Sunday, 2 November 2008

Stalin as a rational dictator

Stalin's mass killings are often viewed as the acts of a deranged dictator. But according to Konstantin Sonin of the New Economic School in Moscow, such violence may have reflected the Soviet leader's rational efforts to avoid losing power. In this interview with Romesh Vaitilingam, from VoxEU.org, Sonin discusses his research and its implications for thinking about modern day dictators.

1 comment:

Sean said...

I reject the notion that seeking and keeping power over others is a rational pursuit.