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Old July 25th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Two puzzles about Russia today

The 70th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union was on June 21. On that occasion I visited many Russian websites. What a surprise to find that both communists and anticommunists glorify Stalin in today's Russia.

Communists remember him as a great Marxist ideologist, as Lenin's partner, as a leader responsible for collectivization of agriculture, for rapid industrialization, and for merciless destruction of traitors, especially within the communist party and the military, in the late 1930's. Briefly, they glorify him as the leader of the Soviet proletarian dictatorship, and as a military genius responsible for the Soviet victory over fascism.

The anticommunists also claim that Stalin was responsible for the Soviet victory over fascism. But they totally ignore his communist ideology, and the brutality he used to impose obedience. Logically, the attitude toward Stalinism should divide communists and anticommunists. But in reality it seems to unite them. How can this be explained?

And this is not the only puzzle. As some of you probably remember, I wrote a memoir about life in the Soviet Union during the first year of the war. It can be seen at

OOP, I am not yet allowed to post a URL.

Thinking about the approaching 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War--that is how Russians refer to their experience during WWII--I sent the above link to perhaps as many as 20 editors of Russian newspapers, giving them permission to translate and publish my memoir. Not a single one responded. How can this be explained?

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Old July 25th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #2
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Ludwik, it's great to see you here again! I'm Jennifer, the Godian. But, history is strange. Stalin's history is interesting, but I've talked to a Jewish friend of mine that said that Hitler screwed up. Instead of trying to rid Germany of Jews, he sould have recruited them for the bomb. He said that Hitler was intelligent and a very emotional speaker, but had the flaws. Richard Nixon - very intelligent but with paranoia. Jimmy Carter's ideals were great, but circumstances prevented him from realizing them. And then, there's George W.Bush - no excuse for that guy. Good to hear from you again!
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Old July 27th, 2011, 12:33 AM   #3
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Thought this posted, but didn't go through...

What do you mean "he should have recruited them for the bomb" Jen?
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Old July 27th, 2011, 10:17 PM   #4
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Hi Sister. I shouldn't have put it "the bomb" thing that way. My friend, Gary was making a point about Hitler, and that if he wanted to actually take over the World at that time in Germany, he should have used all those brilliant Jewish scientists to help him.
Well, luckily it didn't work out. The VW came out under Hitler, and that worked out.
Nixon started the EPA and had more civil rights legislation passed than LBJ. It's interesting that people that have political power can also be very flawed.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 01:39 AM   #5
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Because they are all people first.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 09:26 AM   #6
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Er Go able to do and be stupid at times! Being human only and truley means we are flawed. Sometimes its apparent yet other times its not.
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Old July 29th, 2011, 01:00 AM   #7
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Old August 7th, 2011, 09:23 AM   #8
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Old August 7th, 2011, 06:47 PM   #9
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Old August 9th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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I have been here just busy with college paperwork!
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sister, Wolfie and I have been back and forth on these boards for awhile now. Hi Wolfie!
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:48 AM   #12
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The sad thing is that communism actually got lost in the melee of brutal dictatorships. Communism is not anti-democracy, but a system of economics that prevents the kind of concentration of wealth in the hands of the few like we are currently experiencing world wide. And the end result now we are experiencing the total collapse of the global economy.

I live in Santa Cruz CA and there's a movement here for localization - local banking, local currencies, local businesses, gardens-no-grass, etc. Does anyone else have ideas or experience with localization programs? We need to share our successes and ideas and spread the wealth.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #13
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The sad thing is that communism actually got lost in the melee of brutal dictatorships. Communism is not anti-democracy, but a system of economics that prevents the kind of concentration of wealth in the hands of the few like we are currently experiencing world wide. ...
What does a typical American billionaire do with his wealth? I guess that most of it, perhaps more than 95%, is invested. His standards of living are probably not very different from those enjoyed by top managers in the former USSR.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #14
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Perhaps yet if they are like that teacher who gave back his benefits and money towards his community things would be different. I agree we shouldnt have a monopoly on who has all the power. It needs to be more diversified and thus helps the community, state and country.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #15
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Kowalski, I totally agree with you. The thing that I don't understand about this country and the world, is why professional athletes can make millions of dollars and teachers are struggling. Shouldn't we check our priorities?
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