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Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

‘Orwell, by reason of the quality that permits us to say of him that he was a virtuous man, is a figure in our lives…what is he the figure of, the answer is: the virtue of not being a genius, of fronting the world with nothing more than one’s simple, direct, undeceived intelligence, and a respect for the powers one does have, and the work one undertakes to do.’ 533 more words


The seeds of Stalinism do NOT lie in Lenin's theory

James Ryan’s article, ‘Lenin’s The State and Revolution and Soviet State Violence: a Textual Analysis’, asserts that there is no major disparity between Lenin’s theory in… 515 more words

The (Human)Sacrificial Aspect to Soviet Communism’s Mass Killings.


It’s often been asked why communism killed so many people if the goal was to liberate mankind. In a way, this question answers itself. Any war, crusade, or revolution seeking to change the world is an act of violence. 148 more words

Putin's Surprising Comparison of Nazism and Stalinism

Yesterday’s Moscow Times had an article by one of my favorite Russian commentators, Fyodor Lukyanov, which highlighted a very surprising moment in Putin’s four-hour address to the nation. 234 more words

How Stalinism Helped Defeat the Great Miners Strike in 1984-85

This years marks the 30th Anniversary of the end of the Great Miners Strike of 1984-45 in Britain. The issue of the Stalinist regimes in  Eastern Europe and became a key question in the strike. 2,204 more words


The utter bollocks of the Morning Star on Europe

I have sometimes been asked why Shiraz Socialist pays any attention whatsoever to the small-circulation British daily paper the Morning Star. The answer is because, despite its very limited circulation, it is influential within the UK left and trade union movement and – indeed – since the demise of the USSR (which used to fund it) is kept in business by the largess of major unions, including Unite and the RMT. 347 more words

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Zizek and Kotkin: Some Notes

Now I found this discussion quite fascinating: One) I have never understood Zizek’s defense of the French terror, but his condemnation of Stalinism on the same terms always fascinates me. 187 more words