Links and Such/Procrastination for November 5, 2017

Comment of the Day: Sans Souci: In some ways, "should Christians be Christians?" is like the question "should Communists be Communists?": "Hmmm...I'm starting to think that DeLong's Kronstadt was really the Bolshevik Revolution of November 7, 1917:

Maxim Gorky: DAYS WITH LENIN: I did not meet Lenin in Russia, or even see him from afar, until 1918, when the final base attempt was made on his life. I came to him when he had hardly regained the use of his hand and could scarcely move his neck, which had been shot through. When I expressed my indignation, he replied, as though dismissing something of which he was tired: 'A brawl. Nothing to be done. Every one acts according to his lights.'...

His keen glance sharpened, and he continued in a lower tone: 'Well, and millions of peasants with rifles in their hands are not a threat to culture according to you, eh? You think the Constituent Assembly could have coped with that anarchy? You who make such a fuss about the anarchy of the country should be able to understand our tasks better than others. We have got to put before the Russian masses something they can grasp.

The Soviets and Communism are simple.... We can only build up Communism when it has become more accessible to the masses by means of bourgeois science and technique. For this, it is necessary to take over the apparatus from the bourgeoisie, to attract all the specialists to work in this connection. Without the bourgeois specialists it is impossible to increase the forces of production. They must be surrounded by an atmosphere of comradely cooperation, by workers’ commissars, by Communists; conditions must be created which will not allow them to break away, but they must be given the possibility of working better than under capitalism, for otherwise this layer which has received its education from the bourgeoisie, will not begin to work. It is impossible to make a whole layer work by main force...

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