FREEING THE WORLD TO DEATH by William Blum

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Postby Tom Palven » Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:15 pm

This book was recommended by Norma Blum in another thread about William Blum's book Killing Hope.

Killing Hope, first printed in 1995, is a much larger and more comprehensive and scholarly work that this, but Freeing the World to Death, 2005, is just as powerful in presenting its premise- that US foreign policy is not, and hasn't ever been, what most Americans think it's cracked up to be.

From the introduction:

There's a story about Mae West showing her luxurious home to someone who said "My goodness, what a gorgeous home you have," and West replied "Goodness has nothing to do with it."

Which is what I try to make people understand about American foreign policy. The greatest myth concerning those policies, the conviction that most often makes it a formidable task for people like myself to get Americans to accept certain ideas, is the deeply-held belief that no matter what the United States does abroad, no matter how bad it may look, no matter what horror may result, the American government means well. American leaders may make mistakes, they may blunder, they may even on the odd occasion cause more harm than good, but they do mean well. Their intentions are always honorable. Of that Americans are certain. They genuinely wonder why the rest of the world can't see how generous and self-sacrificing America has been. Even many people in who take part in the anti-war movement have a hard time shaking off some of this mindset; they think, or would like to think, that government just needs to be prodded back to its normal benevolent self.


Then, William Blum lays out the irrefutable facts.
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:56 am

This is exactly what I thought of when I heard reported on tv a few hours ago a report on a Marine grunt talking about his unit busting into a house to look for suspected Taliban and saying that they explained to the family why they were there and the family thanked them for providing the city with safety.

Ok now...........raise your hand................ who believes THAT BS?
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bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:This is exactly what I thought of when I heard reported on tv a few hours ago a report on a Marine grunt talking about his unit busting into a house to look for suspected Taliban and saying that they explained to the family why they were there and the family thanked them for providing the city with safety.

Ok now...........raise your hand................ who believes THAT BS?


What, me skeptical? :mrgreen:
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bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:This is exactly what I thought of when I heard reported on tv a few hours ago a report on a Marine grunt talking about his unit busting into a house to look for suspected Taliban and saying that they explained to the family why they were there and the family thanked them for providing the city with safety.

Ok now...........raise your hand................ who believes THAT BS?

Well that would depend on the alternative "providers of order" and who this person they busted into is as regards contacts etc. It could also be politeness in the face of guns.

The opposite fallacy of "america is always right" is of course "america is always wrong". But I agree that the global military hegemony with the trade routes that go with it is a potent motivator for where america cares and where they dont. Just like everyone else, frankly.

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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:18 pm

So---OOB==>do you "believe" the family was grateful, or not?? (((Of note: it almost doesn't matter as true or not the "news piece" was still propaganda........ and not everyone else does it, if it has anything to do at all with foreign troops invading private homes (without a warrant?====>>>>bwhahahahah!!)))
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Postby OlegTheBatty » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:41 pm

People tend to believe testimonials even in the face of overwhelming statistical data to the contrary. In a large population, there is almost a certainty that you can find people adhering to a particular position. Whether or not the testimonial is true is irrelevant. If you look hard enough, you will find someone.

What matters is what most people think of the invasion, and you won't learn that from the invaders.
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bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:So---OOB==>do you "believe" the family was grateful, or not?? (((Of note: it almost doesn't matter as true or not the "news piece" was still propaganda........ and not everyone else does it, if it has anything to do at all with foreign troops invading private homes (without a warrant?====>>>>bwhahahahah!!)))

As Oleg also noted, it is entirely possible that this particular household would rather see american troops in charge of local security. You will always find someone with whatever opinion in a big country.

Things are usually complicated. Like in Syria where the best bet for minorities and women is that Assad wins, since he has succeeded in islamizing the opposition groups by heavily pummeling the secular opposition and leaving IS alone for years. I bet a large portion of syrians would welcome an international peace keeping force, but since that's not realistic, have to choose between the murderous but secular strongman or islamist nutter rebels.

