Tuesday, 25 October 2005

The October Revolution

The Bolsheviks were pissweak murdering liars. Today, October 25* , commemorates the day these pissweak murdering liars came to power in a pathetic, cowardly coup; one later re-invented into a grand and heroic revolution. It wasn't grand, and neither was it heroic: it was cowardly, destructive and disastrous.

The Bolsheviks were liars.

They later became masters at 're-inventing' history, but the glorious October Revolution was their first grand re-invention.

See that picture to the right: it didn't happen. It wasn't they who swept away the Czar in a heroic seizure of power; they came to power instead in a squalid little coup that stabbed in the back Russia's first chance at real freedom. Remember all those stories and images of people rampaging across Palace Square and storming the Winter Palace? That wasn't the Bolshevik hordes storming the citadel of Czarist oppression -- that was a lie. There were no hordes; there was no storming of the Palace -- not by the Bolsheviks anyway; and the Czarist oppression had already been swept away some months before in the 'Good Revolution' of February. The Bolsheviks didn't sweep away oppression; they brought it back.

The oppressive Czarist regime had been swept away in a largely bloodless revolution in Spring 1917. The so called 'February Revolution' deposed the authoritarian ancien regime, gave power to a democratic Parliament (Duma) under Alexander Kerensky, and swept a breath of free Spring air through Russia's stale and oppressive ordure. By contrast, the Bolshevik Putsch (which is all it was) took place in October 1917, just as the country was heading for Winter; the seasonal metaphor could not be more precise: where the February Revolution was a brief taste of the freedom of Spring, the October Revolution brought on an oppressive, marrow-chilling Winter that lasted nearly three-quarters-of-a-century.

The Bolsheviks were pissweak.

The Bolsheviks relied on others to do their work for them. If ever there was a time when one muck-stained tail wagged several dogs, this was it.

The Bolsheviks used democracy against itself: A small Bolshevik-dominated Petrograd Soviet (ie., Workers Council) wagged the larger Union of Soviets (essentially a national Council of Trades Union); by a series of calculated moves, the smaller Bolsheviks simply made themselves the mouth of the larger Union of Soviets. Meanwhile, as the Workers Councils disrupted the country, a Bolshevik minority coalesced with a larger rump to disrupt the democratic Duma, in an attempt to make the Soviet the greater seat of power. Come the October Putsch, the Bolsheviks simply dissolved the Duma, called the Petrograd Soviet the centre of power, and let democracy go hang.

The Bolsheviks used the February Revolutionists. They didn't just borrow the success of February to produce their phoney myths; without the Good Revolution the October Coup would never have happened. The February Revolutionists took the risks and did the donkey work of ending the Czarist oppression; when the time was ripe the Bolsheviks then happily stabbed the February Revolutionists in the back..

The Bolsheviks used the Germans, who Russia was fighting in a war of survival. 1917 was the third year of World War I, and conditions on the Russian Front were as bad as legend remembers them. Seeking some advantage from the Czar's overthrow, in April the Germans sent Swiss-based cafe-dweller Vladimir Lenin back to Russia through Germany in a sealed carriage -- "sealed in like a bacillus" as one astute writer put it. The Germans got their advantage -- once Lenin had others sieze power for him, he gave the Germans all they had wanted: Complete surrender. The capitulation sold out the Baltic States, sold out those Russians who had died defending their country, and left the Germans free to throw their resources being used on the Eastern Front into the meat-grinder of the Western Front, extending the carnage there for nearly another year.

The Bolsheviks used the workers. The Workers Soviets were the platform for their grab for power. Once power was achieved, the workers and their organisations were however of no more interest to the Bolsheviks than were their political opposition -- executed without trial in the Red Terror immediately following the Bolshevik assumption of power -- or the Ukranian Kulaks who were left to starve in Stalin's famine. The 1921 Kronstadt Rebellion and accompanying general strike was the last major attempts by workers to gain back some of their own freedom: like all the other attempts, it ended in bloodshed. The Bolsheviks didn't want to free the workers; they wanted to enslave them

The Bolsheviks were murderers.

The killing started with the Cheka, set up by Lenin immediately on assuming power (it later became the GPU, then the NKVD, and eventually the KGB). When the killing ended nearly three-quarters-of-a-century later, 62 million Russians had been murdered, and several million more around the world had their lives cut short or made into a living hell by the bloodstained influence of the Soviet regime. And that's just the murders -- epidemics, famine, fighting and the general breakdown after the October Coup meant that some twenty million died in just a few short years after the Bolsheviks siezed power. The Soviet Union began just the way it was to continue: in cowardice, in destruction, and in death.

The Bolsheviks were pissweak murdering liars. About the October Revolution, there is nothing to celebrate.
*The October Revolution didn't even happen in October: it happened on November 7, 1917. The date that's now remembered and commemorated is the one from the Julian Calendar then being used in Russia, rather than the Gregorian Calendar used in the rest of the world.


  1. Bolshevics did not dissolve the Duma. And Kerensky was not the head of the Duma.

    After the February revolution the power was transferred to the Interim Government, headed by Kerensky. The Interim Government was supposed to govern until a new constitution is adopted and then the new Parliament is elected. The constitution was supposed to be adopted by the Constitutional Assemly (Uchreditelnoe Sobranie), elected for the sole purpose of establishing a new constitution. Bolshevics deposed the Interim Government in October(November) 1917. In early 1918 the Uchreditelnoe Sobranie (which had very few Bolshevics elected into it) assembled as scheduled, but Bolshevics did not allow it to complete its work. There is a very famous fraze in Russia, that was said by sailor Zheleznyak - the head of the Bolshevic Sailor Guard - "Karaul ustal" ("The guard have got tired"). And so the Constitutional Assemly was dissolved.

  2. Interesting. I understand that Oct 25th is actually NZ Labour Day even though the holiday is celebrated on the nearest Monday. Coincidence?

    I've always enjoyed the irony that this shameless capitalist & anti-totalitarian celebrates a birthday on Labour Day!



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