While doing some research on the great motivational persons of the last century, the lives of two men amongst eight or so stood out to me at the time.  Both moved and motivated hoards of their countrymen, at a time of need and while both were engaged in war.  

Yet they contrasted differently because of circumstance and had the ability to move the masses by two different opposed methodologies, this fascinated me.  Mahatma Ghandi and Joseph Stalin. Two styles, two backgrounds, two destinations and both successful.  One to be remembered as the patriarch of personal dignity and freedom and the other as both a hero and a despicably cruel tyrant.


POLITICAL NOM: Joseph Stalin
Born;  Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin 
Russian:    Ио́сиф Виссарио́нович Ста́лин
Born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jugashvili, Georgian

18 December 1878– 5 March 1953
De facto leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.

Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin was appointed General Secretary of the party’s Central Committee in 1922. 

He subsequently managed to consolidate power following the 1924 death of Vladimir Lenin through suppressing Lenin's criticisms (in the postscript of his testament) and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. 

By the late 1920s, he was the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished it in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 onward.

Under Joseph Stalin's rule, the concept of "socialism in one country" became a central tenet of Soviet society. He replaced the New Economic Policy introduced by Lenin in the early 1920s with a highly centralised command economy, launching a period of industrialization and collectivization that resulted in the rapid transformation of the USSR from an agrarian society into an industrial power.

However, the economic changes coincided with the imprisonment of millions of people in Soviet correctional labour camps (GULUGS)  and the deportation of many others to remote areas. The initial upheaval in agriculture disrupted food production and contributed to the catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932–1933, known as the Holodomor in Ukraine. 

Later, in a period that lasted from 1936–39, Stalin instituted a campaign against alleged enemies of his regime called the Great Purge, in which hundreds of thousands were executed. Major figures in the Communist Party, such as the old Bolsheviks, Leon Trotsky, and several Red Army leaders, were killed after being convicted of plotting to overthrow the government and Stalin. Joseph Stalin also had a few things to say.  

CLARIFICATION:  But first let me say, I am not a fan of Stalin; his one compelling virtue to me was he hated Hitler as much as I and as most of the world did.  Otherwise, he was no different and had as much blood on his hands as Hitler.  But, if it wasn't for Hitlers egotistical stupidity in opening the second front and Stalin's tenacity, many in Europe today would be speaking German as a first language.

Stalin was Stalin, his name means Steel in Russian.  He was a great motivator.  Had he written more, his book could of been called "Caliber Selection in Motivation" He believed a SKS or a Tokorev to the back of the head kept an Army moving forward.  

He was right. He was an innovator.  In fact it was he who abolished the word “retreat” in he Russian Army and enforced it by taking the most ruthless men of the Gulags and putting them at the back of the advancing troops with orders to shoot any who fell back... the ultimate motivation policy.  Go forward and possibly live or backwards and definitely die. 

He controlled his Congress well; and he was a frugal conservative.  He shot several of them at least once a week. No corruption, no dissidents, no complications, NO adversaries that way.  His way or buried under the highway, well the ruble.  And you could really call him a "fiscal conservative". He always shot people three or four tied belly to back stacked in a row to conserve bullets. Usually five was the limit.


The most interesting thing about what Stalin had to say was the connection with some of the statements we hear today.  Thats the scary part, we do not study history in our schools, we study to pass stupid tests and fail to pass on knowledge.

  • "Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach".  Sounds like a situation we are in today. Our armies fighting terrorism are at the end of the reach and it is costing us in men and material and we ask the question..for what?   The result will be another book by another General.

  • "Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts".  He should be selling real estate.  Thats explains politics and the economic situation today.
  • Sounds like the mantra of a particular political party. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and one day the poor learn to shoot a gun. If you could go back through time and look at the way the other rulers of Russia kept order in their world, you would find them little different from Stalin.
  • The Czars were certainly not the keepers of good government. The difference was his thinking was born of a harsh war, in a harsher environment, with a fierce competitor requiring a new set of rules, wasn’t pretty, but war isn't.

  • Nevertheless his inhumanity offset anything good he accomplished other than his aid in the destruction of the Third Reich. He was on the winning side of a horrific war but on the losing side of humanity. 

  • "Marxism is not only the theory of socialism, it is an integral world outlook, a philosophical system, from which Marx’s proletarian socialism logically follows. This philosophical system is called dialectical materialism.”

  • We think that a powerful and vigorous movement is impossible without differences — “true conformity" is possible only in the cemetery.

