Friday, 27 June 2014

My friend and hero, in that order :Stalin

In a long time I have come across such a simple and most enlightening discourse on the way social transformations was, can and should be done.Importantly,the conversation is a battle of wits and conviction between two celebrated protagonists: Stalin,much hated, the infamous brigand who purportedly killed millions and H G Wells whom the so called intelligent world adores.Stalin, I grew up to adore and felt proud each time I read and heard of how he defended the Soviet Union in the Second Great War and how he had correctly identified the coming crisis of the remaining Allies colluding with Hitler to systematically oppose the Communist way of life as a greater threat than The Nazis.In fact, Oliver Stone is currently highlighting this blurred,mostly disbelieved by the faithful, history through the History Untold of America  Series.What disturbs however,that the western propaganda has quite succeeded in obfuscating facts and several generations have grown up to believe that Stalin and Communism are the worst enemies of civilization.The new generation finds it ever increasingly difficult to relate with this inspirational ideology anymore.Against this intellectual anomie and the rise of non-ideological politics and its current fascination with most who believe it to be a liberator and panacea of sorts this interview should be an eye opener.

It is not heavy or ponderous. Nor pedagogic or pamphleteering.I would imagine without being considered a card holder that any student of political history or a simple patriot has much to profit from this reading.An extract from the interview representative for those impatient "Besides, can we lose sight of the fact that in order to transform the world it is necessary to have political power? It seems to me, Mr Wells, that you greatly underestimate the question of political power, that it entirely drops out of your conception.

What can those, even with the best intentions in the world, do if they are unable to raise the question of seizing power, and do not possess power? At best they can help the class which takes power, but they cannot change the world themselves. This can only be done by a great class which will take the place of the capitalist class and become the sovereign master as the latter was before. This class is the working class. Of course, the assistance of the technical intelligentsia must be accepted; and the latter, in turn, must be assisted. But it must not be thought that the technical intelligentsia can play an independent historical role.

The transformation of the world is a great, complicated and painful process. For this task a great class is required. Big ships go on long voyages." Stalin.
Left and Right, both beware for history shall soon convict and revile you and your kind of the liberal democratic party as being "an enemy of the people" for those that do not learn from history...!

In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted him an interview. His deferential conversation was criticised by J M Keynes and George Bernard Shaw, among others, in the New Statesman. First published as a special NS supplement on 27 October 1934.

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