- Mar 26, 2017
When I discuss subjects like this, people repeat the same old cliches as though I haven't heard the same cliches and conditioned reactions that everyone else has.
Someone here mentioned WW2.
Russia was the real hero of WW2. No one sacrificed more to defeat fascism than Russia. Officially the US was against the fascists.... and I respect the US WW2 veterans.... the utmost respect for them. But the US was working with the fascists. Were it not for Operation Paperclip in which the US brought in Nazi scientists.... MK-ULTRA would probably not even be what it is, we probably would have never heard of MK-ULTRA and this website probably would not exist. These are just facts. Some people believe that certain facts are "anti-US". I do not believe that and I believe what Aristotle said- "For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.". As Aristotle has made clear, piety requires us to honor truth above what others would want to hear. They want the hegemony of their narrative. The only narrative I care about is the truth.
In any case, the Soviet Union's heroism in WW2 is undeniable. The US did some good.... while quietly collaborating with the Nazis at the same time. I don't care about people's feelings, I care about the truth and this is not a work place so I'mma say what I want lol.
The real heroes of WW2 were the Soviet heroes. As well as the US WW2 veterans- unlike their traitor, slimy Nazi-collaborating brethren such as the Operation Paperclip folks.
So in any case, Stalin and the Soviet Union deserve praise in leading the fight against the Nazis. Period.
And personally... I do not believe what is said about Stalin that I think is meant to make him look evil. When I discuss this, people act as though I've never heard the same cliches everyone else has. Of course I've heard the old cliches just like everyone else. I might hear them some more on this thread. The problem with old cliches is they're boring. And people who uncritically accept cliches as truth... may I not be of those people. You've more than likely heard the cliches. But the voice of the other side is silenced. We almost never get to hear the other side.
So if I see Stalin differently, it is not because I haven't heard the same cliches as everyone else and heard that line of reasoning.... it's that I've heard both sides.
You almost never hear the other side. Having done a little research.... I don't believe in the one-dimensional depiction of Stalin as a monster. I think Stalin was a hero. For a political agenda of attempting to destroy any alternative to capitalism, of course the world's reactionary forces would demonize Stalin and continue to do so as part of their political agenda. I guess people can say I have an agenda as well. Yes- my agenda is to show that a better world is possible.
In any case, I really appreciate this young man from the ever-classy UK for presenting a fresh, alternative perspective on Stalin and I urge people to watch the video and hear what he has to say- as well as to study Stalin's writings and his own words. His interview with HG Wells really is excellent stuff and shows he was a great and humane thinker.