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Speaking of Villainy

In the course of my book-research, I’ve been reading up on the various American and British apologists for Mussolini and/or Hitler. In terms of sheer ideological evil, I’d be interested to know if there’s anybody who counts as a more horrible human being than George Bernard Shaw? He apologized for Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler and most of all Stalin who, in Shaw’s eyes, couldn’t kill enough people. There might be a few major leftist intellectuals who outscore or tie GBS in terms of Stalin-phillia, or for love of Communist dictatorships in general, but for all around fondness for tyranny it’s hard to imagine a more famous and highly regarded SOB than Shaw. Derb, Andrew, Rick, Steve: Am I missing anyone?

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