1917 and all that

by Andrew Stuttaford

Via Tyler Cowen, here’s a somewhat (red) starry-eyed view of the Bolsheviks extracted from Terry Eagleton’s new book, Why Marx Was Right:

Revolution is generally thought to be the opposite of democracy, as the work of sinister underground minorities out to subvert the will of the majority.  In fact, as a process by which men and women assume power over their own existence through popular councils and assemblies, it is a great deal more democratic than anything on offer at the moment.  The Bolsheviks had an impressive record of open controversy within their ranks, and the idea that they should rule the country as the only political party was no part of their original programme.

Good grief, where to begin?

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