March 16, 2005


A Scholar For Stalin (Rocco DiPippo, March 16, 2005,

For twenty years, Grover Furr has been an English professor at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, where he educates students in his peculiar worldview, which is an updated Stalinism and in which America is the world’s biggest oppressor and greatest terrorist state. While his academic expertise is English literature, he presents himself as an expert on communism, and scours academic forums like the Historians of American Communism net, defending Joseph Stalin and calling America’s role in bringing down the Soviet Empire a moral outrage. “Was there something morally wrong in trying to bring down the Soviet Union? I think the only honest answer possible is: Yes, it was wrong,” says Furr.

In a speech delivered at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in New Jersey, Furr said, “I think the reason Stalin is vilified is because, in his day at the helm of the Soviet Union, the exploiters all over the world had something to worry about! That's why I feel some kinship with Stalin and the communist movement of his day.” And not only his day: “What the majority of humanity needs today is an international like that one, to co-ordinate the fight against exploitation -- just as the IMF and the World Bank, Exxon and Reebok, the US and French and the other governments, coordinate the fight FOR exploitation.” A copy of the entire speech appears on his website, the same site his students must use as a study resource.

Although not a historian, Furr frequents the “Historians of American Communism”, a scholarly forum inhabited by experts on Communism like Robert Conquest, John Earl Haynes and Robert W. Cherny. There he takes up causes like denying Stalin’s well-documented campaign to liquidate the Jews: “The mass murder of Jews, but not only of Jews, by the Nazis is very well documented. In the case of the Cold-War horror stories demonizing Stalin, the shoe is on the other foot -- all the evidence points in the opposite direction...Of the hoary horror tales virtually taken for granted as true concerning Stalin, I have researched many at this point in my life, and have yet to find a single one that is true, or anywhere near it."

Nothing more entertaining than an unreconstructed New Dealer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2005 7:41 AM

Only in academia could such nonsense exist. In real life, in bars and on football fields, this guy would have been punched out a long time ago.

Of course, he could still be on the payroll, too.

Posted by: ratbert at March 16, 2005 10:46 AM

Harry? Is that you?

Posted by: Timothy at March 16, 2005 2:25 PM

This country is teeming with victims of Stalin. This guy live under a rock?

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at March 16, 2005 2:36 PM

No, in an ivory tower.

Posted by: oj at March 16, 2005 2:39 PM

Wonder if this jerk ever went to Russia?

Probably not.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 16, 2005 3:16 PM

i would like to have the rotten vegetable concession at this guys "lectures".

Posted by: cjm at March 16, 2005 6:11 PM