Essay: Atheist militaries and goose stepping

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George Orwell wrote that the goose step was limited in its use to countries where the population was too afraid to laugh at their military.

Atheism is a part of communist ideology (see: Atheism and communism). The former Soviet Union was a communist government.

German and Soviet military advisors spread the tradition of goose stepping militaries throughout the world during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Communist China's military engages in goose stepping. The atheistic, communist North Korean military practices a form of jumping goose step.[1] A video of North Korean soldiers goose stepping in a military parade is available at YouTube. Communist Vietnam's soldiers engage in goose stepping as well.

Goose stepping and its reputation in the Anglo-American world

Because of the goose steps association with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, blind obedience and dictatorships, it has acquired a negative reputation in the Anglo-American world. Anglo-Americans commonly mock goose stepping.

George Orwell wrote in "England Your England" (1946):

The goose-step, for instance, is one of the most horrible sights in the world, far more terrifying than a dive-bomber.

It is simply an affirmation of naked power; contained in it, quite consciously and intentionally, is the vision of a boot crashing down on a face.

Its ugliness is part of its essence, for what it is saying is ‘Yes, I am ugly, and you daren’t laugh at me’, like the bully who makes faces at his victim.

Why is the goose-step not used in England?

There are, heaven knows, plenty of army officers who would be only too glad to introduce some such thing.

It is not used because the people in the street would laugh.

Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army.[2]

The closest atheist nerds get to being funky

See also: 10 telltale signs you are an atheist nerd

Soviet soldiers goose stepping

Soviet soldiers goose stepping

Communist Chinese soldiers goose stepping

Soldiers in the army of Communist China goose stepping in Beijing, China. See also: Atheism and communism

Communist Vietmanese soldiers goose stepping

Communist Vietmanese soldiers laying a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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  1. Elizabeth Raum. North Korea. Series: Countries Around the World. Heinemann, 2012. ISBN 1432961330. p. 28: «North Korea is an atheist state. This means that people do not pray in public or attend places of worship. Buddhist temples exist from earlier times. They are now preserved as historic buildings, but they are not used for worship. A few Christian churches exist, but few people attend services. North Koreans do not celebrate religious holidays.»
  2. George Orwell and the ridicule of extremists