Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In reference to the below post about the end of American dominance...

I think that you can make the argument that the reason the Bolshevik Revolution was possible had little to with Russia being somehow prepared for socialism and everything to do with the form of government that Russia had. Tsarist Russia had become an irrelevant historical anachronism that was bound to go down. It was the Russian Empire that ended when the Bolshevik Revolution happend, the Russian imperial system. The Bolsheviks and the rest of the Socialist movement took advantage of the historical moment to push for their demands, using ideas from Western Europe that they'd adapted to their situation, partially through neo-philia, the pursuit of the latest, most 'avant garde', thing, and partially through sincerely looking at Socialism as the most developed solution out there. And they won.

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