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Uncle Joe is revered in Putin’s Russia as a benevolent dictator

Stalin’s latest biographer dispenses with the myths and gives us all the facts — which far surpass any fabricated horror

23 May 2015

9:00 AM

23 May 2015

9:00 AM

Stalin Oleg Khlevniuk

Yale, pp.408, £25, ISBN: 9780300163889

‘Lately, the paradoxical turns of recent Russian history… have given my research more than scholarly relevance,’ remarks Oleg Khlevniuk in his introduction. Indeed, in Putin’s Russia Stalin’s apologists and admirers seem daily to become more vocal. The language of the 1930s is used in televised tirades against ‘internal enemies’ and ‘foreign agents’. Stalin himself is upheld not only as a strong leader, but also as an ‘effective manager’ who, despite his mistakes, did what was necessary to modernise the Soviet Union; or, contrarily, as a benevolent dictator who was unaware of the corrupt actions of his officials.

In short, there could hardly be a more opportune moment for the publication of this authoritative, fluently written, concise life, the pinnacle of current scholarship on its subject. Khlevniuk, who has spent many years working in the Russian archives, commented in an interview that his aim was to produce ‘a narrative that rests entirely on what we know for certain about Stalin and his time’. So he swiftly dispatches several myths about the man. There is no evidence to suggest Stalin was an informer for the Tsarist police before the Revolution, and none, either, that he ordered the murder of Kirov in 1934; no record has emerged of him refusing a prisoner exchange for his son Yakov during the war, and the most likely cause of his wife’s suicide in 1932 was the combination of her mental fragility and his philandering.

What remains surpasses any fabricated horror. Terror was Stalin’s first choice as a means of government and his early control of the secret police was a key reason for his rise to power. Arbitrary torture and murder, applied via campaigns against various largely fictitious ‘internal enemies’, ‘fifth columnists’, ‘terrorists’ and so on, were used to subdue the country, Stalin’s closest associates, and the security forces themselves. Under Stalin’s aegis, over a million Soviet citizens each year were imprisoned, tortured, executed and exiled; many more — at least 60 million, or a third of the population — were affected by some type of repression.


Far from being unaware of his subordinates’ actions, Stalin was a micro-manager, as determined to oversee every seed sown in his dacha garden as every piece of fabricated evidence. In small details, as in large: ‘We do not know of a single decision of major consequence taken by anyone other than Stalin,’ states Khlevniuk baldly. Quite an extraordinary statement, when one considers the length and eventfulness of his regime.

The sociopathic cruelty of this approach was matched by its incompetence in all other areas. Stalin appears to have been completely ignorant of economics, believing that ‘class war’ and ‘revolutionary spirit’ were all that was needed to industrialise effectively. Fear and turmoil caused by constant purges did not make for a productive workforce, particularly with little or no financial incentive to work. Before the Revolution the Russian economy was growing at one of the fastest rates in Europe. Yet in the reasonably prosperous year of 1952 — after almost 30 years of Stalin’s management — the Central Statistical Directorate made a study of the country’s average daily nutrition. Free Soviet citizens, it discovered, were eating a very similar diet to the inhabitants of the Gulag.

The living standards of the Soviet people were of little concern to their Generalissimo. Khlevniuk argues convincingly that Stalin’s prime obsession was not the advance of socialism, not the might of the USSR, but overwhelmingly ‘the task of bolstering his personal power’. It is all the more extraordinary, therefore, that when Stalin achieved his goal of totalitarian power in 1929 it was only the beginning of the savagery. Thereafter each of his bloody campaigns served a dual purpose — to terrorise the people while dealing a pre-emptive strike against some perceived threat. Millions died for him to score his miserable political victories within the Politburo.

It is tempting to see his paranoid vengefulness as a pathology, and Khlevniuk includes a report from one of his doctors that his personality was affected by the hardened arteries in his brain. Nonetheless, Khlevniuk also shows that Stalin’s first essay in terror came in 1918, long before his illness. What’s more, one of his defining traits was his very lack of mental instability: his iron self-control. Throughout his long life there is no record of him ever hinting at what he knew to be true — that he had murdered dozens of his close friends and family.

In the absence of any evidence, I still suspect this corrupt, vicious, lonely man understood the power of fear so well only because he felt it himself so intensely.
In Stalin’s library, Khlevniuk finds a quotation that is attributed to Genghis Khan ominously underlined: ‘The conqueror’s peace of mind requires the death of the conquered.’

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  • Dr. Heath

    “The living standards of the Soviet people were of little concern to their Generalissimo.”

    Snap! The living standards of the population of the Russian Federation are of equally little concern to ice hockey superstar and wannabe Conan the Barbarian, Tsar Vladimir. He’s just slashed government spending on all departments except – you guessed – the military, for which he’s managed to find, it’s been reported, nearly half a trillion dollars. The current Tsar is also a corrupt, vicious, lonely man who understands the power of fear. Fear, ultimately, of the people the Russian Federation.

    • “The current Tsar is also a corrupt, vicious, lonely man who understands the power of fear. Fear, ultimately, of the people the Russian Federation.”

