as you watch videos of screeching radicals demand you conform to their sloganeering, or else: take a break and read this chilling piece. its worth it.
wow. i generally haven't read much in-depth about pre-revolutionary post-1900 russia, but what i read is always perplexing
"Between 1900 and 1917, waves of terror struck Russia...terrorists boasted of killing because the victims were likely bourgeois...anarcho-­communists threw bombs laced with nails into a café 'to see how the foul bourgeois will squirm in death agony'”
"Not just lawyers, teachers, doctors, and engineers, but even industrialists and bank directors raised money for the terrorists. Doing so signaled advanced opinion and good manners."
The roots of political violence in fashion consciousness, conformity, cowardice, and viral mimicry — seen through the lens of pre-revolutionary Russia
The great tragedy of #Russia: the liberals just would not meet the Tsar's government half way, insisting on a romantic attachment to the radical-terrorist movements, abetting them into power, at which point the liberals were the first to be liquidated.
A quote attributed to Lenin—“When we are ready to kill the capitalists, they will sell us the rope”—would have been more accurately rendered as: “They will buy us the rope and hire us to use it on them.”
Here, , are your Girondins. Described in painstaking detail as they existed in Russia in 1900-1917 just prior to their violent liquidation.
“Captivated by public opinion, they signed petitions they did not agree with and excused heinous acts, always observing the rule: Better to side with people a mile to one’s left than be associated with anyone an inch to one’s right.”
"One sometimes hears that 'the pendulum is bound to swing back.' But how does one know there is a pendulum at all, rather than—let us say—a snowball accelerating downhill?...What meets no resistance does not stop."
This seems important, on political violence and cowardly liberals in pre-revolutionary russia
As said by Solzhenitsyn's protagonist in 'November 1916'. Only with the power of hindsight does it seem insane that educated Russians would have faced peer pressure to support the terrorism and revolution which would create a totalitarian state.
"[T]o the extent that a society’s educated class comes to resemble an intelligentsia in the Russian sense, it is headed for what we now call totalitarianism—unless others muster the strength to resist it."Great article!! Suicide of the Liberals
Enlightening and accurate. Strong recommend.