities' are subjective. If one is rewarded the same, regardless of their productivity, productivity decreases. If one is rewarded based on their needs, needs increase.
These are basic human traits that destroyed the Bolshevik socialist experiment and will destroy the American socialist experiment and any other socialist attempt.
There have been hundreds of utopian experiments. Most were socialistic. ALL FAILED.
Collectivism promises equality. 'Equality' is a false promise that cannot be delivered (see Problem With Equality).
More importantly, under socialism, some are always 'more equal' than others. This will be observed and resented by the 'less equal' (refer to George Orwell's novel, "Animal Farm" wikipaedia article, or read it online Here).
Collectives will produce less than required which will lead to failure - failure of the economy and the state.
Central planning is the mistaken belief that any man or group of men is smart enough to control what everyone does and force all economic activity. The greater the centralization, the greater will be the failure.
Central planning is based on historical [past] requirements. The true economy is based on current and future requirements.
Those estimates are made by entrepreneurs who accept the risk of their projections. Those who are correct will be rewarded with profit. Those who are incorrect will be rewarded with loss. Either way, the public will be provided what it wants to buy.
In a centrally planned, command economy, there is no alternative. If central planners are wrong, and they will be wrong eventually, the public suffers. They may even starve.
Redistribution of Property
The greatest failure of Marxism is belief in the concept of redistribution of wealth.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7
Since Marx was an atheist, he didn't believe this truth. But this simple truth foretold the downfall of communism and the USSR. Likewise, it foretells the downfall of the USSA.
No state can take [steal by force] the productivity of a man's hands and give it to another with impunity.
Men will either find a way to keep it [legally or not] or cease to produce or plant. Either way, this truth will remain true and the collective will suffer.
REFORM OR FACADE?
While it would be nice to believe that Russia has reformed and is returning to God, it is more likely putting on a false front to fool the west.
The "west" looked on in horror at the communist atrocities of totalitarianism, gulags, strategic starvation, executions, extermination pogroms, forced (slave) labor, elimination of religion, destruction of all churches, execution of most church leaders and those unwilling to yield their faith, confiscation of all property and corruption. These hateful acts should always be remembered.
But can a leopard change his spots? (Jeremiah 13:23). Jeremiah suggests NOT. Yet we do know of conversion through rebirth.
Based on Bible prophecy, it is more likely a false front, a facade, a fiction of pretending to be a kinder, gentler nation. This is supported by the testimony by Anatoliy Golitsyn in his books, "The Perestoika Deception" and "New Lies For Old" [The Communist Strategy Of Deception And Disinformation].
Restructuring (Perestoika) and Convergence
Perestoika is translated as "restructuring". According to Golitsyn, this is exactly the faked act performed by Russia for the purpose of "convergence" with the west. Convergence is nothing less than "joining". Governments of man (and Russia is no exception) are governments of Satan (see "Government, Politics and Yahweh's Will").
It is Satan's goal to rule the world when he comes as the anti-christ. He must control all governments and all churches - one world government and one world church. Russia, doing its part in this plan, had to become "acceptable" to the west before they can "converge". Russia is "appearing" more western, while the US is moving more socialist. When there is no perceptible difference, they can "converge".
Stalin, as Russia's "man of steel" will join the US, as heir to the Roman rod of iron, to become the one-world government of iron represented by "The 10 Toes of Daniel 2".
This author knows that the US government is pushing hard on Russia.
This author knows that the USSR was all the horrible things we've been told. How? Because Russia herself has admitted it.
Read 'The Gulag Archipelago' by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He knew first hand and Russia admits and accepts this telling.
Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the formation of the Russian Federation, The Gulag Archipelago has been officially published, and it has been included in the high school program in Russia as mandatory reading since 2009.
Everyone should read this book.
Read 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand. She also was there and knew first hand. She was born in Russia and lived through both revolutions and civil war. She saw the results of Bolshevism.
Read the testimony of Anatoliy Golitsyn in his books, 'The Perestoika Deception' and 'New Lies For Old' [The Communist Strategy Of Deception And Disinformation].
How can we, who were not there, argue with what these first-hand witnesses have revealed. More important, how can we ignore sacred prophecy?
This study is in the hope that the propaganda will be decoded.