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April 22: A Tribute to L

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A son of his time and of  his nation   Lenin was a typical Russian- stubborn, tough, suspicious down to paranoia   sometimes, confrontational and a fanatic of his idea. He   despised   deals and compromises,   considered capitalism an evil force only and   was also a dreamer- he really believed that people could change as soon as the environment around them   encourages that.   He   really could not   understand that the felonious behavior, for instance, would not   go away with the exploitative world but will adapt, change and emerge back in the form of much more dangerous state terror of the felons in power   like Stalin and his cronies. Like a bacteria it mutates and develops new more resistive types that    not only survive but prosper. He never understood that. He was a Russian idealist.

I guess   in his   last years he started to see that darkness creeping around and it is reflected in his late writings as well as on his photos of that time -- the photos of the deeply   concerned man. But in the traditions of   all   Russian   idealists before him he preferred   denial; who can throw the stone at   him, really?   He   burned   in   his life like a bright torch and he wanted to die   in fire, not to rot in discontent. The fire of the     Great Revolution engulfed him   and if there is a Valhalla- he is there, the last Russian Viking, the small, baldish man with a goatee. No matter how we judge him- who of us in all honesty would not want to have such an exciting life? That's the most powerful judgment of history- the   fairest   of all- the evaluation of the honest effort. Lenin was an honest man and he died trying.   End of the story.

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