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  •  A spate of books on 1930s Stalinist era, (3+ / 0-)

    and how common people saw it while living through it, came out a few years ago.

    Mostly dry studies, and some relied heavily on published Letters to the Editor in Pravda, Izvestia, and the like, as well as news stories.

    Complaints about the corruption of particular officials, by name, were rife. Debates raged over whether laws should or should not be passed. Criticisms of the shortfalls of the system were common.

    In short, except for the heavy-handedness of the "glorious Leader/achievement" propaganda, I don't think you'd see that much difference between our press and theirs. We, too, get the sudden unfathomable horror of Eliot Spitzer paying high-priced whores, while you know this is a commonplace in public officials. And that he is about to come down heavy on the Bankers (the uber-state) gets nary a mention.

    In the USSR, propaganda by the press was pretty much like we imagine it to be, with censors checking everything before it goes out. In Nazi Germany Goebbels would say to a clutch of reporters "It's a pity nobody talks about the wonderful rehabilitation going on in our Work Camps" and in the next month everybody would be publishing about the happy, smiling, very well-dressed, Jews and Communists who finally were doing something productive.

    We've got a bit of a mix of both styles here.

    If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

    by Jim P on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 07:33:23 PM PDT

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