[Russia] Interesting bit about LeninFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dictator's Handbook
Apr 06 2017 08:18:35
“Politics is a concentrated expression of economics,” Lenin once
remarked. As capitalism stumbles, its politicians and their
oligarchical backers are finding voters deserting their parties in
droves. The shift to the right in Western politics is a revolt against
the neoliberal coalitions that have governed since the Soviet Union
collapsed. Today, however, the politicians cannot blame socialism as
they once did — for it does not exist.
In the national-conservative Russia of its president, Vladimir V.
Putin, there are no celebrations this year of either the February
Revolution or the October one. “They are not on our calendar,” he told
an Indian journalist of my acquaintance last year.
“After their death,” Lenin wrote of revolutionaries, “attempts are made
to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and
to hallow their names to a certain extent for the ‘consolation’ of the
oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter.” After his
death, against the cries of his widow and sisters, Lenin was mummified,
put on public display and treated like a Byzantine saint. He had
predicted his own fate.
Dildo Baggins <email@example.com>