Report By Richard Geno
Our August meeting was a unique presentation from a Hoover Institution scholar, Dr. Paul Gregory. With the backdrop of a political power struggle, Dr. Gregory showed an amazing storytelling ability to intertwine the brutality of Joseph Stalin, political infighting and a Soviet romance. He started with a quote attributed to Joseph Stalin who said, "The death of one person is tragic. The death of a million people is a statistic." He indicated that quote had also been attributed to Mao Zedong
With the introduction of Marxist Socialism, one substitutes political power for the market. It takes force to have a planned economy. Stalin exported his brand of socialism to China. Saddam Hussein was a student of Stalin; he went to the Soviet Union to learn firsthand how to use the political power to control his economy.
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