100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolutions(s)

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by not-bono-ever, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. DaveCinzano


    Bolshevik :hmm:
  2. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    Anarchists :thumbs:
  3. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Anarchist :)
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  4. Argonia

    Argonia Happy go licky

    I'm an Anarchist.
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  5. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Me to apparently. :hmm: load of bollocks
  6. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

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  7. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    If anyone hasn't yet been, the Revolution exhibition at the Royal Academy is worth going to see; if for no other reason than you will discover how all modern minimalist home decoration is theft.
  8. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    Still on?
  9. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    Finishes April 17th.
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  10. Andrew Hertford

    Andrew Hertford Chocolate Jesus

    I was hoping to be Rodchenko or El Lissitzky, but apparently I’m a ‘Menshevik internationalist’.

    No idea what that is, I hope it's nothing to do with Louise.
  11. tedsplitter

    tedsplitter Well-Known Member

    Appaz I am a Left SR. The last time I took a similar test I got Leninist and "correct line". I fear I may be degenerating.
  12. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    Not a menshevik I am glad to say. Fuck the Cadets as well
  13. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

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  14. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    I listened to a couple of the podcasts on this last night:

    Sean's Russia Blog

    One was Lars T. Lih, who seems to be more of a Lenin fanboy than a historian. He seems to be intent on replacing a caricature of Lenin as the root of all evil with an equally caricatured position which seems to me to dodge all the really hard questions like the terror, and the subordination of the Soviets to the party, both of which went unmentioned in his otherwise interesting chat with the presenter.

    (What think ye of Lars T. Lih, Master butchersapron? I fain would know)

    The other was a (much better) guy called Steinberg, who gushed on a bit, but did evoke the complexity of the revolution in terms of what it meant to ordinary people, and what it meant to groups like women or the Imperial minorities who are not often the focus of discussion (at least that's the impression I got from him).
  15. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

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  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

  17. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Lih's book on What is to be Done? is a brilliant megatome. Largely corrects a rather simplistic reading of said book and shows Lenin as vastly more nuanced than later (effectively Stalinised) readings. He actually places Lenin more within the Kautskyite milieu than most latter day Leninists, so he isn't really a bogstandard defender.
  18. 2hats


    Went to see this over the weekend (well put together, absorbing, well for me anyway). On at the British Library right now until August 29th with a programme of talks and workshops:

    Top tip: there’s a 2for1 offer on the tickets for those travelling to London by rail (though in my experience no one ever asks to see the rail tickets; just print out the offer voucher which they’ll want to keep).
  19. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    Amazingly stupid and mad piece on the Today Programme about 100th Anniversary. Really has to be heard to be believed, apparently the "abstract theories of communism" inspired the labour movement in this country. Nothing to do with the real material conditions.
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  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    not to mention britain's long tradition of non-marxist socialism.
  21. 19force8

    19force8 For the avoidance of faith

    Such as what's not to like about the terror?

    My list just keeps growing :hmm:
  22. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    its always good to hear bluffers like that making it up on the fly. Helps you to remember thats what most of them are doing most of the time...
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  23. seventh bullet

    seventh bullet red mullet

    'Terror' will be the only way to get rid of the uppers, root and branch. They won't give up unless subjected to pant-shitting terror.
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  24. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Unearthing a time capsule buried in Murmansk in 1967 on the 50th anniversary
    LRB · Vadim Nikitin · Diary
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  25. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Just started reading this, particularly enjoyed a passage about a printer's strike in 1905, they were paid by letter and demanded payment for punctuation too !!!!!!!!!!!######:cool:
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  26. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    I also have started this. 'This was Russia's revolution, certainly, but it belonged and belongs to others, too. It could be ours. If its sentences are still unfinished, it is up to us to finish them'
    Meivilles always got that romantic flourish
  27. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Except for those times when he was just your ten a penny sex pest.
  28. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

  29. TruXta

    TruXta tired

  30. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

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