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Postby Tom Palven » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:35 am

I posted this link from Debbie Lusignan, The Sane Progressive, before, but I don't think that any of you guys read it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEXXIHlVnZY

She was a very strong Bernie Sanders supporter, one of your people, and while I disagree with her about the ethics and efficacy of socialist economics, I think that she is spot-on about US war-mongering and the power behind the throne in the US.

This a long rant that starts off slowly, but I urge you to sit down with a bottle of wine and watch the whole thing, and see the dots she connects about what's going on in the US. This isn't about conspiracy, just sociopathic imperialist foreign policy as usual brought up to date.
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Postby Angel » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:14 pm

Tom Palven wrote:This book was recommended by Norma Blum in another thread about William Blum's book Killing Hope.

Killing Hope, first printed in 1995, is a much larger and more comprehensive and scholarly work that this, but Freeing the World to Death, 2005, is just as powerful in presenting its premise- that US foreign policy is not, and hasn't ever been, what most Americans think it's cracked up to be.

From the introduction:

There's a story about Mae West showing her luxurious home to someone who said "My goodness, what a gorgeous home you have," and West replied "Goodness has nothing to do with it."

Which is what I try to make people understand about American foreign policy. The greatest myth concerning those policies, the conviction that most often makes it a formidable task for people like myself to get Americans to accept certain ideas, is the deeply-held belief that no matter what the United States does abroad, no matter how bad it may look, no matter what horror may result, the American government means well. American leaders may make mistakes, they may blunder, they may even on the odd occasion cause more harm than good, but they do mean well. Their intentions are always honorable. Of that Americans are certain. They genuinely wonder why the rest of the world can't see how generous and self-sacrificing America has been. Even many people in who take part in the anti-war movement have a hard time shaking off some of this mindset; they think, or would like to think, that government just needs to be prodded back to its normal benevolent self.


Then, William Blum lays out the irrefutable facts.


If u presented that to the average joe ~
they would probably say ~ that's what they
say about the babysitters on American Horror
Story. It's hard to be prepared when you
don't know the future because they haven't
created it yet .
*~ •~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*
They make nature a science
by forcing it to comply to the ideals
of the scientist.
*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~*
Ya Whay lol

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Postby Tom Palven » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:36 pm

Angel wrote:
Tom Palven wrote:This book was recommended by Norma Blum in another thread about William Blum's book Killing Hope.

Killing Hope, first printed in 1995, is a much larger and more comprehensive and scholarly work that this, but Freeing the World to Death, 2005, is just as powerful in presenting its premise- that US foreign policy is not, and hasn't ever been, what most Americans think it's cracked up to be.

From the introduction:

There's a story about Mae West showing her luxurious home to someone who said "My goodness, what a gorgeous home you have," and West replied "Goodness has nothing to do with it."

Which is what I try to make people understand about American foreign policy. The greatest myth concerning those policies, the conviction that most often makes it a formidable task for people like myself to get Americans to accept certain ideas, is the deeply-held belief that no matter what the United States does abroad, no matter how bad it may look, no matter what horror may result, the American government means well. American leaders may make mistakes, they may blunder, they may even on the odd occasion cause more harm than good, but they do mean well. Their intentions are always honorable. Of that Americans are certain. They genuinely wonder why the rest of the world can't see how generous and self-sacrificing America has been. Even many people in who take part in the anti-war movement have a hard time shaking off some of this mindset; they think, or would like to think, that government just needs to be prodded back to its normal benevolent self.


Then, William Blum lays out the irrefutable facts.


If u presented that to the average joe ~
they would probably say ~ that's what they
say about the babysitters on American Horror
Story. It's hard to be prepared when you
don't know the future because they haven't
created it yet .


Okay, but how about this Debbie Lusignan you tube video? It starts slow and it's long, but watch it all the way through! Please!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEXXIHlVnZY
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Postby Angel » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:44 pm

Tom Palven wrote:
Angel wrote:
Tom Palven wrote:This book was recommended by Norma Blum in another thread about William Blum's book Killing Hope.

Killing Hope, first printed in 1995, is a much larger and more comprehensive and scholarly work that this, but Freeing the World to Death, 2005, is just as powerful in presenting its premise- that US foreign policy is not, and hasn't ever been, what most Americans think it's cracked up to be.

