Gabriella Hoffman

Growing sentiments favoring the Soviet dictator are equally fueled by apologists who excuse and equally dismiss Stalin’s crimes against humanity.

Professor Grover Furr of Montclair State University in New Jersey -- an outspoken Stalin apologist -- was caught on film last October saying he has yet to find one crime committed by Stalin, saying that “it’s bullsh*t.”

He added, “The history of the Soviet Union is the most falsified.”

The Khrushchev Lied author has published numerous papers and books offering praise for Joseph Stalin and has said America has the lowest standard of living in the industrialized world. Americans should feel elated knowing that a Medieval English professor is propagating Marxism on our tax dime! But I digress…

The yearning for Stalinesque leaders in Russia and individuals who encourage them should not sit well with freedom-loving people.

Approximately 20 to 40 million deaths were witnessed during Stalin’s time. My parents told me countless stories of family friends disappearing and never returning back home to then Soviet-occupied Lithuania. Families were broken apart, lives were shattered, and freedom was unattainable throughout the entire Soviet Union.

When Americans see countries like Russia demand a return to these policies, they should be reminded of the Soviet Union’s failed experimentation with Marxist-Leninism.

Winston Churchill famously opined, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

China, Cuba, Vietnam, Venezuela, Nazi Germany, and the former Soviet Union are prime examples of places devastated by collectivist policies. Collectivism -- regardless of shape, variant, or appearance -- always leads to destruction, destitution, and death.

As a result, history should not be so kind to Joseph Stalin.

Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman works at Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.