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Soviet Week: One Hundred Years of Insanity

One year ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

The centennial we are observing this month-the solemn anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution-is the anniversary of a logical absurdity and its consequences. The Bolshevik takeover of Russia came about as a matter of chance; and was interpreted as a matter of destiny. The event was predicted by no one at all; and rested its prestige on a reputation for having fulfilled the well-known predictions of Karl Marx. The absurdity of those contradictions constituted the Bolshevik mystique. And, in the greatest absurdity of all, the appeal of that mystique turned out to be spectacularly vast.
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