Thursday, November 29, 2012

English Professor Declares Stalin an Upstanding Kind of Guy Guilty of No Crimes

On November 19, I wrote about the mainstream media’s uncomfortably close, long-term relationship with Russia. And on the 27th, I composed a blog post titled, “Even Statist Russia Thinks We’re Insane for Re-electing Barack Obama.”

In the latter, I quoted an article from Russia’s Pravda, including a passage proclaiming Obama to be “a communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”

Sadly, those words are much more true than even I realized at the time I re-published them. And just as sadly, I didn’t even think of mentioning at the time that it isn’t just the mainstream media that’s so eager to get hot and heavy with Stalin’s ghost; the American education system doesn’t completely shun it either, as evidenced by Montclair State University English Professor Dr. Grover Furr’s recent tirade in defense of Stalin.

During the question and answer portion of a presentation, he angrily said that the idea of Stalin being a mass murderer was “b*llsh*t,” adding, “I have spent many years researching this and similar questions that I have yet to find one crime – yet to find one crime – that Stalin committed. I know they all say he killed 20 or 30 or 40 million people. It’s bullshit.”

And apparently he’s not the only one to teach this kind of excessively harmful delusion, judging by the student audience’s reaction. Which consisted of clapping and cheering.

Clapping and cheering. For a man defending a brutal dictator on par – if not worse – than Adolf Hitler. Essentially, Furr amounts to a Holocaust denier, somebody so hell-bent on his agenda that he can’t be bothered to look at the facts, which clearly show a brutal regime filled with starvation, torture and severe oppression.

Knowing that we’re promoting lunatic notions like this to our young people, it makes a lot more sense why we are where we are today.

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