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Senseless in Seattle

21 June 2020

9:30 AM

21 June 2020

9:30 AM

If you wanted any more evidence as to the decay of Western Civilisation, then you need only to consider the following example reported by The Daily Wire. As you can see below, In the American city of Seattle, the statue of George Washington has recently been pulled down by rioters and desecrated whereas the statue of Lenin remains untouched. 

Like me, you might be shocked and more than a little surprised that there is even a statue of Lenin in Seattle. I had to Google it myself just in case it was fake news. But sure enough, it is there. Even more significant, though, was this explanation as to the monument’s history: 


The statue was constructed by Bulgarian sculptor Emil Venkov (1937–2017) under a 1981 commission from the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. While following the bounds of his commission, Venkov intended to portray Lenin as a bringer of revolution, in contrast to the traditional portrayals of Lenin as a philosopher and educator. Venkov intended the statue to function as a critique of communist oppression and depict Lenin as a violent man, with abstract rifles and flames on the statue, in contrast to the traditional depiction of Lenin holding a book.  

How ironic! Lenin’s Marxism was responsible for the death of untold millions. The first President of the United States, though, established one of the greatest democracies the world has ever known. The first produced violence and bloody revolution, the latter political and social freedom. 

This is all the more significant when one realises that Patrisse Cullorsthe co-founder of Black Lives Matter—has stated unambiguously that she is a Marxist. It’s as though COVID is producing a historical and political amnesia. Where light is exchanged for darkness, and what is sweet for what is bitter.  

Mark Powell is Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.

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