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    many peasant workers in Russia wanted what was basically worker managed collectives, free of interference from Bolshevik elites who would take their food and distribute it to urban workers, leaving the peasants to starve.

    See the Kronstadt Rebellion, and Nestor Makhno and the anarchist rebellion in the Ukraine, both of which were suppressed by Marxist-Leninist Bolsheviks.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:56:51 PM PST

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    •  Yep, and the Bolsheviks systemically (4+ / 0-)
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      persecuted other socialist parties. The Socialist Revolutionary party was the largest single party in Russia in 1917.

      Yet hardly anyone even knows they existed. They are simply left out of history so that anyone who can be effectively fooled by our "education" system will believe there are only two choices: Communism or Capitalism.

      Shades of grey are dangerous.

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        that the system in the USSR was not communism. It was state capitalism, highly corrupt and authoritarian, serving the elites at the top of the hierarchy.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 11:24:17 AM PST

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        •  Oligarchical Collectivism (2+ / 0-)
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          much like we have going on here now. In the case of the Soviet Union  the oligarchs went too far and people just said fuck it your outta here. Gorbachev's perestroika was the prelude to the revolutions, and the break up of the Soviet block.  Not that the current government in Russia is anything to laud.

          In May 1985, Gorbachev gave a speech in Leningrad which he admitted the slowing down of the economic development and inadequate living standards. This was the first time in Soviet history that a Soviet leader had done so.

          The program was furthered at the 27th Congress of the Communist Party in Gorbachev's report to the congress, in which he spoke about "perestroika", "uskoreniye", "human factor", "glasnost", and "expansion of the khozraschyot" (commercialization).      

          We watched a great movie documentary called My Perestroika which follows the lives of 5 Moscow residents from grade school through Putin. Very good movie I highly recommend it.


        •  Definitely (1+ / 0-)
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