The vast majority of you have picked up on the fact that I’m back to doing Stalin research again. The vast majority have been left asking, “Why??” What follows is my response:
Of all the history I’ve studied over the years if I were to be asked what my focus is, I’d say, “Stalin,” with zero hesitation. Whenever I say such, even to friends of mine who’ve studied a fair bit of history, the reaction is typically a blank stare and an, “Oh…why?” Which is why I want to write this piece. Stalin and his henchmen were so – are so – responsible for shaping the hyper ideological way the world has developed.
One of my goals with writing this…whatever it turns out to be (series of essays, a book, who knows – I’ve never been great at planning) I would like non-academic folks to better understand what can happen if we just allow today’s Powers That Be to run the world unaccountably.
It’s going to take more than a series of letters to the editor and blog and social media posts decrying nominations, proposed legislation, state affairs to prevent President Trump, President Le Pen, the Right Honourable Theresa May from running roughshod over their citizens and any elected and nominated officials.
The global circumstances that led to Hitler and Stalin were nothing if not a global small penis competition that facilitated evil men being responsible for the deaths of tens of millions human beings. I’m not saying we should lie and propagandize so that the Global Powers That Be feel they have the biggest penis in the world, but we need to activate so that they don’t feel there’s no one to hold them accountable. It’s one thing for candidates/electeds to say they have morals and values it’s a completely different thing to have them prove it. In order to prove it they need to not make state decisions that lead to the deaths and/or disappearances of opposition, minorities, anybody that doesn’t fit in the electeds’ acceptable schema.
There’s a lot of work to be done so that we don’t find ourselves walking a path that’s been walked before. We can’t shy from the work. We just have to do it so that there’s never a possibility of finding ourselves poised on this precipice again.