For this month, let’s go way back in time, and look at the words of wisdom from some of the most quintessential statists. This week, we’re all about Joseph Stalin.
That’s right, we said Joseph Stalin, unfortunately not the extremely talented and tattooed Joseph Gilgun, whom most certainly would make for a less depressing Monday—but sorry, no dice.
Born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, as he got older he decided that name to be a bit too wordy and dropped it in favor of Joseph Steel, or Joseph Stalin (makes you look a Superman a little differently, doesn’t it?).
Anyways, here are a few of his greatest hits quote wise, and while they lose some of their beauty of the original Russian, we’re translating them to English:
“When we hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope we use.”
“The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of a million is a statistic.”
“If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” Hmm…doesn’t this quote sound familiar?
“In the Soviet army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance.” This was most likely due to the fact that soldiers were told to shoot their comrades immediately if they attempted to retreat.
“We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?” Diane Feinstein, is that you?
“Death solves all problems. No man, no problem.” Now, that’s a dark one.