Conservative or Liberal

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Fizzycswag, Aug 27, 2018.

Conservative or Liberal?

  1. Liberal

    69.2%
  2. Conservative

    30.8%
  1. SMBComix

    SMBComix It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Apr 22, 2014
    Well at least Stalin isn't rounding up and genociding his own people just because they hate him anymore. I'd call that a good thing.
     
  2. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Yeah, but that was like one chapter of the Soviet Union and their history which ended in the late 1950s with Stalins death. The Soviet Union was always a dictatorship, but the end of Stalinism wasn't an achievement of the US or the collapse of the Soviet Union which happend in the 1990s. It's simply that Stalin died and the people under him decieded to more or less quietly abandon his policies, like Nikita Khrushchev.
     
  3. SMBComix

    SMBComix It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Apr 22, 2014
    I highly doubt any dictatorship was ever good for its country.
     
  4. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    I doubt anyone here said it was.
     
  5. GonZo_626

    GonZo_626 Well Shit!

    Jul 29, 2016
    I would say it could be but most likely not. You would have to have one benevolent person who is incapable of corruption, maybe a person living alone on an island with some sort of device to read there brain. No benefits to it for them could be allowed, I think I am ripping this off of some Douglas Adams books though.....
     
  6. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008
    I raise you Cincinnatus.
     
  7. MutantScalper

    MutantScalper Dark side in da houssah

    Nov 22, 2009
    Buddies.

    Even better buddies.

    Also very good friends.

    Friendship is magic! :)
     
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  8. GonZo_626

    GonZo_626 Well Shit!

    Jul 29, 2016
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  9. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008
    No room to talk.

    If and when this topic gets split, can the new one be called America REEEEE: An idiot's guide to international discussion of history.
     
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  10. MutantScalper

    MutantScalper Dark side in da houssah

    Nov 22, 2009
  11. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    To be fair, from what politicans like Rosevelt said Stalin was a pretty damn good politican and had a friendly personality in the sense that if he had to, he knew what to say and how to play people, Stalin has been around for quite some time. Churchill, who was likewise an old-timer in politics, warned everyone that Stalin was mothafucka barely better or more trustworthy than Hitler - he said it in British of course. But I guess, just like the Fins you can't be always picky about your allies.

    *And in the case of the Fins and their history with the Nazis, well they kinda have been the only nation that made some serious attempts to actually support them with weapons at some point. Pretty much everyone, including Britain thought the Fins would be dead and it wasn't worth the trouble with the Soviet Union to support them. And during the attack on the Soviet Union by Nazi-Germany the Fins simply saw a chance to get their lost territories back.
     
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  12. iridium_ionizer

    iridium_ionizer Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Jul 24, 2007
    If a war popped up in your backyard with 2 enemies. Would you side with the one that was winning and had the greater technical capabilities (but the more vile philosophical underpinnings)? Or the side that was against the ropes, had less technical capabilities (with more mild philosophical underpinnings - ignoring what they might be in practice)? The UK and the US had to make a choice. And so did the Finns.

    Regarding Churchill's position, he wanted a military showdown with the USSR very soon into the post-war era. And that's why the UK voted him out - he seemed like a warmonger at the time (to the general public). But even in 1945 military, intelligence, and diplomatic circles in both the UK and the US, most people knew that Stalin wanted to expand his sphere of influence past just East Europe. Still in 1946 the US probably would have lost a conventional war against the USSR - the US had just started making halfway decent tanks among other things. And the A-bombs were too weak and limited in number to make much difference (they would still be sending them by bombers at that point to).

    Besides that there was still the idea that the US was trying to maintain the moral high ground (which it didn't always do - see installing terrible dictators) by not instigating a war. And people needed a break from war for a bit, right? But overall if peace and prosperity is what you want for the world, it's hard to argue against the Cold War being a good thing especially since we didn't let a nuclear war happen. Not that small bad things didn't happen during the Cold War, but imagine the scale if it were WW3 even without nuclear weapons.

    Anyway, regarding how good or bad Stalin was. To me the more interesting question is what would have happened if Lenin lived a bit longer, or purged Stalin, or put Trotsky firmly in place as a successor? Lenin was pulling back from his more hard-line tendencies in his later years (some market-based farm reforms, etc.). Would a USSR not led by Stalin have been strong enough to repel Nazi Germany's advances in 1941? It seems like Stalin by cult of personality / fear, organization / forethought, or willingness to led Russian blood be spilled for the goal of national unity / strength, was able to strengthen the USSR's industrial base in the 1930's (although there is probably some good evidence that he weakened its agricultural sector). What do you think?
     
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