      Putin is a figurehead, operating under the direction of the Russian Communist Party, which in consultation with other Marxist parties around the globe (which means the political parties of the West) decides on the strategy that is to be followed.

      See my comments above…

    • Hegelman

      I am no defender of the tsarism-idolising Putin and far less of Stalin. But I have to note that under the darling of the West, the drunken maniac called Boris Yeltsin, Russian living standards underwent a lethal fall, due to price liberalisation measures urged by fanatical rightwing Western economists.

      Millions of poor died. It was a holocaust comparable to the worst of Stalin.

      The eminent US sociologist Michael Mann notes this in the fourth volume of his famous book, ”The Foundations of Social Power”.

      This mass killing under capitalism and the memory of it is what most explains the adulation of Putin in Russia today. People hate the West because of the ”free market” holocaust it brought them.

      • Dr. Heath

        Certainly. I’m not sure, based on what I’ve read concerning public health statistics and anecdotal information about the Russian Federation, that living standards have picked up an iota under Tsar Vladimir. I believe that the announcement, if it’s accurate, that Putin’s announced across-the-board budget slashing for all but the military spells more disaster for the nation in terms of health provision, the scourge represented by Russia’s alcoholism and drug addiction problems and its shrinking population [of ethnic Russians, that is] and Third World life expectancy figures. None of these issues is going to be resolved by a sixty-two year old man who is clearly psychotically obsessed with the maintenance of his own absolute rule over the nation and with vengeance [as someone whose identification with his own nation is nothing less than Hitlerian] for post-1991 sleights inflicted on ‘the Motherland’.

      • “This mass killing under capitalism…”

        Since Marxists have been in control of the West long before World War I, what mass killings are you referring to committed by Capitalism? Capitalism can’t commit mass killings, but persons who are Marxists have no problems with mass killings since they have no morality beyond what they believe to be necessary to “liberate” the world for vanguard Communism.

        “The drunken maniac called Boris Yeltsin, Russian living standards underwent a lethal fall, due to price liberalisation measures urged by fanatical rightwing Western economists.”

        What liberalization? The capitalized businesses are owned by KGB/GRU/Communist Soviet era insiders. The central bank of Russia today is chaired by a Soviet era Communist Party member, Elvira Nabiullina, who joined the Communist Party in 1985.

  • I will never understand how a citizen of Russia, Ukraine or any of the former republics of the Soviet Union can celebrate the memory of this killer. He was personally responsible for the murder of millions of innocent people. The graves of his victims are spread across Russia, in the cities, the fields and the forests. They haunt the entire country. Every living person in Russia has relatives or ancestors who were his victims. The loss was tremendous. I believe that every vestige of this monster’s life on this planet should be erased – every statue should be smashed and every monument to him removed. The Stalin Museum in Gori is a disgrace – why do the Georgians allow it to exist?

    • “I will never understand how a citizen of Russia, Ukraine or any of the former republics of the Soviet Union can celebrate the memory of this killer.”

      Those are Communists that celebrate Lenin & Stalin, not Russians; Communists eschew nationality/religion. Lenin & Stalin are anathema to Russians.

      See my comment above…

    • Dr. Heath

      Christopher Hitchens wrote that he occasionally himself wondering whether our planet was not some lunatic asylum maintained by an alien civilisation as somewhere to park dangerous nutters. Naturally, such musings were prompted by his views on religion [all of which I share]. I’m sure that if he were still with us, he might also point to the survival of Stalin-worship as evidence of his Alien Loony Bin Theory.

      • “Naturally, such musings were prompted by his views on religion [all of which I share].”

        The Scientific Proof For God’s Existence

        PART I

        (1) The observable universe (stars, planets, comets, quasars, etc.) is empirically objective and exists independently outside of the mind of man; (2) the makeup of the empirically known universe was discovered to be true/fact; (3) discovered means what is discovered already exists; and (4) true/fact means there is cognition; therefore (5a) since the makeup of the empirically known universe wasdiscovered by man to be true/fact even before corporeal life existed; therefore (5b) there was a cognitive entity that knew the makeup of the universe wastrue/fact before corporeal life existed.

        When an objective entity exists outside of the mind of man (in this case the empirically known universe, unlike numbers that man’s mind created) then anything discovered about that entity already existed. Therefore, when mandiscovered the true/factual nature of the universe, that discovery was alsotrue/factual before man made that discovery. So who knew the true/factualnature of the universe before even corporeal life knew it was true/factual?

        PART II

        The proof that this cognitive entity, that existed before corporeal life existed in the universe, is God:

        Part I informs us that there exists a non-corporeal cognitive entity that always knew the infinite and complex quantum truths/facts underlying the universe. Since this cognitive entity has always been aware of the minute complex realities of the quantum universe without having to think about them, we therefore have discovered God.

        Addendum

        The novel empirical methodological paradigm used to affirm the existence of God revolutionizes the discipline of epistemology, transforming that philosophical discipline–which is concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge and what can be said to be truth–into a scientific discipline. The new paradigm came to this researcher after thinking about Jesus’ reply to the disciple Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

        https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

        “I’m sure that if he were still with us, he might also point to the survival of Stalin-worship as evidence of his Alien Loony Bin Theory.”

