Give ne back my hat!

Game of Thrones is an oversimplification

That absolutist power "off with his head just because I don't like his face", might have worked some 1000 years ago (although it might still be a perception problem).

But having (almost) read "Beria - My Father: Inside Stalin's Kremlin" ( https://www.amazon.com/Beria-Father-Inside-Stalins-Kremlin/dp/0715632051 ) it seems even the cruelest dictators need to walk a thin line of intrigues, deceit and shaky alliances.

Like, Stalin was afraid of Beria almost as much as Beria was afraid the former might get his head. But to get one's head, Stalin had to get the approval of the apparatus (they were more than willing to backstab someone, oftentimes not realizing it was Stalin who played them against each other). One advice by Beria to the guys who he tried to protect was "never execute an order which wasn't given in writing". Then, like now, it was very fashionable to claim ownership of successes but deny responsibility for failure, and nothing is more convenient than convincing or pressuring a sucker to do your dirty work for you.
Permalink Io 
October 9th, 2017 3:29am
Well, at least did any of you make a note "I gotta read that book"?
Permalink Leoz Maxwell Jilliumz 
October 9th, 2017 2:38pm
What I find peculiar about Russian history (and maybe history in general, remains to be proven) is that these high-command guys, Lenin, Stalin and Beria, weren't the imbeciles that followed through. Khrushchev, up to Andropov, who was intelligent and cultivated but also very cruel.

He crushed the Hungarian revolution by shooting every one of his soldiers or officers who were opposing shooting the revolutionaries. In a big round-up surveyed and orchestrated by KGB.

I wonder if they had signed orders for that.
Permalink Leoz Maxwell Jilliumz 
October 9th, 2017 3:03pm
By the way, while Beria definitely might not have been Trump or Putin, he did discover 50 years ago that capitalism beats socialism in all economic aspects.

Unfortunately he's no more and he could not make a demonstration. Russia might have been China some 50 years ago already. Or more. We'll never know.
Permalink Leoz Maxwell Jilliumz 
October 9th, 2017 3:08pm

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