Professor praises Stalin as ‘one of the great leaders’ of the 20th century

| June 28, 2021

Professor Bair #Communist

Prepare to get disgusted with academia again. This guy is Professor Asata Bair. According to his Twitter bio he’s “Professor of economics. Meditation teacher. YouTuber. Pronouns: he, him #Communist.” So it’s no surprise he’s a fan of the OG communist, murderous dictator Joseph Stalin. Stalin you’ll recall is such a great guy, his early reign is known as “The Great Terror.” He also called his soldiers who surrendered to the Germans rather than face death traitors. This includes his own son, who rotted in a German PW camp and died.

From Fox News;

A California professor was widely hounded on Twitter for praising the legacy of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, calling him “one of the great leaders” of the 20th century.

Asatar Bair, a self-identified “communist,” is an economics professor at Riverside City College in Southern California.

In multiple Twitter posts, Bair seemed to suggest that discussions on Stalin, who led the U.S.S.R. between 1924 and 1953, have been lacking in nuance.

Bair said, contrary to what people say, he does not “idolize” Stalin, but merely holds a “fair and balanced view” of the man.

“The man was neither savior nor saint, but he was, at once a very successful revolutionary, a great contributor to Marxist theory, and said to be a great listener and collaborator during discussions,” Bair said.

He credited Stalin for recognizing the threat posed by Nazi Germany and having had the “tactical ability to successfully defeat the world’s greatest invading army, combining with the strength to make tough decisions that have no easy answers.”

Bair said people ought to read everything Stalin wrote before forming opinions about the man, whom he referred to as, “one of the great leaders of the 20th c[entury] though,” he wrote.

The Twitter thread prompted a wave of mostly negative comments, with users evoking Stalin’s policies that have been blamed for causing the deaths of millions of people.

Fox News has reached out to both Bair and RCC seeking comment but did not hear back before publication.

Yes, Stalin shrewdly recognized the threat posed by Nazi Germany. Which is why he made a pack to invade and carve up Poland and the rest of Eastern Europe with them. Stalin’s astute observations of the threat posed by Germany were clear when Germany invaded and steamrolled over the surprised Soviets, who nearly lost Moscow itself. This guy clearly has no knowledge of World War II.

What’s even better is that Professor Bair is also a Uyghur genocide denier and apologist. He even uses data to prove his point. This professor of economics uses data from the Chinese Communists to support his belief that the persecution of the Uyghur people isn’t happening. If you can’t trust a communist, then who can you trust?


Bair is a professor at Riverside City College in Riverside, CA. Unsurprisingly, according to RateMyProfessor, he’s gotten mixed reviews. Just over half of the students in far-left California would take his propaganda class again.

Category: "Teh Stoopid", "Truth or fiction?", Ivory Tower Idiocy, WTF?

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  1. RetiredDevilDoc8404 says:

    The over/under on how long it would have taken for Comrade Stalin and his creature Beria to place the useful idiot on a wall or assign him to count trees in the East? Bet our seagull has a poster of this assclown on his wall.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Stalin was SUCH a thoughtful guy, y’know.

      He had, by 1937, slaughtered 37,000 officers in the Red Army. Many were made to dig their own graves, too. Anyone in the Red Army whom he viewed as a possible competitor was doomed.
      Robert Conquest documented Stalin’s destruction of the Red Army in The Great Terror.
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52137.The_Great_Terror

      Stalin was nothing if not thorough in eliminating all possible competition.

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    That face just screams..punch me.

    • Tallywhagger says:

      Amen. Baseball bats might be optional.

      • Dustoff says:

        I’d actually prefer to strap his ass to a litter, throw him in the back of a Gamma-Goat “ambulance”, and head down some tank trails at break-neck speed. (Key Words: Break Neck)

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Looks to me like it was meant to be hit squarely with a shovel!

  3. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    Stalin won out because of the bad winters that Russia has and Hitler was a dumb ass. Hitler should have finished off Great Britain first and then invaded Russia.