        Why wouldn’t a Marxist like Christopher Hitchens prefer such an inane explanation, rather than inform his readership that the collapse of the USSR is a strategic ruse!

      • stephen

        This is a theory which was also propounded by george orwell.Arthur Koestler on the other hand believed disgraceful behaviour stemmed from the conflict between the front and back bits of the brain.Alan Clark saw the hand of the devil.

    • A Soviet form of Stockholm Syndrome. Unless you’ve lived in the USSR (or, possibly, had much to do with Western Marxists – who display some symptoms of the condition), you can’t really understand the ‘sovok’ (‘Soviet’) mentality. A morality in which: power is an end in itself and is always right, a lie is just a tool, you can hold two incompatible views at the same time (2 plus 2 can equal 3) and you can say/think/do totally different things (the opposite of Ghandis’ view of psychological harmony). Orwell captured it quite well. Putin displays some of the traits. But rather than try to obliterate the memory of Stalin, I’d prefer we remember him as totemic of how far humanity can fall; most particularly in totalitarian states.

    • Harry

      this article gives some insight into Georgian views on Stalin

      http://souciant.com/2015/02/stalin-was-here/

  • “Indeed, in Putin’s Russia Stalin’s apologists and admirers seem daily to become more vocal.”

    That’s because the collapse of the USSR is a strategic ruse, as the following easily attests too…

    The following is a blockbuster discovery I made only three weeks ago regarding the fake collapse of the USSR…

    When Soviet citizens were liberated from 74 years of Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the “collapse” of the USSR was a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,* otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

    ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

    For more on this blockbuster discovery see my blog…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

    Question: When do Quislings get to return to power after being supposedly removed from power? Only in the not so former USSR, as the following attests to…

    Presidents of Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine since the “collapse” of the USSR, and their political affiliation before the “collapse” (cut off date June 30, 2013):

    Russia:

    Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin – July 10, 1991 – December 31, 1999 – Communist.

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – 31 December 1999 – 7 May 2000 (Acting) and May 7, 2000 – May 7, 2008 – Communist.

    Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev – May 7, 2008 – May 7, 2012, during his studies at the University he joined the Communist Party.

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – May 7, 2012 – Present, Communist.

    Georgia:

    Zviad Gamsakhurdia – April 14, 1991 – January 6, 1992, not Communist (dissident).**

    Eduard Shevardnadze – November 26, 1995 – November 23, 2003, 1948, Communist.

    Nino Burjanadze – November 23, 2003 – January 25, 2004, Communist.

    Mikheil Saakashvili – 25 January 2004 – 25 November 2007, Communist.

    Nino Burjanadze – November 25, 2007 – January 20, 2008 (Acting), Communist.

    Mikheil Saakashvili – January 20, 2008 – November 17, 2013, Communist.

    Ukraine:

    Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk, December 5, 1991 – July 19, 1994, joined Ukraine Communist Party in 1958.

    Leonid Danylovych Kuchma, July 19, 1994 – January 23, 2005, Communist, 1960.

    Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko, January 23, 2005 – February 25, 2010, Communist, 1980.

    Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, February 25, 2010 – February 22, 2014, Communist, 1980.

    “Khlevniuk argues convincingly that Stalin’s prime obsession was not the advance of socialism…”

    Since the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before World War I, which is why the Allies refused to topple the Bolshevik regime in October 1917, then Stalin had no worries about the advance of Socialism, especially when Comintern agent, Adolf Hitler, operationalized the Marxist World War II operation, which end would see a wider swath of red covering the globe; four years later the West would also “lose” China, making possible the Korean and Vietnam wars (Chinese PLA made up better than 50% of North Vietnamese regiments during the American ground war in Vietnam).

    Conclusion:

    The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

    ————————-

    *The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848 thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly, so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. That’s why not one political party in the West requested verification of the collapse of the USSR, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the “alternative” media. When determining whether the “former” USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the “former” USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

    The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

    It gets worse–the “freed” Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of “Perestroika” (1986-1991)!

    There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

    Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

    The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.

    The above means that the so-called “War on Terror” is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending “War on Terror”; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union “From the Atlantic to Vladivostok”; which will (5) see the end of NATO.

    Now you know how Bolshevik Russia survived in 1917; how the West “lost” China to the Communists in 1949; why the Eisenhower administration turned a deaf ear to the anti-Communist Hungarian uprising in 1956; why the Eisenhower administration in 1959 was indifferent to the Castro brothers’ Communist fidelity, actually used the CIA to overthrow the Batista government; why the Nixon administration abandoned Taiwan for Communist China, and signed treaties/provided economic aid to the USSR; why the Nixon administration refused to tell the American People that over 50% of North Vietnamese NVA regiments were actually Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers (attired in NVA uniforms, and proving that the Sino/Soviet Split was a ruse, as KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn told the West back in 1962), thereby (1) ensuring the Vietnam War would be lost; (2) destroying the prominence of the United States abroad and at home; (3) breeding distrust between the American people and their government; and (4) securing Communist victories in Southeast Asia. Working in the background within the political parties of the United States and Great Britain were Marxist agents doing their best to (1) ensure the survival of Communist nations when they popped up; and (2) sabotage any policies that would bring down a Communist nation. That’s why after the fake collapses of the East Bloc nations and USSR there was no mandatory Western verification process to ensure the Communists weren’t still in control.

