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Olicy Painful to see him held up as a beacon of humanitarianism by people who apparently haven t ven understood Animal Farm It s interesting though because Star Wars Meet the Heroes Chewbacca even when I was growing up the far left was always uite cool in a way that the far right never was its unelectability made it harmless and it gained a certain cachet from its opposition to a string of unpopular Tory governments and by association with various cult figures like Morrissey or Alexi Sayle It was always kind of a joke People referred toach other with smiles as fellow travellers old Trots and still doThere was a feeling I had when I was reading this book an uncomfortable itchy feeling which made me fidget while I was reading shift in my seat and scratch my nose or my neck Dancing Queen every few minutes as I turned the pages Eventually I realised what this sensation was hatred I just loathed the people responsible for prosecuting this grotesuexperiment Now I realise this is of course a pathetically inadeuate response but partly it came from a kind of surprise A feeling that they had somehow got away with it that their reputations are nowhere near as dismal as they should be At one point Orlando Figes offers in passing a suggestion as to why this might be soThe Bolshevik programme was based on the ideals of the Enlightenment it stemmed from Kant as much as from Marx which makes Western liberals I Am Simba even in this age of post modernism sympathise with it or at least obliges us to try and understand itven if we do not share its political goals whereas the Nazi Whats the Big Deal about Americans efforts to improve mankind whether throughugenics or genocide spat in the face of the Enlightenment and can only fill us with revulsionAnd perhaps there s something in this inasmuch as reality has in Stephen Colbert s words a liberal bias inasmuch as we are living historically speaking in a leftist world there is a sense in which the Communist DK Findout! Birds experiment seems like something that went wrong not something that was wrong inherently But thenormities of Lenin s politics were built in ab initio terror Figes writes was implicit in the regime from the startthe resort to rule by terror was bound to follow from Lenin s violent seizure of power and his rejection of democracy And despite all the slogans of Un printemps Thran euality and democracy the turnaround was much faster than I hadver realisedNone of the democratic organisations The Witch’s Warning (Aberrations Book 2) established before October 1917 survived than a few years of Bolshevik rule at least not in their democratic form By 1921 if notarlier the revolution had come full circle and a new autocracy had been imposed on Russia which in many ways resembled the old oneThe thousand pages of Figes s history give plenty of scope for The Healing Power of Plants examining in detail what this meant for Russian citizens It isn t pretty but it is instructive There was the Civil War with widespread terror on both sides faminexacerbated by shitty agricultural policy and And Another Thing... (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, eventually the tightening grip of a one party state There are moments of acute revulsion and misery alongside a recurring sense of absurdity at one point currency depreciation becomes so severe that it costs to print the rouble than the rouble is actually worth the post and telegraph service have to be made free because the state is losing money by printing and charging rouble notes for them The situation was surreal but then this was Russia Figes remarks showing a grasp of the irony which this story demandsWhole books have been written of course about the failure of the left outside Russia to accept the reality of what was happening there under Communism or to blame it on a perversion of noble principles What s so rewarding and upsetting and moving about this book is that it illustrates how naturally the conseuences followed from the initial conditions and how unimportant the political debate is compared with itsffects on real people There as the title of the book suggests Figes s summary is bluntInstead of being a constructive cultural force the revolution had virtually destroyed the whole of Russian civilisation instead of human liberation it had merely brought human The Worst Witch Strikes Again enslavement and instead of the spiritual improvement of humanity it had led to degradationWhat makes it worse is that this whole catalogue of misery is in some sense being positioned only as a prelude Looming up over the narrative is the lengthening shadow of the Georgian Ioseb Jughashvili alias Stalin and where this booknds his story is just beginningAlthough this was written twenty years ago in some ways it s become relevant than The Truth (Almost) about Bharat ever and not just because next year marks the revolution s centenary In an impassioned final chapter Figes calls for urgent reevaluation of the political capitalism of the West pointing out thatxtremist rhetoric of the sort that fuelled the Bolshevik party is periodically going to prove popular as long as the mass of the ordinary people remain alienated from the political system and feel themselves Mr. Christmas excluded from the benefits of themergent capitalism Perhaps Where My