Poel Karp: 'International Perplexity'

posted 18 Apr 2016, 07:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Apr 2016, 01:11 ]
18 April 2016

By Poel Karp 

Next year is the centenary of the Russian Revolution, which changed the world. Marx spread the faith that the working class would not only achieve equality under the law but that, having reached the highest level of capitalism and become the majority of the population, it would institute a dictatorship of the proletariat in all developed countries. Then the state would wither away and Communism would dawn. The October Revolution lifted its prayers to Marx, but it transformed his faith. It didn't wait for other countries or for a higher level of capitalism. It took place in backward Russia, and it didn't care that the working class in Russia was but a small portion of the population. The Russian Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, relied on will and force, and under them the state didn't wither away, it took ever more control. First of industry, and from 1929 agriculture as well, and even science and the arts. And it took command of the colonies of the previous empire. The USSR lived Mussolini-style: "Everything in the state, nothing outside the state". Our country introduced totalitarianism first, before Italy. [Read more]

Translated by Alissa Leigh-Valles