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Stalin didn't begin as a bank robber. He began as a seminarian. After five years, he proclaimed himself an atheist and switched religions. I disagree with Yeats that "an intellectual hatred is the worst." I think a religious hatred can be far more murderous. Intellectuals may reflect. Those with revealed knowledge do not need to.

doug

Nothing quite brings a country together like being attacked. Socialism would have died much more quickly without the "help" of Hitler who used, then discarded socialism, to advance a repellant form of nationalism. While socialism appeals to a certain sense of fairness, most people just aren't really into working for the benefit of others. Imagine that! Still, the appeal of socialism amongst much of the chattering classes that had secure income sources was interesting for me to watch in the 60's and 70's before it became obvious to most on the Left it wasn't viable.

jpb


Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili was ethnically Georgian, while Georgia was part of the Russian Empire. He was raised in the Russian Orthodox Church. He spoke Russian with a Georgian accent. Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili became Joseph Stalin. Is Stalin Georgian or is he Russian?

turcopolier

jpb

IMO he was the worst sort of both. pl

turcopolier

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Because i do not wish to provide a platform for Stalinist angst, sense of loss and hopes, I have closed comments on Sales' paean to Stalin and eliminated any comments I think are apologia for "the great man." Those who have been revealed as Stalinist Communists will not be posted in the future. I may make an exception for "b" because of his value as a military analyst. pl

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