Voices from Russia

Saturday, 4 November 2017

4 November 2017. Tuesday is the Centenery of the Great October

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Tuesday is the 100th anniversary of the Great October. Yes… Russia was on the Julian Calendar in 1917, so 25 October was 7 November according to the Gregorian usage. Russia was in chaos… the Upper-Middle class had thrown Russia into ungovernable convulsions due to their ill-advised putsch in February against the tsarist state. They had nothing to replace it… they were like Trump and his pack of ravening jackals. They acted without consideration for consequence… they had no ideology or weltanschauung to unite around. It was simply, “Off with his head”… one can tell the measure of the rebels by noting that they didn’t scruple at putting the state into free-fall during a time of war. One can say what you will about Lenin and the Bolsheviks. However, as Lieutenant-General A I Denikin (a leading figure in the anti-Bolshevik White movement in the Russian Civil War) recognised:

It turned out that this group of about 30,000 or 50,000 people were extremely passionate, sufficiently educated, and most importantly, had a dream; it relentlessly removed any obstacles in the way of making this dream a reality. This is why this group rescued everything from the grasp of total collapse and disintegration.

Whether one likes it or not, the Whites plunged the country into the abyss without thought for the future. You may hate V I Lenin… you may hate socialism… but you have to admit that Lenin’s foes had no programme nor did they have a unifying belief to rally the narod.  They imprisoned the tsar (whom they could’ve used as a unifying figurehead) and they decapitated the state. The White defeat in the Civil War was more spiritual than physical or military. They simply had no ideology… they were nihilists (like Clinton and Trump in our day). Like it or not, the Bolsheviks did have an ideal and the will to carry it out.

Whether one likes it or not, the Bolsheviks saved Rus for the future. For that, all future generations of Russians owe them thanks.

BMD

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