“This is not wide spread knowledge” Jordan Peterson on Soviet History

“This is not wide spread knowledge” Jordan Peterson on Soviet History

so I want to tell you about a book today the book is called The Gulag Archipelago you ready the book is called The Gulag Archipelago and it’s by a russian author soviet author named Alexander Solzhenitsyn who was in they do like archipelago concentration camp system for a very long time he had a very hard life he was on the Russian front when the Germans invaded Soviet Union in the early stages of World War two now Hitler and Stalin had signed a non-aggression pact and Hitler invaded the Soviet Union anyway and from what I’ve been able to understand the Soviets had prepared an invasion force for Europe at that point but were not concerned with having to defend their territory and so they were caught completely unawares by Hitler’s move and conditions on the Russian front were absolutely dreadful and Solzhenitsyn was a soldier on the Russian front and he wrote some letters to one of his friends which were intercepted complaining about the lack of preparation and and using bitter dark humor to describe the situation and the consequences of that was that he was thrown into a work camp the Soviet system relied on work camps and so those were large labor camps of people who were essentially enslaved many of whom were worked to death often froze to death working in conditions that were so dreadful that they’re virtually unimaginable Solzhenitsyn spent a very large number of years in these camps sometimes in a more privileged camp because he was an educated man and sometimes in worst camps he also developed cancer later and wrote a book about that called cancer ward which is a brilliant book so he had a very hard life there’s there’s just no way around that to be on the front and then to be in a concentration camp and then to have cancer that’s that’s pretty rough now he wrote The Gulag Archipelago he wrote a book called one day in the life of Ivan Denisovich first that was published in the early 1960s when there was a brief thaw Stalin was pretty much out of the picture by the end of the 1950s there’s some indication that he was murdered by Khrushchev and a Khrushchev became premier of the Soviet Union after Stalin and there’s some indication perhaps that Stalin was either murdered by Khrushchev and a set of his cronies or when he was very ill just before he died was not helped at least by wasn’t provided with any medical attention because of the intervention of Khrushchev and his cronies now there’s some indication as well at that point that Stalin who is an absolute absolutely barbaric in every possible way you could imagine was planning to start a third world war and he was certainly capable of doing such things because he had already imprisoned or killed tens of millions of people now just after Stalin died there was a bit of a thaw in the Soviet Union with regards to internal repression in the early 1960s Solzhenitsyn published a book called one day in the life of Ivan Denisovich which was a story about one day in the life his life really inside one of these so-called gulag archipelago camps now he called it the gulag archipelago because an archipelago is a chain of islands and so Solzhenitsyn likened the work camp system in the Soviet Union which is made up of isolated camps distributed across the entire state he likened that to a series of islands in hence hence the metaphor and one day in the life of Ivan Denisovich was one of the first publications released in the Soviet Union that dared make public what had happened inside these camps at least initially now that saw I didn’t last very long but that book had a tremendous effect it’s a short book it’s worth reading after that he spent he wrote a number of other books which are also he’s great he’s a great literary figure in the same category I would say as Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky which is like really saying something you know those those two are perhaps the greatest literary figures who ever lived with the possible exception of Shakespeare he wrote this book called The Gulag Archipelago which is published in three volumes each of which is about 700 pages long the first one details the origin of the oppressive Soviet system at least in part under Lenin and then it’s full fledged implementation under Stalin and the depths of while Solzhenitsyn estimated the deaths in in internal repression in the Soviet Union that’s something approximating 60 million between 1919 and 1959 now that doesn’t count the death toll in the Second World War by the way now people have disputed those figures but they’re certainly in the tens of millions and the low-end bounds are probably 20 million and the high-end bounds are nearer what so Solzhenitsyn estimated he also estimated that the same kind of internal repression in Mao’s China cost a hundred million lights and so you can imagine that the genuine historical figures again are subject to dispute but somewhere between fifty and a hundred million people and one of the things that’s really surprising to me and that I think is absolutely reprehensible absolutely reprehensible is the fact that this is not widespread knowledge among students in the West any of this and it’s because your education your historical education if you started to describe it as appalling you would barely scratch the surface these were the most important events of the 20th century and they’re barely covered at all in standard historical curriculum you know something I would presume about World War Two and about the terrible situation in Nazi Germany in the death of 6 million gypsies and Jews and homosexuals in the concentration camps in Nazi Germany but my experience with students has been that none of them know anything about what happened as a consequence of the repression of the radical left in the 20th century and I believe the reason for that is that the communist system had extensive networks of admirers in the West especially among intellectuals and and still in fact does which is also equally reprehensible and I believe that one of the consequences of that is that this element of history has been under under what would you say under examined and certainly very little attention has been brought to it in the public school curricula and there’s absolutely no excuse for that it was the worst thing that happened in the 20th century and that’s really saying something because the 20th century was about as bad as it gets and so and the fact that these these massive these deaths on massive scale occurred and the fact that we don’t know that deep inside our bones is is testament to the absolute rot of the education system

