Dostoevsky’s 6 Nightmare Prophecies That Came True in the 20th Century


Dostoevsky’s 6 Nightmare Prophecies That Came True in the 20th Century, Part One
by R.J. Moeller

Few people in the last 200 years understood human nature and mankind’s fallen state quite like Dostoevsky. His uncanny abilities to dissect the pathology of a killer or the spiritual joy of a contented Russian peasant … .

… Dostoevsky (also) turned out to be a truly prophetic voice in his predictions of the dangerous and deadly places where certain ideologies and philosophies popular at the time would lead his beloved Russia in particular, and the modern Western world in general.

… Dostoevsky lived during his youth as a progressive ideologue eventually sentenced first to death and then, after a mock execution meant to “get his attention,” to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

He returned a deeply religious man and after spending a few years in Europe investigating the teachings of leading Western intellectuals, a vehement anti-socialist.

1) Generational Sins: The War on the Family

In Devils, the character Peter Verkhovensky poses as a beguiling and well-connected socialist dissident. We learn that his father, a former professor named Stepan Trofimovich, abandoned him as a child to be raised by intellectuals at various academies and universities. Peter’s odd choice of his own home province in the Russian countryside for the site of a cultural coup suddenly makes more sense: he wants to make his dad and those in the community suffer and feel humiliation. He craves payback for a miserable childhood. …

The reality: Stepan Trofimovich did in fact abandon his son. And the seeds of skepticism and rebellion against authority that Stepan’s generation had sown appeared fully realized in their offspring.

The results were disastrous. Just as they are in any culture where abdication of the primal duty to take care of your own children is tolerated (or worse still, encouraged). …

2) Militant Atheism: The War on God

Dostoevsky held that the inherent weakness of the Utopian visions of socialism was a rejection of God and the institution of the family. He saw that for the Left, their politics became their religion. The members of the progressive-Left were demanding that standards of Judeo-Christian morality be replaced with new (arbitrary) standards handed down from central councils and planning committees.

Dostoevsky believed that if even religious nations could commit heinous acts, a secular state would be capable of unspeakable atrocities.

3) Genocide: The War on Man

To this, the aforementioned ringleader Peter Verkhovensky responds:

[quote]“However much you tinker with the world, you can’t make a good job of it, but by cutting off a hundred million heads and so lightening one’s burden, one can jump over the ditch of transforming society more safely. … It’s a new religion, my good friend, coming to take the place of the old one.
The title of one of Dostoyevsky’s books this article draws from is sometimes translated The Devils or The Possessed. Verkhovensky’s comment about, “cutting off a hundred million heads,” is scarily prophetic. Between the USSR and Communist China, up through 1987, Lenin, Mao and their respective successors killed of nearly 140 million people. Were those 140M people in their own country, they would be the 10th most populous country in the world, just ahead of Japan!


Here is Part 2 of this pair of articles:

Dostoevsky’s Six Nightmare Prophecies That Came True in the 20th Century, Part Two
by R.J. Moeller
April 1, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Today we will take a peek under the hood of three more important areas of society that would ultimately sit under judgment of the prophetic pronouncements Dostoevsky made in his impressive body of work:

  • Economics of Envy: The War on Private Property

  • Idolizing the Intellectual: The War on Higher Education

  • and Social Engineering: The War on the Individual

    4) Economics of Envy – The War on Private Property

Dostoevsky held a deep-rooted distrust and disdain for centralized power. He also despised the decadence exhibited by many among Russia’s elite. He was a man of the people, not of big government nor big business (which, especially in those days, operated under the protective umbrella of big government).

I’ve had friends who lean fiscally Left and know my Dostoevsky appreciation ask me what I think of his anti-capitalistic message. My response is simple: Dostoevsky hated centralized power and licentious living among the rich, all while loving concepts such as private property, personal responsibility, stewardship, and creative innovation. He waxed poetically against socialism, Marxism, and those who thought they knew best how to handle other people’s lives. He wrote extensively on how political and economic freedoms were nothing without the rule of law and a citizenry that strove toward a virtuous society.

These themes, too, are very familiar and foresaw some of our present ideological struggles. Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote nearly a century and a half ago: human technology has changed and progressed incredibly in that time; human nature has not changed, let alone progressed (whatever that might mean in such a context).


Nice! Thanks Pete!


Very interesting reads Pete.


LOVE this thread/article as I am a huge fan of Dostoevsky.


Good reading, Pete.