Sunday, February 20, 2011

Look for a Book Review on Stalin

Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.  Joseph Stalin


I'm finishing up a biography of Joseph Stalin. New information released from the presidential archives makes this book paint a more complete picture of Stalin's handiwork. All Stalin biographies should be required  reading in these crazy political times. He was the puppetmaster who made fear tangible and debilitating. George Orwell based his novel, 1984, on the Stalinist regime. Now we have political pundits, media personalities and the never-ending recession--all help to create a climate of fear. Compared to Soviet Russia, we have nothing to fear, but the 2010 elections profited from collective voter anxiety and apathy. Those of you who sat out the election helped get the nightmare governors you are now trying to fight. Be glad you can vote. You still can choose through a write-in ballot. Never underestimate the power of natural law. Don't hide under the covers: find out what history has rendered so that it never has to happen again.

Book review coming soon...

5 comments:

  1. I don't know... some countries have made voting compulsory according to Wikipedia there are around 32 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting#By_countries however these don't seem to be doing any better than voting optional countries.

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  2. Stalin had something to say about that. Let me find the quote. BRB

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  3. Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
    Those who count the votes decide everything.

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  4. Fear is an effective means of control.

    Weighing in on this discussion between you and SJ: one of the things we always decried about the Soviet Union was the real lack of elective choice. Many candidates ran unopposed. And when they had competition, it was from another candidate of the same (Communist) party. One could argue, in this case, that voting was actually validating the corruption that was the Soviet bureaucracy. It would be like someone offering you a choice of getting punched in the stomach or getting busted across the chops. Pick the forner, and the assailant could then rationalize, "Well, that's what (s)he wanted."

    Contrast that system to one in which there are two major parties, both of which are heavily dependant on corporate funding. One could make a valid argument that the only difference between candidates would be in degree.

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  5. What X. Dell said. Voting does not assure good government, especially if it is uninformed voting.

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