File spoon-archives/marxism-thaxis.archive/marxism-thaxis_1996/96-10-29.043, message 41


Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 04:35:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: M-TH: Re: No more purges


Richard Bos wrote:

> When talking about these events it is
> important to understand the attitude of mind of people, as well as the
> cronology of events, in order to fully see the context and perspective.

a) one can not take at face value what world "leaders" say are there
reasons for particular actions.

b) the above (a) is particularly the case when a leader is making a
pronouncement in a public forum.

Consequently, we do not know nor can we infer what Stalin's "attitude of
mind" was based on his official pronouncements and writings.

Furthermore, "history" judges individuals not primarily by what they say,
but by what they *do*. While what a person thinks clearly has an impact on
what they do, it is very rare when we have enough data to know what they
really thought.

Lastly, the year is 1996, yet there are still defenders of a person who
ordered and orchestrated the murder of millions of workers, peasants, and
revolutionaries. How pathetic!

Jerry



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