Tag Archives: Communism

Book Review: Hermit In Paris

Hermit In Paris: Autobiographical Writings, by Italo Calvino There is a moment in this book where the author fails to realize what an ominous sign a mishandled rhetorical question is. The essay in question is “Was I A Stalinist Too?” … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Russian Civil War

The Russian Civil War, by Evan Mawdsley In many ways, reading this book is sort of like the opposite experience of reading about the experience of the American or Spanish or Finnish Civil Wars, for example. In those latter two … Continue reading

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Book Review: The White Generals

The White Generals:  An Account Of The White Movement And The Russian Civil War, by Richard Luckett Any time we deal with the past there is the question of the inevitability of the past.  In retrospect, we know that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Memoirs Of A Bolshevik

Memoirs Of A Bolshevik, by O. Piatnitsky In reading this short book, where the author proudly displays his misguided loyalty to Lenin and his devotion to Communist revolutionary politics, a nagging feeling came to me that for sure this author … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Great Thoughts Of China

The Great Thoughts Of China:  3,000 Years Of Wisdom That Shaped A Civilization, by Liang Congjie This is not a book that I exactly hated to read, seeing as I greatly appreciate the wisdom of Chinese thinking.  That said, this … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bloodstained

Bloodstained:  One Hundred Years Of Leninist Counterrevolution, edited by the Friends of Aron Baron It should be stated at the outset that I am not a friend of Aron Baron nor am I supportive of leftist anarchists at all.  My … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Spanish Civil War (Ranzato)

The Spanish Civil War, by Gabrielle Ranzato You know a book about the Spanish Civil War is not going to be any good when it is part of a Traveller’s history series and views the rapine and theft and violence … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Naked Communist

The Naked Communist, by W. Cleon Skousen Having heard that this book was a terrible propaganda volume written about communism, I was disappointed in reading this work to only find trivially obvious truth about the behavior of Marx, American Communists, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gramsci And Contemporary Politics

Gramsci And Contemporary Politics:  Beyond Pessimism Of The Intellect, by Anne Showstack Sassoon If you are viewing Gramsci as a positive influence in your political thinking, I don’t really want anything to do with you.  That said, it is still … Continue reading

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Comrade Britney, Or The Subtle Problems Of Envy

One of the more ridiculous news stories yesterday was that Britney Spears, noted singer, declared an interest in the redistribution of wealth.  This statement prompted a wide variety of socialists to cheer on that she had expressed a commitment to … Continue reading

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