    **Zviad Gamsakhurdia, a true dissident, didn’t even last nine months in office before he was ousted in a coup, later said to have committed suicide. Zviad Gamsakhurdia was a failed test run to see if a non-Communist Party member president could be controlled.

    • TimeandtheRani

      Red Scare paranoia still alive and well in 2015. Be wary of conspiratorial views of history that seek to explain every event. It’s kinda… Marxist.

      • Simon de Lancey

        I have often wondered if Dean isn’t an agent of the Undying Marxist Conspiracy, posting his nonsense in order to make everyone think the theory is nonsense…..

        • “posting his nonsense”

          Hi Comrade! How odes it feel to be witnessing the last days of the evil Marxist usurpation? 167 years of Marxist subterfuge gone right down the drain.

          • The Red Bladder

            Come on Dean, your Red sympathies shine through your posts like a beacon on a stormy night. This is a place for anti-commies not their apologists.

          • Simon de Lancey

            Why don’t you tell US, you traitorous crypto-communist stooge?

      • “Red Scare”

        Only Marxists or imbeciles use that ludicrous term. If you’re an imbecile, then that explains why my proofs went right over your head, especially the following proof…

        ‘The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.’

        • Frank Knarf

          Your proof of the existence of god is priceless entertainment for those of us who enjoy contemplating this sort of madness.

          • “Your proof of the existence of god is priceless entertainment for those of us who enjoy contemplating this sort of madness.”

            Thanks for the inadvertent approval, Comrade! My empirical discovery confirms itself succinctly, which is why no one can fault it.

  • Hegelman

    Now that the Soviet archives are available, the hugely exaggerated Western figures for the human losses under Stalin have had to be drastically revised.
    They are as appalling as could be and completely unforgivable, but they are not tens of millions. This is explained by the major and very anti-Soviet US historian Timothy Snyder in an article in the New York Review of Books: google for it under its title, “Who was Worse: Hitler or Stalin?”

    Snyder says the number who died in the concentration camps was between 2 and 3 million. A great proportion of these were loyal Bolsheviks whom Stalin regarded as his most dangerous enemies. The worst human toll of the Soviet regime was the famine of the 1930s which some historians (including Snyder) say Stalin created deliberately and others say was the result of blundering agricultural policies. About 5 million lives were lost.

    Compared to this, just one British crime in India cost the lives of one tenth of all Bengalis: In 1943 Winston Churchill deliberately and repeatedly refused desperate pleas for famine relief for Bengal after years of draining India of food; he also forbade the US and Australia to send aid. About 3 million Bengalis perished.
    In the nineteenth century about 25 million Indians perished in famines under British rule. This is described in a famous book, “Late Victorian Holocausts”, by the US historian Mike Davis.

    Of course Soviet history had its horrors. So did US history: the extermination of the native population, the more than 200 years of slavery of the black population and their lives under lynch law racial segregation for a century more, and the Civil War which was one of the bloodiest ever fought. No serious person cites these horrors to deny the achievements of the American Revolution.

    No-one worth taking seriously says that because Christians almost wiped out Jews and the populations of the Americas, we should not celebrate the achievement of Christianity. Nor does any serious person say that because, say, for Hindus and black Africans the spread of Islam brought immense suffering, what Islam gave the world is not important.

    Communism – despite the crimes of Stalin – encouraged the working classes of the world to fight for their rights – many of which are now being lost as there is no competition to capitalism. Communism destroyed reactionary German imperialism and the Western racial empires and enabled the Third World to arise.

    These are immense boons.

    Communism created a new and immensely fecund culture in Russia which is greatly admired within the country today. Mayakovsky remains to this day the most popular modern Russian poet.

    • AgZarp

      There was something happening around 1943 whilst the Bengalis starved that may have made sending aid less of a priority. I can’t quite remember what it was, though.

      • Hegelman

        This famine in the Indian province of Bengal killed one
        tenth of its population – about 3 million people. Despite desperate pleas for famine relief from the British Viceroy in India, Lord Wavell, Churchill refused aid until millions were dead. This was after he had been draining food from India for years, and when millions of Indians were fighting on the side of Britain.

        What is more, Churchill forbade the US and Australia to send famine relief to Bengal either, as they offered to do. So Australian ships filled with grain by-passed a starving Bengal whose fields and roads were lined with the dead and dying. In the Whites Only clubs of Calcutta the British ate and drank without stint, as did Churchill at home. (One of his ministers, Lord Reith, seeing the food bill for a Churchill-Roosevelt summit, commented, “I wonder how much Roosevelt got.”)

        Wavell wondered in his published diaries if the Churchill Cabinet was not the most contemptible Britain had ever had. (See “The Viceroy’s Memoirs”, London, 1970).

