Monthly Archives: February 2013

Stalin Takes the Place of the Bourgeoisie

After reading about Stalin’s rise to power and his style of ruling the USSR, I could not help but wonder if he essentially replaced the bourgeoisie as the new “exploiting” party.  In Stalin’s Soviet society, the proletariat appeared to have … Continue reading

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Russian Revolution Historiography

After reading about the historiography of the Russian Revolution, I realized that choosing one theory to side with about the origins of the Russian revolution was difficult compared to siding with the different theories presented for other revolutions such as … Continue reading

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The Power of The Mass

What defines a government? How does a certain person or group rise to power? The Petrograd Soviet rose to power and created a government, simply because of support.  What is most impressive is that they did this without being stopped, … Continue reading

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Stalin and Robespierre

The other day in class, someone mentioned that Stalin was similar to Robespierre in that the two men were radical leaders who used their positions to gain power. Robespierre was the leader of the radical Mountain, while Stalin was the … Continue reading

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Who gives the government power?

During the discussion of the Russian Revolution, it seems as if after the civil war there were always two different government bodies that were in power. One of the groups would be the official leader, while the other group would … Continue reading

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I’m a Communist

Over the past few weeks as we have been studying Marx’s Communist Manifesto, I’ve been thinking about what it would be like to live in a Communist Society. In class, we had a discussion about whether or not Communism could … Continue reading

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Iron Felix

I was in Washington DC this past weekend and visited the International Spy Museum. One portion of the museum was dedicated to the Stalin regime and the 1917 Russian Revolution. A major portion of this exhibit was related to Felix … Continue reading

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Capitalism in America today

Now that we’ve read about communism in Marx and Engels, what, if anything, applies to capitalism in America today.  As food for thought, here are a couple of recent articles from the (admittedly liberal) New York Times: “Incomes Flat in … Continue reading

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Communism: Theory Vs. Reality

As we read Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, I began to see that there were many good aspects of Communism. Marx describes Communism as a society in which “class distinctions have disappeared” (page 244 The Communist Manifesto), so people would be … Continue reading

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The Correlation Between Wealth and Religion

While reading The Communist Manifesto I was intrigued by Marx’s theory on the purpose and general function of religion in society.  Marx’s claim that religion exists as a means of the ruling class to exploit the working class through false … Continue reading

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