Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Reading on the Train

I'm currently reading a biography on Joseph Stalin. As I was reading a chapter while riding the train home from work, a passage caught my eye, and I felt like sharing it with you. It's a piece Stalin wrote for the paper, Rabochi put ('The Workers' Way').

Rabochi put was the successor to Pravda and was under Stalin's editorial control in October of 1917.

Here is the editorial:

The existing government of landlords and capitalists must be replaced by a new government, a government of workers and peasants.

The existing pseudo-government which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people must be replaced by a government recognised by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants and held accountable to their representatives.

The Kishkin-Konovalov government should be replaced by a government of soviets of workers', soldiers', and peasants' deputies.

It just kind of struck a chord in me as I sat there looking out the window of the train, watching the world go by.

12 Comments:

At September 27, 2006 3:08 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I'm starting to understand that almost everything we know of history is based on our government's propaganda, with the exception of a few events known to the world. Stalin set out to do the right thing and then....

 
At September 27, 2006 5:33 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

I guess that's what I love so much about reading, Mary. You get to see all the little details of things you thought you knew nearly everything about. Then, when you least expect it, some small phrase or word will leap off the page at you and make you pause and think about it.

 
At September 27, 2006 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great quote. I can understand why I am sometimes "accused" of being a socialist.

What the hell happened to Stalin for him to go from this to......maybe I should just read that book ;-).

 
At September 27, 2006 9:00 AM, Anonymous Glenda said...

Yeah, I am in sympathy with the theory and beautiful language..I've just never seen it work out that way in the long run...human failures and greed kick in, just as they do in every system. The good of the poor and downtrodden do not count for long in any political system.

 
At September 27, 2006 10:49 AM, Blogger azgoddess said...

i agree in principle

however i don't want to replace one form of tyranny with another...

what i think we need to do is replace our gov with people of wisdom - no matter their place/situation in life...

nice book!!

 
At September 27, 2006 2:33 PM, Blogger John Good said...

AZ - People with wisdom, yes. . .
and COMPASSION.

 
At September 27, 2006 2:33 PM, Blogger John Good said...

AZ - People with wisdom, yes. . .
and COMPASSION.

 
At September 27, 2006 4:25 PM, Blogger dada said...

Wait just a damn minute...anybody else getting the subliminal message here? It couldn't be much more obvious, for in Cruiser's own words:

"reading a biography on Joseph Stalin. As I was reading a chapter while riding the train home" ... train as in "public trainsportation" (instead of his POV-PRIVATELY owned [as in the pride-of-capitalism-gas guzzling consumerist materialistic] vehicle),...Stalin, and then Cruiser's choice of personal iconography, one "Che" Guevara. Christ, could it be this blog is being funded by someone named "Fidel" "Hugo" or "Evo"?

 
At September 27, 2006 6:36 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

You're on to me, Dada. I knew I couldn't keep the wool over your eyes for very long.

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At September 27, 2006 10:43 PM, Blogger Human said...

Stalin used just enough truth to attain power, just like so many brutal dictators. Hell even Bush says truthful things sometimes. I can't think of any, but he musta.

 
At September 28, 2006 9:26 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Brought to you by CITGO! Hooooo Aggghhhh! You know that someday one of our grandchildren will be reading a biography on GW Bush and come to a similar chapter and passage:

The existing Theocrigarchy governed by me and my wife Condi, big oil and pharmaceuticals and weapons systems and the Christian Right Congress and the House of Bush and the Supreme Being Court must never be replaced by a new government.

The existing Theocrigarchy which was selected by the Supreme Being Court and which is the grand overlord of the people must never be replaced.

The BushTheocri-CondiGarchi must never be replaced by a government of American slaves, soldiers, or anyone kin to Clinton or Murtha or anyone with Democratic blood flowing in their veins.

 
At September 29, 2006 11:17 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Pam,
I guess this was his thinking before he went KooKoo for Coco Puffs.

Glenda,
I agree with your statement but I always hold out hope that something will eventually happen to change all that. Call me a dreamer...

AZ and John,
Excellent points. We can certainly use a lot more wisdom and compassion these days.

Human,
I believed Bush when he said, "Now watch this drive."

Poetryman,
Love the Theocrigarchy, and the even more precise, BushTheocri-CondiGarchi. You need to patent those words, my man.

 

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