Blackshirts & Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology-terms. Blackshirts & Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy and ecology—terms often bandied about. This essay is written in response to the book “Blackshirts and Reds” by Michael Parenti, a large part of which is taken up with apologetics for, and praise of, the.

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Since the average wage in Poland is about 2, zlotys per month they could make as much from a single transaction of this kind as an ordinary Polish worker would earn in two and a half years.

Essential reading especially in an era where conservatives and centrists accuse Antifa of being “just as bad” as the Nazis they oppose. Obviously advanced capitalism requires a healthy, housed and educated workforce and furthermore it needs to introduce reforms from now and then when the grumblings from below get too loud, in any case we pay for it all in our taxes.

Written with lucid and compelling style, this book goes beyond truncated modes of thought, inviting us to entertain iconoclastic views, and to ask why things are as they are. The title is a bit odd and doesn’t quite fit what the book is. At a rough estimate if you convert 70 dollars into West German marks they are worth about East German marks.

Blackshirts and Reds, Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

Main content page count A good critique of anarchism is in here and of people who criticize the revolutions he calls them pure socialists and how blqckshirts strong central state is necessary to repel the inevitable counterrevolution. These meetings named a tenants’ committee, which consisted of men who were energetic and capable of fulfilling some necessary function. The Whites themselves complained bitterly of [its paucity] later on. Want to Read saving….

Mar 20, abclaret rated it it was ok. Thereby nullifying the liberatory potential of these movements. His informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad. The rest of this review will probably sound weird In chapter 4, Parenti describes problems of the USSR economy post-WW2 and it sounds like an ultra leftist’s dream society “Not blackshidts, work discipline left much to be desired.

Instead he mounts an attack on the incredibly inflated death count attributed to the USSR and Stalin specifically but it’s not particularly inspiring to read “oh well only 2 million people were in the gulags” or something, especially when it’s tied with portrayal of Stalin as purely some weird power hungry dictator – there’s no wider class or historical explanation of what happened, past the talk of a siege.


Look instead to Parenti and this text. Aug 12, Vanya Ztahelskij rated it it was blacskhirts. Mar 04, Davide Mastracci rated it really liked it. The text is highly readable, even for those who aren’t used to reading books on history and politics.

Michael Parenti: Blackshirts and Reds

To quote Voline, a Russian anarchist sent into exile by both of Russia’s absolutist regimes:. All non-Bolshevik political factions were to fall victim to the Cheka within the first year of it’s operations, within it’s first month the infamous Peter and Paul fortress in St Petersburg was filled to the brim with political prisoners.

Parenti consistently writes top-notch work. Given as the Insurgent Army was considered cognisant enough with the business of thwarting eternal attack for the Bolsheviks to enter several alliances with them, and for the Bolsheviks to devote whole regiments to their destruction, it is fair to say that rdes veterans might know something of what they are talking about.

Unfortunate, this ‘pure socialism’ view is ahistorical and nonfalsifiable; it cannot be tested against the actualities of history. It is a bold and entertaining exploration of the epic struggles of yesterday and today.

There are some good points in this book, but the lack of citations or primary sources do not make some other arguments of this book believable. These three books, or topics, are of varying lengths–a succinct look at fascism and how it was supported by capitalists, a fairly annd discussion of the pros and cons of the Eastern bloc governments with an explanation of how and why they were toppled, and an overview of the post-Soviet world and the rising tide of unabashed capitalism in the wake of it being the only surviving economic ideology with any real political power.

As people are treated betterthey want more of the good things and are not necessarily grateful for what they already have. Army, privates got 50 dollars a month, lieutenantsand colonels It is this and not “Western invasion, counter-revolutionary intervention, White Guard civil war. Fascinating discussion of several Cold War angles on the overthrow of communism not to be touched elsewhere. The main body of Allied troops appears to have been centred on the port of Vladivostokthose of you unfamiliar with the distance between Moscow and Vladivostok think London to Hong Kong.

Open Preview See a Problem? To his credit, Stalinism is the only branch of Leninist-Marxism which stood against British-American imperialism. A modest amount of aid, blackkshirts money, munitions, and equipment: The civil war didn’t really heat up until the Summer of with the offensive of the Czech Legion and the establishment of the Komuch an alternative Social Revolutionary led government.

If the very rich are naturally so much more capable than the rest of us, why must they be provided with so many artificial privileges under the law, so many bailouts, subsidies and other special considerations – at our expense? The organisation of the militia was similar to that of the Committees: Even if one doesn’t always agree with him, Parenti always gives thought-provoking and careful material. But Parenti is not an ideologue – he is quite clearly a non sectarian leftist who blackshirt with ‘ultra leftist’ anarchists but beseeches them to look pragmatically at reda economic hegemony of capitalism.


Ascertaining the death toll from earlier repression is more a matter of guesswork, but evidence from the writings and sayings of State functionaries would suggest a large numbers of deaths, larger than the figure from the N.

As regards employment currently the Republic of Ireland has less unemployment than contemporary Cuba and besides let’s not kid ourselves “guaranteed employment” is a polite term for compulsory exploitation.

One of the key points Parenti makes is that western governments have a long track record rdes inserting capitalism into third-world and FSB countries–and causing antidemocratic ruin. In any case why are you questioning this I hear you cry and ignoring that far more interesting and pressing concern – the single-handed victory of the Red Army over the combined forces of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Japan plus the White Armies, and the various nationalist forces which would be surely the single most amazing event in world history especially when you consider that only a matter of months before the Bolsheviks could not even resist imperial Germany alone.

State welfare programs began in Germany under Bismarck and in Britain in Victorian times or earlier i.

Blackshirts & Reds

Oct 07, Joshua Cho rated it it was amazing Shelves: City Lights Foundation Books. For revolutionary-leftwing politics to work, you need essentially to cover two bases; 1 offer a valid critique blacshirts the existing political model and 2 find something viable to replace it.

Parenti shows how “rational fascism” renders service to capitalism, how corporate power undermines democracy, and how revolutions are a mass empowerment against the forces of exploitative privilege. Return to Book Page.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 27, Linton Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: In the words of Foreign Minister Molotov “Bolshevik policy demands a resolute struggle against equalitarians as accomplices of the class enemy, as elements hostile to socialism. Mine is an essay, Parenti’s is a bookso I cannot deal with every single assertion, with every point, I have instead homed in on a number of crucial areas of concern.