Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Proletarian Dictatorship Laboratory

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

Google Alert often brings me links to websites where communism is discussed. Let me display what I wrote on two such websites.

FIRST CONTRIBUTION (made on 2/22/2010)

Presluc wrote: "I don't think Stalinism should be associated with communism. Stalin in my opinion was a Dictator pure and simple, he made up his own rules as he went along. Although he did some good for Russia and the world for that matter in World War 2 Stalin was a dictator. Saying Stalin was a communist leader is like saying Sadam was a muslim leader."

That is a good observation. But one thing is clear, the USSR was the first "laboratory" to test the ideas of Marx and his followers. For that reason, the "experimental results" should be studied very carefully, especially by those who are supporting another attempt to impose proletarian dictatorship. Unfortunately, some of them say something like this: "Stalinism was not communism and for that reason bad things that happened in the USSR are not worth exposing and analyzing. Our task is to go ahead and not study the past."

SECOND CONTRIBUTION (made on 2/23/2010)

Sergey Borisov wrote: "The idea of the Moscow authorities placing stands with information about Joseph Stalin during World War II has immediately found its supporters and opponents. Moscow's Committee on Advertising, Information and Displaying Advertisements plans to place billboards and stands with information on Stalin as part of preparations to decorate the city for the 65th anniversary of the Soviet people's victory in the Great Patriotic War."

It is not Stalin as a person that should be in the center of attention. It is the Soviet Union, as a country. Yes, its contribution to WWII was decisive. Stalingrad was at least as important as D day. But even before this, the heroic country became the first "laboratory" in which Marx's idea of proletarian dictatorship was implemented. This fact should also be emphasized, for the sake of future generations. What went wrong? Why did it go wrong? How can we insure that what was described by Solzhenitsyn does not happen again? In trying to answer these questions, Russia has a chance to make another tremendously important service to the world community.

Ludwik Kowalski

P.S.

I lived in the Soviet Union during the WWII, in a place the German invaders were first defeated. Here is how this is described in my recently published autobiography. "Five months later we were between two armies, for about a week. The Red Army retreated from Dedenievo (after blowing up the railroad bridge across the canal) but the Germans did not enter; they stayed about two miles away. Our settlement was heavily bombed by Germans. Most of the residents of the [nursing] home died from cold after windows were shattered by explosions. My mother carried some patients to the nearby hospital, on her back. . . ."

My autobiography, entitled "Tyrany to Freedom; Diary of the Former Stalinist,"is now available at amazon[dot]com. Yes, it consists of what was recoded in my diaries, composed between 1946 (in the USSR) and 2008 (in the USA). The very first entry is a poem glorifying Lenin and Stalin. By the way, this is not a commercial advertising; all royalties go into a scholarship fund. The book is dedicated to my heroic mother.

 

http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/life/intro.htm

Ludwik Kowalski is a retired physics teacher (Professor emeritus, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA). He is the author of two recently-published FREE books:

1) "Hell on Earth: Brutality and violence under the Stalinist regime" (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

What makes economics so difficult to learn?

Simplified macroeconomics

Stalin and Russian Orthodox Church

Supply and demand

Socialism Is Not Marxism: Extracts From a Website

Red Army During World War II

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
4 people are discussing this page, with 5 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

The basic flaw in Communist thought and philosophy... by Ishmael1 on Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 10:03:43 AM
As a former devoted Stalinist (now an active Anti-... by Ludwik Kowalski on Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:10:07 AM
Prof. Kowalsky makes no mention of the imperialism... by Jay Janson on Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 7:51:16 PM
Dear Jay Janson.I do not wish you to experience pr... by Ludwik Kowalski on Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 at 7:46:45 AM
Professor, Kowalski, you should know that the idea... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 at 6:27:56 AM