100 thoughts on ““This is not wide spread knowledge” Jordan Peterson on Soviet History

  1. Just when we thought we were done with the Reds, after the U.S.S.R. disintegrated, it crops up again as a noxious weed in the garden of the United States, of all places.

  2. The US educational system has been taken over by Marxists so our youth have been and are being totally brain washed.

  3. Well, that is all nice and all, but it does not explain why should genocides of hundreds of millions of people affect the credibility of Socialism?

  4. Propaganda. Same as always. It wasn't the poor "communist" people trying to feed and house one another that led to tens of millions dead. It was the same story as today, anonymous outside investors preying on the masses and rewriting news and history.

  5. Number of Russia population at the beggining od 1900s is 70 million. So Lenin killed 20, hitler killed 20, Stallin killed 20, Hruščov killed 10. Stupid you must be said Joda!

  6. That slight break in JP's voice when describing "education".

    I'm So very Glad for the access to and patient explanation and discussion of, my GrandFather's bookshelf.

    A dearly missed Man.
    As the Heart and the Mind.

    Friends, read as many old smelly books as you can, and speak well and deeply with your elders 😉

  7. Again and again we are reminded that 6 million Jews were killed in WW2, but nothing about the 10s of millions Stalin killed, and the allies backed Stalin?

  8. Nazis believed capitalism and communism are both jews constructs who try to impose the idea of equality which is a disrespect to natural hierarchy , from christianity to french revolution to enlightment and to communism and capitalism

  9. For anyone being called Fascist: Communism thrives and is established by slandering those who renounce it as "fascist"; it's emotional/psychological manipulation. This isn't new, it's how communism takes over literally every time it has in the world. Stop looking for the "fascist" accusations to make sense, they're not meant to. It's just social engineering to meet an end within the minds of a target audience, DO NOT SKIP CRITICAL REASONING STEPS IN THE FACE OF HYSTERICS.

  10. Communist Body Count: the numbers are numbing.

  11. Oceans of corpses have flown out of the Leftist ideologies, and still to this day, there are dimbot zombies who ardently embrace it with self righteous fervor.

  12. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), Nobel-Prize-winning novelist, historian and critic of Communist totalitarianism:

    "You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the "Russian Revolution." It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators."

  13. What? Wannabe communists don't teach about the gulags? Would you expect a Ford Pinto salesman to inform the car buyer about the gas tank issues?

  14. Read the book. Tells you how brutal Communists and Stalinists were to there own people and worse their own soldiers. Stalin's camps made the Nazi's look like Disneyworld.

  15. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Nobelprize winner and himself victim of the Bolshevikparty in Gulag.

    “You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred, they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media in the hands of the perpetrators.”

    “We cannot state that all Jews are Bolsheviks. But without Jews, there would never have been Bolshevism. For a Jew, nothing is more insulting than the truth. The blood maddened Jewish terrorists have murdered sixty-six million in Russia from 1918 to 1957.”
    – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  16. Probably the first time I will disagree with Prof. Peterson. People are well aware that Stalin killed millions. The battlefields and death camps of Europe are much more accessible to Westerners than those in the Soviet Union. This is like claiming that Africa is oppressed because globe manufacturers make Europe and America big but Africa small and not to scale. They did it because the people buying the globe want to read where London, New York, Paris, Milan and even Moscow is but did not care so much about Mogadishu or Timbuktu. So to make a small and affordable globe they could not make it to scale. It was due to Market forces rather than a conspiracy of oppression.
    Also, the Professor is intelligent to know that today, as during the cold war, Moscow is competing with the west.
    Additionally, he knows that the goal of state education is to produce productive adults who function well in society. It is not to produce enlightened people capable of critical thinking. Society needs more washing machine repair technicians, not philosophers. Prof. Stevenson is aware of this so his gripes seem disingenuous.

