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A play written by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author George Bernard Shaw will be performed in Ojai this weekend. "Great Catherine" takes place in 18th century Russia -but Shaw himself might have been more comfortable in 1950's USSR.
The Progressive icon who helped start Britain's Labour Party seemed to have an affinity for Stalin. Of course, we only read about his artistic genius and biting satire. But by just browsing through the Wikipedia entry on the man we can easily see that there was a darker side to the man.
After visiting the USSR in the 1930s where he met Stalin, Shaw became a supporter of the Stalinist USSR. On 11 October 1931 he broadcast a lecture on American national radio telling his audience that any 'skilled workman...of suitable age and good character' would be welcomed and given work in the Soviet Union. Tim Tzouliadis asserts that hundreds of Americans responded to his suggestion and left for the USSR.
It probably wasn't hard for Stalin to win him over. Shaw was already an ardent Socialist and Marxist, though at times he sounded like something else:
He condemned the democratic system of his time, saying that workers, ruthlessly exploited by greedy employers, lived in abject poverty and were too ignorant and apathetic to vote intelligently. He believed this deficiency would ultimately be corrected by the emergence of long-lived supermen with experience and intelligence enough to govern properly.
Supermen, eh? Where have I heard that before...[continue reading]
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