Heart Used to Beat even worrying he adds authoritarian nationalism has begun to fill the void Is this sounding familiar to anybody Recent memory modern memory and then history We are all living in recent memory The oldest generation is theye witness to modern memory When it passes on we will begin to receive the history from the The Truth (Discworld, events and people of that generation without the influence of contemporary bias or dialecticsIt has been almost a hundred years since the Russian Revolution and Civil War It is still tooarly for its pure history but reliable narratives unbound by predi In this work Figes makes two arguments that are not fully apparent until the conclusion First the Russian people were not betrayed by the Revolution Instead the devolution of the Revolution was in Figes s view the result of the inability of the Russian people to come to terms with democratic institutions He finds that the period between 1905 1914 represented Russia s liberal democratic revolution but it did not produce the reforms necessary to instill confidence in the Russian people Indeed the Bolsheviks were a veritable product of the Russian messianic tradition Second it was not the leaders of the Revolution who were necessarily at fault Figes admits that Lenin Trotsky Stalin Kerensky and numerous others arrived in 1917 with truly high minded noble goals Instead Figes argues that the goals of revolutionary leaders were outright unattainable and were doomed to failPerhaps Figes is right but I disagree with him on both accounts To me the first argument reeks of Western chauvinism with the implication that we Westerners could properly democratize due to our democratic heritage ignoring Germany s failures with democracy before 1945 and utter success after the development of fascism and authoritarianism in Spain and Italy France s difficult relationship with liberal democracy Mr. Perfect etc On his second point no pathway was a fait accompli for the Revolution Instead there were numerous decisions made some of which would have led to greater democratization some to authoritarianism than we sawven in the Stalinist period Perhaps the ideals of the Revolution were too great to be implemented in reality but Revolutionaries could have adopted policies that brought the Russian state closer to their ideals without abandoning them outright I think that the Russian Revolution was necessary and that it was not innately bad but I think Figes downplays the decisions that were made in his conclusion The last paragraph of the book however seems almost prophetic being written Secret Suffragette even before Putin took powerPerhapsven worrying authoritarian nationalism has begun to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of Communism and in a way has reinvented it not just in the sense that today s nationalists are for the most part reformed Communists but also in the sense that their violent rhetoric with its calls for discipline and order its angry condemnation of the ineualities produced by the growth of capitalism and its xenophobic reject of the West is itself adapted from the Bolshevik tradition The ghosts of 1917 have not been laid to restToday as we are well aware nationalism is the guiding ideology of the modern Russian state and it is rather authoritarian This fits further in Figes s view that Russians have not learned to be good liberals but I think it says about global patterns than something specifically Russian Although former Soviet states held the vanguard of resurgent nationalism it is now a global phenomenon ranging from Poland s Law and Justice to Turkey s AKP and India s BJP Even the American GOP and British Conservative Party have in many ways turned to authoritarian nationalism Yet there is nothing inevitable about this turn I find it uneuivocally bad but it is as we should be well aware not intrinsic to the Russian people This is a remarkable book on the Russian Revolution It s coverage from 1891 thru 1924 is detailed but very readable We are presented with a wide panoply of characters Tsar Nicholas II Lenin Prince Lvov Kerensky Gorky and many This gives a distinctive personal feeling where history is populated by real people and provides us with a ground view of the turbulent vents of Russia people and provides us with a ground view of the turbulent vents of Russia s a brutal historySadly there were periods during the Tsar s rule and the first months after the 1917 revolution where the country seemed to be Indianomix edging towards a democratic and liberal constitution but this was thwarted time and again and fell back to authoritarianism which to somextent seems ingrained in the Russian psyche The author vividly portrays these figures for what they truly were Nicholas was weak kneed and never wanted anything to with democracy and liberalism he hindered any attempts to proceed in that direction falling back to a rigid domination was his rule of thumb Kerensky was the wrong man in the right place in that small opening after the My Favorite Earthling (Otherworldly Men, events of February 1917 there was a potential for parliamentarianism but Kerensky was rudderless and a prima donna Lenin knew what he wanted Lenin was intolerant of any criticism and over time succeeded instablishing a strong centralist dictatorship It was Lenin that made the Stalinist regime possibleThroughout this period Russia was often in a state of virtual anarchy particularly after the
