Just reading Trotskys the history of the Russian Revolution. A
large book with huge detail and amazing insight into the psychology
and treachery of the counter revolutionary forces, and of course
western industrialist interference in the internal affairs of a
sovereign nation, surprise, surprise
What I find fascinating is the similarity between this and the
normal workings of a so-called democracy in an imperialist world
with all the usual lies and treachery. While the workings and
treachery are nothing new, it gives a great insight and
understanding into how it all works and a great education for
people interested in changing the world order and achieving a real
While reading it I took time out to read a small Socialist Aotearoa
pamphlet called In Defence of October. This was a debate between
four historians on whether Leninism led to Stalinism. An
interesting debate with a lot of good points made in it, but by the
end there seemed to be one glaring omission and I think this is
true in general about the debate on this subject worldwide and that
Did western industrialist interference in the revolution lead to
Stalinism? Did Churchillism lead to Stalinism? Did Churchillism
lead to Hitler? Did it lead to Franco? Did it lead to Mussolini?
Did it lead to the Greek generals? Did it lead to Pinochet? Did it
lead to Pol Pot?
The list goes on and on. I could list about 50 countries where the
US alone has been instrumental in installing horrible dictators,
which ultimately has led to the fucked up capitalist world we live
in now, with its perpetual wars, starvation poverty, persecution,
real threat of climate disaster and nuclear war.
While the academics argue about the deck chairs on the titanic.
The question really should be: if western industrial countries had
kept their blood stained hands out of Russias revolution, would
Leninism have led to a utopian world socialism? And I think the
answer would be, quite likely.
Sometimes I think these academics lack imagination or empathy. They
dont seem to be able to fully comprehend the situation Lenin found
himself in after the revolution and after the civil war. They dont
seem to be able to comprehend the magnitude of being invaded by the
most powerful countries in the world, and the devastating effect of
this on the revolution and on socialism. They seem to think that
Lenin could just...