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Who's kicking who?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:645

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An Inauspicious Precedent!

The question "Who's Kicking Who?" was once put more grammatically and
with even more brutal brevity by one of History's most compulsive power
addicts - Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, aka Lenin,in his famous almost
Einsteinian reduction of all Politics to the simple formula:-

"Who Whom?" ie Who has the power over Whom?
This maxim was even more graphically expressed by his successor, Josef
Stalin, who once remarked "No person, no problem!"

Even after tens of millions of deaths, this successor was still
finding problems...

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Competing interests: No competing interests

30 September 2006
Michael H. Martin-Smith
Senior Partner
Sydenham House, Boulevard, Hull