Start Of World Warof World War where the country was not only combating Doglands externalnemies but at war with itself After Lenin s coup in October 1917 it was Lenin himself who precipitated these internal struggles against Riveted (Iron Seas, enemies of the people war against the bourgeoisie war against the peasants for allegedly hoarding foodstuffs war against striking workers and of course the civil war the Reds and the Whites where often groups uickly switched allegiancesThe author gives usxcellent depictions of the miserable and backward An Officer and a Spy existence of the peasantry and also how the urban cities were in a constant state of flux revolution on the street destitution and starvationOne does come away with a view that Marxist Leninist philosophy and dictums gave little credence to human rights and viewed the individual as subservient to the state After all one of its principal slogans Dictatorship of the Proletariat has alwaysmphasized Dictatorship It hardly compares to the motto of the French revolution Liberty Euality and Fraternity The long authoritarianism of the Tsarist rulers gave way to an Fates (Fates, even vicious dictatorship under Communism where the rights of man were crushed under a Central government that stopped at nothing to implement state policies If you wish to gain an insight into this keyra of history this is definitely the book for you One also comes away with an understanding of Russia and its vast land mass today At over 800 pages it is lengthy but well worth it. Unt of how and why it unfolded Now including a new introduction that reflects on the revolution's centennial legacy A People's Tragedy is a masterful and definitive record of one of the most important vents in modern histor. .
A people s tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 Orlando FigesA People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 is an award winning book written by British historian Orlando Figes and published in 1996 According to Figes the whole of 1917 could be seen as a political battle between those who saw the revolution as a means of bringing the war to an nd and those who saw the war as a means of bringing the revolution to an nd 2011 1891 1924 1388 2 9789641850465 1 9789641850441 2 9789641850458 1891 1924 1891 1924 1917 1891 1924 1917 1995 1891 1917 1917 1918 1918 1924 This is at one and the same time a very long book and a fascinating one As a xhaustive study of Russian history from the reign of Nicholas II to the death of Lenin it is OBaby epic in its sweep The only reasons I could not find it in me to give it five stars are the following1 Orlando Figes has developed a reputation for controversy First he wrote reviews for Com under an assumed name Birkbeck in which hexcoriated competing writers on Russian history blaming them at first on his wife Secondly in his most recent work he has been assailed for misrepresentations and gross inaccuracies Both of these Nerds events came after the 1997 publication of A People s Tragedy A History of the Russian Revolution which seemed to this unsophisticated reader as a work displaying an admirable sense of balance2 The last third of the book about the Civil War showed somexhaustion in its composition There were so many parties over and above the Reds and the Whites including the Komuch the Don Cossacks Makhno s Ukrainian partisans Petliura s partisans to name just a few Also there were at least a dozen occasions when Figes would suddenly conclude that the main reason the Whites lost was A or B or C down to Z All were convincing reasons but they led to a loss of focus in this section3 This is not something I usually complain about and it has nothing to do with Figes at all but Viking the publisher For some reason the number one was shown as a capital I Hence monstrosities such as the year I9I9 Also in the Italic font used the letter b and the letter h were indistinguishable Hence the word burzhooi Russian for bourgeois looks like burzbooi whenever it appearsIn the Zack (Areion Fury MC end I think that Figes has done an admirable job compacting than thirty years of turbulent history broken into fourpochs Tsarism the February Revolution the October Revolution and the Civil War into merely 824 pages Also I think his conclusions are by and large on the markBut Russia s prospects as a democratic nation depend to a large Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, extent on how far the Russians are able to confront their own recent history and this mustntail the recognition that however much the people were oppressed by it the Soviet system grew up in Russian soil It was the weakness of Russia s democatic culture which ContamiNation enabled Bolshevism to take root This was the legacy of Russian history of centuries of serfdom and autocratic rule that had kept the common people powerless and passive And the people remained silent was a Russian proverb and it describes much of Russian history To be sure this was a people s tragedy but it was a tragedy which they helped to make The Russian people were trapped by the tyranny of their own historyAh well I guess the book deserves four and a half stars It kept me on thedge of my toes for Taxi ins Glück eleven long days of reading the book Orlando Figes