Monthly Archives: February 2012

Britain’s treatment of India vs their treatment of America

On friday in class, somebody asked why it was that while Britain had left the colonies alone for the most part, they generally kept very strict control over India. Although we discussed the answer somewhat, I still was not totally … Continue reading

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Can science save the world?

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of TED talks.  They’re these short (usually 10 minute) talks about new ideas, and they’re very popular now.  They’ve taken off over the past few years, and, as with any popular trend, they’re now … Continue reading

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Collectivization

What strikes me as interesting, is the fact that the KULAKS are “better off peasants”. I think it is interesting that Stalin would collectivize this group to make more money and have control. But I see it as Stalin being … Continue reading

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How to Start a Revolution

That’s the name of a recent documentary, now showing in Brooklyn.  It’s about Gene Sharp, a strategist of nonviolent resistance whose ideas have been behind a number of recent revolutions, including the ongoing revolts in the Middle East.  The film … Continue reading

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Did Britain Help India?

Today in class we discussed whether or not Britain’s rule over India was good for the country (India).  A few points were brought up such as the effect it had on the people’s identity as Indians and the effect it … Continue reading

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99 Percent Congress

Just an interesting development in the Occupy Wall Street movement. It seems that this movement is actually developing into something more serious. I personally think that their actions could lead to a more focused movement and will help to organize … Continue reading

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Stalin’s reign of terror

I know we had a discussion about this in class the other day but I’m still confused as to why Stalin started his reign of terror. I understand how he did, and what methods he used to control the kulaks … Continue reading

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Why are people more aware of the Holocaust than Stalin’s terror?

In class yesterday, Jon presented a question that was along the lines of “why are people more aware of the Holocaust than of Stalin’s terror?” After thinking about this question, I have come to a couple of different conclusions. First, … Continue reading

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Contrasting red and white propaganda

In class, we’ve talked a lot about red propaganda. Red propaganda, when aimed at the whites, portrays them as greedy capitalists who seek to exploit both the working class and the peasants. Since we’ve talked so much about how the … Continue reading

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Stalin vs Kim Jong Il

As we were discussing the propaganda of Stalin in class a few days ago, I couldn’t help but notice how similar it sounded to the propaganda of North Korea. They go on and on about how loved Stalin was, and … Continue reading

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