    • George V says:

      I think those cargo ships loaded with military supplies from the decadent capitalist west may have helped a bit too.

      • Sean says:

        BINGO! Zhukov even admitted that

        • Wireman611 says:

          Studebaker deuce and a halfs

          • The Other Whitey says:

            Which they took sufficiently for granted that they commonly ran them into the ground with no maintenance, confident that they wouldn’t have to wait long for a replacement.

        • The Other Whitey says:

          Something like 80% of their ammo and munitions was either made in America or made from American materials.

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            Not to mention the tanks and trucks supplied by us on the Lend and lease which I’m sure they never paid the tab for!

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Yeah, probably the single biggest long term strategic mistake of the war (century?) Even without our support, Stalin would have made sure his cannon fodder fought the Germans with the same fanaticism that we could have expected during an invasion of the Japanese home islands, which would have still tied up enough forces to allow the successful invasion of Normandy, and eventual capture of Berlin, just without the continuing repercussions of allowing Russia to establish the USSR and their interventions in communist revolutions around the world.
        Should have told him too freaking bad, you sided with Hitler from the beginning, figure your own damn way out of it..

    • The Dead Man says:

      There’s credible enough intel for the time that either way Russia was probably going to get involved. Though with that said, I wonder if it was Canaris trying to bait Hitler like the Dutch scare started out as. Hitler had no viable way of actually doing jack and/or shit to England unless you really want to test the theory of literally driving tanks through the channel like they proposed. Lend Lease and Deep Operation protocols being used properly helped crush a largely battered Eastern Front.

    • steeleyI says:

      In retrospect we all know that this is chalked up as one of the greatest military blunders of all time, but if you analyze German thinking at the time you can see their logic.

      For one, they had just defeated France in about six weeks. We make jokes about it now, but at the time France was considered a military powerhouse. Just as in WWI, their grand strategy called for them to knock out both the French and Russians quickly..

      Also, they knew that Stalin (this guy’s hero) had just purged the Red Army officer corps, and assumed that the remaining officers were incompetent and would mount a flawed defense. Fortunately for the Soviets, they had already adopted the concept of Deep Battle and other elements of what we today call the Operational Art; sort of the bridge between tactics and strategy (look up a guy named G.S. Isserson).

      Finally, there was more than a little racism involved. They saw the typical Russian soldier as a stupid if tough and hardy untermensch.

      And, don’t forget that they almost pulled it off- they made it within 15 miles or so of Moscow in about 5 months.

      • SFC D says:

        Russia likes to let you get in close, get bogged down, and let winter defeat you.

      • Poetrooper says:

        But like the car-chasing dog, what the hell were they ever going to do with it once they caught it?

        I’ve always wondered how the Germans thought they could ever maintain control over such a vast expanse of land, with the relative populations both countries had.

  4. Deckie says:

    California.

    You should see my shocked face.

  5. SFC D says:

    It would appear that “Professors of Economics” are not required to take history classes in pursuit of their degrees. See also “Alexandria Ocasio Cortez”.

    • KoB says:

      My thoughts eggxactly SFC D. Have another shot of Jameson on me. Maybe this Pinko Commie POS needs to meditate on the history of Stalin and the economics of the millions of perfessors Stalin murdered…or as pointed out above, sent to the Gulag to count trees.

      I like the baseball bat idea myself, tho that was the preferred tool of another Pinko Commmie POS, Che.

    • MI Ranger says:

      There is a reason why most Universities keep their Economists in the Liberal Arts college and not the School of Business!

      Economics is all theory, no facts required! (The University of Texas Dean of Economics, to the School of Economics on their failed petition to join the College of Business, circa 1988)

      • SFC D says:

        My ECON 101 professor at USU ended every lecture with the shouted words “REMEMBER! THIS IS ALL THEORY! THE WORLD IS COMPLEX AND DOESN’T ALWAYS DO WHAT’S EXPECTED!”

      • David says:

        Believe ’twas Heinlein who said something to the effect that no matter how celebrated and well-regarded an economist was, there is another, equally as highly esteemed, who says the first one is a diamond-studded liar.

