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The brute and the accountant

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One of the big mistakes humans make is they they often think that the only sort of people who want to rule them with an iron hand are the sort of big, loud, shouty, axe-wielding thugs who have traditionally lusted for power and ruled over us with an iron hand. It’s an easy mistake to […]

Commies

Also sound familiar?

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Recently I blogged about the bungled attempted assassination of Trotsky that took place in Mexico in 1940, a few months before the successful one happened. It was both incompetent and nasty, so much so that it would make a good comedy along the lines of The Death of Stalin. There’s a lot more to this […]

Commies

Sound familiar?

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The killer of Trotsky, Ramon Mercader, refused to admit that he had been hired by Stalin to commit the murder: Even after his identity had been established fingerprints, he refused to admit who he was or why he had come to commit the murder. The official Stalinist version was that he was a disgruntled Trotskyite, […]

Commies

What a mistake-a to make-a

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I don’t think it’s well-known that the Germans could have crushed the Russian Bolshevik government in its early days, but chose not to. The Bolsheviks had a tentative grip on power, and Russia was in chaos. The Germans debated whether to go in to Moscow and St. Petersburg and remove Lenin and his cronies. In […]