        Other colleagues of Churchill were disgusted by his Bengal famine policy, too. Lord Alanbrooke, his Chief Military Adviser, remarked, “Winston seems content to starve India while using it as a military base.” See Patrick French’s well known book on India’s transition to Independence, “Liberty or Death”.

        Desperate famine victims thronged the streets of Calcutta while the British were feasting in their clubs and hotels; some tried to get into the hospitals but were thrown out by British staff who pointed out that they weren’t ill but merely starving.

        Churchill forbade India to use its own ships and money to bring in food; later British rulers stopped India from applying to the UN for famine aid; so Indian contributions to the UN went to feed Europeans while Indians starved.

        A highly praised history of this appalling episode in the life of Britain’s supposed greatest man is Madhusree Mukerjee’s “Churchill’s Secret War”. It has been lauded by the leading Churchill authority, Sir Max Hastings. His review of the book is in the The Sunday Times.

        • “Wavell wondered in his published diaries if the Churchill Cabinet was not the most contemptible Britain had ever had.”

          As my comments have already attested, the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before World War I,* otherwise the British would never have attempted to sabotage the already tenuous administration of the Raj by failing to assist in the Bengal famine of 1943. In fact, it was the same British and Indian Marxists that worked together to dissolve the Raj in 1947, resulting in the deaths of one-million Indians and the displacement of 10 million more. What British/Indian democrat would be so imbecilic to dissolve the links between the two nations with the USSR spreading its menace across the globe, China the next nation to be lost two years after India’s independence!

          It was the same Marxist Churchill who sent in the Black & Tans to Ireland, ensuring that the southern counties would leave the Union, again making Britain weaker minus Irish soldiers from the south.

          Both the loss of southern Ireland and India weakened the West vis-a-vis the USSR. Notice what the British didn’t do in October 1917 with the Bolshevik coup: Churchill and the Labour government didn’t send into Russia the Black & Tans into that more critical situation. Linking up with White Guards, those 7,000 Black & Tans would have easily overthrown the weak Lenin regime in weeks, if not sooner.
          ———————
          *The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848 thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly, so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. In the case of the United States, while we don’t know when exactly the Democratic Party was co-opted by Marxists, thanks to the peculiar historical nature surrounding the founding of the Republican Party, we do know when exactly the party of Lincoln was co-opted.

          The following incomplete list identifies Marxists/socialists who after the failed 1848 revolution in Germany came to the United States, subsequently infiltrating the embryonic Republican Party, many forming voluntary Germanic Union Armies and becoming General Officers themselves within the Union Army, such as…

          (1) Brigadier General Joseph Weydemeyer of the Union Army was a close friend of Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels in the London Communist League (Assistant Secretary of War Charles A. Dana, a friend of Marx, published with Joseph Weydemyer a number of Communist journals and, also “The Communist Manifesto,” commissioned by Karl Marx. As a member of the Communist/Socialist Fourier Society in America, Dana was well acquainted with Marx and Marx’s colleague in Communism, Fredrick Engels. Dana, also, was a friend of all Marxists in the Republican Party, offering assistance to them almost upon their arrival on the American continent.);

          (2) Brigadier General Louis Blenker, Union Army—radical socialist/Communist from Germany—was remarkably successful in encouraging German immigrants to join the Union Army and the Republican Party;

          (3) Major General August Willich—often called “The Reddest of the Red ‘48ers” was a member of the London Communist League with Karl Marx and Fredrick Engles. Before seeking refuge in the U.S. Willich was a personal acquaintance of Karl Marx;

          (4) Major Robert Rosa, of the Union Army, was a proud member of the New York Communist Club;

          (5) Brigadier General Carl Schurz –as a young socialist, was noted for helping Gottfried Kinkel of Bonn escape from Spandau while imprisoned there for his socialist activities in the ’48 Revolts. Schurz came to America in 1848. He was a forty-eighter who became very active in the development of the Republican Party and in politics. He was given a high position by Lincoln in the Union Army;

          (6) Brigadier General Alexander Von Schimmelfenning, after the failed revolution in Germany he fled to Switzerland, then traveled to London where he became a part of the German ‘democratic movement’, a sectarian group within the Communist League led by Karl Schapper and August Willich. In 1854, Schimmelfennig emigrated to the United States and worked in the War Department, where he maintained his association with the Forty-Eighters;

          (7) Major General Franz Siegel, thought to be one of Lincoln’s most controversial and the poorest of his generals;

          (8) Commander Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, (exact military title not known) known as “Red” and “Flagrant Friedrich.” Educated in Germany, received his doctor of law degree in Munich. He was expelled from Prussia. Arriving in the U.S., he took part in the creation of the Republican Party, encouraged the proliferation of German newspapers carrying the Socialist propaganda, aided in the election of Lincoln, and propagandized heavily among German immigrants for volunteers for the Union Army. He was named Commander of a regiment he raised of Germans;

          (9) General John C. Fremont was noted for his close association with all of the socialist/communists whom Lincoln placed in positions of command in his army. Fremont was the first Republican candidate for president. He was considered to be the “darling” of the most radical socialists. His chief of staff, early in the war, was Hungarian socialist revolutionary;

