This occured to me in the car today.
Lenin - the true believing idealist who launched the revolution. The dream was to throw off the shackles of oppression (this system of things) and create a new utopia of a worker's paradise (paradise earth)
Stalin - The utterly ruthless and cold blooded dictator who took over the party (WTBS) removed all opposition (Bible students) and ruled his communist nation (cult) with an iron fist
Kruschev - While acknowledging the cruelty of the Stalinist regime, he nevertheless adhered to the communist ideal (faithful and discreet slave)and worked tirelessly (field service) to dominate the globe (worldwide preaching work) with it's vision.
Leon Trotsky - The true believer who had a crisis of conscience (Crisis of Conscience). He still held to the communist ideal (faithful and discreet slave), but he became disillusioned with it's application in Soviet Russia. He fled to Mexico but was hunted down and assasinated (disfellowshipped).
The three stooges : The Soviet politburo (Governing Body) produced Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko to lead the internally crumbling, yet outwardly bold and expansionist worker's paradise. They tried desperately to keep the people ignorant the democratizing and modernizing forces of the global economy. (internet, freedom of information). And of course there were three people who knew all to well that the "evil empire" was going to "crumble under the weight of it's internal contradictions" They knew it was "doomed to the ashheap of history". The last pages of that "sad and bizarre chapter in human history" were being written.
Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul (JWD, BRCI, Freeminds, SilentLambs, AJWRB) spoke openly, and confronted them with the impossible task of matching the economic and military might (intellectual honesty, free thought, and love of truth) of the free world. Even as their world crumbled around them (law suits, sending people home from Bethel, cutting back on printing, disbanding the Bethel Elders), they kept on as always deluded and tired. They sensed their danger, and moved to supress all dissent (wrote stupid articles against education, having a career, and not listening to new ideas). This only left them more detached, and unable to react to reality.
All the boobs who have been in charge since Freddie Franz
Gorby - Unable to deny reality any longer, a new leader emerged. He tried to hold on to power, while also opening his society to measured freedoms. But freedom long suppressed, once tasted, becomes an insatiable desire. The dam broke. The hardliners tried to force a failed coup. The dream of the workers paradise (paradise earth) was dead.
Let Freedom Ring