Skip to comments.Russian revolution: urgent lessons for U.S. today
Posted on 10/25/2013 5:25:33 PM PDT by ReformationFan
This year is the 96th anniversary of the Russian revolution, one of the most earthshaking events in human history. The terms "history" and "96th anniversary" are apt to cause the eyes of many if not most Americans to glaze over, but American life today is being molded directly by the ideas and events set in motion in Russia in 1917.
Distilled down to the most important elements, the Russian revolution had three key ideological elements: first, the state as almighty, a replacement for God; secondly, a political elite to guide the "masses"; thirdly, the use of the state's police power to completely subjugate all society to the government, no exceptions, no opposition allowed.
The concept of a powerful elite directing the rest of the nation, by force if necessary, to a socialist utopia comes directly from the Communist revolution in Russia. In earlier history, the king or emperor was thought to have absolute authority over all his subjects, but, after the Russian revolution, ideas became sovereign.
The author of these ideas and the leader of the Russian Revolution was Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov, better known by his revolutionary name, Lenin. Sometimes he was Nikolai Lenin, other times Vladimir Lenin. Throughout his subversive career he had some 40 aliases.
As V.I. Lenin, he authored What Is To Be Done? Burning Questions Of Our Movement, which outlined his strategy for the establishment of a Marxist state in Russia. In his book, published in 1902, Lenin demanded the establishment of a dedicated core of professional revolutionaries who would educate the workers in revolutionary struggle and then lead them to victory. Before Lenin, revolution was a haphazard matter, dependent upon those who were inflamed for the moment, or who dabbled only intermittently.
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I would say Obama is a Lenin-type, who will be followed by a Stalin-type.
To be fair, small-d democrats overthrew the Czar, and Russia was a democracy for about six months. However, the democrats were so ineffectual and so lacking in common sense, that their duma, parliament, was populated by people like Nancy Pelosi and her San Francisco Moonbats.
The president of the Russian provisional government, Alexander Kerensky, was such a spineless and ineffectual twit that he could be compared to Paul Reubens ‘Pee Wee Herman’ character.
For example, in the middle of World War I, the duma decided to abolish the rank structure of the Russian Army, with all military decisions being made by majority voice vote.
For his part Kerensky was terrified that the small number of Bolsheviks would overthrow him in St. Petersburg, that once, when he was dictating a letter to his secretary, outside on the street a car backfired. Kerensky leaped on top of his desk, screaming “the Bolsheviks are attacking!”
His secretary calmly went over to the window and looked out. Seeing only cars and pedestrians, he shook his head, no. So Kerensky climbed down from his desk and continued to dictate his letter.
Large parts of the Russian revolution were seemingly choreographed by Monty Python.
As an epilogue, Kerensky survived the revolution and came to America. In the 1960s, he was invited to speak before Russian history classes at UCLA, before some rather astonished undergraduates. After he left, the next few days were devoted to clearing up all his lies, excuses, and blame he cast on others.
In the past, I have referred to her as the Dutchess of Stalingrad.