“Extermination must be put on a scientific basis if it is ever to be carried out humanely and apologetically as well as thoroughly. <… > What we are confronted with now is a growing perception that if we desire a certain type of civilization and culture we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it. ” – – George Bernard Shaw, Preface, On The Rocks. http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300561h.html
RUSSIA AND GEORGE BERNARD SHAW AGAIN, Advocate, Melbourne, Vic. Thu 19 May 1932. Mr. Shaw recently contributed two articles to “Nash’s Magazine,”, in which he paints a glowing picture of the conditions at present prevailing in Bolshevist Russia.
He sees good in everything, the destroyed churches, the abolition of all religious practices, the murder of the Tzar and his family, and the assassination of political suspects.
He naively assures us at the end of his articles that whatever is open to criticism in. Russia today is due to the fact that the ideal of Bolshevism is only gradually permeating the social and economic structures, and that in time even these defects will be remedied by the excellent system for which he can find nothing but praise.
As a bit of special pleading the article is excellent, but as a reasoned examination of the Bolshevist system in practice it is a dismal failure.
Mr. Shaw is so obviously out to show that everything in Russia is praiseworthy.
He commends the methods of the political police who shoot suspects without warning, because the victims are not allowed to anticipate the terrors of death, and tells us that our civilization is sadly lacking because we subject accused persons to the torture of a trial and in the event of their being found guilty and sentenced to capital punishment, they have to live on for a period with death hanging over their heads.
We can imagine Mr, Shaw arguing just as erratically that it is a crime to shoot a man on suspicion without a fair trial, but he prefers for the purposes of his article to let the political police decide who is worthy of death and shoot them down without warning in the interests of humanity.
In pointing out the merits of many Bolshevist innovations, Mr. Shaw adroitly manages to introduce a sneer against any contrary practices in western civilization.
Everybody in Russia is free, as long as they do not attempt to criticize Bolshevism.
Mr. Shaw admits this, but will not admit that he is describing a system of slavery as despotic as any that has attempted to encroach on the rights of the individual.