A Balanced View of Soviet Times
Thanks, but just to be clear I am not condoning the actions of people like Stalin or Lenin. Stalin was exceedingly cruel to the Russian people. My point was that this kind of cruelty was not inherent to socialist ideology, rather this kind of tyranny and power abuse was already in the countries undergoing communist revolutions.
My motivation to write this was because conservatives and libertarians today try to smear anybody who is e.g. a democratic socialist or social democrat by pointing to Stalin’s Soviet Union. Thus I think it is important to get across that that cruelty was not a result of socialist ideology but rather the undemoratic traditions already existing in Russia.
The second motivation was due to the rise in Fascism and Nationalism we see today, while many conservatives paint them as equally bad as present day socialists, on the grounds of the historical experience with Mao and Stalin. My point was that this is dangerous and a fundamentally wrong way of looking at history. The Stalinist experience is not transferable to modern western democracies. However the Nazi Germany is very much transferable to modern western democracies. That is why our focus on the dangers of undemocractic forces ought to be on the right and not the left.