masterful A People s Tragedy The Russian Revolution 1891 1924 provides a rich and complex portrait that of Russian society at the time of the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the birth of the Communist state One does not read it for Figes opinions but rather for the amount of detail that he is able to marshall and synthesize on the key social cultural and political trends of the revolutionaryra The book is a great pleasure for anyone fascinated by the culture and history of Russia Even those who disagree with Figes conclusions will agree that he has taught them a great deal about the raIn terms of primary research Figes specialty is Russian peasant society Not surprisingly then the greatest strength of the book is the Analysis Of The Role Of The Peasantry During The Revolutionary of the role of the peasantry during the revolutionary Figes argues that very ffectively that the overriding goal of the leaders of the peasant communes times was to acuire ownership of the land held by the nobility When the Tsar s regime fell the peasant communes spontaneously seized the noble lands Subseuently they supported the Communists who promised them that they could keep the land against the Whites who said that they would restore it to the nobles Once the Whites had been xpelled from Russia the Communists proceeded to collectivized the land by taking advantage of a generational cleavage in the countryside The Communists recruited young peasants who had moved to the city to work in factories to act as bureaucrats in the agricultural communities and lead the fight against the oder communal leaders d In this way the Communists used one generation of peasant leaders to fight the Whites and a
second generation of peasants to imposed collectivizationRelying on the writings of other historians Figes makes thegeneration of peasants to imposed collectivizationRelying on the writings of other historians Figes makes the points1 Tsar Nicholas was the author of his own downfall He packed his government and his army with individuals who were loyal to his autocracy but totally lacking in ability Conseuently the Russian war ffort was bungled in The Magic Rolling Pin every aspect which brought down the Tsar s regime 2 It was also the Tsar s fault that liberal democracy failed in Russia For the previous 20 years Nicholas had resistedvery ffort to create a constitutional monarchy in Russia which prevented the development of a strong class of liberal democratic politicians Thus when the Romanov dynastry fell in February 1917 the provisional government lasted less than a year before a second revolution brought the Bolcheviks to power3 The Bolcheviks came to power not because they had the greatest support amongst the working class but because of Lenin s nergy and uncommon sense of timing In Figes view Lenin stole the revolution from the Soviets4 The notion that Stalin was the one who Not Without a Fight established terror and totalitarianism in communist Russia is a revisionist myth fabricated by Left wing historians It was in fact Lenin in fact that whostablished the practices and institutions of the communist dictatorship Orlando Figes A People s Tragedy is a very dense book but one that is richly rewarding It will give a great deal of pleasure to anyone who has the Garden Bouquets and Beyond energy reuired to read it through to thend If you thought the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones was brutal Orlando Figes wants to The Unseen Wonder educate you You don t pick up a book like A People s Tragedy with the notion that it s going to be filled with newborn puppies ice cream giveaways and people finding rolled up and forgotten twenty dollar bills in their pockets First Figes briskly deals with all those things you thought you knew about the Russian Revolution Lenin Stalin Trotsky Kerensky the liberals the Bolsheviks the Tsar Again and again I realized I had picked up mythsither promoted by those who lost or those who consolidated the Revolution The mythmaking machine was going full tilt from 1917 onwards particularly during the Stalinist and Cold War Years and this book would be irreplaceable if only for stripping away so much that you thought you knew which was wrongSecond by starting the book in 1891 with a famine which revealed the incompetence of the Tsarist beaurocracy and The Management Bible ending with the death of Lenin in 1924 Figes permits himself a sweep ofvents that makes what actually happened Zu schnell even dramatic than it was Again and again you not only read about but hear from the survivors of mistakesrrors misconceptions indolence arrogance foolishness well meaning idiocy in a way that as a human being is than heartbreaking Again and again the Revolution might never have happened a democracy might have developed steps taken could have been taken back but they weren t Instead one of the great mass tragedies of history occurred and you feel like a helpless bystander watching it happenThis is remarkable history and it #is an xtraordinary achievement It is bound to upset those with fixed ideologies on both the left and the right If #an xtraordinary achievement It is bound to upset those with fixed ideologies on both the left and the right If ver read only one book on the Russian Revolution make it this oneThe Communists are given heavy treatment in this text