“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
Of course the pedants of Western academia hotly deny that Stalin said that. Are they right? It’s true that the quote was not verbatim. We can allow the pedants that much. But really, their reaction is just another example of the Left trying to bury the uncomfortable truth. They want the quote to be ignored by the MSM and banned in the big tech sites such as Twitter.
So what were Stalin’s actual words? They were uttered during a meeting of the Troika (Stalin, Kamenev and Zinoviev) in 1923. Stalin’s secretary, Boris Bazhanov, was also present.
Stalin later had Kamenev and Zinoviev killed. So when Stalin died in 1953, Bazhanov became the only surviving witness of the meeting. This post derives from his account of it.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a crisis. The Central Committee, the USSR’s de facto government at that time, had failed to win a majority of the votes in the capital city’s Communist Party organization. The Central Committee faced being ousted along with its three leaders, the Troika.
Note those words: “who will count the votes, and how”.
How about the paper of record? Stalin proceeded as any true tyrant would. He took control of Pravda and published a fake vote count.
And so a faked winning vote-count for the Central Committee became a matter of record, just like that. Easy as pie. The things you can do when you own the media! It was the fine hand of Uncle Jo at work. Creepy, huh?
Droll question: does this remind you of anything?