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The practice and theory of Bolshevism

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Published by Simon and Schuster in New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Soviet Union.
    • Subjects:
    • Communism -- Soviet Union.

    • Edition Notes

      Statement[by] Bertrand Russell.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsDK265 .R82 1964
      The Physical Object
      Pagination125 p.
      Number of Pages125
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL5917950M
      LC Control Number64021187
      OCLC/WorldCa406141

      Third, both governments "represent an alien philosophy of life. The exhaustion and miserycaused by unsuccessful war were necessary to the success of the Bolsheviks;a prosperous population will not embark by such methods upon a fundamentaleconomic reconstruction. Those who adopt theBolshevik standpoint must reckon with the embittered hostility of capitalistStates; it is not worth while to adopt Bolshevik methods unless they can lead togood in spite of this hostility. The idea was first the government had to survive and after peace was established there could be a return to more democratic measures.

      Slater writes that Orwell desired to show through the Party's unrealistic politics that modern authoritarianism was growing more lustful of power for power's sake. Russell goes on to discuss issues not covered by the response to the questionnaire and which involve the Bolshevik's views about the end game of the Communist movement-- i. This idea of a minority seizing power is actually known as "Blanquism" as has never been advocated by orthodox Marxists. I think there are lessons to be learnt which must be learnt if the world is ever to achieve what is desired by those in the West who have sympathy with the original aims of the Bolsheviks. One of the most notable differences was how each faction decided to fund its revolution.

      Paul's', every palace and mansion and house that the energetic minority cavort about was built by the lazy majority, as was all the food produced. The war has left throughout Europe a mood of disillusionment and despairwhich calls aloud for a new religion, as the only force capable of giving men theenergy to live vigorously. The Party itself is a meritocracynot hereditary. If the hopes which inspired Communism at thestart, and which still inspire its Western advocates, are ever to be realized, theproblem of minimizing violence in the transition must be faced.


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The practice and theory of Bolshevism by Bertrand Russell Download PDF Ebook

He concedes that its ideals were good, but its methods departed from its ideals.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

They have rather discussed how human consciousness reflects the concrete living conditions of the surrounding world and it is life experiences rather than some vague primitive "herd instinct" that will lead to the development of class consciousness in working people. Equalization of wealth without equalization of power seems to me a rather small and unstable achievement.

Russell goes on to discuss issues not covered by The practice and theory of Bolshevism book response to the questionnaire and which involve the Bolshevik's views about the end game of the Communist movement-- i. Russell thinks it possible that Bolshevism "may go under in Russia" [well it finally did but on a time table far exceeding anyone's imagination in ] "but even if it does it will spring up again elsewhere, since it is ideally suited to an industrial population in distress.

The idea of everybody having a enough under capitalism IF "wars were abolished" is not a realistic idea for a system whose internal logic leads to conflicts as a way to maintain itself and control markets.

As the party split became permanent, further divisions became evident. Many socialists do not think it is suited for times of peace and legality. I think he was actually much more negative in than in The economic laws of the capitalist mode of production were found to be responsible for this outcome and Historical Materialism explained how this had come about and how a different society could be constructed and human beings could live without exploitation, slavery and dehumanization.

His autobiography is excellent.

Mika Vale: Bertrand Russell’s ‘The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism’

They did not intend that the proletariat engage in one long and gigantic shopping spree. Sometimes, we are forced to play the hand we are dealt as it is not realistic to constantly fold your cards unless you have a royal flush.

Russell didn't approve of it, although he does not mention it by name he is dealing with the concept, because, he says, "from concentration of power the very same evils flow as from the capitalist concentration of wealth.

The practice and theory of Bolshevism book he said--what is no doubt true--that The practice and theory of Bolshevism book will right themselves when there are goods to offer to the peasant.

Those who followed Christdid not learn to love their enemies or to turn the other cheek. Friends of Russia here think of thedictatorship of the proletariat as merely a new form of representativegovernment, in which only working men and women have votes, and theconstituencies are partly occupational, not geographical.

So Russell had a more realistic position than the Bolsheviks on this issue. Hunger and misery were widespread. First, Bolshevism stirred the hopes of humanity in such a way as lay the foundations for the future building of socialism.

Russell begins with stating that the materialistic conception of history "means that all mass phenomena of history are determined by economic motives. Tobegin with, Russia is one of the nations that were defeated in the war; this hasproduced a set of circumstances resembling those found in Germany andAustria.

The peasants were very ignorant, knowing little beyond the confines of their villages. Unfortunately his half baked psychological theories again come to the fore and he makes a comment about the Russian "character" being seemingly "less adapted to steady work of an unexciting nature [factory labor] than to heroic efforts on great occasions [storming the Winter Palace].Dec 19,  · Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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