From the introduction:

There's a story about Mae West showing her luxurious home to someone who said "My goodness, what a gorgeous home you have," and West replied "Goodness has nothing to do with it."

Which is what I try to make people understand about American foreign policy. The greatest myth concerning those policies, the conviction that most often makes it a formidable task for people like myself to get Americans to accept certain ideas, is the deeply-held belief that no matter what the United States does abroad, no matter how bad it may look, no matter what horror may result, the American government means well. American leaders may make mistakes, they may blunder, they may even on the odd occasion cause more harm than good, but they do mean well. Their intentions are always honorable. Of that Americans are certain. They genuinely wonder why the rest of the world can't see how generous and self-sacrificing America has been. Even many people in who take part in the anti-war movement have a hard time shaking off some of this mindset; they think, or would like to think, that government just needs to be prodded back to its normal benevolent self.


Then, William Blum lays out the irrefutable facts.


If u presented that to the average joe ~
they would probably say ~ that's what they
say about the babysitters on American Horror
Story. It's hard to be prepared when you
don't know the future because they haven't
created it yet .


Okay, but how about this Debbie Lusignan you tube video? It starts slow and it's long, but watch it all the way through! Please!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEXXIHlVnZY


Sorry ~ I tried then realized I have no
interest in politics as it is just another
broken pattern that will get fixed when
it realizes it is broken. Spy games are not
for children. ;-)
*~ •~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*
They make nature a science
by forcing it to comply to the ideals
of the scientist.
*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~•~*~*
Ya Whay lol

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Postby Tom Palven » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:15 pm

Sec. of State nominee Rex Tillerson knows how to sing the right tune.

This horse crap should guarantee his approval by the war-mongering US Senate.
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/01/11/till ... ss-to-so...

Well done, Rex!
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Postby Tom Palven » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:15 am

Liberals oppose Trump, not war- Paul Craig Roberts:
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/02/pau ... structing/
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Postby Tom Palven » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:46 am

And the beat goes on.

Thousands more US troops to Afghanistan needed:
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/02/09/gene ... ghanistan/
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Postby Upton_O_Goode » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:43 pm

OutOfBreath wrote:Things are usually complicated. Like in Syria where the best bet for minorities and women is that Assad wins, since he has succeeded in islamizing the opposition groups by heavily pummeling the secular opposition and leaving IS alone for years. I bet a large portion of syrians would welcome an international peace keeping force, but since that's not realistic, have to choose between the murderous but secular strongman or islamist nutter rebels.

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Well said! Assad, the brutal tyrant who looks like a certified public accountant, has at least the virtue of being secular and neutral on religion. He provides state subsidies for Coptic Christians to educate their children in the Aramaic language. Likewise, Saddam Hussein, who was certainly a swine, nevertheless kept a lid on sectarian violence, and Christians were allowed to live in security in Iraq. The US came in with hob-nailed boots and took him out and set up a Shiite-dominated government. Since then, while there is some semblance of civil rights that Hussein didn't allow, there is also profound mistrust among the three major ethnic/religious groups. Much the same can be said about the former Soviet Union. It was brutal and persecuted all religions, but it also appears to have kept a lid on ethnic violence among the member republics.

I'm grateful for this thread, which has brought to my attention a book I now must read. I remember rejoicing when the USSR finally cracked apart in 1991, and I was even willing to say a few good things about Reagan and Thatcher, who pushed the envelope of detente and forced the USSR to recognize that it couldn't win the arms race. But part of that pressure involved subsidizing the Islamic fundamentalists who were fighting the Soviet puppet regime in Afghanistan. A movie called "Charlie Wilson's War" was made celebrating this---ultimately disastrous and short-sighted---policy. (It also got a slight boost from the james Bond movie "Living Daylights".) Just compare pictures of women in Afghanistan in 1972

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with pictures of women there today

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to see how they've been driven out of public life. There was once a woman prime minister of Afghanistan, now assassinated, I believe. It might have been different, if GW Bush had concentrated on rebuilding the place after throwing out the Taliban. But he was too eager to get into Iraq and get his hands on some really cheap oil. (And I don't have to give details on how THAT worked out, I'm sure.)
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Upton_O_Goode wrote:

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The one on the left would look better in a Burka. :soppy:

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Postby Upton_O_Goode » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:33 pm

Tom Palven wrote:And the beat goes on.

