Tariq Ali is a one, isn’t he?

That all changed with the ensuing civil war, in which the nascent Soviet state’s enemies were backed by the czar’s former Western allies. Amid the resulting chaos and millions of casualties, the Bolsheviks finally prevailed — but at a terrible political and moral cost, including the virtual extinction of the working class that had originally made the revolution.

Terrible political and moral cost. Not to say tens of millions of deaths but, you know, hey, the Bolshies won, right?

This is an essay in the series Red Century, about the legacy and history of communism 100 years after the Russian Revolution.

I’m waiting for the NYT to run some from the series on the other aberration of 20th century politics, fascism.

9 comments on “Tariq Ali is a one, isn’t he?

  1. But the revolution produced the most open period in Russian History.. surely it must be celebrated.

    “From February to October, arguably the most open period in Russian history,”

    oh…

  2. I take it that the series is not discussing the winter Revolution that overthrew the tsar, but the autumn coup d’état by the Bolsheviks, and its consequences.

  3. I wonder what people in future will call the attempted slow-motion coup d’état against Trump: I suppose it’ll depend partly on whether it succeeds.

  4. “I’m waiting for the NYT to run some from the series on the other aberration of 20th century politics, fascism.”

    That’s a tad unfair, unless you’re going to give them ’til 2033. It’s the centenary of the Russian revolution this year.

  5. I’m waiting for the NYT to run some from the series on the other aberration of 20th century politics, fascism.

    Yeah, right. From the same Old Grey Lady who gave us Walter Duranty. LOL

    Mind, they did issue a ‘statement’, though somewhat after the fact.

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