          (10) Brevet Major General Frederick Charles Salomon, one of a group of four radical socialist brothers, with highly similar names– three of whom were in the group of Socialist 1848ers. Frederick began his career in the Union Army as a Captain in MO, wound up as a Colonel in the Ninth Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment, then a brigadier general and a brevet major general;

          11. Brevetted Brigadier General Charles E. Salomon, also started his American military career with a bunch of MO volunteers. Born in Prussia, he, also, was one of the radical socialists arriving in the U.S. after the 1848 Socialist uprising failure and was a brother to Frederick Charles;

          12. Governor Edward Salomon, a third Salomon brother, also born in Prussia, did not do military service, but ran for political office in Wisconsin, was elected lieutenant governor, becoming Governor of Wisconsin when the elected Governor “drowned”; and

          13. Colonel Fritz Anneke/Annecke was a Forty-eighter, with a strong leftward tilt. He was a Communist League member and a Baden Revolt veteran…the list goes on…

    • “Now that the Soviet archives are available, the hugely exaggerated Western figures for the human losses under Stalin have had to be drastically revised.”

      Since the Communists never left power in late 1991, how do you come to such a conclusion…

      The following is a blockbuster discovery I made only three weeks ago regarding the fake collapse of the USSR…

      When Soviet citizens were liberated from 74 years of Marxist oppression on December 26, 1991 there were ZERO celebrations throughout the USSR, proving (1) the “collapse” of the USSR was a strategic ruse; and (2) the political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists,* otherwise the USSR (and East Bloc nations) couldn’t have gotten away with the ruse.

      ZERO celebrations, as the The Atlantic article inadvertently informs us…

      http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/12/20-years-since-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union/100214/

      For more on this blockbuster discovery see my blog…

      https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/

      Question: When do Quislings get to return to power after being supposedly removed from power? Only in the not so former USSR, as the following attests to…

      Presidents of Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine since the “collapse” of the USSR, and their political affiliation before the “collapse” (cut off date June 30, 2013):

      Russia:

      Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin – July 10, 1991 – December 31, 1999 – Communist.

      Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – 31 December 1999 – 7 May 2000 (Acting) and May 7, 2000 – May 7, 2008 – Communist.

      Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev – May 7, 2008 – May 7, 2012, during his studies at the University he joined the Communist Party.

      Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – May 7, 2012 – Present, Communist.

      Georgia:

      Zviad Gamsakhurdia – April 14, 1991 – January 6, 1992, not Communist (dissident).**

      Eduard Shevardnadze – November 26, 1995 – November 23, 2003, 1948, Communist.

      Nino Burjanadze – November 23, 2003 – January 25, 2004, Communist.

      Mikheil Saakashvili – 25 January 2004 – 25 November 2007, Communist.

      Nino Burjanadze – November 25, 2007 – January 20, 2008 (Acting), Communist.

      Mikheil Saakashvili – January 20, 2008 – November 17, 2013, Communist.

      Ukraine:

      Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk, December 5, 1991 – July 19, 1994, joined Ukraine Communist Party in 1958.

      Leonid Danylovych Kuchma, July 19, 1994 – January 23, 2005, Communist, 1960.

      Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko, January 23, 2005 – February 25, 2010, Communist, 1980.

      Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, February 25, 2010 – February 22, 2014, Communist, 1980.

      A Pictorial Presentation Of The Fraudulent Collapse Of The USSR…

      (1) The Emblem of the Soviet Union atop the Russian State Duma building…

      http://footage.framepool.com/shotimg/qf/544004264-duma-kremlin-palace-russian-flag-red-square.jpg

      Notice that the State Emblem of the Soviet Union is illuminated at night for clear viewing by Muscovites…

      http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3345878-stock-footage-street-traffic-on-okhotny-ryad-and-state-duma-at-evening-in-moscow.html

      …however the coat of arms of the Russian Federation, situated above the door between the fourth and fifth floors, isn’t illuminated, though either side of the heraldic design is illuminated for no apparent purpose other than to highlight the heraldic design’s obsolescence.

      (2) High atop the facade of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, the State Emblem of the Soviet Union is Illuminated with pinpoint precision at night…

      http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5168126126_02c5505a79_m.jpg

      (3) The State Emblem of the Soviet Union atop the Russian Ministry of Defense building, including other Soviet era iconography…

      http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/51802114.jpg

      (4) Soviet Red Stars atop Kremlin towers remain where Stalin placed them in 1935…

      http://rt.com/files/news/37/3d/30/00/russia-ukraine-dialogue-peskov.si.jpg

      (5) Moscow’s Central Post Office employees are still in the dark as to the “collapse” of the USSR in late 1991..

      http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2012/10/Central_telegraph_Moscow.jpg

      Why, you ask? Click the following link for the answer…

      https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSWwliNXIZONPNidfnkRh6BxX75JS3mQB5Qp0PCgGiYzNI61EF2

      (6) Headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service, and the Soviet Union’s security service, the KGB…

      https://worldsgreatesttravelblog.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/russia-1021.jpg

      Note the State Emblem of the Soviet Union still over the main door (click picture to enlarge), and hammer and sickle logo still above the clock. And here’s the Lubyanka at nightime…

      http://vindenes.nu/gallery/wp-content/gallery/m419.jpg

      Note illumination of hammer & sickle, and enhanced illumination of area above the main door, where the office of the KGB chief was located (third floor).