  17. I remember reading A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich when in high school for English class, not for History!!! Had to do an essay on it. The simple act of eating a bread crumb and chewing it to a fine paste to get every single calorie out of it…just to make it through the day. People these days are so spoiled and entitled they would fail to grasp the horror and just laugh…

  18. That's enough!! At this point it's clear PETERSON IS A LIAR. I'm an history teacher and if he wants to say communism is awful, wrong ect. fine. But using Solgenitsyn, one of the greatest liar ever, it means being dishonest. Solgenitsyn was the son of Roman, one of the richest man in the pre soviet era. He was the owner of one of the nine Rolls-Royce in the entire Russia, 300 hectares of land, and not the humble teacher as his son said. Solgenitsyn was admitted to the university with Stalin SCOLARSHIP, the most expensive of all USSR. He went to gulag because he, with Vlasav, Red Army General, and Vitkovice, made a plot against USSR. As soon as he was arrested, he sold all of his friends, so they gave him only 8 years, meanwhile Vlasav and Vitkovice got 10. The horryfic USSR gave him two life saving surgeries, 1952 at his testicle and 1956 for his cancer. Free. He was employed as teacher, and he and his friend did not die in the gulags. But when Nikita came to power, he wanted to eliminate every single thing that could be referred to Stalin. Cruschev paid for the printing of Denisovic and Gulag book, because they talk bad about Stalin. As for the numbers (100 million 🤣) no one pay attention to solgenitsyn lies. The entire population of USSR in 1946 was 135 million. I repeat, talk about communism is something, lying about history is another. And if you have to lie to prove your point, you have something to hide.

  19. Amazing Book. A must read; screw Ivan Denisovitch; it is not worth reading. As a historical artifact itself it is of interest but Next to the Archipelago (which is massive – even abridged) it's a waste of time; read the Archipelago.

  20. We had to read 'A day in the llife of Ivan Denisovic' in high school, at least our Italian teacher had us read it. That was around the mid '70's though and Italy was slowly coming out of a very gloomy period of domestic 'red terrorism'. Nowadays I don't know, I think there are too many leftists in schools.

  21. There was also a Korean movie showing the pure brutality of the soviet camps, its a recent movie and its frikkin GOOD {at least in terms of entertainment quality}, actually a WWII movie. Yet, why is it that NOBODY has heard of it? Because of the leftards of course. It's a GOOD movie and I say that as a white Westerner not a Korean. The name of the movie is "My Way"

  22. Oh yes… History books are lacking truth while twisted half-truths are considered as facts. Just like the denial of the world what actually happened in German POW camps and the inflated figure of 6 million jews… And hiding facts about Holodomor, Lenin, Bolshevism…

  23. What is sad is that not only is this not taught in public schools in America, but the same can be said about a number of European countries, including France because 90% of our professors are unionized communist nutjobs who failed at getting any other kind of job… If this keeps up we're doomed

  24. Can anyone be kind enough to give links and other sources, to works of this wise man, audiobooks, video lectures, books etc.?

  25. Jordan Peterson, you are so well informed, I have talked about lack of knowledge in our schools for years. Thank you !

  26. Five of my grandmothers brothers fought on the Eastern Front, four died one was captured in Stalingrad. He was released from the gulag in 1965 twenty years after the surrender of Germany.m

  27. If you don't have the means to buy it, this book is available (and just as good) on audiobook for free.

  28. When you understand Who planned 9/11 you will understand who overthrew t'he tzars and Who prepared the marxist attack on Europe. Thank you very much Larry Silverstein, You opened my eyes. SH

  29. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), Nobel-Prize-winning novelist, historian and critic of Communist totalitarianism:

    "You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the "Russian Revolution." It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators."

  30. I'm so amazed that that nightmare Stalin was not taken out by his own people close to him he was so evil he killed so many of his own people he even sent to the gulags all the wounded Soviet soldiers so they would not be seen by the public

  31. Jordan may consider spending the rest of his life speaking about the joy which has arrived for man kind. NOW is the time to lecture about now.

