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Part 2. The matriarch of all revolutions

As I wrote a few days ago, the Russian Revolution — as narrated by Victor Sebestyen in his historical biography, Lenin — was a series of absurdities which remind me of Armando Iannucci’s great satirical film, The Death of Stalin. … Continue reading

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Two guys who did not become autocrats, although they could have

In an odd coincidence, over the last several days I’ve encountered a couple of remarkable characters who, in the most unlikely circumstances, rejected putting crowns on their heads for something much more complicated. Oh sure, the first one, Theseus, was … Continue reading

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“Freedom for the supporters of the government alone…”

After a lifetime of pretty well ignoring the history of revolutionary communism except for fascinating family anecdotes — one represented by a photograph of Leon Trotsky taken by my Uncle Lou in 1936 or so; it hangs on my wall … Continue reading

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