February 1917: The Russian Revolution — The Beginning

A reflection on the 100th Anniversary.

Karl Marx believed the first country in which his ideas would be put into practice was Germany. But it was Russia.

After the Soviet debacle and after China introduced state capitalism, while still calling itself communist, his ideas may be coming back into fashion – for these reasons:

“We are only at the beginning of a period of major economic change and social turmoil. As a highly unequal tech-capitalism fails to provide enough decently paid jobs, the young may adopt a more radical economic agenda. A new left might then succeed in uniting the losers, both white-collar and blue-collar, in the new economic order. Already, we’re seeing demands for a more redistributive state. Ideas like the universal basic income, which the Netherlands and Finland are experimenting with, are close in spirit to Marx’s vision of Communism’s ability to supply the wants of all — ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.’” — David Priestland, “What is left of Communism,” in The New York Times, February 24


One response to “February 1917: The Russian Revolution — The Beginning

  1. The appeal of Russian “communism” is that it does not resemble Daesh. It is an “enemy” that has some cultural resonance.