  • If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a “ eace conference," you can be sure his government has already paced its orders for new battleships and airplanes.

  • A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron.

  • The existing pseudo-government which was not elected by the people and which is not accountable to the people must be replaced by a government recognized by the people, elected by representatives of the workers, soldiers and peasants and held accountable to their representatives.

  •  The press must grow day in and day out — it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.

  •  If the opposition disarms, all is well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.

  • We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone.

  • Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism.  Anti-Semitism is dangerous for the toilers, for it is a false track which diverts them from the proper road and leads them into the jungle. Hence, Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable and bitter enemies of anti-Semitism. 
     In the U.S.S.R., anti-Semitism is strictly prosecuted as a phenomenon hostile to the Soviet system. According to the laws of the U.S.S.R. active anti-Semites are punished with death.

  • We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us.  Ten years later, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

  • Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division, and from the antagonism between poor and rich, means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.

  • Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. 

  • In the Soviet Army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance.

  • I know that after my death a pile of rubbish will be heaped on my grave, but the wind of History will sooner or later sweep it away without mercy.

  • God is on your side? Is He a Conservative? The Devil's on my side, he's a good Communist.

  • The Jews are not a nation!

  • There are no fortresses that Bolsheviks cannot storm.

  • I'm finished. I trust no one, not even myself.  Do you remember the tsar? Well, I‘m like a tsar.

  • “Why did you beat me so hard?”  he said to his mother in her later years. her response was “That’s why you turned out so well”.

  • Stalin said this often.  This seems to have originated with the Spanish military leader Juan Domingo de Monteverde, “ Four walls are three too many for a prison — you only need one for an execution.”

  • The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.  Death solves all problems — no man, no problem.

  • We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us. "If we were to hang the last capitalist, another would suddenly appear to sell us the rope”.

As you can see Joseph Stalin had a lot to say.  I was doing a paper on Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin looking specifically at their styles of motivation they used.  

Roosevelt was a party builder, he brings people together for the cause, national pride and a will to win.
Churchill was a slogan maker that rallied people during times of severe stress, he was an island of comfort.  
Stalins niche was fear motivation.  And it was used frequently, he created fear. 

Stalin had a problem with part of his lazy congressional team objecting to his ideas and never showing up for work in the Russian Proletariat. That was on Tuesday, so he shot five of them, who showed up late on Wednesday.  All of the rest showed up for work on Thursday quite early, since they weren't due till Friday and in a great mood.  Stalin solved that problem.  

But his country was faced with the German onslaught and annihilation.  He knew there was little time for political pandering.  He did not tolerate a lot of that, probably surpassing Hitler.  His solution to the German Panzer attacks at Stalingrad, he shot deserters or retreaters at will, was feared more by his troops than to be captured by the Germans.  

Some said he removed the backup gears on the Russian Tanks (rumor) and his goal was to be more hated for what he could do than the Germans they were confronting. Obviously for his peasant Army it worked. And he had a few good Generals who knew war. Like Zhukov one of the best in tank warfare and he eturned the battlefield around.

EDITOR: He had a no competition clause, he just shot the competition.

  • In August 1939, Stalin entered into a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany that divided their influence and territory within Eastern Europe, resulting in their invasion of Poland in September of that year, but Germany later violated the agreement and launched a massive invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Despite heavy human and territorial losses, Soviet forces managed to halt the Nazi incursion after the decisive Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad. 

  • After defeating the Axis powers on the Eastern Front, the Red Army captured Berlin in May 1945, effectively ending the war in Europe for the Allies. The Soviet Union subsequently emerged as one of two recognized world superpowers, the other being the United States.  The Yalta and Potsdam conferences established communist governments loyal to the Soviet Union in the Eastern Bloc countries as buffer states, which Stalin deemed necessary in case of another invasion. He also fostered close relations with Mao Zedong in China and Kim Il-sung in North Korea.

  • Stalin led the Soviet Union through its post-war reconstruction phase, which saw a significant rise in tension with the Western world that would later be known as the Cold War. During this period, the USSR became the second country in the world to successfully develop a nuclear weapon, as well as launching the Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature in response to another widespread famine and the Great Construction Projects of Communism.

  • In the years following his death, Stalin and his regime have been condemned on numerous occasions, most notably in 1956 when his successor Nikita Khrushchev denounced his legacy and initiated a process of de-Stalinization. He remains a controversial figure today, with many regarding him as a tyrant similar to his wartime enemy Adolf Hitler; however, popular opinion within the Russian Federation is mixed.

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