> Stalin and Molotov that he had instructed the composer to "reject formalist errors and in his art attain something that could be understood by the broad masses", and that Shostakovich had admitted being in the wrong and had asked for a meeting with Stalin, which was not granted.
This is by far the worst or maybe sometimes best
part of deranged sociopathic possibly autistic dictators. They almost always
seem to obsess over the arts. Stalin himself was apparently an avid fan of the arts, be it music, painting, film, whathaveyou, and specifically hated and rejected "formalism" and things like Cubism.
Which, on the other hand, would actually be quite nice to have an iron fist to rule if only to ruthlessly force people to not make complete shit. Imagine if you could have reforms of the music and movie industries in America, forcefully purging all that fucking consumerist garbage and forcing people to be innovative and high brow so as to stimulate and elevate the great masses of the proletariet without engaging in regressive, degenerative money grubbing. Imagine if you could round up all the EA executives and have them either shot or sent into permanent exile to work in textile mills. Imagine if every blithering BP executive who fucks up your goddamn shoreline instead of having your politicians kiss the ass of a foreigner literally physically ruining your country if you could have him personally pay for clean up or have him shot. Imagine if you could order a ruthless purge of Activision Blizzard and EA and rehabilitate the great heroes of Bullfrog, Pandemic, Westwood, Bioware, and Interplay. Imagine if you could halt the great crapflood of capeshit, and force Michael Bay to create psychological horror thrillers, real or simulated.