Genialissimul generalissim, sociopat utopic

On March 5, 1953, the utopian sociopath Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, born Dzhugashvili, mercifully passed away. His long humiliated lackeys were finally relieved. So were millions of slaves. Together with his mentor, Lenin, with Hitler, Mussolini, Mao and other political monsters, he incarnated what I call, inspired by Leszek Kolakowski, the Devil in History. Arguably, Lenin passed away too early to accomplish genocide, but he bequeathed to his successor all the instruments to carry it out. And he fully, unflinchingly did. No human punishment could match the frightening magnitude of such crimes. The great student to totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, was right when she wrote that the concentration camps were the hell, not metaphorically, but literally. Unless one is a Dante, it is impossible to spell out in words what they deserve. Rotting in hell is not enough. Absolute evil requires absolute punishment. And here comes Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. His inferno is the one in which the genialissimo generalissmo, as Marius Stan and I called Stalin in our book published in 2014, ought to meet the right response to his mass murderous abominations. May you suffer forever there, you little father of the nations…

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/05/arts/design/hieronymus-bosch-hell.html?hpw&rref=arts&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

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