      (7) Satellite image of the Volga River cities of Engels, (right), and Saratov (left)…

      http://img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/9504/190708966.8/0_8a367_1ca2f18f_L.jpg

      Engels Air Force Base is east of Engels city, where the two long parallel lines are located…

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-w6rMlJAPFXU/UJ7KEuTD1FI/AAAAAAAABnE/9JkaNrXYY28/s1600/RUSSIA-ENGEL.jpg

      Notice that Engels city and adjacent air base were named after Marxist “hero” Friedrich Engels, but the names were never changed after Russians were “liberated” from Soviet tyranny in December 1991 with the “collapse” of the USSR.

      (8) The province of Leningrad Oblast is still named in honor of the great Russian persecutor (and Marxist “hero”), who despised and cruelly stamped out Russian culture…

      http://www.russianlessons.net/russia/leningrad/russia-leningrad.gif

      (9) The province of Kaliningrad Oblast is still named after Marxist “hero” Mikhail Kalinin, nominal head of the USSR, 1922-1946…

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/59/Kaliningrad_in_Russia.svg/1181px-Kaliningrad_in_Russia.svg.png

      (10) Red Star, the Official newspaper of the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Defense…

      http://cdn3.img22.ria.ru/images/98392/32/983923224.jpg

      Note the Soviet era title (Red Star) and the four Soviet emblems (representing awards) to the left of the masthead, the outer emblem displaying Vladimir Lenin. Now, click the following link to view the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense…

      http://www.redstar.ru/

      The newspaper is still called Red Star(!) and still has the four Soviet emblems with Vladimir Lenin still present!

      (11) Soviet roundel still on Russian military aircraft…

      http://theuspatriot.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Russian-fighter-jets1.jpg

      (12) Soviet era Communist emblem (the Soviet red star) still attached to the bows of Russian naval vessels…

      http://global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn-latino/news/Russian%20Naval%20Ship.jpg

      “Compared to this, just one British crime in India cost the lives of one tenth of all Bengalis: In 1943 Winston Churchill deliberately and repeatedly refused desperate pleas for famine relief for Bengal…”

      The political parties of the West were already co-opted by Marxists long before World War I, otherwise there would have been no USSR! Christian democrats don’t murder millions, unless they’re Marxists posing as Christian Democrats.*** See my earlier reply.

      Conclusion:

      The West will form new political parties where candidates are vetted for Marxist ideology, the use of the polygraph to be an important tool for such vetting. Then the West can finally liberate the globe of vanguard Communism.

      ————————-

      *The failed socialist inspired and controlled pan-European revolutions that swept the continent in 1848 thought Marxists and socialists a powerful lesson, that lesson being they couldn’t win overtly, so they adopted the tactic of infiltration of the West’s political parties/institutions. That’s why not one political party in the West requested verification of the collapse of the USSR, and the media failed to alert your attention to this fact, including the “alternative” media. When determining whether the “former” USSR is complying with arms control treaties, what does the United States do to confirm compliance? Right, the United States sends into the “former” USSR investigative teams to VERIFY compliance, yet when it’s the fate of the West that’s at stake should the collapse of the USSR be a ruse, what does the United States do to confirm the collapse? Nothing!

      The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Marxists, which explains why verification of the “collapse” was never undertaken by the West, such verification being (1) a natural administrative procedure (since the USSR wasn’t occupied by Western military forces); and (2) necessary for the survival of the West. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”.

      It gets worse–the “freed” Soviets and West also never (1) de-Communized the Soviet Armed Forces of its Communist Party officer corps, which was 90% officered by Communist Party members; and (2) arrested/de-mobilized the 6-million vigilantes that assisted the Soviet Union’s Ministry of the Interior and police control the populations of the larger cities during the period of “Perestroika” (1986-1991)!

      There can be no collapse of the USSR (or East Bloc nations) without…

      Verification, De-Communization and De-mobilization.

      The West never verified the collapse of the USSR because no collapse occurred, since if a real collapse had occurred the West would have verified it, since the survival of the West depends on verification. Conversely, this proves that the political parties of the West were co-opted by Marxists long before the fraudulent collapse of the USSR, since the survival of the West depends on verification.

      The above means that the so-called “War on Terror” is an operation being carried out by the Marxist co-opted governments of the West in alliance with the USSR and other Communist nations, the purpose being to (1) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, where the West is seen (i) invading nations without cause; (ii) causing chaos around the globe; and (iii) killing over one-million civilians and boasting of torture; (2) close off non-Russian supplies of oil for export, thereby increasing the price of oil, the higher price allowing oil exporting Russia to maintain economic stability while she modernizes and increases her military forces; (3) destroy the United States Armed Forces via the never-ending “War on Terror”; the ultimate purpose of the aforementioned to (4) bring about the demise of the United States in the world, opening up a political void to be filled by a new pan-national entity composed of Europe and Russia (replacing the European Union), a union “From the Atlantic to Vladivostok”; which will (5) see the end of NATO.