  32. I can not put into words how much I love Jordan Peterson. Hes absolutely brilliant. I could listen to him talk for hours ♡





    [Dictatorship versus Democracy]

    A Reply to Karl Kautsky

    Proofread by Chris Clayton in 2006 for the Leon Trotsky Internet Archive

    This book was written by Leon Trotsky at the height of the Russian Civil War. While it is a polemical response to German social-democrat Karl Kautsky, it is also represents the Bolshevik defense of the extraordinary means the young workers’ republic had to take in order to defend itself from the almost two dozen armies that
    were on its soil trying to turn back the revolution. The version we use here, the facsmile of the inside cover in the upper left hand corner of this page, was printed by the newly formed Workers Party of America, the Communist Party of the United States as it was called in 1920. The American title Dicatorship vs. Democracy was not a title that Trotsky was fond of according to one of his American translators, Max Schachtman, and in fact, the work is republished only under Terrorism and (or) Communism in subsequent editions. We have kept true to the form of the style of English used in this edition of the book, making only some spelling corrections and, of course, using the contemporary title, Terrorism or Communism. Additionally we’ve kept both the Preface and Foreword by the American Communist editors to place the work in its political and chronological context.THE JEW





    The Balance of Power

    The Dictatorship of the Proletariat



    The Paris Commune and Soviet Russia

    Marx and … Kautsky

    The Working Class and it’s Soviet Policy

    Problems of the Organization of Labor, The Soviet Government and Industry

    Karl Kautsky, His School and His Book

    In Place of an Epilogue

  34. "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    If, as many claim, religion is the most egregious and malevolent cause of war and strife among mankind, then what kind of society do you suppose would exist If we were to allow only atheists to rule the land?
    Well, you wouldn't have to wonder, because we have already had a society where only the godless were allowed in the ruling class, and religion was not only deeply frowned upon, but treated as a vile infection which needed eradicated as quickly as possible.
    In the former Soviet Union, "[t]he state advocated the destruction of religion, and it officially pronounced religious beliefs to be superstitious and backward. The Communist Party destroyed churches, synagogues, and mosques , ridiculed, harassed, incarcerated and executed religious leaders, flooded the schools and media with anti-religious teachings, and it introduced a belief system called "scientific atheism," with its own rituals, promises and proselytizers.
    According to some sources, the total number of Christian victims under the Soviet regime has been estimated to range around 12-20 million."
    And, as Dr. Peterson testifies to above, the atheists in charge of the seemingly mockingly named People's Republic of China, were responsible for the incomprehensibly unimaginable murderous toll of approximately ONE-HUNDRED MILLION LIVES, many millions of which, were Christian believers, murdered for their faith.

  35. I know about work camps from my grandparents. I know about huge meetings for the diktator from my parents. How you couldn t say a joke aboute the goverment, how you had to stay in line with a card to get bread, oil or meat. This is what the 2 generations have experienced in a direct way. The aftermath, the scars left in our society can be seen now after 30 years of socialism.How communism has modified the very fabric of the country, mentality and expectations. It hurts me when i see young americans wanting that system in a country build on capitalism

  36. Solzhenitsyn said that the reason that it was not common knowledge was due to the global media being in the hands of the perpetrators.

  37. He actually believe 6 million were rounded up and killed in such a short period of time, he hasnt actually been brought to think of how impossible that would be.

  38. Yeah always wondered why the commies have never been treated/talked about like they do germany !

    The commies without doubt are the biggest butchers there has ever been on this planet !

  39. Once people find out about Socialism, after voting for them , the rulers have to , then , use force , to retain power.
    That’s why Socialists, always use force .

  40. I didn't know anything about the Russian and Chinese genocides of the 20th century when I was in school, and that was in the 70's and 80's. The liberals in academia then, and very much now, had/have no vested interest in telling the truth about something that could undermine their bullshit pipe dream of a socialist / communist utopia. Hitler's rampage looks tame compared to the bloodshed unleashed by Stalin and Mao.

