In some respects, philosophers are like theologians, at least in the way they are the last to pick up what has been happening elsewhere. I am thinking here of the way historians of the Second World War have been debunking the unreflective anti-Stalinist position that has been de rigeur across the political spectrum. I have posted a number of items based on one such historian, Geoffrey Roberts (here, here, here, here, here, here and here). Yet even this is following in the wake of the growing appreciation of Stalin’s achievements in Russia. All this has led to consternation in the largely American business of trotting out tired Cold War stuff about comrade Iosef.
Back to our philosophers. The tireless Domenico Losurdo has published a rip-snorter of a book called Stalin: The History and Criticism of a Black Legend. It has appeared in Italian, Spanish, French and German.
Hopefully, the English version will be out soon, but until then, a couple of articles will give you an idea – here and here. Losurdo also has a blog … if you read Italian (some English). By the way, thanks to Ross Wolfe for these links. I don’t agree much with his Trot approach to such matters (to the detriment of the Australian Left, the ageing Trots still think they call the shots), but I will forever forgive him due to the erotic Russian alphabet book he discovered and posted (full pictures here). It was published in 1931 – during Stalin’s time – as a way to foster literacy, one of the many communist projects.
To add to the fun there is the irrepressibly polemical man with the great name of Grover Furr III, and a title that says it all: Khrushchev Lied: The Evidence That Every “Revelation” of Stalin’s (and Beria’s) Crimes in Nikita Khrushchev’s Infamous “Secret Speech” to the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union on February 25, 1956, is Provably False.