There was a great scene in the movie Dr. Zhivgo when Yuri returned home from the war after the communist revolution. When he returned to his home it was occupied by members of the Communist Party. One of the Communists in his house was an old humorless woman named Comrade Kaprugina. Kaprugina was a political officer who was always on the watch for counter-revolutionary thoughts. She was the type of woman who relished the thought of destroying any man who might question the established ideology.
Dr. Zhivago was a man who cared little for ideology or politics. His passion was medicine and his poetry. As part of this passion he always wanted to search for the truth. As he was somewhat naïve, he did not realize that speaking the truth could have him executed if it should contradict the Bolshevik ideology.
A great exchange was as follows:
Dr. Zhivago: You have no right to call me from work.
Communist Political Officer: -As a Soviet Deputy, l-- -
Dr. Zhivago: That gives you power, not the right.
Communist Political Officer: It's noticed, you know. Your attitude is noticed.
The spiritual heirs of Comrade Kaprugina can be found among many modern day feminists. These women zealously attempt to squash any form of expression that they deem to be “hate”. “Hate” is he modern day term of what would have been called “counter-revolutionary activity” in communist countries of the 20th century.
While the terminology may have changed over the years, it is interesting that the Marxists have not varied their tactics over the last 100 years.
The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant, systematic duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what bring you nothing but misfortune. Our nervous system isn't just a fiction, it's part of our physical body, and our soul exists in space and is inside us, like teeth in our mouth. It can't be forever violated with impunity. - Boris Pasternak (author Dr. Zhivago)