Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.2

06/02/2019

Nationalism and Imperialism

In part 1, I talked about the possibility of a socialist revolution taking place today. The chances are quite small in my view, and one of the reasons for that is the ideological divides and how people perceive different –isms. In this piece, I just want to touch on nationalism and imperialism, with reference to ideas of Lenin’s quoted in Christopher Hill’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.1

06/02/2019

Revolution

It took longer than I intended (it was a relatively short book), but I have finally finished Christopher Hill’s brief book on the Russian Revolution, which spoke of it through the lens of Lenin’s ideas and actions. I’ll most definitely have to read some other books about the time period to have a more in depth understanding and context surrounding the Revolution as it was rather limited. Despite this, it did offer a fair amount of introductory insight to the years (approximately) 1903-1924, and there are ideas worth exploring.

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Quick Quips: First Month

31/01/2019

It may just be something that happens as you get older, but even at 20 the time seems to fly by with little regard for what one would like to do with said time. Already we are at the end of January, with the scene set for 2019. Yes, it looks like it’s going to just be another regular year.

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“Liberals vs Conservatives”

20/01/2019

Let’s start off with a quote by the late Eric Hobsbawm.

“It is to be noted that political conflicts provided an alternative to social conflicts: they tended to replace the vertical confrontation of the lower class against its ruler with the horizontal confrontation of Liberal communities against Conservative communities, and the occupation of the landlord’s lands with that of the murdered or expelled neighbours of a different political allegiance.”

This (i.e. the last segment of the paragraph) is specifically referring to peasant movements in Columbia, written in 1969 about the previous few decades (I am currently reading Viva La Revolución, a compilation of some of his writings about Latin America). But the premise remains important.

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No Cure for Ignorance, Only Better Ignorance

10/01/2019

While I consider philosophy, history, and political books recreational reading, it is always refreshing to go back to the genre that introduced me to reading in the first place – fantasy. What better than the late Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, containing equal parts humour, insightful quotes, and the only flat-earth theory that I would ever accept if such a thing were true. But it’s the middle one I wish to mention, as there was a specific quote from the third novel, Equal Rites (a great pun), about ignorance.

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A Sense of Collectivism in a Capitalist System

19/12/2018

In the months leading up to my old workplace being shutdown to bring in yet another fast food store in the name of profit, I joked with a few colleagues about the idea of a ‘revolution’, where we would take over the store and collectively own it without corporate control. (I feel I should disclose that there are no hard feelings over this, and that I’m not attacking the move to change franchise). After a few months since the shutdown, however, reflection has led me to acknowledge that the idea, while light-hearted at the time, may have made sense.

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Death Penalty Has No Place in a Civilised World

25/11/2018

On October 2nd, Washington Post journalist and critic of the Saudi Arabian government and monarchy, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Now, in an attempt to distance their connection to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, five suspects have been sentenced with the death penalty. The prosecutor held back from naming anyone directly connected to the Crown Prince, and obviously did not suggest the hit was ordered by him or his advisors. But is the death penalty really justice, or is it simply justified murder?

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Why I Detest the ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Labels

07/10/2018

Today’s turbulent media fosters one of the greatest divisionary tools of our age: that of ideological factionalism. This supposed ideological war between the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ is nothing more than a distraction from actually dealing with the issues that we face. Look at any Facebook news post’s comment section or any political rally and you’re bound to see and hear sides being taken. While having an opinion on an issue and choosing a side is perfectly fine, there is a toxicity that has gradually built over time where ‘left’ and ‘right’ just can’t seem to find a common ground. There is no basis as to why they cannot.

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War and Civilisation

06/10/2018

At no point in modern history, or perhaps one could argue any point in recorded human history, has the world not had some state of conflict between one or more groups of people. To have knowledge of history is to know that humanity has an unnerving addiction to violence as a means and an end to and of their goals. It’s ironic that humanity is used synonymously with kindness when our species seems incapable of grasping what that even means in times of war.

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