3) I loathe Lenin and his contempt for humanity

From Lenin, a biography by Victor Sebestyen:

Later in 1905, Moscow workers went on strike. Soldiers from the crack Semenovsky Guards were sent to force them back to work. They surrounded the militants in a working-class district of the city, killing dozens. Field guns shelled the area for three days, leaving hundreds dead, including eighty-six children. Lenin’s comment was not to mourn the deaths. He said the important thing was that revolutionaries had fought in the streets and their defeat would teach them to hate their enemies: ‘the one who has been whipped is worth two who have not.’

At this time, Lenin himself was not in the streets being whipped. He was living safely in Geneva. He and his party had no part at all in the Russian uprisings of 1905.


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