28 October 2008

A Fake Khrushchev Quotation Resurfaces

I see that somebody or other has resurrected on old fake quotation attributed to Nikita Khrushchev, former premier of the Soviet Union:

We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.

This one is being dragged out by the usual scumbuckets as an anti-Obama line. I found it in a comment thread here, for example.

It is, of course, completely bogus. It is one of many "quotations" manufactured by the far right during the Cold War and first turned up in John Birch society circles in 1960. See They Never Said It, p. 59 (page image here).

Please Stand By...

I have been knocked offline in much the same way that a radio station gets struck down by a bolt of lightning hitting its tower; in this case I've lost my computer, and with it all contact with the internet. My various projected posts are also lost at the moment, unless some computer guru figures out a way of conjuring up the data from a defective hard drive.

After much trauma and many difficulties I've finally acquired a "new" desktop computer; this one runs on Ubuntu rather than Windows and I'm still getting the hang of it.

I hope to be back up soon.

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