It seems fitting to post this now, since, in light of the post I just made, I should acknowledge that some anarchists sometimes admit to Bakunin’s anti-Semitism and condemn it, and in the next breath they proceed to claim Stalin was “even more” of an anti-Semite, despite never being able to provide sources outside of those which are blatantly anti-communist. With all of the documents recently revealed to the public regarding the Stalin-era of the USSR, their best argument is still along the lines of their family supposedly having to “flee Russia for being Jewish”(they don’t consider the fact that no parents will ever outright admit to grandpa being a pervert or murderer). With so much material being given to the public from the Russian archives, the anarchists still must make the outlandish assumption that since their family was Jewish and left the USSR, they must have been forced to leave for being Jewish, in order to paint Stalin as someone little better – and sometimes “worse” – than Hitler. This is a far, far reach of logic, considering there are no documents or original proof of state-sanctioned anti-Semitism during the Stalin-era, and thus all we really have to go by in this instance are the works of Stalin himself.
Here is a short bit written by Stalin in 1931 in reply to the Jewish News Agency in the United States:
“In answer to your inquiry :
National and racial chauvinism is a vestige of the misanthropic customs characteristic of the period of cannibalism. Anti-semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism.
Anti-semitism is of advantage to the exploiters as a lightning conductor that deflects the blows aimed by the working people at capitalism. Anti-semitism is dangerous for the working people as being a false path that leads them off the right road and lands them in the jungle. Hence Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable, sworn enemies of anti-semitism.
In the U.S.S.R. anti-semitism is punishable with the utmost severity of the law as a phenomenon deeply hostile to the Soviet system. Under U.S.S.R. law active anti-semites are liable to the death penalty.
January 12, 1931″
There you have it; the only indication of Stalin’s view of anti-Semitism is he supporting the death penalty for anti-Semites. Blows that whole Hitler comparison out of the water, and proves that this “ruthless authoritarian tyrant” was not at all as racist or chauvinistic as the ideological father of anarchism, Bakunin.