Thousands more US troops to Afghanistan needed:
http://news.antiwar.com/2017/02/09/gene ... ghanistan/



So depressing! More atrocities, more Islamic militants created. But we can't let 'em win, right? (Why not, I want to know?) As Blum himself quotes Richard Nixon (1965) in the Introduction to this book,

"Victory for the Vietcong...would mean ultimately the destruction of freedom of speech for all men for all time not only in Asia but in the United States as well."

(It takes a bit of practice to follow Nixon's style. Most people would believe that "for all men for all time" includes the United States. It really wasn't necessary to clarify that point.)

That's the point. The treatment of women in Afghanistan is an abomination, I agree. So, what can we do about it that won't make things worse? I think, nothing, and I think we should just pull out and let events take their course. But of course, that will cause conservatives to invoke that old Domino Theory that LBJ kept citing back in the mid-60s to prove that we needed to keep on incrementally adjusting the size of our military presence in Viet Nam. And then, of course, it was ultimately Nixon who let the Viet Cong (well, really, the NVA) win. He knew by 1971 that he couldn't defeat them, but he was determined to wreak as much suffering and destruction there as he possibly could. It's a great pity he was allowed to die a natural death. He should have faced a firing squad.
“One day a Tzadik came to Sodom....He preached to the people. "Please do not be murderers, do not be thieves."... Finally someone asked him, "Rabbi, why do you do that? Don't you see it is no use?" He said,... "I will tell you why: in the beginning I thought I had to protest and to shout in order to change them. I have given up this hope. Now I know I must picket and scream and shout so that they should not change me."’ – Elie Wiesel, “Words from a Witness”.

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Postby Upton_O_Goode » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:08 pm

I was eagerly lapping up "Freeing the World to Death" until last night, when I came across his chapter on anti-Communism. It's quite true that the American fear of Communism and its exploitation by unscrupulous politicians to excuse intervening in populist movements all over the world was a shameful episode. Notice how the bugaboo of Communism got so quickly replaced by the new enemy "militant Islam" (shortened to just "Islam" by the more barbaric of our leaders). Blum and I agree about all that. But he goes farther, disastrously farther in this chapter, when he writes

William Blum wrote:We've all heard the figures many times...10 million,...20 million...40 million...60 million...died under Stalin. But what does the number mean, whichever number you choose? Of course many people died under Stalin, many people died under Roosevelt, and many people are still dying under Bush. Dying appears to be a natural phenomenon in every country. The question is how did those people die under Stalin? Did they die from the famines that plagued the USSR in the 1920s and 30s? Did the Bolsheviks deliberately create those famines? How? Why?....Were milions actually murdered in cold blood? If so, how? How many were criminals executed for non-political crimes? The logistics of murdering tens of millions of people is daunting.


That staggering gallimaufry of intellectual crimes is unforgivable. BLUM IS SCUM!!!

First of all, implying that any attempt to number the victims of Soviet Communism is just a matter of randomly and indifferently choosing an arbitrary number is a total abdication of the responsibility of a scholar.

There is no excuse for his writing this kind of {!#%@}. He could have read Susanna Labin's Stalin's Russia or Robert Conquest's Harvest of Sorrow or the writings of Solzhenitsyn, or even Khrushchev's 1956 denunciation of Stalin at the Party Congress, which was biased in counting mostly loyal Communists who were Stalin's victims. There was plenty written in those days of the Khrushchev Thaw, always emphasizing the "happy ending" that those of the victims who survived the labor camps (and the author chose to write about) were rehabilitated. (Tough toenails for those who died of overwork and exposure.) Bukharin's letters to Stalin pleading for his life are heart-rending. Only a few years ago was this very upright man and loyal Communist rehabilitated, in part through the efforts of Princeton professor and contributor to The Nation Stephen Cohen. I think Cohen is now being rather naive about Putin. He's been defending him consistently over the past few years, apparently choosing not to notice that Litvinenko was killed in London by the FSB, using polonium. The FSB doesn't do free-lance operations. That (and a lot of other suspicious deaths) can reasonably be ascribed to Putin.

