Quote: useful idiot (antedating attrib Vladimir Lenin 1961)

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 11 19:46:41 UTC 2010

So does "Marxism-Leninism" refer to an expression they coined
collaboratively? ;-)

m a m

On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:19 AM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>wrote:

> The term "useful idiot" has been attributed to Vladimir Lenin and
> Joseph Stalin. The earliest citation in the Yale Book of Quotations is
> dated 1981. YBQ also says "Like many other putative Leninisms, it
> seems to be a myth."

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