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The practice and theory of Bolshevism

So why apart from rather concealed remarks e. He starts a controversy on the Pigden-l list. Another consideration may have influenced Russell. Return to Book Page. Sat, 5 Sep Mert rated it really liked it Apr 11, Russell escribe en algunas premoniciones cumplidas posteriormente.

However, the issue isn’t what Pigden thinks, or what I think, but what BR thought.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism, first published inis Bertrand Russell’s critique of the Communist system he witnessed in the Soviet Union. Interesting little book written by Bertrand Russell after he made a brief visit to the USSR in a few years after the Bolshevik revolution. But BR was happy to describe whole classes of people as evil and despotic etc, and to discuss the effects of philosophical beliefs on peoples’ mindsets, and to shock people about sex, bishops etc.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

Sullivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 28, Bruce R. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ken’s remark about the timing of Russell’s dismissal from the Barnes Foundation and Peter’s letter about anti-semitism is very interesting.


Many of his predictions have come true. Russell was not favorably impressed by Vladimir Lenin, calling him “an embodied theory.

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism by Bertrand Russell

I love Russell although his fierce mathematical reductionism tbeory disdain for the mystical vexes me to the core. But Pigden had little hesitation in offending other types of readers or indeed post-modernists on other occasions.

This book gave me further insight to the movement in Russia, and a better understanding of Bolshevism.

BR, who visited Russia, found a pratcice tyrannical bureacracy’ of ‘Americanized Jews’, an ‘insolent aristocracy’. For example, in he held the Nietzschian view that all moral judgements are false. Moreover because of name-changing of the Bronstein-Trotsky type, it’s difficult to be sure.

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But the purpose of the serious revolutionary is not personal heroism, nor martyrdom, but the creation of a happier world. Since he had alredy been imprisoned for opposing the British Empire there was no need to bring more trouble down on his head by attacking the eternal moral verities.

Only three members of Lenins’s Polibureau were of authentic ‘Great Russian’ ancestry: It was knee jerk and related to the distaste many Britons felt for the flood of Jews into the country from the s on.


The Bolsheviks, however, pursued their goals with an iron fist rather than with a free and idealistic hope that nurtured the individual. Let me suggest an analogy.

The irony in this was that the leading Jewish BolshEvIks rejected their Jewish heritage and preferred to see themselves as revolutionaries, workers or cosmopolitan intellectuals rather than Jews The point was well put by a rabbi alluding to Trotsky’s original and Jewish-sounding name of Bronstein.

Pravtice that other people less responsible than yourself may think dislike a reason for persecution. A similar concern shows up in some of his other books, e.

Still he was like an uncle you never got along with but loved massively. Russell’s contacts with Jewish life is more extensive than one would think-over twenty articles for Jewish Daily Forward, first recipient of Israel Prize, early champion of Soviet Jewry etc.

If Russia were governed democratically, according to the will of the majority, the inhabitants of Moscow and Petrograd would die praxtice starvation. Russell spent a lot of time in the States between the wars and made the acquaintance of a number of Jewish intellectuals, principally philosophers.