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July 10, 2016

Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler, after all, have had no lasting impact.


Nothing remains of them today except the memory of their murderous buffoonery, of the crazy megalomania which governed their utterances and actions.
As we now see, they were men of insignificant attainments, who, partly as a result of the excessive adulation they received (often from reputable, but deluded, liberal intellectuals like Shaw and the Webbs), and the too easy successes they were able to pull off (often by making monkeys of eminent liberal statesmen like President Roosevelt), ended up more or less demented. Mussolini was publicly hanged; Stalin, having intimated that he was about to embark on yet one more orgy of insensate terrorism, was either secretly done to death or mysteriously died, to be discredited and repudiated by his successors; Hitler committed suicide, leaving his corpse to be set on fire. Not one of the three has bequeathed anything which could possibly enthuse, or even much interest, posterity. — “The Great Liberal Death-Wish” (1966)

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 10, 2016 1:02 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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You forgot Mao, the most successful of the murdering bunch

Posted by: Dale Gribble [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2016 11:46 AM

"Not one of the three has bequeathed anything which could possibly enthuse, or even much interest, posterity."

The Hussein O. will be another vapor added to the list.

Posted by: Terry [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2016 1:38 PM

Marx, with his long march through the institutions, is still kicking and destroying every good country. We will not be rid of him in our lifetimes.

Posted by: Leslie [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2016 1:52 PM

I'm afraid that I have to disagree a tiny bit. Even today there are among the loyal followers of Putin, which includes a significant portion of the Russian population, a fair number who look back on Stalin as some sort of hero. I would guess that these are younger folk who never lived during Stalin's time, and perhaps they are heavily influenced by the those who write the history books in Russia today (imagine Putin as editor). Not that I think of Stalin as anything other than a monster.

Posted by: Grizzly [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2016 7:16 PM

Stalin was the enforcer of Marx and Engels. His star is sinking, but slowly, it's true.

This reads like CS Lewis' Space Trilogy. And today's liberalism - trenchant. Thanks for posting it, Gerard.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2016 8:11 PM

Their legacies still contort our present world wounded by hollowed liberalism,
socialism, communism -- increasingly coercive statism.
The inherited rot is corrupting our schools as it has the rest of our society.
Traditional ideas of morality, ethics, simple right and wrong have been befogged, and no clear or adequate replacements presented.

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 11, 2016 10:48 AM

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