:I think, in other words, that Barry has been getting somewhat less than a fair dela from people on this forum, myself included.
I dont think so. Stalin was the same as Hitler for the prisoners he persecuted, the finer differences in ideology did not matter, we should be wary of his statism, I do call it statism because while he appears anti-state in a leninist fashion he's championed the notion of 'defending a workers state' in other posts.
This kind of defence of institutions and policies over people is completely contradictory to anti-statism or even critical state socialism.
Maybe he talks the talk but doesnt walk the walk.