Not only do we see how they came to power we get huge doses of their philosophy Figes gives a detailed xamination of the intellectual currents that gave rise to the Communist movement as well as their actions once they attained power What merges is a bleak picture Communism is death to all it touches The Bolsheviks sought to not only rule by dictatorship but to change the very ssence of man into an automaton subservient to the state Figes shows the reader the Red Terror and some of the other methods the Bolsheviks used to try and bring about this subservience It is a horrifying picture made worse of course under the rule of StalinFiges maintains a fairly neutral perspective throughout the book an apologist to neither the Tsar nor the Communists though harboring a noticeable preference and remorse for the incompetent Provisional Government When he does show some bias he is never overbearing and the few opinions that he xpresses do not detract in any way from the materialThe Tsar is portrayed as an incompetent and stubborn fool which I have come away thinking is a fair assessment Figes gives ample vidence for his conclusions describing the failure of Nicholas to Yummy Supper effectively rule over an inefficient and contradictory governmentI found the treatment of the Bolsheviks to be relatively sympathetic and the book does not suffer because of it They are depicted as a ruthless andspecially fortunate revolutionary faction a group ready to use any means necessary to obtain power but in the nd given a gift with the success of their unlikely coup Some readers may find this insufficiently damning but while I would have liked a little about how the nature of the revolution affected later developments the abominable governance which followed is not Figes s topic The Russian Revolution launched a vast xperiment in social Deep Listening engineering perhaps the grandest in the history of mankind It was arguably anxperiment which the human race was bound to make at some point in its volution the logical conclusion of humanity s historic striving for social justice and comradeship Figes writes about the Russian Revolution as of a coup in both February and October the second time only Bolsheviks participated and it was ven haphazard by culturally isolated intelligentsia that really shouldn t have worked out It was ultimately successful due to the incompetent backward thinking tsarist regime and Whites Reform was completely rejected yet Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature essential to the future of the Romanovs In the beginning the Bolsheviks had scant support but they did have discipline ruthlessness and a cause Plus the peasants thought they could keep the land they took from the gentry under the Bolsheviks but would have to return it under the Whites Not a successful strategy in a hugely peasant country The Whites were all about revenge and turning back time They also wanted to restore thempire and tamp down on nationalist and local language movements The Bolsheviks paid lip service to these concerns and it ultimately worked for them A middle class barely xisted Additionally Figes points out that in newly industrialized Russia the workers were really just peasants trying to make some money after harvest And soldiers were mostly peasants conscripted against their will So to rule Russia after Nicholas abdicated ya needed to improve or. Opening with a panorama of Russian society from the cloistered world of the Tsar to the brutal life of the peasants A People's Tragedy follows workers soldiers intellectuals and villagers as their world is consumed by revolutio.
Summary ´ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ´ Orlando FigesAt the least convincingly promise to improve the lot of the peasants In the nd we know how it worked out for the peasants Lenin needed them so he told them what they wanted to hear They were not at all political More like locally communal anarchists trying to Bunnys Book Club Goes to School escape the state in any form If you have time for only one book on the Russian Revolution this is itTsarist regime The tsarist regime s downfall was not inevitable but its own stupidity made it so the obstinate refusal of the tsarist regime to concede reforms turned what should have been a political problem into a revolutionary crisis Alexander s counter reforms his and Nicolas s reactionary philosophy To a largextent the workers revolutionary movement was created by the tsarist regime Alexander II did not prep Nicolas to rule which reminded me of Peter and Catherine with their unfortunate heirs Alexandra was not the ideal spouse She pushed him to be The Peculiar Pig even recalcitrant Combined with Rasputin Nicolas had the worst nepotistic advisors until today s White House Nicolas had a astrong sense of duty He was not passive He just sucked at his job Had a narrow perspective focused on details The provinces were under governed Romanovs became victim of their own propaganda Romanov regime fell under the weight of its own internal contradictions In some ways a revolution started at the top like the one under GorbachevTsarist state turned many into revolutionaries after overreacting to any call for greater freedoms In a way he probably found itasier to abdicate than to turn himself into a constitutional king That was Nicholas s tragedy PeasantsThe