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Russell, a proponent of Communist ideals, believed that the future happiness of humanity depended upon restructuring the way production and business was run. The Bolsheviks, however, pursued their goals with an iron fist ra The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism, first published lracticeis Bertrand Russell’s critique of the Communist system he witnessed in the Soviet Union. The Bolsheviks, however, pursued their goals with an iron fist rather than bolshevlsm a free and idealistic hope that nurtured the individual.
Russell was also staunchly opposed to the way that Bolshevism prractice itself as a religion, with practices and beliefs that could brook no doubt. This, he determined, was no better than the Practce Church, which he opposed. Anyone with an interest in Communism and the Soviet Union will find this a deeply thoughtful book.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 07, P. Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: InRussia was a disaster scene. Hunger and misery were widespread.
The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism by Bertrand Russell
bolsgevism It was a police state blockaded by the outside world. Is it fair, Russell asks, to judge Bolshevism in this pratcice Bolshevism was not entirely responsible for Russia’s misery. But Russell is critical of Bolshevism for its superficial understanding of human nature and human motivations, and for its ruthlessness.
He concedes that its ideals were good, but its methods departed from its ideals. Nevertheless, he concludes that InRussia was a disaster scene. Nevertheless, he concludes that it was the right government for Russia at the time practics the possible alternatives are worse. If Russia were governed democratically, according to the will of the majority, the inhabitants of Moscow and Petrograd would die of starvation.
Teh, the vast majority of the population, would have abandoned the cities under a democratic system. Bolshevism has the attributes of a religion, Russell decides. It entertains dogmatic beliefs and closes people’s minds to scientific enquiry. Russell was not favorably impressed by Vladimir Lenin, calling him “an embodied theory. He recommends that capitalist injustices be resisted non-violently and gradually, focussing on power at first, not money, and on “propaganda to make the necessity of the transition obvious to the great majority of wage earners.
When he revised it in he found little need for change. Many of his predictions have come true.
Despite its abstract topic, this book is a quick and easy read. Mar 15, Caligula rated it really liked it. 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.
Emma Goldman wrote on her account of her years in Soviet Russia: I have the feeling that even if he would write about the harvesting of potatoes his texts would still be insightful and absorbing. One of the most important books Ive ever read. I love Russell although his fierce mathematical reductionism and disdain for the mystical vexes me to the core. Still he was like an uncle you never got along with but loved massively.
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He utterly demolishes the Bolshevik regime in this masterpiece with an exhaustive first hand acco One of the most important books Ive ever read. 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.
And others I cannot recall at the moment. History as its given to us is written by the winners, not by the truth-tellers. Although this book is ostensibly political, its cosmic in scope. If you are intelligent, it will be an absolute gold mine to you Nov 26, Luke Echo rated it liked it. Interesting little book written by Bertrand Russell after he made a brief visit to the USSR ruswell a few years after the Bolshevik revolution.
Russell was quite the socialist but even in it seems it was clear that the Russian situation was not producing the desired outcome – even to marxists and socialists. Dec 06, Tom rated it liked it. Interesting and informative discussion of his visit to communist Russia.
Excellent critique of the materialistic conception of history, Bolshevism, and the Marxism that inspired it. His conditions for the success of communism, however, were vague and simplistic. Sep 07, Ron rated it liked it. Very interesting read considering Russell was a socialist and he wanted the Xnd to succeed. He provided some interesting analysis of how Marxism will and will not work.
Jun 21, zltg rated it liked it Shelves: Equalization of wealth without berfrand of power seems to me a rather small and unstable achievement. But equalization of power is not a thing that can be achieved in a day. It requires a considerable level of moral, intellectual, and technical education.
It requires a long period without extreme crises, in order that habits of [The Bolsheviks] are neither angels to be worshiped nor devils to be exterminated, but merely bold and able men attempting with great skill an almost impossible task.
It requires a long period without extreme crises, in order that habits of tolerance and good nature may become common. 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.
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. It cannot be done quickly, because quick methods require that very mechanism and subordination of the the individual which we should struggle to prevent. The attitude of uncompromising heroism is attractive, and appeals especially to the dramatic instinct. But the purpose of the serious revolutionary is not personal heroism, nor martyrdom, but the creation of a happier world.
It is by slower and less showy methods that the new world must be built To find fault with those who urge these considerations, or to accuse them of faint-heartedness, is mere sentimental self-indulgence, sacrificing the good we can do to the satisfaction of our own emotions.
The war and its sequel have proved the destructiveness of capitalism; let us see to it that the next epoch does not prove the still greater destructiveness of Communism, but rather its power to heal the wounds which the old evil system has inflicted upon the human spirit. Apr 25, Scott Rudolph rated it liked it Shelves: This book came to me within a book.
Written in the early ‘s it outlines the author’s take on the Bolshevik takeover in Russia, and the overthrow of the tsarist regime.
He speaks openly about his thoughts on the ideals behind Bolshevism and the possibility of it throughout the world. This book gave me further insight to the movement in Russia, and a better understanding of Bolshevism. Some of the writing was a bit dry, however it was worth russelp read.
Apr 28, Bruce R. An excellent review of Communism in the early days of pracctice Soviet Union An excellent description of the state of Communism in Russia while Lenin was still alive.
Russell, who was himself a communist, travelled to Russia and saw first-hand both the successes and failures off the October Revolution.
It’s clear from reading this book that Bolshevism is not bolsnevism only firm of Communism, and Russell makes it clear why Bolshevism is unworkable in the advanced capitalist countries. Russell escribe en algunas premoniciones cumplidas posteriormente. Parry Paling rated it liked it Feb 07, Matt rated it really liked it Jul 18, Chris Day rated booshevism it was amazing May 17, Tom Gennoy rated it it was amazing Aug 21, James rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Mert rated it really liked it Apr 11, Bluecatblues rated it really liked it Dec 10, Graham rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Christian V rated it liked it Jun 26, Gerke Max Preussner pactice it it was amazing Jul 09, William rated it liked it Feb 22,