Vladimir Lenin: The Founder of the Soviet Union

He is the only person whose baby picture was
flown into space, and whose body has been preserved for decades after his death. He pushed his version of Communism so far,
and for so long, that he was able to overthrow the government of the largest country in the
world. To some, he is a hero, and to others, he is
one of the most evil villains in history. On Today’s Biographics, we are talking about
Vladimir Lenin- The man behind the Bolshevik Revolution, and the founder of the Soviet
Union. Early Life
The year was 1870, and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was born in a Russian provincial town called
Simbirsk. He would eventually grow up to be most known
by his alias, “Vladimir Lenin” later in life, and we will explain the origin of the
name later. Most revolutionaries have a tragic backstory
of a young life of hardship, rising from the lower classes to demand better treatment for
the downtrodden. And many people are taught that this is the
case with Lenin, as well. They try to say that his parents were descended
from serfs, and that he had to study hard to break into the middle class. Buxt the truth was that Lenin’s parents
were actually financially comfortable, and by all accounts, he had a happy childhood. His mother, Maria, was descended from a wealthy
Jewish family who was Swiss-German, so she taught him French and German at home. His father, Ilya, was the Director of Public
Schools for the entire province. They were considered to be “hereditary nobility”,
and they were far more educated than the average Russian. This placed his parents in a group called
the “Intelligentsia”, who would debate over philosophy and politics in their spare
time. Many of the members of the Intelligentsia
became politicians who helped shape the new laws of the nation, while others devoted their
life to pushing for a Russian revolution. Vladimir and his older brother Alexander were
no exception. His brother loved studying science in High
School, but there were no opportunities to become a scientist in his small Russian village
like Simbirsk. So Alexander moved to St. Petersburg to attend
university. During this time, he joined a political study
group, and they began to discuss the failures of the Romanov empire, and they believed that
the only way to save Russia would be to remove them from power. When he was 21 years old, Alexander joined
a terrorist group who attempted to assassinate Tsar Nicholas II with a homemade bomb. The terrorists were caught, and Alexander
and his friends were hanged for their crime. Vladimir Lenin was 17 at the time that his
brother died, and just about to graduate High School. Even though he had gone through such a shocking
tragedy, he still managed to become the valedictorian of his graduating class. He went to law school with the intention of
becoming a lawyer. But just a few months into his first semester,
he joined a demonstration of students who were protesting against the school rules. Since the Russian police were already watching
Lenin closely to see if he was also a terrorist like his brother, the school saw his participation
in the demonstrations as a sign that he might cause a lot of trouble. So, he was expelled, and decided to educate
himself, instead. The Sparks That Ignited a Revolution
The Tsar, Nicholas II, released the peasant class from their serf status, meaning that
they no longer had to be indentured servants to wealthy landowners. While this helped relieve the difficulties
of a lot of people, it wasn’t a perfect solution to the problems that the peasant
class was facing. People were still in debt, and many struggled
to make ends meet. The vast majority of people were illiterate,
and Russia was decades behind in progress compared to the western world. Members of the Intelligentsia were very unhappy
with the way things were going, and wanted their country to move forward with progress,
just like the rest of the human race. Lenin studied at law school, but he realized
that with his bad nerves, and his family’s bad reputation from his brother being a terrorist
would make it impossible for him to get a job as a lawyer. Vladimir Lenin began his self-education by
reading Karl Marx and other revolutionary writers. He joined a Marxist study group, where intellectuals
met and discussed philosophy, and the possibility of a Russian Revolution. It was around this time that a major famine
spread through the land near his home. Records of the 1891 famine vary drastically,
with some stating there were 300,000 deaths, while others say it was closer to 5 million
people dying of starvation. Lenin was fine, of course, since his family
was well-off, and he had plenty of money to buy food. He did nothing to offer aid to the people
dying around him. He was actually happy about this, saying that
the worse things got in Russia, the better it will become. He knew that people needed to start dying
in the thousands before people angry enough to want a revolution. Karl Marx wrote that he believed that an industrialized
society would be most likely to create a revolution, because he believed they will want to rise
against commercialism. Vladimir Lenin rewrote a lot of what Marx
was actually saying. Lenin wrote the idea that the revolutionary
Intelligentsia will guide the uneducated peasants. Even though the philosophy was labeled as
“Marxism” all throughout the reign of the Soviet Union, it is now called “Leninism”,
