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Quotation for Today, Thursday 31 July 2008


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It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything

Joseph Stalin (), born as Iosef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili December 18 1878 – March 5, 1953) was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. During that time he established the regime now known as Stalinism. He gradually consolidated power and became the de facto party leader and dictator of the Soviet Union.

Following the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924, Stalin prevailed in a power struggle over Leon Trotsky, who was expelled from the Communist Party and deported from the Soviet Union. Stalin launched a command economy in the Soviet Union replacing the New Economic Policy of the 1920s with Five-Year Plans in 1928 and at roughly the same time, forced rapid industrialization of the largely rural country and collective farming by confiscating the lands of farmers. He derogatorily referred to farmers who refused his reforms as “kulaks“, a class of rich peasant which had in actual fact been wiped out by World War One; millions were killed, exiled to Siberia, or died of starvation after their land, homes, meager possessions, and ability to earn an existence from the land were taken to fulfill Stalin’s vision of massive “factory farms”. While the Soviet Union transformed from an agrarian economy to a major industrial powerhouse in a short span of time, millions of people died from hardships and famine that occurred as a result of the severe economic upheaval and party policies.

At the end of 1930s, Stalin launched the Great Purge, a major campaign of political repression. During his continued repressions, millions of people who were a threat to the Soviet politics or suspected of being such a threat were executed or exiled to Gulag labor camps in remote areas of Siberia or Central Asia, where many more died of disease, malnutrition and exposure. A number of ethnic groups in Russia were forcibly resettled for political reasons. Stalin’s rule, reinforced by a cult of personality, fought real and alleged opponents mainly through the security apparatus, such as the NKVD. In the 1950s Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin’s eventual successor, denounced Stalin’s rule and the cult of personality, thus initiating the process of “de-Stalinization“.

Uncle Joe


One Comment
  1. 31/07/2008 15:06

    These days it’s the Republican stalwarts who provide the electronic voting machines who decide everything, isn’t it?

    No? Oh, yes, the Supreme Court Republican majority too. I forgot them, silly me.

    Still, nice to know that Joe’s spirit lives on…


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