Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by mk12, Apr 11, 2010.
The Death of Stalin by Armando Iannucci looks like an interesting take on things.
Cant wait !
Didn't Stalin have a fixation on the strongman myth? (I think there might be a clue in the name ...) He commissioned a film about Ivan the Terrible as he identified with him (ruthless champion of the peasants smashing away the old order of the aristocracy or some such)
Ultimately - and i don't claim to be an expert - isn't he just yet another megalomaniacal, paranoid totalitarian despot? Seeing his own self as being inseparable from the motherland/the state - same old shit like Gaddaffi, Ceausescu, Saddam Hussien (or Napoleon) but on a bigger scale. I don't think ideology comes into it in any meaningful sense - GDP, coal and steel production, literacy levels, tonnes of grain harvested - are all the product of his far sighted, firm leadership and any measures taken to protect and further state power are justified.
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