        • timactual says:

          Like lawyers, economists can be hired to support whatever position you want to take. And neither has to deal strictly with reality.

          As Carl Sandburg said, “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell” . Economists just argue theory instead of law.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      In fairness, she got that degree of hers on her knees and back.

  6. Skippy says:

    Well China figured out how to defeat us
    Just throw 20 plus billion dollars over 20 years
    At these left-wing nuts and they will do the rest

  7. MI Ranger says:

    As an Economist I can say that his logic is profound, Mr. Bair has astutely stated that it is not possible to have a genocide when populations and life expectancy have risen as well as income. If you read between the lines, it is noted that he fails to identify whose income, population, and life expectancy have increased! Well done Mr. Bair you have successfully used the negative statistics in your favor to argue a losing point!

    I seem to recall this very statement from my psychology professor, just after I astutely defended my position and he asked: “What is your major, Economics?” At the time I was still in the engineering school, and was thinking of changing to business…but he made up my mind for me (less accounting to take)!

    • timactual says:

      I only have a minor in Economics, but it seems to me that all that good stuff you learn as an undergraduate (elasticity, diminishing returns, even supply and demand curves) gets thrown out the window by professional economists if it doesn’t support their arguments.

      I once said jokingly to one of my Econ. Professors something along the lines of Econ. majors were those who couldn’t hack being a math major. He wasn’t pleased.

      Anyway, I thought it was witty at the time and I still think it contains some truth.

  8. JustALurkinAround says:

    Nuanced. A word used by people who make claims that other people ridicule. It is meant to suggest that claimant has a depth of knowledge of a subject that exceeds yours. You are either too ignorant or too stupid to get it.

    So this fella thinks the Stalin debate is nuanced. Know what else we were told was nuanced? The Obama Admin. mouthpiece Marie Harf said the “jobs program” meant to fight terrorism was too nuanced for its critics to understand.

    When someone uses nuanced, it means they are trying to convince YOU, not them.

    • timactual says:

      “Sophistry, like poison, is at once detected, and nauseated, when presented to us in a concentrated form; but a fallacy which, when stated barely in a few sentences, would not deceive a child, may deceive half the world if diluted in a quarto volume.”
      (Richard Whately, Elements of Logic, 7th ed. 1831)

      https://www.thoughtco.com/sophistry-definition-1691974

      • timactual says:

        And don’t forget “context”; a similar argument to “nuanced”. Like Adm. Gilday in that video of his testimony.

        • JustALurkinAround says:

          Excellent point, Tim-6. I think “context” is used more often than “nuanced” and I never related the two as synonyms. You fixed that for me. Thank you.

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    Stalin was planning on backstabbing Hitler eventually. Hitler being an even-more-treacherous bastard than Stalin and beating him to the punch was a development ol’ Joe didn’t see coming, and he spent days in denial while the Red Army got steamrolled.

    Stalin murdered many, many more innocent people than Hitler. Adolf just had the “Teutonic efficiency” thing going for him. Stalin also had the advantage of never being held to account for his crimes against humanity (final judgement notwithstanding).

    Stalin didn’t “recognize a threat,” he merely saw that the Nazis stood in the way of his conquest and domination plans. He vastly underestimated their capacity to have similar plans of their own.

  10. Forest Bondurant says:

    “Prepare to get disgusted with academia again.”

    No need. It’s easy to be perpetually disgusted with academia since stories like this have been commonplace for so long.

    Stories about left-wing college professors write themselves and are predictable.

  11. Anonymous says:

    If you have any doubts about “woke” progressives, don’t– just see this clod. He’d like either Adolf or Stalin equally, but Uncle Joe is just more fashionable.

  12. FuzeVT says:

    Is there are ratio of people “helped” by communism to people killed by communism that justifies the deaths? Of course, being “helped” by communism is usually not very helpful to one’s well being.

