“The Englishman is a rabid nationalist… They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world…
When you hear the English talk of this war YOU SOMETIMES ALMOST WANT THEM TO LOSE IT to show them how things are.” – Ralph (Adolphe) Miliband
“Driving around the capital with other labourers… Ralph acquired a sense of England and its underlying structures: ‘We found out about middle-class meanness and snobbery’…
One boiling afternoon during his first summer in London, he went to Highgate cemetery, found Karl Marx’s grave and, standing with his fist clenched, swore ‘my own private oath that I would be faithful to the workers’ cause’. Not that he intended to remain a worker himself: he found clearing bombsites ‘an arduous business’ and felt a distance from his fellow labourers… He wanted to be an ‘intellectual’.”
Looks like the Milibands’ dad wasn’t up to doing any labouring himself, doesn’t it? Oh no, our Adolphe was going to do all the thinking for us instead!
Ralph Miliband went on to become one of the most influential lecturers of the second half of the twentieth century, teaching Marxist philosophy to the Blair, Brown, Straw, Livingston, Harman and Mandelson type for more than thirty years.
The online biography of Adolphe “Ralph” Miliband says he was born in Brussels of Polish-Jewish emigré parents and that both his parents lived in the Jewish quarter of Warsaw, before his father, Samuel “Sam” Miliband, joined the Red Army in the Polish-Soviet or Bolshevik War (February 1919 – March 1921).
Sam Miliband is said to have left Poland after the First World War, which ended in November 1918. He supposedly became a leather worker in Belgium and then returned to Poland to join the Red Army under the command of Leon Trotsky (born Lev Davidovich Bronstein) in 1920.
Nikolay Bukharin, writing in the Soviet newspaper Pravda, urged the Bolsheviks to carry on beyond Warsaw “right up to London and Paris.”
General’s Tukhachevsky’s order of July 2, 1920 read:
“To the West! Over the corpse of White Poland lies the road to world-wide conflagration.
March on Vilno, Minsk, Warsaw! Onward to Berlin over the corpse of Poland!”
Why would a poor leather worker in Belgium give up his work and travel all the way to Poland to fight with the Bolshevik Red Army against the Polish Republic and the West?
If this is true, Samuel Miliband must have been a very dedicated communist.