      Now you know how Bolshevik Russia survived in 1917; how the West “lost” China to the Communists in 1949; why the Eisenhower administration turned a deaf ear to the anti-Communist Hungarian uprising in 1956; why the Eisenhower administration in 1959 was indifferent to the Castro brothers’ Communist fidelity, actually used the CIA to overthrow the Batista government; why the Nixon administration abandoned Taiwan for Communist China, and signed treaties/provided economic aid to the USSR; why the Nixon administration refused to tell the American People that over 50% of North Vietnamese NVA regiments were actually Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers (attired in NVA uniforms, and proving that the Sino/Soviet Split was a ruse, as KGB defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn told the West back in 1962), thereby (1) ensuring the Vietnam War would be lost; (2) destroying the prominence of the United States abroad and at home; (3) breeding distrust between the American people and their government; and (4) securing Communist victories in Southeast Asia. Working in the background within the political parties of the United States and Great Britain were Marxist agents doing their best to (1) ensure the survival of Communist nations when they popped up; and (2) sabotage any policies that would bring down a Communist nation. That’s why after the fake collapses of the East Bloc nations and USSR there was no mandatory Western verification process to ensure the Communists weren’t still in control.

      **Zviad Gamsakhurdia, a true dissident, didn’t even last nine months in office before he was ousted in a coup, later said to have committed suicide. Zviad Gamsakhurdia was a failed test run to see if a non-Communist Party member president could be controlled.

      ***Marxists employ the tactic of employing false oppositions, more commonly referred to by Marxists as the “scissors strategy”, in which the blades represent the two falsely opposed sides that converge on the confused victims, neutralizing true opposition, thereby allowing the advancement of socialism to the bewilderment of the true opposition.

  • The Poverty of Karl Marx’s Dialectical Materialism

    It should be stressed for the novice to this subject, all three volumes of Capital provide a scientific explanation, as Marx put it, of how the Capitalist system works from the perspective that labor is the underlying essence of all value. If one accepts the basic assumptions made early in Chapter 1 of Capital, Volume 1–that abstract labor is the source of value1–Marx’s logic flows well, not only through Volume 1, but all the way through Volume 3.

    If one is looking to fault Marx’s economics based on the works of Capital, one will come up empty not only because Marx’s logic is flawless, but as economist and former Marxist Thomas Sowell says, ” …Marx considered the idea of proving a concept to be ridiculous. Moreover, Engels had asserted…that one only proves one’s ignorance of dialectics by thinking of it as a means by which things can be proved.”2

    However, there was one instance where Marx let his dialectical guard down, allowing for an empirical objection that would consign all of Marx’s works for naught. Sowell himself touches upon the specific passage where Marx cornered himself, but doesn’t appreciate the full ramifications of Marx’s observation…

    https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/the-poverty-of-karl-marx-s-dialectical-materialism

  • Speaking of white washing history, do a search on “Stalin’s Jews” by Sever Plocker on Ynet.

    Jews played a huge role in Soviet communism and helped Stalin come to power. The Bolsheviks were also bankrolled by an American Jewish financier. Jews have blood on their hands big time.

    Russians are not saying Stalin was some kind of saint. They are only admiring the side of him that was tough and managed to unify the nation and defeat Germany.

    In contrast, the Trostkyite Jews who call themselves the Neocons are angry at Russia because it won’t totally surrender to globalist Jewish Supremacism as US and UK have done.

    It was Victoria Nuland the Trotskyite Neocon Jew who undermined Ukraine and caused the current mess.

    All of Russia almost fell into Jewish hands in the 1990s when mostly Jewish oligarchs looted the entire nation.

    Putin has been very good to Jews, but he also restored Russian pride and glory. And he won’t bend over to the homosexual agenda that is really a proxy of Jewish globalist imperialism. That’s why Jews hate him.
    It’s all about “Is it good for the Jews?”

    UK that supports Zionist oppression of Palestinians and has aided and abetted the destruction of the Middle East under Neocon foreign policy should not be talking big about Russia.

    UK is a whore nation of the globalist oligarchs. Russians still stand for mother Russia.

    • Frank Knarf

      Best check under your bed tonight to make sure no Joooos are waiting there to get you.

    • albert pike

      “It’s all about “Is it good for the Jews?””

      Only they are not jews. They are Khazars who hijacked the religion. The majority of them don’t even believe in god.

  • Garnet Thesiger

    I had a history teacher at my dire comprehensive school in the 80’s who thought Stalin was a hero. I once visited her home and she actually had a portrait of him on the wall!

    She would distribute copies of the “Morning Star” quite happily amongst the 5th and 6th form students, with no interference from the head or governing body.

    State education – it’s a wonder I can read and write..

    • Garnet Thesiger

      Funny thing is, we all grew up to vote Tory, I wonder why?

    • Ian Walker

      I went to a grammar school in Bucks, and we also had a ravening trot for a history teacher as well. I think it was probably the only job they could hold down in the 80s.

      • stephen

        a trot would have hated stalin.

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