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MIM Theory #6
The Stalin Issue

The central problem with the critics of Stalin is that they do not understand the historical time period he lived in and the real-world choices that actually existed. Yes, he killed many people, too many even according to himself. However, all his repression combined was small compared with the lives he saved through the rapid and revolutionary transformation of society that he carried out. The choice the USSR had was not between liberal humyn-rights utopia on the one hand and tzarist era backwardness on the other. As if to drill this point into thick skulls, History has shown what happens after decades of criticism of Stalin: regression so that millions today are dying for lack of conditions that used to exist under Stalin almost 50 years ago! People supporting "humyn-rights" and attacking Stalin are responsible for far more deaths than Stalin. That is evidence of the real world choices being faced--not between utopia and Stalin but between the pro-Western phony communists like Khruschev and Brezhnev and bourgeois politicians like Yeltsin on the one hand and Stalin on the road of Marxism-Leninism on the other hand. Stalin should be compared with other political leaders and then his merits will stand clear.

Middle-class people from the West focus much too much on dissidents and not enough on causes of death such as food, clothing and basic medical care being lacking. Even including the repression he carried out, Stalin still doubled the life expectancy of his people. For this reason, polls of Russians on their favorite past leaders continue to show Stalin as the second most preferred leader of the past century, after Lenin. Although Amerikkkans love Lincoln more than Russians love Stalin, Stalin has a higher public acclaim than most U.S. presidents have amongst Amerikkkans, according to the survey by the Public Opinion fund cited in Pravda.

Check out our magazine on Stalin

Read Stalin himself, and don't lie and say you already did!

  • Download a .zip file collection of articles on Stalin
  • Under Stalin life expectancy doubled: THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN HUMYN HISTORY UP TO 1950!
  • Deaths under Stalin exaggerated
  • Life expectancy for Russian males lower now than under Stalin despite medical technology progress
  • Soviet Union almost completely at U.$. technological level when Stalin died: computers
  • Read a whole book about Stalin, free: Another View of Stalin by Ludo Martens
  • See a Village Voice article about a Ukraine famine hoax
  • What about Trotsky instead of Stalin?
  • What about Bukharin instead of Stalin?
  • What did Khruschev really change after Stalin besides denouncing Stalin? See a free book, Bill Bland's The Restoration of Capitalism in the Soviet Union
  • What was the Stalin era like? The Stalin Era by Anna Louise Strong, another free book for cheapskates
  • Free book by Pan-Africanist George Padmore on how Lenin and Stalin solved the national question in Russia's ex-empire, How Russia Transformed Her Colonial Empire: A Challenge to the Imperialist Powers (1946)
  • China's greatest writer, Lu Xun on Stalin (1936)
  • Great Black leader, W.E.B. Du Bois on Stalin (1953)
  • Black communist leader, Paul Robeson on Stalin (1953)
  • Why we defend Stalin today: 50 years after his death
  • See a heated Western youth discussion of Stalin at "Che-Lives"
  • Stalin's 125th birthday: 15 years later dissidents' record a shambles
  • See also similar questions in FAQ section called "violence not philosophically justified"
  • See our book review and campaign against The Black Book of Communism