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Dec
25
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@DVK the US also considers itself a democracy...
Dec
25
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@DVK Lysenko formally considered himself a geneticist. It is thus wrong to think that genetics as a field of study was banned in the USSR.
Dec
24
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@Felix Goldberg, I believe that the reason why Vavilov was arrested just before the congress was the fear that he would make an anti-Soviet speech. It was based on a letter written by academician Isaac Prezent to Stalin where he alleged that Vavilov would use the genetics congress as a political tribune. The scientific views of Vavilov did not prevent him from becoming the head of the Soviet delegation and the planned chairman of the congress (which was to be conducted in Moscow).
Dec
24
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@Felix Goldberg officially Vavilov was charged in that he was one of the leaders of the counter-revolutionary anti-Soviet foreign-based "Labour Peasants' Party" and gave secret data to the White Russian organizations abroad. It is conjectured that the immediate cause of his arrest was the upcoming International Congress of Genetics where Vavilov should be the head of the Soviet delegation and the alleged information that he was planning to use this opportunity as a political tribune against the USSR.
Dec
24
comment Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
@Felix Goldberg I am answering your question - why Stalin choose Lysenko over Vavilov. Lysenko was the director of Institute of Genetics, if it was prohibited to work on genetics, he should be arrested the first. The idea that Lysenko activity harmed genetics arised post-factum when it became clear that Lysenko was not on the right side.
Dec
24
answered Why was Stalin so opposed to genetics?
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@DVK lol you are quoting the opponent of the Eurasians who obviously misinterprets their ideology. He says "they support such and such absurd ideas, but we do not agree on this".
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg A quote from Azerbaijani author from his 1996 book about the role of intelligentsia in ethnic conflicts: "Problems and conflict nodes both from the past and connected to modernity rise the role of national self-criticism, the sharpness of the reaction of national intelligentsia against those who advocate ideas of national superiority and cultivates hatred and suspicion towards other ethnicities" Here we see the intoleration of racist ideas by the national intelligentsia is viewed as an example of national self-criticism ebooks.preslib.az/pdfbooks/rubooks/mejotprob.pdf
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg actually any change of policy could not be done without self-criticism. Is there another way without changing the leadership?
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@Felix Goldberg Yes, there are "Eurasians", I never said that they do not exist. I am aware of them. Eurasians do not counterposit themselves to Europe, they counterposit "Continental", "tellurocratic" culture to "Atlantic", "talassocratic" culture. This mostly means opposition to the Anglo-Saxons, the US and Britain. They advocate the friendship between the (continental) European peoples (to which they think Russia belongs) and those of Central and East Asia such as China, Iran, Kazakhstan.
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@Felix Goldberg we discussed modern parties as pointed DVK, did not we? Regarding Block, his poem "Scythians" for sure was a metaphor (for example, it is quite known and was known to Block that Slavs had no relation to Scypheans). I do not know what quote from Pushkin are you referring to.
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg of what exactly?
Dec
24
comment How did the Chinese Self-Criticism work in practice?
@Felix Goldberg I explain what was in practice. Do you know better?
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@DVK There are no people who view Russia as "Asian". Yes there are people who view it as "unique". Still do not see any connection to Monarchism.
Dec
24
comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
@Felix Goldberg I think it answers in that political prosecution is not crime against humanity. Whether to count particular wars such as invasion n Afghanistan a "war of aggression" depends of the speaker's political position. At any rate, the communist countries in total waged less wars that the US alone.
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@Felix Goldberg Russians do not understand why some people have to have more rights because of their birth. They more prefer leaders who originate from the simple people. Regarding British monarchy, arguably it significantly limits the extent of democracy in that country because of potential power and influence of the queen.
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@DVK lol I hope the last statement is sarcasm?
Dec
24
comment Have there been any efforts by the countries of Europe to restore their monarchies?
@DVK completely unbased statement. Russian monarchy was always German-oriented at least since Peter I, this very much undermined its prestige during WWI because the monarchists often advocated friendship with Germany. Besides this, any political force in Russia associates it with Europe, including the Communists. They very much distinguish between Europe in political and cultural sense and the EU institutions.
Dec
24
comment What was the civil weapons legislation under Hitler?
What that was in practice? Were civil weapons widespread or rare?
Dec
23
comment What happened to the Imperial Byzantine Family after the collapse of the empire?
@Felix Goldberg at the time it was contested by two dynasties. The Palaiologi and the Tsimiskeses.