Stalin’s interview with H. G. Wells

In 1934, H. G. Wells travelled to the USSR to interview Stalin. A few delightful snippets from that interview:

Wells: Now I have come to ask you what you are doing to change the world …
Stalin: Not so very much…

Stalin: You, Mr. Wells, evidently start out with the assumption that all men are good. I, however, do not forget that there are many wicked men.​

Wells: I cannot yet appreciate what has been done in your country; I only arrived yesterday. But I have already seen the happy faces of healthy men and women and I know that something very considerable is being done here. The contrast with 1920 is astounding.
Stalin: Much more could have been done had we Bolsheviks been cleverer.
Wells: No, if human beings were cleverer. It would be a good thing to invent a five-year plan for the reconstruction of the human brain which obviously lacks many things needed for a perfect social order. (Laughter.)​

Works, vol 14, pp. 21, ​43-44.

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7 thoughts on “Stalin’s interview with H. G. Wells

    1. Yes, it’s a great interview. Wells claims that he is more socialist than Stalin, much to the latter’s amusement. But the socialism he has in mind dispenses with class conflict and argues for a gradual shift. Wells even claims that Roosevelt is bringing about socialism in the USA, and states that he has been lecturing on its great merits. The interview seemed quite amicable, with much laughter.

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