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Stalin Committed No Crimes, Says Obscure Tax-Funded Professor

Written by Gary North on November 14, 2012

There were never many Stalinists teaching in American universities. There are fewer today. That’s why a story like this gets some coverage.

This guy was flushed like a quail by Yuri Maltsef. They were debating at a meeting held by Young Americans for Liberty, which is allied with Ron Paul.

Maltsev lived under the USSR. He knows what the score is. But some obscure professor at the equally obscure Montclair State University did not know who Maltsev is. Now he does.

Professor Grover Furr gets paid tax dollars to tell his students that Stalin never committed a crime. Not one.

One student had done his homework. He asked Furr about Khrushchev’s leaked “secret speech” of 1956, where he talked of mass murders. Professor Farr had a scholarly response. “It’s bullshit.”

Furr authored Khrushchev Lied. “I have spent many years researching this and similar questions and I have yet to find one crime… that Stalin committed.”

I have been reading about that speech, on and on, for over 50 years. Before this, I had not heard of anyone in an American university defending Stalin against Khrushchev.

Taxpayers in New Jersey should know where their money is going.

What is Furr’s field of expertise? Medieval English literature.

There are more Stalinists teaching English today in American universities than teaching economics. Maybe there are more than even those who teach sociology. Possibly.

If it was not Stalin, then when who committed what Robert Conquest called the Great Terror? At least 20 million people died.

Why, it was the head of the Secret police, Nikolai Yezhof. This was . . . hang onto your seats . . .  a right-wing conspiracy.

Shades of Hillary Clinton’s vast right-wing conspiracy.

Stalin was like Sergeant Schultz in the 1960s TV sitcom, Hogan’s Heroes. He knew nothing. Nothing!

“This is the big lie: that the Communists – that Stalin — killed millions of people, and that socialism is no good.”

In addition, Furr said, the USA has the lowest standard of living of any of the industrialized nations.

Was this a set up? Did Maltsev get an actor to do this? Was this one of those comedy skits we read about?

Nope. Pofessor Furr is the real deal. Some university bureaucrat has defended this guy’s presence on the faculty.

Montclair State University is an open university in what is fortunately a free society. As a consequence, we would never seek to censor or interfere with such an event, no matter how absurd anyone might find some of the views expressed. Free speech is the cornerstone of our democracy, and it is a principle that is easy to defend when we are in agreement with, or at least not offended by, the views being expressed. We are only really tested in our adherence to the principle when the views being expressed are abhorrent to us.

My view is that tenure should be abolished, that anyone with a Ph.D. in English should have a chance to underbid Farr, and that a lower wage offer should be accepted.

But I’m old fashioned. I have always believed Khrushchev’s 1956 speech.

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16 thoughts on “Stalin Committed No Crimes, Says Obscure Tax-Funded Professor

  1. Delmar Jackson says:

    There is a professor in Berkely that is reported to be teaching students that Frosty the snowman is a racist.

    • Luis R Vazquez says:

      No. Stalin never committed one crime. Neither did Adolph Hitler, Mao Tse Tung. Fidel Castro, Kim El Sung and all their criminal Clones. _THEY COMMITTED MILLIONS AT ONCE.._

      • If they have total control of the government, they can change the laws to suit what they want to do. Evil is not a crime unless the law says it is a crime.

    • Luis R Vazquez says:

      Books to read and research; "THE VENONA SECRETS, THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD, ESCAPE FROM USSR(out of print) LA GRAN ESTAFA (the yenan way) BY EUDOSIO RABINES.
      THERE ARE MANY MORE, BUT STARTING WITH THESE WILL GIVE ANYBODY ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR DISCUSSIONS.

  2. Saltporkdoc says:

    Remember, when YOU get to write the laws, you can't commit a crime because you simply edit out or add to the law making your action or inaction legal. Rather like the US Congress and Executive branch have been doing for years.

  3. It's happening in the Obama administration as we write…

  4. Most professors amaze me as to how narrow minded and dim- witted they are.

    • Luis R Vazquez says:

      DEAN; Most Professors are openly communist indoctrinators.
      Look for Harvard's professor Umber. he is the epitome.

  5. The reason this Teacher is claiming this fiction about Stalin he has the ear of the Obama administration because they are Marxist's and this is the direction that Barrack Obama is leading America.

  6. The one left standing, Stalin, was able to hide his crimes by eliminating those who acted upon his direct orders. These people were systematically removed. Those who Stalin felt were threats to him….just disappeared. Stalin was a paranoid psychotic, on top of his using marxism as his vehicle to power, and this has been a long known and well proven fact. Krushchev's speech that was leaked in 1956….has been repeatedly corroborrated….so I have no idea where this lunatic Furr is getting his facts that supposedly refute the reality.

    • Luis R Vazquez says:

      Lisa; Look into his past; He maybe associated by blood with some of Stalin's BENCHMEN.
      He may even be the son of one of them

  7. wiltedrosemarybush says:

    So, basically Furr is the communist equivalent of a neo-Nazi holocaust denier. This is hate speech, pure and simple, and this mental defective of a professor should spend hard time in prison for it.

  8. Luis R Vazquez says:

    That is why we should bring to power somebody like Senator Joseph McArthy

  9. This guy's view makes sense only in that how many did Stalin personally kill? Such a dictator have zilch power on their own but need the support of an army to carry out their bidding. So no, strictly speaking, Stalin didn't kill millions on his own.

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  11. Has this dumb ass ever traveled beyond his ignorance? I have traveled the world and can assure everyone that the standard of living in the US is equal too, or better than anywhere in the world. Certainly there are areas that are not as nice, some of that is cultural.

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