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Thread #153529 Message #3622859
Posted By: Joe Offer
29-Apr-14 - 03:01 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
Gargoyle makes a valid point, and it would be a shame if his remarks were to be deleted. It's absolutely true that Pete Seeger was a communist, and that he supported Stalin. So did MacColl. It's wrong to whitewash this - both Seeger and MacColl supported Stalin without reservation.
We in the West have been brought up to demonize Stalin as a hateful dictator - but when we demonize people, we shut ourselves off from understanding what they were all about. Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the 1920s until he died in 1953. If he was such a demon, why did he hold power for so long? Could it be that he actually accomplished many things that were a benefit to the citizens of the Soviet Union? Could it be that Seeger and MacColl had good reason to support Stalin?
The older I get, the more I begin to suspect that there really are no "bad guys." We all have our own truths and our own interests, and those truths and interests are often in conflict with those of other people. And most of the time, neither side is completely right or completely wrong. In fact, many times there is no right or wrong - only "different."