[Re: [RE: Question for all you Leninists out there]]

William Wharton williamwharton at SPAMusa.net
Thu Jun 8 23:28:10 MDT 2000

"Chris Doss" <itschris13 at hotmail.com> wrote:

Wasn't Volkogonov a Stalinist hack in the 70's and 80's?
Seems to me that he's simply made the transition from being an
opportunistic ideologue under the CP to being an opportunistic ideologue
under the "reformers."
Yes!  Like so many others, in so many different sectors of Russian

>From what I've heard, he's not to be taken very seriously--assuming I'm
thinking about the right person.  Isn't this the same guy that wrote a
biography of Trotsky a while back?
He wrote a "party" biography/tell-all of Stalin.  The Lenin bio, on-sale
for $1 @ a local book store supposedly relies on "Secret Soviet Archives."
It gives a good exhibition of the psuedo-intellectual slander of Lenin.
Should we take Pipes...et al much more seriously?


>From: "Juan R. Fajardo" <fajardos at ix.netcom.com>
>Reply-To: marxism at lists.panix.com
>To: marxism at lists.panix.com
>Subject: Re: [RE: Question for all you Leninists out there]
>Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 20:18:50 -0700
>William Wharton wrote:
> >
> > On the question of the execution of the Russian royal family, I just
> > a book by Dmitri Volkogonov "Lenin: A New Biography" .  ... He
>to use this idea to link Lenin with the
> > individual terrorist teachings of Sergei Nechaev.  Another example,
> > according to this author, of Lenin's propencity to deviate from
> > Marxism.
> >
> > The entire crux of this question is rooted in the anti-communist and
> > perhaps anti-intellectual notion that the REAL motivating force behind
> > Lenin's work, was the execution of his brother Alexander after his
> > attempted assination of the Romanov emperor.
>Volkoginov either borrows these assertions from Thomas Payne, who put
>them forth in his own biography of Lenin some decades ago, or both
>borrow them from some source in common.
>- Juan

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