Hoover Fellows and Historical Hypotheticals


On the most recent Uncommon Knowledge segment with Peter Robinson on the National Review Online, Hoover Fellows Christopher Hitchens and Robert Service discussed what the Soviet Union might have been like had Trotsky rather than Stalin taken power. Their assessment is straightforward in some areas: no enforced famines, drastically fewer purges, and less paranoia, but it’s less obvious in others. In spite (or because) of Stalin’s paranoia, they assert that he was much less of a risk taker. Trotsky likely would have intervened in Germany to bring forth the a Communist Revolution, starting a very different World War II, one that might have rewritten history. Without a Soviet/Japanese alliance, it’s not certain that the United States would have gotten involved in Europe until far too late.

Related Articles

Make Stanford Safe Again

Students are outraged over new alcohol policy that clearly does not take the majority opinion into account. Since it was

Purdue professors deliberately ignore shooting, endanger students

A Purdue teaching assistant was fatally shot today by an engineering student. Students were shocked when a number of professors

Gun Lunacy and Broken Policy: An Interview with Professor John Donohue

Professor John Donohue’s office sits midway down a corridor on the second floor of the luxe William H. Neukom

Time for a Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Tom Friedman’s recent New York Times op-ed this past summer titled “The Launching Pad” was a rousing call to

UA-140492650-2 UA-140492650-1

GO TOP