YES, Mr. Blum, the Bolsheviks, led by Kaganovich, DID deliberately create the famines by sending "prodotryady" into the villages to take away all the food the peasants had in order to feed the urban supporters of Communism in Moscow. As for why, they did it in order to impose collectivization on the villages, get top-down control of all the agriculture in the country and stamp out any private economic activity. YES, millions were actually murdered in cold blood, one bullet in the back of the head in the courtyard of the Lubyanka prison, or in some obscure labor camp. Almost none of them were executed for non-political crimes. The logistics may seem daunting to Blum, but the Communists were up to the task.

None of this is difficult to understand. You have to be willfully blind not to know the answers to these idiotic rhetorical questions. I'll read no more of this moron's work, no matter how well-researched it may appear to be. I am totally disillusioned.
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Postby nmblum88 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:38 pm

Upton_O_Goode wrote:I was eagerly lapping up "Freeing the World to Death" until last night, when I came across his chapter on anti-Communism. It's quite true that the American fear of Communism and its exploitation by unscrupulous politicians to excuse intervening in populist movements all over the world was a shameful episode. Notice how the bugaboo of Communism got so quickly replaced by the new enemy "militant Islam" (shortened to just "Islam" by the more barbaric of our leaders). Blum and I agree about all that. But he goes farther, disastrously farther in this chapter, when he writes

William Blum wrote:We've all heard the figures many times...10 million,...20 million...40 million...60 million...died under Stalin. But what does the number mean, whichever number you choose? Of course many people died under Stalin, many people died under Roosevelt, and many people are still dying under Bush. Dying appears to be a natural phenomenon in every country. The question is how did those people die under Stalin? Did they die from the famines that plagued the USSR in the 1920s and 30s? Did the Bolsheviks deliberately create those famines? How? Why?....Were milions actually murdered in cold blood? If so, how? How many were criminals executed for non-political crimes? The logistics of murdering tens of millions of people is daunting.


That staggering gallimaufry of intellectual crimes is unforgivable. BLUM IS SCUM!!!

First of all, implying that any attempt to number the victims of Soviet Communism is just a matter of randomly and indifferently choosing an arbitrary number is a total abdication of the responsibility of a scholar.

There is no excuse for his writing this kind of {!#%@}. He could have read Susanna Labin's Stalin's Russia or Robert Conquest's Harvest of Sorrow or the writings of Solzhenitsyn. YES, Mr. Blum, the Bolsheviks, led by Kaganovich, DID deliberately create the famines by sending "prodotryady" into the villages to take away all the food the peasants had in order to feed the urban supporters of Communism in Moscow. As for why, they did it in order to impose collectivization on the villages, get top-down control of all the agriculture in the country and stamp out any private economic activity. YES, millions were actually murdered in cold blood, one bullet in the back of the head in the courtyard of the Lubyanka prison, or in some obscure labor camp. Almost none of them were executed for non-political crimes. The logistics may seem daunting to Blum, but the Communists were up to the task.

None of this is difficult to understand. You have to be willfully blind not to know the answers to these idiotic rhetorical questions. I'll read no more of this moron's work, no matter how well-researched it may appear to be. I am totally disillusioned.



While oddments and coincidence do occur in the world of men, any chance of William Blum every coming upon your thoughtful reply here is between nil and naught. Thus , of course making a response from him, equally unlikely.

So while I do understand your wanting to save your fellow posters here in the Skeptics Forum the same possible painful disillusionment that you are suffering, still... wouldn't your eloquence be better directed to the author himself?
William Blum can be reached, or at least your comments can be made known to him, through his publisher:
Common Courage Press
1 Red Barn Rd, Monroe, ME 04951
(I believe their telephone number is available through the usual public channels.)

Norma Manna Blum

P.S. Before you disappear into the depths of your disillusionment.... certainly everyone SHOULD read everything by anybody with a critical eye (and mind) ... could you perhaps spend a moment or two on what it was that you were "lapping up" before you came upon the heinous chapter?
("Blum is Scum" ...certainly a concise and trenchant review..... doesn't seem to acknowledge your initial positive response to the same author.)

