Week 7 Response

Week 7 Response - applied in practice by Hitler During his...

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Week Seven Response: Question Three During the Stalinist era the grotesque crimes that were committed by the state were rationalized with a language of humanitarian uplift. Stalin explained that his actions would relieve suffering in the future. In short, Stalin created a kingdom of ends. He prioritized his goals for the future over the immediate suffering of his people. We must learn from the Stalinist era that it a tendency of leaders to deceive their people in order to reach an end goal. We can learn, as citizens, to never blindly follow our leader’s goals, and to evaluate our current actions regardless of their future implications. Perhaps a cautionary tale of the Stalinist era is that developing overarching goals for a society is a tried and tested way for leaders to control a state. We must guard against becoming blindly guided into a state goal before considering the individual’s needs. More evidence of this cautionary tale can be found in the philosophy of Marxism, which was
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Unformatted text preview: applied in practice by Hitler. During his rule, Hitler created terror amongst his people, and used their uncertainty to gain unquestioning power. This almost directly parallels what occurred during the Stalinist era, and reinforces that we must be cautious when striving for state goals. In his works, Camus provided examples of leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini that developed their states on irrational fears. They fed their people irrational fears that resulted in overwhelming trust in violence and in unquestioning power of the state. However, Camus argues that it is this foundation, a government based on the ends rather than the means, that led to the demise of these leader’s movements. In short, they failed because their aims were ultimately empty. I believe Camus would generalize Stalin’s rule into this category. That Stalin’s goals were empty and that his movement would inevitably fail....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course L&S 140D taught by Professor Laqueur during the Spring '11 term at Berkeley.

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