Stalin The Intellectual

Book Review – ‘Inside the Stalin Archives – Discovering the New Russia,’ by Jonathan Brent – Review – NYTimes.com

After exploring his personal library with its copious annotations, Brent concludes that Stalin was as much intellectual as brute and calls him “an idealist in the sense that he believed completely in the primacy of ideas.” Brent has a point; Stalin believed in his ideas to the death, or as he put it: “mercilessly destroy anyone who, by his deeds or his thoughts — yes, by his thoughts — ­threatens the unity of the socialist state.”

So much for the idea that intellectuals are superior to the rest of us.

Something to keep in mind when someone tells you about the power of ideas.

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