I suspect... although I could certainly be naively incorrect.. that Blum's response to US foreign policies are as correct as his comments on the monstrous excesses of Stalinist predations were misguided.
IN my own experience it IS more than possible for a human being to entertain and even wholeheartedly subscribe to, more than one opposing concept at the same time
Albert Einstein, for instance never did come to grips with the veracity of Quantum Mechanics. And Richard Feynman, the most eloquent exponent (and Nobelist) among Theoretical Physicists, on behalf of QM, still acknowledged Einstein as the star in the firmament of modern Physics anyway.
Equally it is possible to be part of the Anti-Stalinist Left AND maintain a weary , leery eye on American (unworkable) attempts at shoddy (and dangerous) colonialism.
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Re: FREEING THE WORLD TO DEATH by William Blum

Postby Upton_O_Goode » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:16 pm

Thank you for that thoughtful response.

Yes, I have agreed wholeheartedly with nearly everything Blum wrote about the American Empire, which I despise as much as he does. But he (and also Stephen Cohen of late) unaccountably brush off or ignore the atrocities committed by Lenin's heirs. You mention Einstein, and he is yet another example of a man I admire, indeed idolize, who was terribly naive about the labor camps and the show trials. He may not have known that nearly 90% of the people attending the Party Congress in 1928 were executed as enemies of the people. But he was, after all, a physicist, and I excuse him for being naive about politics. He himself suffered from the ignorance and bigotry of the Trump-class Americans of his day. (One out in Kansas wrote an open letter to his newspaper telling Einstein to "take your wicked theory of evolution and go back where you came from.")
“One day a Tzadik came to Sodom....He preached to the people. "Please do not be murderers, do not be thieves."... Finally someone asked him, "Rabbi, why do you do that? Don't you see it is no use?" He said,... "I will tell you why: in the beginning I thought I had to protest and to shout in order to change them. I have given up this hope. Now I know I must picket and scream and shout so that they should not change me."’ – Elie Wiesel, “Words from a Witness”.

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Re: FREEING THE WORLD TO DEATH by William Blum

Postby nmblum88 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:45 pm

Upton_O_Goode wrote:Thank you for that thoughtful response.

Yes, I have agreed wholeheartedly with nearly everything Blum wrote about the American Empire, which I despise as much as he does. But he (and also Stephen Cohen of late) unaccountably brush off or ignore the atrocities committed by Lenin's heirs. You mention Einstein, and he is yet another example of a man I admire, indeed idolize, who was terribly naive about the labor camps and the show trials. He may not have known that nearly 90% of the people attending the Party Congress in 1928 were executed as enemies of the people. But he was, after all, a physicist, and I excuse him for being naive about politics. He himself suffered from the ignorance and bigotry of the Trump-class Americans of his day. (One out in Kansas wrote an open letter to his newspaper telling Einstein to "take your wicked theory of evolution and go back where you came from.")
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Hmmmm...
Norma Manna Blum

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Re: FREEING THE WORLD TO DEATH by William Blum

Postby Tom Palven » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:32 am

nmblum88 wrote:
Upton_O_Goode wrote:Thank you for that thoughtful response.

Yes, I have agreed wholeheartedly with nearly everything Blum wrote about the American Empire, which I despise as much as he does. But he (and also Stephen Cohen of late) unaccountably brush off or ignore the atrocities committed by Lenin's heirs. You mention Einstein, and he is yet another example of a man I admire, indeed idolize, who was terribly naive about the labor camps and the show trials. He may not have known that nearly 90% of the people attending the Party Congress in 1928 were executed as enemies of the people. But he was, after all, a physicist, and I excuse him for being naive about politics. He himself suffered from the ignorance and bigotry of the Trump-class Americans of his day. (One out in Kansas wrote an open letter to his newspaper telling Einstein to "take your wicked theory of evolution and go back where you came from.")
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Hmmmm...
Norma Manna Blum


Well, at least Mr. No Goode introduced us to, and demonstrated, the word "gallimaufry" as the US continues to free the world to death.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gallimaufry
If one can be taught to believe absurdities, one can commit atrocities. --Voltaire


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