[Marxism] Anything Positive To Say About Stalin?

Lüko Willms lueko.willms at t-online.de
Fri Nov 16 16:17:34 MST 2007

On Fri, 16 Nov 2007 16:36:14 EST, Jscotlive at aol.com wrote:

> The thread re Stalin Quote has got me thinking about his legacy. It is  
> common practice on both the right and the left to dismiss Stalin as a  
> Is this right? 

  You might call him a poor fella, a tragic figure who was pushed by a 
priviledged social layer in the workers state into a position from where 
he left the historic stage as a symbol of division and repression, of 
back-lash against the first successful socialist revolution, but also as 
someone who is associated with the successful military defense of that 
workers state which came out of that revolution, although being 
disfigured during his era. You might compare him to the god Wotan in 
Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs, whose wonderful fortress goes up in 
flames at the end of the story, and all his heroes had died a violent 

  You might also take the old Jewish tale as model, where the ogre of 
the shtetl, and he could not be buried until somebody had said something 
good about him. Until finally somebody stepped forward, and said: "He 
liked to eat noodles." 

Comradely yours, 

Lüko Willms
Frankfurt, Germany
visit http://www.mlwerke.de Marx, Engels, Luxemburg, Lenin, Trotzki in German

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