    I see he was just having an “fair and balanced view” of Stalin. I bet if Trump was ever shown to have kicked a dog once, his “fair and balanced view” would be that he is worse than Hitler.

  13. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Who would’ve guessed some commie prick jerkoff whose made a living sucking at the public teat would review all the data and get exactly the wrong answers to everything about capitalism and its commie bastard opponents?

    Capitalism is why a formerly dirt poor, white trash kid like myself is no longer a dirt poor older white trash guy…

    It’s always entertaining to me to note these professors who never had to build wealth from raw materials and turn a profit a day in their lives want to make sure I know how horrible the system that’s allowed me to change my life really is, and a system that on day of its inception would see his dumb ass in front of a brick wall with has hands tied behind his back waiting his turn for a 7.62 change of mind to come his way is so much better than our dreaded capitalistic society.

    Fuck this clown and every other commie sympathizing jerkoff who is a lazy fuckwad unable to succeed in the private sector so it must be the fault of the system rather than their own personal inability to find a way to risk their future and make a profit from that risk.

    Cowards the lot of them.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      VoV…
      You really need to work on this repressing your feelings.. holding them in like that will only lead to problems down the road. At least once in a while, you should try and let them out and tell us how you really feel.
      And yes, your comments are spot on!

      • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

        Subtlety is a virtue I was not bestowed with unfortunately…

        It always seems to be the people who are terrible at capitalism who hate it the most, which I understand. But none of them can actually point to any nation on the face of the earth with a different “ism” that provides so much to so many.

        I’m also tired of hearing about paying my fair share…I’m fortunate enough through a lifetime of hard work and good luck to find myself in that dreaded group of income earners who pay 87% of the nation’s income taxes…

        I’m not unhappy about paying what I pay, as at this point it is what it is…but to suggest I haven’t paid my fair share when I’ve been paying into the system since I was 14 years old and got my first farm job is an incorrect approach to income redistribution in these United States.

        Fucking commies.

    • Anonymous says:

      Concur.

  14. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I see that idiot fuckwad as a fine example of the type of “useful Idiots’ who occupied mass graves in the past as soon as they were no longer deemed useful. I also bet he’s never held a real job in the private sector other than maybe mopping floors at a fast food franchise as a kid.

  15. Commie-Tsar says:

    I’d sit in his class… cause he’s RIGHT!!!

  16. Ex-PH2 says:

    Gee, this guy is a real genius. He knows how to thoroughly piss off people who live in the real world and don’t worship moonbeams and dust bunnies.

    We should send him some stale Girl Scout cookies, something left from last year.

  17. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    IMHO being a socialist means that you’re TOO DAMNED LAZY to go work towards your own success and you’ve subscribed to being assigned whatever to do in life, then doing the bare minimum while expecting everyone else to pick up your slack. I fond it interesting that the vast majority of those who espouse socialism are those who have never really contributed to Society in the first place.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bare minimum? If absolutely necessary, comrade! Otherwise, “someone else” does everything– Not “It”!

      (Is “social responsibility,” no?)

  18. OWB says:

    His definition of “great leader” obviously is vastly different from the rest of us.

    • Ret_25X says:

      well, you have to see it from his point of view.

      First, you have to actively embrace willful ignorance.

      Then, stick your head up your ass.

      Finally, blame your shitty experience on America and claim to be a victim

      See how easy it is to be a commissar?

      • OWB says:

        Not so easy for folks with spines which simply cannot be contorted enough to accomplish the inhuman positions required for such an embrace.

  19. rgr769 says:

    I am sure that nuance was lost on Uncle Joe’s victims as that pistol bullet entered the back of their skulls. Any bets on how long before the commie cuttlefish appears here to defend the commie perfessor?

  20. O-4E says:

    Aside from the child rape and serial murder John Wayne Gacy was a hell of a guy – a pillar of his community

  21. O-4E says:

    All communists should be hung from a light pole by their neck. Every damn one. They’re an infection that shouldn’t be allowed to exist.

    And every socialist should be reminded what happens when they decide to move that direction after running out of other people’s money