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Defending the indefensible. A Review of Leon Trotsky’s “Terrorism and Communism”

Introduction:     This short polemic from Trotsky was a reply to Karl Kautsky’s stinging critique of the Russian Revolution. Kautsky believed that the Bolsheviks had disregarded some of the basic tenets of Marxism by violently seizing power. Kautsky was … Continue reading

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The Russian revolution 100 years on. Review: E.H. Carr “The Russian Revolution from Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929”

    Introduction: Carr devoted thirty years of his life to writing the fourteen volume, two million words and arguably the definitive history of Twentieth Century Russia. This is his magnum opus distilled into two hundred pages and it is … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Nineteen Eighty-Four”.

When I first read “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, Orwell’s dark vision where the “rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions” terrified me. Orwell’s … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky, Fyodor: “The Gambler”

Dostoevsky’s novella has several themes worthy of thinking about. Namely gambling, national identity, class and love. Dostoevsky is worth reading for his style alone as it is lyrical, sinuous and elegant. The Dickensian name of the town where the casino was based, Roulletenberg, typified … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Animal Farm”

Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is still relevant. Living in a free and democratic country makes it all too facile to ignore the fact that millions of people and vast parts of our planet continue to be ruled with tyranny and repression. Contemplate the … Continue reading

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