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College Professor Insists Old Joe Stalin Was an Innocent Man

Oh hell, why not, eh? I mean, they must be well-tired of denying the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews and the Jewish history and rights to Jerusalem, Israel before "the Palestinians" even existed...

(CNSNews.com) – An English professor at Montclair State University said that during his years of research, he did not find “one crime” that communist leader Joseph Stalin committed.

“I have spent many years researching this and similar questions, and I have yet to find one crime, yet to find one crime that Stalin committed,” said professor Grover Furr, an author on Soviet history during the reign of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, during a debate hosted by Young Americans for Liberty at Montclair State University.

“Consensus Number seems to be between 100 and 150 million people killed by communist regimes, and I’m wondering, communism wasn’t successful. Do you think maybe that there’san optimum number that if enough people were killed that it would be successful? Maybe a billion? Two billion?” an audience member asked Furr.

“Well, that’s not a serious question,” Furr said.

“Actually it is. Mass murder…” the audience member said.

“I’m going to answer you,” Furr said.

“It’s a tool of the communist regime…” the audience member continued.

“I’m going to answer you,” Furr said.

“So they thought it worked. Did they not do it enough?” the audience member asked.

“I’m going to answer you,” Furr said.

“Okay,” the audience member said.

“Okay. Finished asking? I’m going to answer you. What you said is bullshit. It’s wrong. It’s a lie.

The history of the Soviet Union, the history of the Soviet Union is the most falsified. American history is falsified. Alright. I went to Canada for a number of years,” Furr said.

“The Canadian school system falsifies Canadian history, but of all the falsifications that go on in the school systems in this country, in this world, Soviet history is falsified the most. I have spent many years researching this and similar questions, and I have yet to find one crime, yet to find one crime that Stalin committed,” he added.

“I know they all say he killed 20, 30, 40 million people. It’s bullshit,” Furr said.

“Was it Goebbels that said it’s the big lie that’s successful?” the audience member asked.

“[Joseph] Goebbels said the big lie is successful. And this is the big lie. This is the big lie. That the communists, that Stalin killed millions of people and that socialism is no good. Just a word about socialist benefits – the United States has the lowest standard of living of any of the industrialized countries, and they all have some form of socialist health care, and you should have it too!”

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What is the saying? "Like flies on...". Breitbart's Rebel Pundit discovered an example at Northwestern University where teachers attended a Marxist conference last Saturday...

This Saturday, the Midwest Marxist Conference was held at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The event was teeming with teachers who spoke about the new found bond between the radical socialists and their Teachers Union. The all-day event, which collected money to support Chicago Socialists and featured a communist bookstore, provided students on-campus along with the radical left community to plan the next phase in their activism.

Becca Barnes, a Chicago Teachers Union teacher and organizer with Chicago Socialists, proclaimed at the beginning of the conference that “the struggle here in the United States has entered a new phase. Nowhere have we pointed the way forward more clearly than here in Chicago with the teachers union strike.”

After the opening plenary, breakout sessions addressed more specific topics like the history of the Democratic party, education, and case studies in Russia. In these sessions, speakers continued to celebrate the use of education as a mechanism to insert Marxism into public institutions. In one session, the idea of targeting their message to students, even over “the working class,” was debated.

One teacher, who spoke in an afternoon session, described his tactics to overcome the problem of teachers’ unwillingness to take part in the strike, while Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey underscored Barnes’s earlier point when he spoke about the “struggle” of Chicago teachers and the need for additional support from other revolutionary movements. Through a renewed focus on the “strike weapon,” Socialist organizers remarked that they felt their movement had rediscovered its vigor—and the path forward ought to include “mass strikes,” they said.

Eric Ruder of the ISO spoke about the Socialists’ partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union during “The Meaning of Marxism” breakout session...

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3 comments to College Professor Insists Old Joe Stalin Was an Innocent Man

  • marc in calgary

    "The Canadian schools system falsifies Canadian history"

    I'm actually quite pleased that he thinks this is true, it confirms a few things for me...

  • asombra

    So apparently this English professor is also a major Russian history expert on the side--like a hobby, presumably--and so expert that his conclusions are diametrically opposite to those of professional historians. Works for me. This is, in principle, exactly the same as being a Holocaust denier, and should be treated the same. No such person should be allowed to teach anything in any respectable educational institution, especially a public one like Montclair State. Needless to say, if he'd publicly stated something like "slavery was ultimately good for blacks" or "gay people are sick," he'd be out on his ass so fast it'd make his head spin. But this will probably be ignored. I mean, an FIU professor (yes, in Miami) refused to admit Fidel Castro was a dictator in a public forum, and nothing was done about it. Just freedom of opinion, or whatever.

    Well, just the same, every relevant education body in New Jersey, as well as the governor, and most certainly the head people at Montclair State, should all be notified of this situation and asked to take appropriate action. They may blow it off, but they should definitely know about it.

  • asombra

    So does he think Soviet "historians" falsified Russian history? Does he think the Castro regime falsifies Cuban history? Sheesh.