Dr. Grover Furr, an English professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, told students that dictator Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Russia regime never murdered millions of people, contra popular belief.
“I have yet to find one crime — yet to find one crime — that Stalin committed,” Furr said. “I know they all say he killed 20, 30, 40 million people — it is bulls–t . . . [Nazi propagandist] Goebbels said that the Big Lie is successful and this is the Big Lie: that the Communists — that Stalin killed millions of people and that socialism is no good.” The allusion to Nazi propaganda came after his interlocutor began to suggest that Furr was using Goebbels’ tactic.Furr was supposed to represent the liberal position in a debate with a conservative and a libertarian hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty.
“The suggestion that Joseph Stalin, one of the most brutal mass murderers in history, didn’t commit any crimes is outrageous,” YAL executive director Jeff Frazee said in a statement. “This is what is being taught at a public university with taxpayer money!”The English professor addressed American domestic policy. “Just a word about socialist medicine: The United States has the lowest standard of living of any of the industrialized living and they all have some form of socialist health care and you should have it too!” he said.
He also said that “American history is falsified” but “Soviet history is falsified the most.”