  41. The right has legends that have risen in this time of social chaos. (Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, Austin Fletcher, Kaitlin Bennet, Owen Shroyer, Lindsey Graham, Trey Gowdy, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and many more), the Democrats (Left) have literally no one credible. With groups like Antifa and the disgraced social democrats serving as the face of the party and the shameful manipulation tactics being used by many affiliated main stream media networks, it is evident that (for now) there will always be a lack of powerful and credible leaders on the left. This shows how real HEROES like those on the right do not rise up to represent the left let alone dare to debate on their behalf… Many who were prospects for these roles on the left were attacked and turned away by the new social-democratic movement that has taken over. No one credible wants to represent them because deep down inside every American heart, we all know who is doing wrong by the American people and who is standing up for truth and reason. We are witnessing the final stand of leftist ideology and the final moments of the political pendulum as it breaks from its confines and becomes a hypothetical boomerang for the right. The left will never gain power again (for the time being), their tactics and strategies have manifested themselves for all to see and because of the evil that is inherently present when they originate their strategies, many are recognizing it for what it is. They are willing to destroy this country to regain power and now that their true intentions are being recognized by the majority. Republicans, conservatives and the Judea-Cristian values that had set the moral standard for society will lead the way into the future for many terms to come. Abortion will be deemed murder, borders will be reestablished and the identity of the individual will be reinstated. Treat others how you would like to be treated and do not judge others on the color of their skin but on the content of their character. America will be great again and its up to us to pass the torch of these teachings and the lessons learned from our mistakes to the next generation so that we can keep America great for many years to come. America will not become the new Venezuela, for as long as people like me draw breath we will fight hard in the realm of political discourse, we will improve our ways to articulate our values in debates and we will win against any who dare wield artificial moral superiority against us. We stand for the truth and the truth cannot be parried nor blocked and it is the sword that will defend the idea that is freedom and America.

  42. And to think, there are rabid college kids, politicians, and activists engaging in domestic terrorism to bring this shit back. Anyone who is on the fence or disagrees is to be placed BEHIND the fence..

  43. After years of colonialism
    European nations were devastated by war
    US thinks it can carry on untouched, just wait for this russia china thing to vex up

    The war will create civil unrest will destroy the built up US multi ethnic tension already present

    While bombing russians will strengthen their resolve

  44. Yeah right…. evangelical preacher Peterson is just the right person to speak about another system that enslaves humanity….

  45. My experience here in NZ n OZ is that the intellectuals and some unionists who really support communism are getting payed quite well and live a very very comfortable life due to capitalists whom they hate but don't hesitate to take their money but espouse to their general followers to live very meagre n frugal lives and these same people even take their meagre incomes they earn off them as well .

  46. Jack Reed, NY times journalist who wrote "Ten Days that Shook the World" is positive expose over the overthrow of the Tsar and Lenin's Russian revolution. Unfortunately Jack Reed died in Russia of illness and starvation. His novel is being read in the college Political Science classes on Liberal American Universities being taught by Socialist Professors, even Warren Beatty made a Hollywood movie about this journalist called Reds. It won an Oscar for best director Beatty. What propaganda.

  47. Why do you think Hitler invaded first? Could it be that the Bolsheviks slaughtered over 60 million Christians in the 30 years preceding? Could it be that he was protecting his country? How many people of Holodomor were starved to death when the Russians confiscated their grain in the winter 1933? 10 fucking million! Funny how certain facts of history are ommited… Patton was killed because he new the TRUTH! They had defeated the wrong enemy..

  48. The Bolsheviks killed TENS ON MILLIONS. Russia killed more people than the holocaust EVER thought about. I dont give a fuck if you call me an anti semite. I speak the facts.

  49. These days, to be liberal does not mean to be Marxist — women getting paid equally for equal work, racial prejudice being suppressed, resistance to corporate domination of politics — these are not socialism, these are parts of a healthy functioning society that adheres to the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Sure, Communism is horrible, but fascist tyranny is equally prone to huge abuses. Would you rather be imprisoned beaten raped tortured because you criticized a fascist regime than a socialist one?

