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The Great October Revolution

Saturday, November 11th 2017 - 09:15 UTC
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By Gwynne Dyer - China Mieville, a novelist I much admire, has published a history of the October Revolution to mark its hundredth anniversary (which is actually on 7 November, since the Russians were still using the Julian calendar in 1917). It had an unusual effect on me. It made me question whether I was right about the utter futility of that revolution. Read full article


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  • Rugeirn

    “For several hundred thousand years, all human beings lived in circumstances of absolute equality. All our ancestors were hunter-gatherers who lived in small bands, rarely more than a hundred people, and made all their decisions by consensus: there were literally no leaders, and powerful social customs blocked any takeover bids by ambitious men.”

    Really? Says what body of accepted fact? Even if this nonsense were true, there is not and could not be any evidence in the archaelogical record of it, because such things would not leave artifactual traces. Furthermore, there is no trace of any such society anywhere in any society of which any written record exists. Romantic fantasies of an impossible idealized distant past have no place in any serious exchange of ideas.

    Nov 12th, 2017 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Poor old Joe!

    Nov 13th, 2017 - 07:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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