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May 28, 2012

Revolutionaries Without Tears

Successful revolutionary leaders must be adept at wielding power
not only within their countries, against the regime they wish to overthrow, but within their own revolutionary cadres. That's how they get to be leaders in the first place. After the success of the revolution, when they come to control the government, they continue to use those skills to fight to stay on top, and that ordinarily requires a strong dose of ruthlessness. They are generally quite up to the task. Stalin, for example, was a master at it's solution, like that of so many others, was to kill the opposition. -Revolutions betrayed

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 28, 2012 1:36 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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