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Streetwise Professor

October 27, 2009

Why Orwell Was Born

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 3:43 pm

The furor over the paean to Stalin in the refurbished Moscow Metro has officials scrambling for balance.  And what better way to balance one mass murderer with another!  And a syphilitic one, no less!  The quote chosen (from the 1943 Soviet anthem–also the source of the Stalin wet kiss) is priceless: “Through tempests shone on us the sun of freedom,/And the great Lenin lighted the way.”

Freedom!  With Lenin lighting the way!

Come to think of it, Orwellian doesn’t seem to quite cover it.

Bonus content:

Thinking about shafts of light in the darkness, and VD, brings to mind this snippet from the classic Monty Python Oscar Wilde skit:

JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER:
Yes, thank you. Right, Your Majesty is like a stream of bat’s piss.

(gasps)

THE PRINCE OF WALES:
What?
JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER:
It was one of Wilde’s.
OSCAR WILDE:
It sodding was not! It was Shaw!
THE PRINCE OF WALES:
Well, Mr. Shaw?
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
I, um, I, ah, I merely meant, Your Majesty, that, ah, you shine out like a shaft of gold when all around is dark.
THE PRINCE OF WALES:
Oh, ho-ho, very good.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
Right. Your Majesty is like a dose of clap.

(gasps)

THE PRINCE OF WALES:
What?!?
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
Before you arrive is pleasure, but after is a pain in the dong.
THE PRINCE OF WALES:
I beg your pardon?
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
It was one of Wilde’s.
OSCAR WILDE:
Wha-
THE PRINCE OF WALES:
Well, Mr. Wilde?
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
Come on, Ozzy.
OSCAR WILDE:
Uh ….. uh, wha-, wha- …..
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
Come on, Ozzy, now, tell us all about it.
OSCAR WILDE:
Wha-, what I meant, Your Majesty, uh-h-h …..

(general heckling from the crowd)

JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER:
Let’s have a bit of the old wit then!
OSCAR WILDE:
What, what-
THE PRINCE OF WALES:
I’m waiting.
OSCAR WILDE:
What I-, what I meant was …..
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:
Come on, Ozzy, …..
JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER:
Give us a bit of the wit, Oz.
OSCAR WILDE:
Um, w-w-what I meant, Your Majesty, w-was ….. oh …..  (blows a raspberry)
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6 Comments »

  1. This points to the dangers of the personality cult. It is indeed embarrassing if the guy in your national anthem died of syphilis. Talking of syphilis it look as though more and more American teenagers are getting it. Thanks to the Bush era policies of abstinence education :-D. One walk inside a high school hallway during breaks would convince one of the inanity of even the thought of it!

    Comment by Surya — October 27, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

  2. Stalin was a great leader.

    Comment by So? — October 28, 2009 @ 2:02 am

  3. How about Kruschev?

    Comment by Surya — October 28, 2009 @ 11:24 am

  4. How about Kruschev?

    Moron.

    Comment by So? — October 28, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  5. It’s true that if you hate Russians and want them wiped out you might well consider Stalin a truly great leader. After all, he was the greatest mass murderer of Russians in world history.

    Does “So?” really hate Russians that much? If so, whatever did they do to him to merit such enmity?

    What’s more, the political system designed by Stalin did not even last 50 years, but instead collapsed spectacularly before the gaping eyes of the world. So to the true haters of Russia, Stalin is in a class by himself.

    Comment by La Russophobe — October 29, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

  6. Without Stalin, there’d be no Russia. It is true, he could not imbue Russia’s elite with the ability to evolve, to renew itself. Something that became painfully obvious in the early 80s. But this has been Russia’s greatest problem since time immemorial. He was a titan, not god after all.

    Comment by So? — October 29, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

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