because it really was his own personal ideas, not those of Karl Marx. Lenin joined a socialist group that gained
access to a factory, where they started handing out fliers to factory workers. They were trying to make people angry about
their work situations, and want to demand shorter hours and higher pay. They were caught, though, because they accidently
let a police informant join the group, and they were all arrested. At the time, any form of revolutionary activity
was taken very seriously, and they all had to serve time in jail. He was 26 years old at the time he went to
prison, but it was nothing like what we imagine a Russian prison to be. Since he descended from a noble bloodline,
he was given a very comfortable place to live, where he could wear whatever clothes he wanted,
read books, and received daily visits from family and friends. He was even allowed to continue writing his
revolutionary pamphlets and essays while he was behind bars. After 14 months in jail, he was exiled to
Siberia for three years. In a way, this was actually great for him,
because he was given a government pension for his living expenses. He spent all of his time reading and writing
about the revolution, which is what he wanted to do, anyway. So, for him, this time in Siberia was more
like a very long writer’s retreat, and he was actually very productive during his time
away. His girlfriend was also arrested, and sent
to Siberia, too. They got married, so that they could live
there in exile together. While Vladimir Lenin was writing his revolutionary
ideas in Siberia, he would send them back to his socialist friends, who would publish
his essays in their secret newspaper. He made up a variety of pen names, so that
it seemed like multiple intellectuals were all pushing for the same revolution, but it
was really just him. The pen name he eventually stuck with was
“Vladimir Lenin”, which is what he is remembered as today. After being released from his time of exile,
he was 30 years old. He and his wife moved to Munich, Germany,
where they could print their revolutionary newspapers in Russian without getting in trouble
with the German police. He would then have the papers smuggled into
Russia, with the help of fellow revolutionaries who carried them in their luggage. One of these co-conspirators was a young man
named Joseph Stalin, who was equally passionate about the coming revolution, and would eventually
take Lenin’s place. The Bolshevik Revolution
In most tellings of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Lenin’s rise to power always seems
very straight-forward. He is always depicted as a well-respected
intellectual who was able to rise to power almost immediately. But that’s very far from the truth. His revolution was a very long process, but
he never gave up trying to slither his way into a place of power. Vladimir Lenin had a real talent for stirring
up trouble. Even amongst the Intelligentsia, he would
call anyone who disagreed with him his “enemies”, and the sniveling “bourgeoise”. Even though they were all middle-class socialists,
he had absolutely no patience for anyone who did not agree with him 100%. During one of their meetings, to discuss their
strategies about the revolution, he insulted some of the socialists so strongly, they got
up and left. While they were gone, he declared that his
ideals were the “Bolsheviks”, or the “Majority”, while everyone else was the “Menshevik”
or “minority” party. The name “Bolshevik” stuck from then on. In 1904, Lenin got a bit stressed out from
all of this debating and discussing his philosophy and handing out pamphlets which made him ill,
so took any entire year-long hiking holiday in the Swiss alps with his wife, but the Bolsheviks
continued to do their own revolutionary work while he was gone. In 1905, there was a peaceful protest in St.
Petersburg in front of the winter palace. People held up signs pleading for better working
conditions. All they wanted was an 8-hour work day. They even sang “God Save the Tsar” to
show their love and support for the royal family. But instead of listening to their request,
Tsar Nicholas II ordered his guards to shoot at the crowd. Thousands of people died, and it became known
as “Bloody Sunday”. People were outraged, and began protesting
for workers rights all across Russia. When Lenin heard the news, he abruptly ended
his vacation in Switzerland and decided to come back to Russia. He finally had the opportunity he had been
waiting for. He began to preach to people that they needed
to organize and take action against the Tsar. He got a little too excited about the idea
of a bloody revolution, and wrote how they should pour hot acid on the royal guard, and
got into specific details about how to murder someone… which was something that no other
revolutionary writer had done before. However, there were still not enough revolutionaries
willing to fight and kill people on Lenin’s behalf. Many of the Bolshevik revolutionaries were
exiled to Siberia, and Lenin fled to Switzerland before he could be arrested, too. World War I put a pause on everyone’s revolutionary
plans. Tsar Nicholas II left St. Petersburg behind
to join his men on the front lines. Nicholas left his wife, Alexandra, in the
care of their spiritual advisor, Grigori Rasputin. This man believed that he was the second coming
