I can’t believe the depth of ignorance of many modern people in the West. Mass murderer Joseph Stalin, ruthless dictator of the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953, appears to be making a comeback, at least among some. During a time of willful ignorance toward what Stalin had been doing to his own people, he was often called ‘Uncle Joe’ — with affection, in the West.
Walter Duranty, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the New York Times, was infamously known as “Stalin’s Apologist.”
Roger Baldwin, the founder of the ACLU, even visited the Soviet Union in the 1920s and wrote a book praising it—Liberty Under the Soviets (1928).
But we should know better today because the crimes of “the Man of Steel” (the meaning of Stalin’s adopted name in Russia) have become widely exposed.
However, on May 2, 2018, the Drudge Report had a headline declaring: “London marchers hold STALIN banners…” The story by Tim Stickings in the Daily Mail (UK) (5/1/18) states, “Protesters marked International Workers’ Day with a rally in London’s Trafalgar Square…with some marchers holding up pictures of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.” This was a part of the annual May Day protests. He adds, “One banner, pictured by Twitter users, featured a large portrait of Stalin, along with a quote from his work speaking of the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ and the transition from capitalism to communism.”