1. In the Inferno, canto 20, Dante breaks down crying at one point, upon seeing the horrible punishments of some of the sinners. Virgil, his guide scolds him: "Qui vive la pietà quand è ben morta;" - "Here piety lives when pity is wholly dead; Who is a greater reprobate than he Who feels compassion at the doom divine?" To feel sorry for the damned is to reveal an imperfect understanding of Gods justice. 2. In the novel, Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler tells the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government which he had helped to create. He has been arrested on the baseless charge of deviationism. The tale is based on the infamous Moscow Show Trials, or Purge Trials of the 1930s. Moscow Trials 1936, August 19 (morning session) a. The result of the purges was the decimation of the Bolsheviks who had been prominent during Lenins reign; more than half of the delegates to the 1934 Party Congress; much of the top brass of the Red Army; and ¾ of the sitting members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party. Exterminated. b. No intelligent person today believes that the Moscow defendants were actually guilty of the crimes for which they were arraigned, but in 1936, or 1938, left-wing intellectuals in the West spent amazing time, energy, and ingenuity pondering and authenticating their guilt. John V. Fleming, "The Anti-Communist Manifestos." c. Stalin in these show trials and accompanying purges did not just purge his party enemies, which Hitler had done on a much smaller scale in the Night of the Long Knives, but he compelled these Old Bolsheviks to confess to crimes which defied human imagination. Some of these doctrinaire Marxists were actually spies for Germany or Japan or Britain or France. Others, who had risked their lives for the Bolshevik victory, became wreckers who sought to sabotage everything of value in the Soviet economy. The trials were notionally based upon ideological variation, but this too was obviously absurd. Conservative Truth - The Anniversary of the Moscow Show Trials - Bruce Walker - 2011-08-29 3. Deviationism is possibly the worst of crimes to the Left. Not the slightest straying from the orthodoxy can be allowed. To be an accepted member of the Leftist herd, one must behave, not as a human being possessing a God-given intellect but as an iron filing in a magnetic field. 4. The concept of deviationism, of course, differs in various nations, and cultures, as the same economic system differed slightly in Hitlers Germany, Mussolinis Italy, and FDRs America. a. Today, in America, we refer to deviationism as political correctness. And there are severe penalties for those who deviate. b. Similar to the charges in the Moscow show trials, the Left wastes no efforts in considering whether or not the charges are true... "Romney killed my wife!" "Romney never paid taxes!" "...you'll pay for tax cuts for the wealthy...." "Ryan wants to take away your Medicare..."