The Early Days of a Better Nation

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

That was quick

It took, oh, hours for the comrades at SIAW to pounce on the post below as apparently 'a quixotic attempt to rehabilitate Josef Stalin as a great Marxist thinker'.

To say that the conversations reported indicate that Stalin was capable of writing three slim pamphlets ('Dialectical and Historical Materialism', 'Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR' and 'Marxism and Linguistics' - Stalin's only ventures into theory, and the only ones as far as I know whose authorship is contested) all by himself, and that some who knew him had a high regard for his ability and personality is entirely compatible with almost any political position, and in no way an endorsement of his.


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