of Christ, and he believed that he had magic healing powers given to him by God. Many of the decisions Rasputin made were harshly
criticized, like putting his unqualified friends in powerful positions. Lenin still continued to write about his revolutionary
ideas from Switzerland, and encouraged soldiers to turn their guns against their officers
during the war. But almost no one was actually reading the
underground newspapers, except for the handful of active Bolsheviks. The vast majority of the Russian people were
eager to defend their country, but the war was truly a disaster. Millions of people died, inflation ruined
Russia’s economy, and women were standing in long bread lines. Tsar Nicholas II renamed St. Petersburg to
“Petrograd”, as a symbol of his devotion to the Russian people. For years, people had criticized the name
“St. Petersburg” because it sounded too German, and “Petrograd” was much more
Russian. Tsar Nicholas believed that this would somehow
prove his loyalty, but that gesture wasn’t enough. For the first time, thousands of Russian people
were trained in the military and knew how to use guns. Soldiers and police officers were just as
angry as the rest, and people were swarming the palace to take over the Tsar all on their
own….And Lenin had nothing to do with it. He wasn’t even there. He was still in Switzerland, and he was panicking,
because the revolution was starting without him. The political parties were split into two
groups- the provisional government, which was made up of the representatives called
the Duma, and the Worker’s Soviets, who were controlled by the trade unions and made
up of the peasants, soldiers, and factory workers. Lenin knew that he was no match for the provisional
government’s leader, Alexander Kerensky. He was a seasoned lawyer, and a master of
public speaking. Kerensky resonated with the Duma, and since
Lenin was not actually a lawyer, he knew he would lose in a political debate against him. So he focused his efforts on trying to manipulate
the lesser educated Worker’s Soviets, instead. When he arrived at the train station, Lenin’s
friends were there to greet him, and he hardly said “hello” before standing up on a pedestal
to shout at the crowd that they had done an awful job with the revolution, and that it
wasn’t going to be over until they took down the provisional government. Almost no one actually agreed with him, and
went about their business. Even his fellow Bolsheviks no longer wanted
to print his essays, because it was such an unpopular opinion. The provisional government was leading Russia
back to war against Germany, and World War I was still going on. But soldiers were not happy to serve. It was the reason why they had overthrown
the Tsar in the first place. People wanted the war to be over. Many of them abandoned their posts on the
battlefield, or completely refused to go in the first place. Lenin tried to stand up again and lead the
crowds of peasants, but someone from the provisional government shouted that he was a German spy. This made the crowd turn against him, and
he had to run away. Alexander Kerensky could see that he was going
to cause a lot of trouble for the authority of the provisional government, so he outlawed
the existence of the Bolshevik party. Lenin needed to escape. He put on a bad wig, shaved his beard, and
got on the next train to Finland. Vladimir Lenin spent a very long time hiding
on a Finnish farm, continuing to write his ideas and send them back to Russia. Since no one was actually listening to him
or agreeing with his ideas, he decided to take it by force. One night in October of 1917, he snuck back
into Russia, and met up with his commerads in Petrograd. By this time, he had convinced more members
of the Worker’s Party to join his side. He convinced his Bolshevik followers of the
Red Guard to break into the Winter Palace for a coup-d’etat. They captured the members of the provisional
government at gunpoint. The Duma were arrested, taken to jail, and
Vladimir Lenin became the new leader of Russia without ever being voted in. Lenin’s Violent Reign
Vladimir Lenin addressed the crowd of Russian peasants the morning after storming the winter
palace, and introduced himself as their new dictator, and the leader of The Soviet Union. Lenin promised them exactly what they wanted,
in the simplest words possible; “peace, bread, and land.” One of his first acts as leader was to end
the war with Germany. People were happy, because that’s exactly
what they wanted all along. Right from the beginning, he isolated himself
at the Kremlin in Moscow, so that he could continue writing. The Bolshevik party wasted no time spreading
propaganda that Vladimir Lenin was like a kind old grandfather who only wanted the best
for the Russian people, and that they didn’t have to worry anymore, because he was there
to take care of them. In reality, he was bloodthirsty, and wanted
his revolution to be as violent as possible. He told tenants to kill their landlords, and
encouraged violence against the upper classes. He gave out the order to his Red Guard to
remove the Romanov royal family from their palace. At that time, the number of men who joined
in Lenin’s Red Guard had grown to 200,000, and he had a small army to stand behind him. Many of the Russian people protested, because
they loved the Romanovs, especially the young children. At first, Lenin lied, saying that they would
be kept somewhere safe. But once he realized that they were too much
