Monday, November 24, 2008

Shame and Respectability

"The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is."

- George Bernard Shaw

Shaw also has this quote about Stalin, after he visited him during the early 1930's. It was at the height of the forced famine, mass murder in the USSR:
"... open hearted, just and honorable man .. who owes his outstanding elevation to those very qualities, and not to anything dark and sinister."

Famous Russian writer Edvard Radzinsky wrote:
"Shaw wrote confidently that rumors of famine were pure invention... No one knows how many people famine carried off. Estimates vary between five and eight million." (Stalin, p. 258)

I guess Shaw was very respectable.


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