Friday book # 42 : Three who made a revolution

Natalia Poklonskaia made news again this week by denouncing Trotsky and Lenin, along with Hitler and Mao Tse Tung, as ‘monsters of the twentieth century’. The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Gennady Ziuganov, called the equating of Lenin and Hitler ‘an absolute provocation’. Personally, I don’t have any objection to what Poklonskaia said, though I do wonder why she left Stalin out. Collectively, Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin did untold harm. Coincidentally, this week’s Friday book is a biography of the ‘three who made a revolution’, although a better title might be ‘Three who ruined Russia’.

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15 thoughts on “Friday book # 42 : Three who made a revolution”

  1. ” Personally, I don’t have any objection to what Poklonskaia said…”

    I.e. – you agree with her.

    “Collectively, Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin did untold harm.”

    Rather meaningless expression, good only for propaganda pieces. For harm read Zemskov. For good – look at the industrial, scientific, political and military might of the USSR after their reign. All “told”.

    “…a better title might be ‘Three who ruined Russia’.”

    What, again cry about “Россия, которую мы потеряли”? Such characteristic could only be applied to the “democrats” from the Provisional government. And to Gorby and Yeltsin.

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      1. “Thought this would get a response out of you!!”

        Wow, Paul. To think, that when you penned this yet another expose of your seemingly boundless library of “Russophobia 101” books you thought not only about billions of innocents personally executed by Stalin, not only about gala balls, beauties, lackeys, yunkera, and waltzes by Schubert and crunch of the French bread – but also about… me?

        That’s sweet of you… but too creepy. Honestly, Paul – think about your family and close one’s instead. Not me. Because, as teaches us great Lev Nathanovich Sharansky, “ведь жить надо не по лжи”.

        Tak pobedim!

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  2. Interesting. I guess they don’t teach historical materialism in Russia (or was she educated in Ukraine?) anymore, and as a result what we’re observing there (just like in the liberal west) is mass consciousness deteriorating into primitive fantasies of history being made by heroes and villains… What a shame…

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  3. Nicky ll’s Russia was 0-2 in 20th century great power warfare.

    Iosif I’s Russia was 2-0.

    Adolf would have plucked a White Russia like s ripe tomato.

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    1. “Nicky ll’s Russia was 0-2 in 20th century great power warfare.

      Iosif I’s Russia was 2-0.

      Adolf would have plucked a White Russia like s ripe tomato.”

      Bingo.

      Tells you all about Westerner “Russia That We Have Lost” ™ apologists who are alos rabid anti-Sovetchiks.

      “Антисоветчик всегда русофоб” (c)

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      1. I’m a 50-something military-history-buff westerner who saw 1989-1992 not as the end of the “Cold War”, but as the end of the “Peace of Yalta,” the least warlike, least bloody 46 years of European history in the last thousand. It is the measure of Western cluelessness that the West saw this as the end of some kind of “war.” They don’t know what war actually is. To a professor I predicted a 30-year period of increasing European tension, culminating in a general European war.

        We seem to be on schedule.

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    2. >Adolf would have plucked a White Russia like s ripe tomato.

      Just like Red Russia with another leader.
      Praise Stalin! Socialism in One Country!

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      1. “Just like Red Russia with another leader.”

        If said leader would fail to conduct collectivization, industrialization, total rewamping of the Red Army and many, many other things necessary to do in preparation for the upcoming World War – then, yes.

        Praise Stalin! Socialism in One Country!

        And happy Great October Socialist Revolution’s anniversary to you too, anonym2008!

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      2. And you know that the consequence of Russia losing that war would have been Generalplan Ost for the peoples of European Russia. Slow extermination for the Slavs, Poles & Ukrainians very much included, and for the Balts, dispersal & Germanization, meaning exile and the destruction of their languages & cultures.

        Iosif I saved all those much-lionized ‘Captive Nations’ from that, by endowing Russia with the economic sinews of war such as no Tsar had ever dreamed, in a decade. And they hate him for it. And all western anti Sovietism boils down to is “I wish the USSR had collapsed in WWII, like Imperial Russia did in WWI”

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      1. RuNet is mercilessly mocking Poklonskaya for her gaffe. Among the most notable “quotes” are:

        – Chatskiy was quoting Suvorov.
        – “Hard in training – easy in State Duma”, – Suvorov.
        – “Seven nannies have 100 rubles!” – M.I. Kutuzov, “Fathers and Sons”

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