of a threat to his power, he ordered their execution. Since the family was being held in Siberia,
it took a very long time for the public to learn about their deaths. At first, people believed it was just Tsar
Nicholas who was killed, and that the women and children were spared, it would take years
for the public to learn the truth of his brutality. Lenin began implementing his communist government. He proclaimed that every Russian citizen should
have good rations, but in order to do that, the farms needed to be controlled by the government. Farmers were not allowed to keep or sell the
food they grew, and all of the crops were spread out among the entire nation. People could no longer choose their jobs,
and were given employment in newly constructed factories based on the needs of the country. Some people were very happy about this, and
it gave them a sense of security. Statues and paintings of him were erected
around Petrograd, and many called him a hero. Not everyone was drinking Lenin’s kool-aid,
of course. Plenty of people were furious with him for
ordering the death of innocent Romanov children. In 1918, a woman named Fanya Kaplan attempted
to assassinate Vladimir Lenin. She shot him twice at close range. He was seriously injured, but he still managed
to survive. Kaplan was arrested, and she refused to give
up the name of any of her co-conspirators. She was executed in September of that same
year. Lenin would recover from his injuries in the
hospital, but from that day forward, he showed no mercy to anyone who expressed even the
smallest opinion opposing his rule. Even though he always encouraged the peasant
class to stand up for their rights and rebel against their government, it was no longer
okay to do so once it was his government. Any time peasants or farmers tried to protest
against his new rules, they were killed without mercy. Those who opposed Lenin didn’t go down without
a fight, though. In 1918, a group called The White Army battled
against the Red Army in a civil war, fighting to take down the Soviet Union. However, the White Army was not organized
very well, and they lost the war. In 1920, farmers were angry that their grain
was being stolen from them for the “greater good” of the Communist nation. This began what is known as the Tambov Rebellion,
but they were all gassed by the Red Army, and their crops were taken away from their
dead hands. At least 50,000 people were interned, mostly
women, children, and the elderly – some of them sent to the camps as hostages. There were several other incidents like this,
and any rebellion among the Russian people was quickly squashed. Even after trying to make his political philosophy
work through threats of death and destruction, Lenin knew when to call it quits. When millions of people were on the brink
of dying from drought and famine, he decided to temporarily stop communism, and allowed
farmers to keep the food they planted, and sell the excess food for profit….Y’know,
a little thing called Capitalism. This was a huge success. People were no longer starving, and the economy
improved. Once things had stabilized again, Lenin went
back to forcing food rations. Unfortunately, not every leader who followed
in Lenin’s footsteps knew to take a break from communism during times of famine. And Lenin’s successor, Joseph Stalin, would
be remembered as one of the worst dictators who ever lived. Death and Legacy
When he was 54, Vladimir Lenin’s health began to decline, and he had multiple strokes. But even when he was in poor health, he was
trying to write in a journal to give commands from his bed. When he died in 1924, people were shocked,
and they were not expecting him to die so young. Hundreds of thousands of people showed up
to his funeral, even though it was well below freezing temperatures. People were sobbing, upset that the one man
who truly cared about them was now gone. He did manage to make some improvement in
the economy, and there was so much pro-Lenin propaganda that had been circulated, that
people believed that he was truly their savior. Five days after Lenin passed away, the city
of Petrograd was renamed “Leningrad” in his honor. His body was embalmed so that people could
continue to visit him and pay their respects. Vladimir Lenin’s reputation only became
more powerful after his death than when he was alive. He was like a legend who managed to change
not just Russia, but several other countries throughout the world. Communist leaders looked to him for inspiration
to run their own dictatorships. The USSR continued for decades after his death,
and despite all of its setbacks, the system lead to more progress than Russia had seen
in hundreds of years. Before Lenin, the country was very far behind
the rest of the western world in terms of industrialization, education, and modernization. If it were not for all of the reforms made
by the Soviet Union, they may have never gotten so far with the Space Race against the United
States, and they still may be lagging behind today. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and all
of the statues of Lenin were torn down. Instead of seeing him as a hero, he is now
remembered as a villain. Leningrad became St. Petersburg once again. There is no telling how far the nation would
have progressed if it were not for the creation Soviet Union, but one thing is for sure- Without
Vladimir Lenin, the world would be a very different place today.

