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There are few moments in Joseph Stalin’s life that are not the subject of historical controversy. These controversies inevitably become more heated when we start discussing the deaths that occurred during Stalin’s reign. Perhaps the most destructive myths about Stalin are those that deny his involvement in the mass famines and political purges of the 1930’s. How do you stay objective when the facts are so upsetting? Tune-in and find out how dead hockey teams, secret poisonings, and anti-communists sunspots play a role in the story.
Listen Date: 2018-11-11
Again, very little new or fantastically notable in this episode. But the major connection I made while listening to it was that the Stalinist playbook is quite similar to the NDA3 playbook.
Using propaganda to call your political opponents traitors: Urban Naxals, Tukde Tukde Gang, Anti-nationals
Bureaucratic quotas of cruelty: not as bad as rounding up x kulaks in every district, but the targets given to PSU bank branches for Aadhaar linking and enrolment is the same mentality.
Sidelining your own party members and changing rules after you take the reins of power: check
Cult of personality: oh lord yes
I suppose we should just be grateful that demonetisation didn’t reduce us to cannibalism and eating our own babies the way Ukrainian farm collectivisation did.