  50. Soviets prepared an invasion of Europe??? Wow this is the first time I hear this interpretation of history. 1939 USSR just finished an infamous war with Finland and had no illusions about it's capabilities not just to "invade Europe", but to defend itself – that's why the Rebentrope/Molotov agreement took place. That and the fact that the rest of Europe already had agreements with Hitler. Same goes for the ridiculous statement that Stalin would've started WWIII. And who, may I ask were to be soldiers? My father was born in 1945 he was the only child in his class in Leningrad who had a father. This and the fact the USSR was already the largest and the most influential country in the world. After the war half of Europe fell under it's influence.

  51. You need to understand that the Bolshevik's weren't Russians, they hated Russians. Driven by a ethnic hatred of Russians they murdered 66 million of them from 1917 – 1953. The fact that the World doesn't know about this and has little sympathy for it is proof that the perpetrators are in control of the global media.
    -Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    "I can't do it" Jordon Peterson when asked about the Holodomor.

  52. I never understood why people think the state owning the means of production is such a good thing. All it means is that the people in power of the state control all means of production and these people become greedy. There needs are catered for. Every whim and fancy they have is taken care of as they have their hands deeply in the cookie jar. They don't care that the majority loose.

  53. I find it interesting that most of the history about ww2 revolves around Hitler killing 6 million Jews and not about how many people the Japanese killed in China and not about how many people died under Stalin which combined is more than 10 times the amount than what hitler did. Seems like something’s are being kept in the dark why other things are put in the spotlight constantly.
    By the way I’m being sarcastic, I got a pretty good idea why and I bet I’m right.

  54. This is just a theory, but I believe Hitler gets more attention then Stalin because the nazis photographed EVERYTHING. They documented the camps, the ovens, the piles of the dead they killed. They documented all their creepy experiments, and they filmed it all in Living Color. Those Rallies, the flags and regalia, the pomp in that Albert Speer stadium…..etc,etc.
    I feel like I was there already, and I wasn’t even born yet. Lol

    …now, this doesn’t mean there aren’t films on Russia. Look up on YouTube the desolation of the churches in Russia. These films are spooky. It shows the communists desecrating Saints tombs, and tearing down beautiful churches.
    This is why Viktor Orban is so fixed on not following the EU’s nonsensical demand to let in moslems. Hungary and Poland were all thrown around back and forth by Hitler and then to Russia. Why would Hungary want to be invaded by another enemy……especially by modern Germany? I blame Bismarck for uniting Germany in the first place.

    Jordan Peterson will be on The List of great Authors one day, but not yet please. We need more of his thoughts and proper historically accurate History Lessons. These videos are a Master Class of knowledge.
    God bless this Man.

  55. You are absolutely right. The communist initiated killings are grossly underestimated. And it is due to – as you say – intellectuals that liked them. Thanks for making this video.

  56. Parents need to take more of a role in their child's education. Homeschooling is not always an option but being involved in their education is very important!

  57. Poor Peterson, with no military experience he assumes way to much about warfare, and the fight between Germany and the communists, German intelligence reaveled the Soviets were in league with USA preparing to invade Germany, and were producing 30 thousand tanks just for the invasion!

  58. It's common knowledge that Stalin and Mao were as bad as Hitler. It could be, though, that part of the reason that Nazi Germany remains the most infamous in the minds of Americans is that their crimes against humanity were so much more explicit and closer to the hearts of Americans to which WWII was the formative experience of their young adult lives. Having engineered a full scale war all over Europe where most Americans can trace their own ethnic and cultural origins, it must have seemed as if the Nazis had shaken civilization to it's very core. Moreover, it's likely that many of us grew up with parents, or in my case, a grandparents who either served in World War II or experienced it as civilians waiting on loved ones who were serving. In this sense, Nazi Germany was a regime that effected Americans in ways that made horrors that Stalin and Mao caused on their own people seem remote. Stalin was our ALLY in WWII. When I was a kid in the 1970s, the American President Richard Nixon (who built a political career by being and outspoken anti-communist) normalized relations with China and sat down and met with Mao Zedong. Be that as it may, back in the 1980s and 1990s I took undergraduate and post-graduate classes in Russian/Soviet history and my professors seemed to have taught the full extent of Stalin's reign of terror.

  59. One reason kids are not taught 20th century history, often, is that their class fell behind in the course syllabus, and never made it past WW2. But yes, any political science class should go centrally into the lessons learned in the 20th century, at the highest forefront of human nation-state self-organization. The biggies, Stalin and Mao.

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