Stalin himself would be impressed
It began far back with his study of human history and especially the history of revolutions. Once Trotsky was thrown out of the political arena, Stalin reversed course, aligning himself with Nikolay Bukharin and Aleksey Rykov against his former partners. Vladimir Lenin was impressed with Stalin's achievements and arranged a meeting with him in Finland. The three women aviators who broke all world records for women by their spectacular flight from Moscow to the Far East were later entertained at an evening party at the Kremlin in their honor. It had seemed to me that Stalin, Voroshilov, Kaganovich, and everybody else had agreed on a certain action.
Soviet people have a way of putting it which sounds rather odd to Americans. Stalin's regime moved to force the so-called Collectivization of agriculture. He believed that the best way to revive the Soviet economy was to obtain massive reparation payments from Germany.
That, I realized afterwards, was why Stalin saw me. He is far and away the best committee chairman of my experience. After four days, Stalin briefly regained consciousness and all the leading members of the Party were called for.
Many Americans who had immigrated to the Soviet Union during the worst of the Great Depression were executed, while others were sent to prison camps or gulags. Three years after his death, Nikita Khrushchev, the new leader of the Soviet Union, made a speech at the Twentieth Party Congress, in which he attacked the policies of Stalin. The brilliant wit of Kaganovich, the cheerful chuckle of Voroshilov, the characteristics of the lesser people called to consult, all suddenly stood out. He will see more foreigners now.
That decision will then go back to committee till all are satisfied. Many personality cults in history have been frequently measured and compared to his. He was seeing a lot of them.
Collectivization also meant a drastic drop in living standards for many peasants, understandably provoking violent reactions and repulsion among the peasantry. In any group he is usually last to express his opinion.
Stalin analyzed and compared all past revolutions. One must not lag behind the movement, because to do so is to become isolated from the masses. These called for a highly ambitious program of state-guided crash industrialization and the collectivization of agriculture.
They had the same kind of democratically efficient technique, but they used more high pressure than Stalin did. People seemed to agree with me.