Stalinist Tactics in the 21st Century

Someone has started a petition on Change.org demanding — yes, demanding — that Verso (or, failing that, Monthly Review Press) publish a translation of Domenico Losurdo’s Stalin: Storia e critica di una leggenda nera. They specify that it should be affordably priced and that it not have a preface by Slavoj Žižek.

This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. The spectacle of a bunch of Stalinists writing a very strongly worded petition is the performative contradiction of the century. I suppose they do need more information about Stalin, because I’m pretty sure his approach to this dilemma would be to learn Italian and translate it himself, at breakneck speed, through sheer force of will, regardless of the cost.

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