I’ve got a soft spot for “Dialectical and Historical Materialism” (though I can’t claim I understand it all), but I remember liking the letter where he admonishes a comrade for calling themself a “Stalinist”. I wish I could remember which one that was!
I like his writing style, and the way he lays his points out. There’s still a lot in the archive for me to read!
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That time he saved the world from Hitler.
This is the only one I have read. Pretty good.
On the Death of Lenin
A moving speech and eulogy, from a man who loved his comrade, who he had fought alongside for many decades.
Also a very large fan of the interview with Stalin by H G Welles.
Anarchism or Socialism
That’s a great pick!
None. I know him from e.g. Katyn massacre of ~22000 Polish.
“No investigation, no right to speak”.
If you think so poorly of Stalin, why haven’t you engaged with his work to prove yourself right? He wrote quite a lot. It should be easy to test your hypothesis about who he was.
I base on history agreed by historians all over the world. Simple as that. If you want to counter it, please go ahead, make discoveries and investigations.
Is that something you believe Stalin was personally responsible for? I don’t see any evidence to that effect.
“Millions of Poles were killed in German death camps throughout the war, and with considerably less sustained outcry from the [Polish government-in-exile in London]. Indeed, only that very month the Germans were annihilating some 50000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion, and far less was heard from London on this matter. Katyn was an infinitely more sensitive issue because the men killed there, as Polish underground leader Tadeusz Bor-Komorowski described them, ‘had been the elite of the Polish nation . . .,’ that is to say, the friends and family of the exiles in London. Whoever destroyed the officers at Katyn had taken a step towards implementing a social revolution in Poland, and on the basis of class solidarity, the London Poles felt one officer was worth many Jews or peasants.”
(Kolko, Gabriel. The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943–1945. New York: Random House. 1968. p. 105.)
He was ruling the country back then, who else could be responsible for that? Well, USSR and later RF even admitted they did it.
This isn’t how the soviet system worked.
He was one of FIVE people on the upper most council, and hundreds and then thousands on the councils that reported to it. He had exactly the same powers that the other people on this council had. The USSR is not a presidential system, there was never one single leader of it.
But don’t take my word for that, here is a quote directly from the CIA’s declassified documents:
No he wasn’t. “Anything asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”.
There are significant amount of evidence it has been done by Germans, and the chief evidence for USSR fault is forgery from Yeltsin times. Not to mention all post Stalin govts in USSR and especially bourgeoisie Russia have a big motive in keeping the soviet blame version - which, unsurprisingly, originated straight from Goebbels.
Also, even if they really did it, there’s the factor @email@example.com mention, that very narrative is super classist and historically disingenous considering how quick Germans were forgiven for holocaust and how friendly our country is now with literal banderite neonazis. I think nobody would care for Katyn today if it was not used as foundation of russophobia in Poland.
Don’t spread misinformation. There’s one history agreed on. Russian history is a fantasy one.
If you had ever taken any history class beyond a high school level you would know that this is not, nor has it ever been, true, for ANY period of history EVER
How do you reconcile your two positions?
He don’t. What 30 years of uniform propaganda do to a mf.
I consider Russian regime historians more as fantasy writers than real historians.
Were you lying when you said you “base on history agreed by historians all over the world.”?
Are you the only one who approves who is a historian?
If your position is agreed on only by every historian who agrees with you, why do you assume it’s universal?
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