The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism [Bertrand Russell] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism is a . 1. The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism. By. Bertrand Russell Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of. The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism has ratings and 12 reviews. P.J. said: In , Russia was a disaster scene. Hunger and misery were widespread.

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As head of Comintern and satrap of Petrograd, Russell is likely to have had more to do with Zinoviev than Trotsky who he only met once. After all, LW himself was elected to the Apostles and Virginia married him. But the latter-day Rae is not satisfied. Multiple recipients of list [russell-l informer1. But the purpose of the serious revolutionary is not personal heroism, nor martyrdom, but the creation of a happier world. Though there was a disproportionate number of Jews in the higher echelons of the Party they never constituted the majority.

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The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

It requires vigor on the part of those who are acquiring power, without a too desperate resistance on the part of those whose share is diminishing. One of the most important books Ive ever read. He claimed otherwise and obviously tried not to notice after all, they WERE his friends and were too decent to be anti-semitic in any deep or serious sense. Gerke Max Preussner rated it it was amazing Jul 09, The Bolsheviks, however, pursued their goals with an iron fist ra The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism, first published inis Bertrand Russell’s critique of the Communist system he witnessed in the Soviet Union.


From the ‘s on such references disappear so far as I can remember, completely. In this book Russell manages to be sympathetic and understanding with the Bolsheviks who, according to him, “deserve the gratitude and admiration of all the progressive part of mankind” but also critical sometimes very harsh at the same time. Since he had alredy been imprisoned for opposing the British Empire there was no need to bring more trouble down on his head by attacking the eternal moral verities.

Matt rated it really liked it Jul 18, Is it fair, Russell asks, to judge Bolshevism in this context? I haven’t checked with the texts to verify my assertions but I have a pretty good memory for this sort of thing. About he seems to have decided that anti-semitism and other forms of racial and ethnic prejudice constituted a serious problem.

It was knee jerk and related to the distaste many Britons felt for the flood of Jews into the country from the s on. Ken obviously thinks it was Trotsky, but a much more likely candidate is Zinoviev. The only snag is I don’t think Zinoviev spent much time in America.

He speaks openly about his thoughts on the ideals behind Bolshevism and the possibility of it throughout the world. Yet I think it the right government for Russia at this moment.


Russell, who was himself a communist, travelled to Russia and saw first-hand both the successes and failures off the October Revolution.

Kenneth Blackwell [blackwk mcmail. But Pigden had little hesitation in offending other types of readers or indeed post-modernists on other occasions. Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mert rated it really liked it Apr 11, He starts a controversy on the Pigden-l list.

Rae West seems to think there is a puzzle about Russell’s dropping the comment about Bolshdvism Jews from his published account of the Bolsheviks. Russell spent a lot of time in the States between the wars and made the acquaintance of a number of Jewish intellectuals, principally philosophers.

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He could not take it out on on his wife or his friends so he took it out on Russell, accusing him of an ‘aristocratic’ anti-semitism, when the truth was that it was an anti-semitism shared by the upper middle-classes, including many of his closest associates.

If you share such a prejudice struggle against it. Keynes chief disciple, Richard, Lord Kahn was jewish. Remember that other people less responsible than yourself may think dislike a reason for persecution. Instead of rantings about postmodernists my audit report is full of dull stuff about teaching evaluations, publications, assessment policies and so forth.