> In the Stalinist ideological imaginary, universal reason is objectivised in the guise of the inexorable laws of historical progress, and we are all its servants, the leader included. A Nazi leader, having delivered a speech, stood and silently accepted the applause, but under Stalinism, when the obligatory applause exploded at the end of the leader’s speech, he stood up and joined in.
It's just one of those processes that are complex but still have a trajectory and are predictable in some regard. Sort of like the Transcontinental Railroad in a way.
I'm still holding out hope that Sam will come participate on HN one day. I assume you don't know him on a personal level.