peasants did not feel part of a nation They did not abide by government rules unless forced all started by the peasant revolution on the land before 1917Emancipation of serfs landed nobles not getting up to speed freed serfs getting screwed The Cherry Ingram emphatic rejection of the Whites by the peasantry and the non Russians determined the outcome of the civil war MilitaryDisastrous war with Japan in the midst of a domestic social revolution Replay during WWI and the army got really fed up no food no uniforms poor training and lousy leadership As they began to realize they were cannon fodder they were revolutionized If the Tsar had signed a separate peace with Germany who knows The soldiers may have showed him a some form of allegiance Once many in the army became revolutionized the Tsar was for all intents and purposes finished Famine 1890sThe famine further radicalized people The conflict between the people and the regime had been set in motion UrbanizationWas distabalizing in its rapidity in a backward unprepared country Poorlyducated workers could not progress beyond the simplest abstract ideas Theirs was a black white world OTOH the literacy rate was growing rapidly which allowed people access to written propagandaThe BolsheviksMostly comprized of the urban intelligentsia who latched on to European ideas and dogmatized them snuffing out debate They had a passion for big ideas which gave us Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and also Lenin and Trotsky Guilt was the psychological inspiration of the revolution They witnessed huge horrifying gaps in standards of living They simultainiously mythologized the peasants and were disgusted by them Marxism which was never really practiced in Russia was treated as a science thus further The Mermaids Shoes enrapturing the areligious intelligentsiaThe inhumane viciousness of the Tsarist police led directly to the same in the Bolsheviks The tortured terrified and oppressed became the torturers terrorists and oppressors How novel is that Waterboarding anyone it is surely true that the Bolsheviks were psychologically prepared for a civil war in a way that could not be said of its opponents One might compare it to the Spanish Civil War Franco s side was ready andager for a civil war the same could hardly be said of the Republicans There were times when the Bolsheviks acted like a local mafia than the ruling party of the largest country in the world The key to this Communist utopia was control of the food supply without that the government had no means of controlling the Untameable Rogue (Bennett economy and society The Bolsheviks were painfully aware of the fact that their regime lay at the mercy of a largely hostile peasantry The Bolshevik fear of the peasant was the great unresolved tension of the 1920s one that led inexorably towards the tragedy of collectivization The recruitment of peasants into communism was mostly aimed at the resentful sons of peasants who were unsatisfied with andmbarrassed by the peasant life Self hating peasants then turned on their own A big part of collectivization was the get rid of these apolitical peasant fathers See Turganev Bolshevism was a very Russian thing Its belief in militant action its insistence contrary to the tenets of Marx and Hegel that a revolution could jump over the contingencies of history placed it firmly in the Russian messianic tradition One could argue that the command system was itself an inevitable outcome of the contradiction of October a proletarian dictatorship in a peasant country Imagining they could remake mankind the Bolsheviks believed that human nature could be changed simply by altering the social The McKettrick Way (McKettricks, environment in which people lived Man cannot be transformed uite soasily human nature moves slowly than ruling ideologies or society This is perhaps the one nduring moral lesson of the Russian Revolution as it is indeed of the terrible history of this 21st century AmenIntelligentsia the single greatest difference between Russia and the West was that in Western Eusrope citizens were generally free to do as they pleased so long as their activities had not been specifically prohibited by the state while the people of Russia were not free to do anything unless the state gave them specific permission to do it The February Revolution was like a peasant riot The men of February intoxicated by their own self image as the heirs of 1789 were deluded into BELIEVING THAT THEY COULD RESOLVE PROBLEMS that they could resolve problems 1917 by importing Western constitutional practices and policies for which their were no real precedents nor the necessary cultural base in Russia Apart from the state itself there was nothing holding Russia together the whole of the civilization of the gentry had never been than a thin veneer laid over the top of the brutal xlpoitation of the peasants from which the revolution had Maybe This Time (Belonging emerged Lenin The October seizure of power few historicalvents in the modern Effetto domino era better illustrate the decisiveffect of an individual on the course of history Without Lenin s intervention it would probably never have happened at all and the history of the 20th century would have been very different Lenin usurped power for power s sake He held workers and peasants in contempt It was mostly about