Tag Archives: Joseph Stalin

call of the wild: frozen delirium

Delirium. Soviet Union. It’s what is not us, not only separate from us but alien,and so different that to confuse with us is to flirt with madness, like a visceral fear of mad love, a temporary insanity that may have … Continue reading

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the secret agent: mostly men in grey

The cult of the secret agent. In fact as in fiction, the spy is the indispensable person of our time. Spies go back to Biblical times, yet today, or more precisely particularly since the Enlightenment their sphere of activity poses … Continue reading

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the cold war?

…What exactly was the cold war? When and where did it begin? why? Who started it and could it have been avoided? These are fascinating questions that have been posed and answered by all manner of experts for the past … Continue reading

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terrorism: like Russian roulette

Evno Azev,( Yevno Azef) according to Roy Medvedev, particularly enjoyed proving to himself his ability to outwit everyone else. He savored the secret power of life or death he held over his comrades by being able to periodically betray a … Continue reading

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terrorism: double lust for power

…The anecdote of Yevno Azef is more than a picturesque footnote to the general history of modern terrorism. It illustrates the almost universal vulnerability of terrorist organizations to infiltration by the police or the secret service, and the lengths to … Continue reading

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bourgeois manners

…Bourgeois manners for the Bolshevik masses? With the thaw of de-Stalinization, or at least thaw to them , came a new concern: government sanctioned ways of helping the Soviet citizen improve his mind and conduct himself more in accord with … Continue reading

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like mowing the grass

Imagine Joseph Stalin signing the Seven Noahide laws. Impossible. There was an Eddie Murphy movie where he was unable to spend anywhere near a fraction of the money he had, try as hard as he might. The same way, it … Continue reading

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lessons of munich

Is there a “lesson of Munich?” Whatever it is, it was certainly misapplied by the Americans to Vietnam in the same way that the so-called appeasement of the Arab world is likely also a misapplication of Munich applied to a … Continue reading

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united we stand: complications of moral inversions

Its been a bit dicey ever since Maimonides ( Rambam) pronounced perhaps hat many had thought, but lacked the intestinal fortitude to say: Muhammad was false prophet and an insane man.Even criminally insane. ┬áThe scathing remarks also included the assertion … Continue reading

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WHEN MEMORIES WERE CHEAP LIKE BORSCHT

”Let them eat caviar” supposedly said by Czar Nicholas II upon learning that the peasants were starving. Although there is no record of these words ever having been uttered, it is plausible that he could say them…. Many nefarious claims … Continue reading

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