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The secret speech…On the Cult of Personality February 25, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.
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…delivered this day, 25th February 1956 by Nikita Kruschev. The text is here.

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1. Justin - February 25, 2013
Dr. X - February 25, 2013

Grover Furr, Stalinism’s answer to David Irving.

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2. justinohagan@hotmail.com - February 25, 2013

Isn’t the Internet great, dr x ! You can hide behind your monicker and throw insults around without feeling the need to base them on anything approaching a fact. What did you practice before the Internet? Primal Scream?

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Dr. X - February 25, 2013

“What did you practice before the Internet?”

My wife and I use a large vibrating egg.

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Justn - February 25, 2013

Wasn’t expecting that! Sounds great.

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Dr. X - February 25, 2013

Sit down man, you’re a bloody tragedy.

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justin - February 25, 2013

Huh? Back to the ussr, are we? Anyway, Eggs is better than ad hominems.

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3. Feadog - February 25, 2013

So Khruschev wasn’t a Stalinist nor the USSR from 1956.
So all those years of insults to fellow-socialists were wasted?
It’s getting harder to know which dead Russian to follow nowadays.

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WorldbyStorm - February 25, 2013

Interesting questions, I haven’t a definitive answer but I’d hesitantly suggest it was decreasingly Stalinist from 1956 onwards at least in terms of political practice.

But I think the speech itself is important because of what it represented in terms of a genuinely (albeit flawed) self-critical moment in the history of the USSR.

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doctorfive - February 26, 2013

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4. smiffy - February 25, 2013

Everything you ever needed to know about the USSR, but were afraid to ask: http://itsrainingmensheviks.tumblr.com

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WorldbyStorm - February 25, 2013

Hmmm… strangely brilliant.

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