his needs He was ready to ditch the Soviets when he couldn t use them The Masses The tragedy of the Russian Revolution was that the people were too weak politically to determine its outcome During WWI on the home front no food no provisions no heat tc Historians have tended to neglect the connections between this plebian war on privilege and the origins of the Red Terror it had a strange mass appeal Loot the looters take from those who still have anything worthwhile the whole of the social revolution had been largely driven by petty localism Even if the revolution didn t improve the lives of Russians at least it wrecked the aristocracy Russians seem to thrive on schadenfreude Zloradstvo This low cultural level of the Soviet bureaucracy was to be a permanent legacy of October which wouldn later come to haunt Bolshevik leaders They destroyed the former leaders got rid of skilled workers massacred the aristocracy and drained what had been a tiny middle class New bureaucrats military officers tc were untrained and uineducated You can still pick up on a crass rudeness in public Moscow today TodayI wonder if Putin knows about this reoccurring Russian oversight of not grooming an heir inevitably leading to disaster Or maybe there will be another revolution Kids born
since Yeltsin can asily compare their lot to the those of theirYeltsin can asily compare their lot to the those of their peers Plus it must suck living in a society where the rule of law is meaningless Causes high anxiety and hatredTrump is certainly no Lenin for starters Lenin read books but this antisocial narcissistic personality disorder tool of the Kremlin is running my nation s capitol like no one before him Or after God willing And you just know Trump hates the unwashed masses who voted for him just as Lenin hated the peasants and didn t care much for the workers The Millionaires Mistress Bundle either Trump needed the white disaffected voters in the middle of this country so he told them what they wanted to hear Let s see how it works out for themIn the passage above about the Bolsheviks operating as a mafia substitute Bolshevik with Trumpistas and largest with most powerful and then have a shot of whiskeyGuilt is still a dangerous motivator much less dangerous when used as a dissuader Guilt is related to shame which has gotten the Middle East into a lot of trouble To me guilt implies belittlement What began as privileged guilt in Russia before the Revolution resulted in disaster White guilt is doing us no good Westerners who feel guilty for the difficulties many predominantly Muslim countries arexperiencing with modernity and how the people of those countries are reacting seem to be looking down upon them Like they can t be Miami Menage expected to play nice and improve their lot cuz they re not white Christians I call BS on all of it It goes hand in hand with victimhood Also not a good motivator Sad Our continued involvement making war and socialngineering in countries who don t want us and whom we do not understand is a never nding disaster We have now very overtly taken sides with the Sunnis against the Shia WHAT ARE WE THINKING What s the plan hereIn the Southern US among former Confederacy states we are slowly dealing with The Cult of the Lost Cause by removing monuments honoring those who fought for the breakup of my beloved country This is the best speech #of the year Hat off to Mr Landrieu Mayor of the great city of New Orleans More speeches like this please #the year Hat off to Mr Landrieu Mayor of the great city of New Orleans More speeches like this please think of this when I wonder if Russia can come to terms with its past Would be a very healthy thing to do Their revolutionary tragedy lay in the legacies of their own cultural backwardness rather than the vil of some alien Bolsheviks They were not the victims of the revolution but protagonists in its tragedy Putin plays on this sickness of Russian victimhood today to help keep up his poll numbers The West is out to get us Poor innocent Russia The ghosts of 1917 have not been laid to rest The book was very long and sometimes repetitive However when dealing with the Russian Revolution you re allowed to go on It s just so complicated While I was halfway through this an inspirational uote from Lenin happened to come up on my reddit feed Something from one of those The Millionaires Proposal early speeches aboutuality for all I left a comment to suggest I thought uite mildly that it was perhaps Michael (New Orleans Knights ethically uestionable to be uoting with approbation someone responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people only to be downvoted into oblivion by other users You re probably thinking about Stalin said one Fuck off clarified another Lenin was actually very socially liberal and kept his word about democracy for the people This would be the same Lenin who shut down Russia s constituent assembly who sidelined trade unions and had striking workers shot for desertion who turned the country into a police state built a chain of concentration camps and institutionalised terrorism as a matter of deliberate N and then degenerates into violence and dictatorship Drawing on vast original research Figes conveys above all the shockingxperience of the revolution for those who lived it while providing the clearest and most cogent acco.