Posts Tagged: russia

‘Communist parties too must learn to utilize these methods’

The following quotes are from the Comintern’s Fourth Congress (1922), the proceedings of which Comrade John Riddell translated into English. The quotes were made available to me by Comrade Jesse McLaren in January of this year: 1) In the discussion of trade union work, the Bolshevik Lozovsky (general secretary of the Red International of Labour

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‘We must develop a new Communist reporter’

Zinoviev wrote for the Communist International to the editors of Communist papers in 1921. He complained that: Our papers are too dry, too abstract, too similar to papers of the old type. They are made up too much of what is of interest to the professional politicians, and contain very little of such items as

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#RevSoc Self sacrifice, dedication to the cause

I first read this footnote in the summer of 1998 and it never left my mind. Describing the Bolsheviks’ printshop in 1905, Tony Cliff writes: This was by far the largest underground printing press in Russia and was literally underground – in a cellar. The printers were seven self-sacrificing party members. They worked 10 hours

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#RevSoc Visualizing propaganda and agitation

Leon Trotsky, “Vodka, the Church, and the Cinema” 12 July, 1923: The most important weapon in this respect, a weapon excelling any other, is at present the cinema. This amazing spectacular innovation has cut into human life with a successful rapidity never experienced in the past. In the daily life of capitalist towns, the cinema

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