[Marxism] Fwd: Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact 1939, and the Russian-German War 1941-1945

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Aug 31 19:15:57 MDT 2019


World War II began 80 years ago today, on 1 September 1939. The 
following commentary is at heart a critique of ideologically-driven 
historical revisionism, which distorts the the truth and promotes 
falsehoods, and is thus a disservice to the public.

It begins as my rebuttal to an article on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 
1939, by the Belgian-Canadian professional historian Jacques R. Pauwels; 
that article being published by CounterPunch on August 26. I give the 

My rebuttal is a combination of history, most recited from memory (so 
minor details are undoubtedly off), and criticism of 
ideologically-driven historical revisionism that distorts the truth and 
even promotes falsehoods, which is what I see in Pauwels’ polished 
article. My hastily-written rebuttal was dashed off on August 27 and 
sent to CounterPunch to remain unpublished (okay, really). I revised 
that draft, added to it and corrected date errors and the like, up to 
August 30. On that day a superior rebuttal appeared on CounterPunch, by 
Louis Proyect and Pawel Szelegieniec.

I cite and give a web-link to the very authoritative, very detailed 
history and rebuttal to Pauwels, written by Louis Proyect and Pawel 
Szelegieniec and published by CounterPunch, where my commentary on the 
years 1932 to 1945 ends.

After that I have added my commentary, written in 2011, on the 
“anti-Atlanticist Communisant French intelligentsia” of the 1950s, 
because I seen Jacques Pauwels as a second generation of that 
intellectual orientation of historians and social commentators.

This entire posting is a steam-blast of my indignation at having been 
confronted by another example of promoted factually inaccurate ideology: 
propaganda. I realize I’m old, our world today is more than ever awash 
in lying propaganda, and people seem quite blasé about it as they 
collide into each other mesmerized by their electronic blinders and 
flat-screen opioids. But an antique like me can still have his 
equanimity trammeled by a ubiquitous aspect of our times like 
propaganda, and even more pathetic, propaganda about the ‘ancient’ past. 
Sometimes, I can’t help getting riled up by promotional falsehood and 
the approval of cruel dictatorship.

That’s it.

*Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact 1939, and the Russian-German War 1941-1945*
1 September 2019



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