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Russell was also staunchly opposed to the way that Bolshevism saw itself as a religion, with practices and beliefs that could brook no doubt. But BR had little hesitation in offending other types of readers.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism : Bertrand Russell :

thoery Russell, a proponent of Communist ideals, believed that the future happiness of humanity depended upon restructuring the way production and business was run. Russell was not favorably impressed by Vladimir Lenin, calling him “an embodied theory.

Mar 15, Caligula rated it really liked it. From the ‘s on such references disappear so far as I can remember, completely. 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 Theorry.

He utterly demolishes the Bolshevik regime in this masterpiece with an exhaustive first hand account of his travels to Russia and his experiences meeting all the personages we read about in history books.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism by Bertrand Russell

When Russell was revealed as making similar comments in his letters to those that Virginia had made his diaries this resentment boiled over in what was probably one of his last reviews. This is only possible if those who are acquiring power are not very fierce, and do not terrify their opponents by threats of ruin and death.

I’m sure the rise of Nazism was the cause. Chris Day rated it it was amazing May 17, Fri, 4 Sep Is it fair, Russell asks, to judge Bolshevism in this context? But Russell is critical of Bolshevism for its superficial understanding of human nature and human motivations, and for its ruthlessness.


Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anyone interested should consult the indices of these books under such headings as anti-semitism, jews, pogroms etc. It’s clear from reading this book that Bolshevism is not the only firm of Communism, and Russell makes it clear why Bolshevism is unworkable in the advanced capitalist countries.

Paperback94 pages. Instead of rantings about postmodernists my audit report is full of dull stuff about teaching evaluations, publications, assessment policies and so forth.

Russell had admired jews Spinoza, Einstein befriended jews Horace Kallen, various students and defended jews Sheffer of Sheffer’s stroke fame before, and he was always proud of Lord John’s record on jewish civil rights. As rusell of Comintern and satrap of Petrograd, Russell is likely to have had more to do with Zinoviev than Trotsky who he only met once.

Excellent critique of the materialistic conception of history, Bolshevism, and the Marxism that inspired it. In fact, the Party was not so much remarkable for its Jewishness as for the bolshevim proportion of leading members from the MANY ethnic and racial minorities, Jews, Latvians, Poles, Georgians etc.

These theort like all remarks have to be read in historical context. They were acquitted, but the stain would not wash out. Only the last three were Jewish.

Various people try to explain to him that a private email bertradn one thing and a public document another, and that there is a difference between voicing one’s raw reactions and giving a considered judgement. In his personal manners he resembled certain anti-semitic stereotypes that Russell would have been aware of.

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bertranr A reaction he felt free to express to someone of his own age and class. But he seems to have harboured some subconscious resentments.

I haven’t checked with the texts to verify my assertions but I have a pretty good memory for this sort of thing. Be the first to ask a question about The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism. On this book, I have a query which perhaps someone could help answer.


BR’s allusions to Lady Ottoline 25 June about Rufus Isaacs later Lord Reading surely relates to his involvement with his brother Godfrey and Lloyd George in the Marconi Scandal ofwhen they were accused of financial corruption in transactions of the Marconi Co. If you are intelligent, it will be an absolute gold mine to you In BR’s autobiog vol II, he says in a letter to Ottoline M, ‘Bolshevism is a close tyrannical bureaucracy, with a spy system more or and terrible than the Tsar’s, and an aristocracy as insolent and unfeeling, composed of Americanised Jews.

Their propensity for self-advertisement I’m thinking of Trotsky and Zinoviev here together with the anti-semitic prejudices of the age made them all russelk more noticeable.

But the latter-day Rae is not satisfied. An excellent review of Communism in the early days of the Soviet Union An excellent description of the state of Communism in Russia while Lenin was still alive. Because he was reporting his raw reactions rather than trying to give a sober acount of the facts. No vestige of liberty remains, in thought or speech or action. A similar concern shows up in some of his other books, e.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

Jun 07, P. My sources for all this information are the books we have already discussed pracrice the list in connection with BR and the Bolsheviks: 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.

But equalization of power is not a thing that can be achieved in a day.