  1. I usually don't pick up on stuff like this… But, to say that "no one liked Lenin" or that "the people loved the Romanovs" is quite f*cked up.

  2. Yeah, Sir, you nailed the exact criminal stupidity of any and all hierarchical and aristocratic societies period by indicating that a member of their aristocracy would get better treatment, even committing the same exact crimes as got him incarcerated in the first place while in prison: DUMB SOCIETY, PERIOD, guys!
    I, for one, am absolutely elated that aristocracies are on the way out, in this life and the next, due to their universal criminal malfunctions as far as justice goes, and will never ever return, no matter what!

  3. Great video! Only, Alexander II emancipated the Serfs, and Lenin’s brother conspired to murder Alexander III, the Liberator’s arch-conservative father… scoosh, narcissistic pleasure. Genuinely good video; I only know this because in viewing I was simultaneously consulting my school textbook… Thanks.

  4. Why do you keep saying "The people, they were…" instead of "The people were…" or "Lenin, he was…" instead of "Lenin was…"? It truly and utterly annoys me, good sir. And if it's a language problem, then there you go! fixed it for you. Hopefully you don't make the same mistake again and go about giving your viewers the impression that your english isn't one to look up to.

  5. Lenin and Stalin, criminals against mankind. Guilty as charged. May they both burn in hell for eternity.

  6. This wicked foolish man caused two failed revolutions in my native country srilanka lot of young People died. I reject this mans demonic foolish face People stil go behind this devel must be given to eat his rotten body that preserved and venerated as if a god. A god Who could not cure himself 😁😁😁

  7. Do a video about adam smith, George washington, king leopold ll etc lets see how negative a tone is used in comparison lol. Dont tell me your bias now.

  8. Yet another suggestion: Truman Capote and/or Harper Lee. Would love to hear an Englishman speak of the Alabama South.

  9. "…And left his wife in the hands of his spiritual advisor, Grigori Rasputin." *COO-COO!* Very nice.👍

  10. Another murderer of farmers and peasants, children, is there a single communism founder or supporter who wasn't a blood thirsty hypocrite?

