Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by not-bono-ever, Jan 31, 2017.
I'm an Anarchist.
Me to apparently. load of bollocks
I wish I could like that post again.
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.
Finishes April 17th.
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.
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.
Not a menshevik I am glad to say. Fuck the Cadets as well
October by China Miéville | PenguinRandomHouse.com
China Mieville has produced a buke on the revolution- I do love Mievilles stuff so looking forward to chewing through this
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).
Really good interview with him earlier this month, on Novara FM OCTOBER: China Miéville on the Russian Revolution | Novara Media
no squid worship tho, i looked specially
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.
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).
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.
not to mention britain's long tradition of non-marxist socialism.
Such as what's not to like about the terror?
My list just keeps growing
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...
'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.
Unearthing a time capsule buried in Murmansk in 1967 on the 50th anniversary
LRB · Vadim Nikitin · Diary
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 !!!!!!!!!!!######
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
Except for those times when he was just your ten a penny sex pest.
Bidisha: Emotional violence and social power
if that had come out today I don't think it would have been forgotten so quickly eh
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