Diana Johnstone on the Left, the Bolshevik Revolution, and More

The irony of the human rights doctrine is particularly evident in the anti-Russian propaganda of recent years. The collapse of the Soviet Union has led to a revival of traditional conservatism in Russia, including respect for religion and “family values.” The United States counterrevolution has thus gone full circle. The “enemy” today is what “anti-communism” claimed to defend yesterday.” – Diana Johnstone, The Western Left and the Russian Revolution

The latest Monthly Review, Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917-2017, is devoted to marking the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. Among the rather uneven mix of contributions, Diana Johnstone‘s stands out as particularly interesting.

Taken to task for its brevity by the pathologically prolix Louis Proyect, Johnstone’s article is an admirably cogent presentation of insights (and errors) regarding the revolution, counter-revolution, human rights ideology, Trotskyism, imperialism and more, with each of its sentences worth an essay in itself.  Definitely worth reading.

(By the way, also of interest in the issue is The October Revolution and the Survival of Capitalism by Prabhat Patnaik.)

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