  11. Lenin was for many years an active agent of the German Secret Service.

    Documents detailing orders from German ambassador Hans Freiherr von Wangenheim,
    to two Russian agents codenamed “der Bankier” (the banker) and
    “Maulwurf” (the mole), which have been identified respectively as
    Alexander Parvus and Vladimir Lenin.

    According to these
    documents, Parvus would have served as Lenin’s liaison officer,
    transmitting him the orders and the material that came from the Germans
    through Jakob Fürstenberg, Lenin’s most trusted agent who was also known
    by various aliases such as Hanecki, Kuba, or his Party name, Ganetsky.

    An elaborate account of a meeting that took place between the Bolshevik
    leader, Parvus and Baron von Wangenheim on April 13 1917, during
    Lenin’s stopover in Stockholm, provides an incredible new perspective on
    the October revolution, as it now seems clear that the action was
    planned by the German military.

    The three men discuss the events to come and plan their course of action. The obvious aim of the
    operation was to spread revolutionary unrest. The documents show that
    Lenin was in fact an agent part of an elaborate three-point proposal:
    the infiltration of Bolshevik propaganda into Russia; an international
    press campaign against Czarism; organizing massive strikes under the
    slogan “Freedom and Peace.”

    “They transported Lenin in a sealed truck like a plague bacillus from Switzerland into Russia“- Winston Churchill.

  12. So Lenin, had a luxurious life off in the Swiss Alps and in Siberia whilst the lower classes did his dirty work.

  13. I can't believe this episode was made possible by other influential commercial shits …don't tell me you could not do it without them…..

  14. This video seemed a little biased to me. No siberian exile can ever be interpreted as somethng nice. It's siberia for God's sake! Freezing cold

  15. Lenin’s brother attempted to assassinate Alexander III, NOT Tsar Nicholas II. This is a pretty major inaccuracy in this video and I’m surprised more people haven’t commented on it. That’s a rookie mistake, get your facts straight next time.

  16. Just a few correctional notes:

    Lenin's brother Alexander Ulyanov attempted to assassinate Czar Alexander III in 1887.

    Czar Alexander II emancipated the serfs in 1861.

  17. Many factual mistakes. Lenin did indeed become a lawyer and worked as one for 18 months. Second, he was never "happy" people around him were starving. He was speaking about the reality that sometimes it takes tragedy for real changes to occur. If you read Lenin's works you will see that he did in fact care about people, and that was his inspiration for building socialism in the first place.

  18. I'm worried about the quality of the videos. Basic facts wrong and not just this one. Get on it. Basic Wikipedia level.

  19. For everyone that are questioning the validity of their other videos just because this one is inaccurate are freaking out over nothing. This channel has a few different writers and other videos are much more accurate because they have different writers.

  20. A lot of historians like to paint Lenin as a well meaning idealist, at least compared to what came next, specifically the time of Hitler and Stalin. However, when you actually look into Lenin's period ruling the Motherland you'll realise he is also a founding member of modern barbarism.

  21. All dictators will fall .. both Lenin and Stalin have are responsible for the deaths of millions of people and for that they will be remembered as the filth Of humanity

  22. That’s what the left wing of America is embracing.. socialist concepts and ideas that were introduced by Karl Marx angles and Lenin ..big government that decides for the people Instead of the people deciding for themselves

  23. I bet when time travelling exists Americans will use it to kill him just to say f you to Russia.

  24. -no mention ukrainian free territory, an anarchist territory the size of a european country, being backstabbed by lenin and trotsky

    -no mention of the krodstadt rebellion consisting of former bolsheviks and anarchists who demanded worker countrol, freedom of the press, etc after his traitorous nature

    -no mention of lenin's extremely important comrade, Leon Trotsky who competed against stalin for control, who eventually had trotsky educated

