February 8, 2014

NBC describes communism as “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments.” [Darleen Click]

Along with soaring music and images of art & culture that pre-dates the Soviet death-camp era. Gobsmacking.

“The towering presence, the empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint. The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures. As a more reliable right to their collective heart. What they build in aspirations lifted by imagination. What they craft, through the wonder of every last detail. How magical the fusion of sound and movement can be. How much a glass of distilled perfection and an overflowing table can matter. Discover the Russian people through these indelible signatures. Discover what we share with them through the games that open here tonight.”

George Orwell, call your office. As he wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” in 1946, such euphemisms are “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,” and certainly describing Communism as “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments” fits the bill in spades.

Walter Duranty, call your office.

Stacy McCain explains why this “pivotal experiment” is the Worst Idea in the World.

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I see that geoffb spotted this before I did.

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  1. What is history, anyhow? That is, if not something somehow meaningless altogether?

  2. Pivotal, in the sense that Michelson-Morley was pivotal.

    Except there were a few extra corpses produced as a result.

  3. Edward Snowden, listening to NBC before NBC even spoke up, chose himself the humdinger of all the world’s humdingers for a political free-speech refuge: he only has to ask Vicki Nuland to get a confirmation of that.

  4. rsm

    When Lenin was wounded in an August 1918 assassination attempt, Josef Stalin knew what to do. The future Soviet dictator sent a telegram to Moscow, announcing that he was “instituting open and systematic mass terror against the bourgeoisie and its agents.”
    Stalin ignorantly blamed “the hirelings of the bourgeoisie” for the shooting of Lenin, but in fact the would-be assassin was a 28-year-old Socialist Revolutionary, Fanya Kaplan, who had spent 11 years at hard labor in tsarist prisons after being arrested for her part in a terrorist bombing plot when she was 16. What inspired Kaplan’s resolve to assassinate Lenin was the forcible suppression of the Constituent Assembly in January 1918, less than three months after the overthrow of the Kerensky government in October 1917 . …..

    link

  5. So pivotal = deadly?
    How else should one interpret NBC’s bonehead statement?

  6. It may have been an experiment, but it doesn’t help when those cheerleading the concept ignore the results of the experiment. “It didn’t fail, we just need to do it HARDER and spend more money!”

  7. Commies. I hate those guys.

  8. In good [socialist] Science you just keep repeating the “experiment” until it produces results that conform to the theory that is known to be correct.

    Putin is arranging for USSR attempt-2, aka, this time it will work.

  9. My sources say “Yes”.

  10. B: ?? ?????! ???????? ??? ???????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????!

    R: ?? ??? ???? ??????? ?? ????????!

    B: ?? ???? ??? ?????!

  11. these olympics are even more shitty than the last olympics

    I haven’t heard the usual stories yet about how all the narcissistic semi-literate athlete trash run around fucking like dull-witted momo bunnies though, which is usually a staple of the internet coverage of these tawdry events

    maybe they’re pacing themselves

  12. Blast.

    B: Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

    Etc, etc.

  13. bob costas is a commie pinko

  14. Serves Bob right that he has the Pinko eye.

  15. what else is a pivotal experiment is valerie & food stamp’s neo-fascist ass-rape of failmerica

    there’s like reagents and catalysts and shit but you know what I wish

    I wish I was in the fucking control group

    it’s not like I ask for a lot

  16. ” Putin is arranging for USSR attempt-2, aka, this time it will work.”

    I suspect the Russian mob will be less willing to tuck their heads in and permit a second coming of the great state. I’m not sure that China will permit a regional rival either.

  17. choom blows smoke in your face

  18. we need more pikachu control

  19. Iteration one.

    The State [the Party/nomenklatura] through the Organs uses the Mob to help them loot and control the rest of the nation.

    Iteration two.

    The Mob and the Organs control the State [Party/nomenklatura] and use its powers to loot and control the rest of the nation.

  20. The Mob doesn’t really need the state for gigs so much any more and the state was discredited.

  21. The mob has Russia divided up into feudal estates as it is. I think they’d prefer a more mercantile situation they can seek rents from.

  22. who is up for a little #occupymoscow? let’s really go after the 1%ers.

  23. Evidently, body counts only matter when a capitalistic country is the one creating the body count.

    This is obscene. 20 million+ deaths is a “pivotal experiment?”

    Words fail me.

  24. what silly display this stuff is – moguls?

  25. The Nazis dressed fashionably..

  26. to the pikachu

    the pacific denim fabric made fine jeans. @14 oz long lasting.

  27. One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic. 20+ million deaths is a pivotal experiment.

    Seven billion deaths would be…?

  28. One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic. 20+ million deaths is a pivotal experiment. Seven billion deaths would be…?

    A good start in Room 101.

  29. The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures. As a more reliable right to their collective heart.

    The Ministry of Truth couldn’t improve upon this.

  30. “Seven billion deaths would be…? ”

    Gaia’s tender love. A comet. Something like that.

  31. >Seven billion deaths would be…?<

    manegey sanger be working it

  32. It occurs to me that a coward could die seven billion deaths just trolling PW during a drunken weekend binge in Mom’s basement.

  33. Seven billion deaths would be . . . ?

    The kernel of a controlling Malthusian’s deepest erotic motion (or call it simply the origin of a wet-dream).

  34. but how do they treat gay people? apparently that is all that matters.

  35. Strangely, one hardly ever sees National Socialism lauded in this puerile manner.

    Well, except in certain middle eastern hellholes, that is.

  36. Cleanup on Aisle Moron

  37. paying billions of dollars to subsidize the the deeply silly deeply cheesy deeply corrupt faglympic games at all is more what they should apologize for I think

  38. Something really stinks around here. It’s like a dead skunk, but somehow worse.

  39. i only meant to say the one time i do not know why it says the two times

  40. Watch for my mama before she got et.

    *pwootin*

  41. but how do they treat gay people?

    They treat their women very well. The gays? I don’t care. They’re too high maintenance.

  42. I like little Yulia, the ice skater. She’s like watching a doll. A doll that can ice skate like a rings around all the other chicas.

  43. blah blah blah

  44. I heard a derp.

  45. more blah blah blah

  46. >mileycyrussays says February 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm<

    iran: let's make a deal. oh don't worry about the faggots hanging over there.

  47. B: ?? ???? ??? ?????!

    Thanks for that, guinspen. You just made my 2014 Winter Olympics experience bearable.

  48. The Common Core of the Left, power and control

  49. Watching the Grand Ballroom scene during the Opening Ceremonies, my wife and I couldn’t help but wonder how they were going to portray the murder of all the aristocrats in the next scene.

    We were disappointed.

  50. blah blah blabbity blah

  51. Me and Mrs. B. as well, Squid.

    I was hoping for a skating takedown of the Imperial Family.

  52. The lack of artistic bloodshed was disappointing indeed.

  53. Perhaps a man in a Nagant revolver costume chasing a papier mâché Pincess Anastasia around? And when she falls down a young barefooted worker/soldier gets a new pair of boots to try on?

  54. >mileycyrussays says February 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    blah blah blabbity blah<

    that's racist

  55. mileycyrussays says February 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    blah blah blabbity blah

    Best comment that source has ever made!

  56. blah blah blabbity blah (but I repeat myself)

  57. Some people just like being lied to.

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