There were no witches....but there were lots of communists

Here is a really good book review entitled, "Fools for Communism: Still Apologists After All These Years". The book reviewed is entitled, " In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage" by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, San Francisco: Encounter Books, 300 pages, $25.95. The review is found at the Reason.


Fools for Communism: Still Apologists After All These Years

Here is an excerpt:

In 1983 the Indiana University historian Robert F. Byrnes collected essays from 35 experts on the Soviet Union -- the cream of American academia -- in a book titled After Brezhnev. Their conclusion: Any U.S. thought of winning the Cold War was a pipe dream. "The Soviet Union is going to remain a stable state, with a very stable, conservative, immobile government," Byrnes said in an interview, summing up the book. "We don’t see any collapse or weakening of the Soviet system."

Barely six years later, the Soviet empire began falling apart. By 1991 it had vanished from the face of the earth. Did Professor Byrnes call a press conference to offer an apology for the collective stupidity of his colleagues, or for his part in recording it? Did he edit a new work titled Gosh, We Didn’t Know Our Ass From Our Elbow? Hardly. Being part of the American chattering class means never having to say you’re sorry.

Journalism, academia, policy wonkery: They all maintain well-oiled Orwellian memory holes, into which errors vanish without a trace. Stern pronouncements are hurled down like thunderbolts from Zeus, and, like Zeus, their authors are totally unaccountable to mere human beings. Time’s Strobe Talbott decreed in 1982 that it was "wishful thinking to predict that international Communism some day will either self-destruct or so exhaust itself in internecine conflict that other nations will no longer be threatened." A Wall Street analyst who misjudged a stock so badly would find himself living under a bridge, if not sharing a cell with Martha Stewart. But Talbott instead became Bill Clinton’s deputy secretary of state, where he could apply his perspicacious geopolitical perceptual powers to Osama bin Laden.

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Yep...

We knew it was only a matter of time before you'd implode again, pchuck...It really is fascinating. In just a matter of a little more time, we're sure we'll find out that National Socialism was the true bulwark and if only we'd let things run the course, the demise of Communism would have taken place all the sooner. Go to it, sport.

Calling BS On This One

Here's a list of contributors from the book. How can this be called the "cream of American acdemia"???Jonathan Alford , International Institute for Strategic Studies
  lain Elliot , Brighton Polytechnic
  Simon Franses , School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  Philip Hanson , University of Birmingham
  Christina Holmes , Royal Institute of International Affairs
  Jackie Lyman , School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  Martin McCauley , School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  Alec Nove , University of Glasgow
  Tim Parsloe , School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  George Schöpflin , London School of Economics and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  Hugh Seton-Watson , School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  Alan H. Smith , School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of LondonNow if the author can't even get that right, how can he possibly be trusted to get anything else right in his review?

Hey Look, Real Live Apologists for Mass Murder

Real live anonymous apologists for mass murder. Good to know you guys are alive and well and living in library-land.

Re:Yep...

...we're sure we'll find out that National Socialism was the true bulwark and if only we'd let things run the course, the demise of Communism would have taken place all the sooner.

No, the National Socialists and the Soviets cooked up the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939. You remember that, don't you ?

So Anti-Communist = Nazi?? What color is the sky in your world?

Re:Yep...

Yes, we remember very clearly. We just have some concern about YOUR memory, pchuck. Meanwhile, the sky here is overcast...

Re:Yep...

we

What's with the royal "we"?

Re:Yep...

It's not "royal" at all, sport. There's more than one of us. SO, we use "we". Is that ok with you? Enjoy your evening.

Re:Yep...

Thanks for stopping by.

Show us that you aren't simply a troll, AnonyPat

Give us the line of reasoning that warrants your inference that pchuck would appeal to National Socialism as the "true bulwark" and best antidote to communism.

As for pchuck's supposed implosion: explain, describe, show substance, reason--in short, do something besides asserting that he has imploded. Give us a sign of intellectual life that can move beyond the ad hominem.

Re:Show us that you aren't simply a troll, AnonyPa

I'll have to speak only for myself (Anonymous Patron number 1968). One man's troll may be another man's freedom fighter. So speaking for myself: I don't think pchuck would go as far as National Socialism though he's shown some strange tendencies over time. I don't think he's imploded but you might know him better. But I don't think I can help you much ChuckB so you may want to turn to John Calvin.

Troll

>>One man's troll may be another man's freedom fighter

I'll never read Dora the Explorer the same way again.

Re:Calling BS On This One

Ok, so you listed their names. Anything to back up that they were not good academics?

Re:Show us that you aren't simply a troll, AnonyPa

though he's shown some strange tendencies over time

Like what? Over time? I've been on LISNews for about a month and a half. I've got stuff in my fridge older than that.

Boy, I really touched a nerve.....

I guess I really touched a nerve on all the fellow travelers with this one.

I guess that's what happens when the "right-wing librarian's militia group that has taken over LISNews" lets its guard down.

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