    -fails to mention the destruction over worker councils, implimenting state capitalist policies in his NEP, the ussr essentially becoming the first state capitalist country on the planet, the country never having accomplished socialism in the first place.

    biographics says at the end "its unknown how far the country would have progressed would it not been for the soviet union"
    i mean i hate lenin as much as the next person but he's far preferable to the feudalism of the Tsar

  25. I'm originally from a very rural and somewhat isolated region of northern Mississippi. When I was 8 years old, I randomly landed a titular role in a Tom Hanks film, "Forrest Gump". That experience demonstrated to me the differences between "classes" in the US, from rural Southerner to Hollywood celebrity. I guess I became enamored with Soviet history after that, if only as one of many analogous tales that helped to place my own confusing observations into context. This is the most illustrative and enlightening example of a Lenin biography and Soviet history I've seen. This man is a genius educator. Kudos

  26. Alternative history: Lenin would conquer Berlin and Austria in1920: no nazism in Austria and Germany : no II WW, no Hitler ,no victims ,no NSDAP

  27. German and Austrian Communist Government and Red/ Bolshevik Army would liquidate/ eliminate nazis in brown uniform ( executions and Siberia)

  28. Lol of course War Thunder will sponsor of video about Lenin considering they have pro-communist tenancies in the game.

  29. I hope one day rotten corpse of this syphilitic will be taken out of mausoleum, burnt and his name will be forgotten in the hystory along with dzugashvili-stalin and trotsky.

  30. About the Tsar ordered to shoot people of the bloody sunday: Thats not actually true: The Tsar and is family weren´t even there at the bloody event

  31. Sen. Prescott Bush, GM, GE, Union Bank hired Hitler to seize the vast oil fields of Russia.
    With the help of the US OSS, (CIA), GM, GE gave Hitler the first jet plane, so Hitler could invade Russia. The Russian Red Army defeated the Nazi Army in the winter of 1944, then marched to Berlin & captured all of Germany,

    Russia liberated all of Germany. Few Americans know this. Only the Russians, Mongolians & Chinese schools teach the true history of WWII. Ask Kurt Vonnegut. The Americans wanted half of Germany, so the US dropped

    the atomic bomb on Nagasaki & Hiroshima, then FDR told Stalin, to give back half of Germany

    or the US will drop the atomic bomb on Moscow." Kurt Vonnegut was in Dresden during the US fire bombing of Dresden, that was an open city, full of women & children, & the biggest scientific libraries in the world, that the US did not want the Russian to get. Dresden had no military value. Stalin did not want more war, so he let 

    Gen. Patton walk into Germany. Meanwhile the Russian Red Army is liberating Mancheria & then marching down thru all the Japanese islands, liberating the Japanese People from the fascists "Antifa" of Japan. Russia still holds the 2 northern islands & will never return them. So to stop the Russian Red Army, the US drop the 2 atomic bombs, to block the Russians from liberating all of Japan, just like the Russians liberated all of Germany in 1945.  

    See the movie: "The Third Man." West of the Wall. etc.

    Read: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughter House 5", and Paul Kangas,

    Black students get autism from vaccines 4X more often than white students. Why?  
    The SF School system expels Black students 4X more often than whites. Why?
    Boys get autism from vaccines 4X more often than girls.

    Vaccines cause many of the mental problems plaguing our teens & young adults today.

    Mass shooters were all fully vaccinated the month before they went on a rampage.

    Vaccine cause autism: symptoms: boys get autism 6X more often than girls: screaming, arching back, explosive diarrhea, aggressiveness, at age 13 boys become very frustrated & aggressive & violent.  

    At age 19 boys go ballistic & buy a gun. The Columbine boys are poster boys for autism.   They got all 69 required shots the week before they attacked their school.

