Monthly Archives: February 2012

History Repeating Itself

When we had our discussion on how the Bolsheviks took control of the Russian Government in 1917, I couldn’t help but notice how many of the names, actions, and ideals  of the Red Army were very reminiscent of the bourgeoisie … Continue reading

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Popular support vs. Political leadership

During yesterday’s discussion, someone brought up the idea that both popular support and political leadership were both involved in the Bolsheviks success, and one lead to another. I believe that political leadership came first and the Bolsheviks’ strong leader, Lenin, … Continue reading

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The Cheka

As I was reading about the Russian Revolution for monday’s homework, the book mentioned the ‘Cheka’  which was the re-established old tsarist secret police and they would hunt down and kill thousands of real or supposed enemies. It said that … Continue reading

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Rasputin

I’m sorry if this seems a little off topic, but when we were going over the Russian revolution, I couldn’t help but remember this old song from my dad’s old CDs. There wasn’t much focus on him in the book … Continue reading

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Does democracy take time?

Fareed Zakaria, in this piece on CNN, argues that we can’t judge the success of the Arab revolts yet, because even successful revolutions often look unsuccessful in the short run.  Things look chaotic now (witness the violence in Egypt over … Continue reading

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Facebook IPO

This is a really interesting article and it has some points about capitalism that made me think of our debate. I thought it was especially interesting when it was talking about investors and the effects that public investments have on … Continue reading

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