    We need a 20 hour workweek for all Federal employees, at 40 hours pay
    as a way to create millions of jobs for all HS graduates in 2020.
    This is how I respond to the rise of Artificial Intelligence, & the lack of jobs for young people.

    Gun violence Solutions:   We need Love for President: Marianne.
    As President I will appoint Harvey Wasserman & Mark Z. Jacobson to be the 
    head of the EPA & the Pentagon, to use the whole Pentagon budget 

    to build a million 4-plex homes, each with 100 solar panels, 
    in each state & Puerto Rico, to help stop the climate emergency & racism.

    Supply seniors with Oxygen water, made by adding Food grade H2O2 to a quart of water to drink all day.

    Youtube: paul8kangas. Kangas 2020.

    Symptoms of autism: boys suffer frustration from not being able to speak,  
    boys attempt suicide 6X more than girls, autism prevents emotions of love,

    boys attacking their mothers & fathers violently, lack of love & empathy,
    Autism hits boys 6X more often than girls.  
    Causing boys brutal frustration as their hormones are peaking at age 19.  
    Inability to feel love. 
    All the mass shooters had been vaccinated 69 times each year, from birth.

    We must test if vaccines cause the mass shootings, by not vaccinating half our boys.
    The CDC must test all vaccines before they are used.

    Parents can reverse autism by supplementing them with organic chromium piclonate 
    & all essential 60 minerals.

    It is easy for millions of parents to go to a health food store 
    & buy a bottle of  liquid colloidal minerals to supplement their kids with daily 
    to stop the daily mass shootings.

    That is how we can fight the epidemic of gun violence & autism today.
    Ask now what your government can do for you.
    Ask what you can do today.

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    The Arctic is burning & the Earth is dying. We must stop Big Oil first.

    Be prepared : fill a back pack with a solar powered flash light that also charges your cell phone, water bottle, dried food: nuts & raisins, hat, pocket knife, chalk, whistle, list of 20 main family & friends.

    Greta Thunberg is our new Steve Jobs, & Lenin 2019.

  32. I love your videos Simon very much but you made a huge mistake in this one. It was Alexander III, father of Nicolas II, not Nicolas II who were targeted by a terrorist organization Alexander Ulyanov belonged to. Nicolas became a tzar after Alexander Ulyanov was already executed.

  33. Russia was a backwater before Lenin? OMG! This is classical misconception of tsarist Russia. In 1914, Russia was ranked as 4th world power, and main reason why Germany was pushing Austria to attack Serbia, which would drag Russia into war, was to stop her rapid industrialization. By Germany's own projections, Russia would surpass them in 1917, hence the reason for the Great War.

  34. Isn't this what modern day left wingers do? Calling everyone who disagrees with them their enemies? Actually that goes for both the extreme left and extreme right. People never learn

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  36. very one sided story. Yes he was a brutal dictator but without him, the today’s Russia would have been very very poor. He structured Russian base of economy very intelligently and all we here now is as if Lenin was kinda worse than King Leopold of Belgium or even Hitler

  37. Drink less coffee, also, why not do a video on how capitalism has killed millions and is about to kill 7.5 billion?

  38. I always wondered if someone is going to really dive into the conspiracy that Stalin killed Lenin because Lenin actually did write on paper that he DID NOT want Stalin to succeed him because he obviously knew… Wish people listened it would have saved 12M + lives….Too bad Kaplan didn't succeed though. If she did, again so many lives would have been saved..

  39. my friends great grandfather when his kids wouldn’t listen he’d say “GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY YOU FUCKING BOLSEVIKS”

  40. "I honor Lenin as a man who completely sacrificed himself and devoted all his energy to the realization of social justice. I do not consider his methods practical, but one thing is certain: men of his type are the guardians and restorers of the conscience of humanity."
    – Albert Einstein

  41. Literally the first paragraph of the "Early Life" section of his Wikipedia article contradicts what you said about his childhood. Not sure what to believe. Where are you getting this information that contradicts that?

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