Literature and the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries

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meerov21
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Aug 3 2014 16:00
Literature and the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries

Party of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries (PLSR) - one of the largest revolutionary organizations in Russia in 1917-1921. At the peak of the political influence the number of organization members were approaching 200 thousands. The Left SRs supported the autonomy of the workers' councils and the federal structure of the country. They criticized Bolshevik Party for the establishment of the dictatorship.

A very sad fact is that when people talk about the poets and the writers of Russia who accepted and supported Russian Revolution, they immediately associate them with Bolshevism. But supporting Russian revolution and supporting Bolshevism is two different things.

For example, the poet Yesenin was a member of the PLSR and sympathized with Makhno. Yevgeny Zamyatin is an author of the novel "We", written in 1920. This book is one of the great anti-utopias of the 20th century, along with the works of George Orwell. Zamyatin was subjected to repression in the Soviet Union because of this book. In this novel anti-state rebels are fighting for the "fourth revolution", which aims to liberate people from the power of the totalitarian state: an allusion to the concept of the "third revolution", anti-totalitarian anti-Bolshevik Revolution of the Left Socialist Revolutionaries and anarchists.

In 1919, Zamyatin, along with many well-known artists (Block, Remizov, Ivanov-Razumnik) was arrested during the Left SRs strikes in the factories of Petersburg. The Left SRs were not peaceful legal strikers: their struggle was not limited to economic demands, they fought for free elections to the councils and wanted the elimination of the violent political monopoly of the Bolsheviks. Strikes were carried out by radical methods: factory's Left SRs militia used weapons. While all of these cultural figures were not related directly to the performances of the Petersburg workers, they had a direct link with the Left SRs.

Since 1916, an informal group of "Scythians" began to form around the famous writer Ivanov-Razumnik, which gravitated toward the left wing of the Socialist Revolutionaries. It included Andrey Beliy, Alexander Blok, Klyuev, Lundberg, Forsh etc. In the years 1919-1924 in Russia the Free Philosophical Association, WOLFILA, was patronized by the Left SRs. It worked even with a wider circle of writers, artists, social thinkers. Some of them cooperated in the newspapers published by the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries, "The Banner of Labor" and the magazine "Our Way".

Of course, we can not say that they were all standing on party positions, although, for example, Ivanov-Razumnik was a member of the Central Committee of PLSR. But all of them in one way or another sympathized with the revolutionary-socialism LSR based on the ideas of self-government and individual freedom. Aleksandr Blok's poem "Scythians" is a great anthem of the Russian revolution, which is nothing else than a poetic statement of Left SRs program.

If the concept of "revolution" is ever to be cleaned from the USSR flavour, then, perhaps, the work of poets, writers, scientists, philosophers of the Scythians and WOLFILA would become closer and more understandable to many people.

P.S. Important role in the discovery of the influence of the Left SRs on Russian literature belongs to the modern historian Yaroslav Leontiev.

augustynww
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Aug 3 2014 18:56

too bad Leontiev cooperate with nationalists and contemporary "revolutionary socialists" too
Here (on their official page on vkontakte) they gave link to Ukrainian fascist group Autonomous Resistance:

http://vk.com/revsoc?w=wall-4385306_3281%2Fall

meerov21
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Aug 5 2014 06:34

augustynww
oo bad Leontiev cooperate with nationalists and contemporary "revolutionary socialists" too

I recommend you to quote just the right scientists like you and your sect. But I'm afraid that you do not have scientists ...

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Aug 5 2014 06:55
meerov21 wrote:
augustynww
oo bad Leontiev cooperate with nationalists and contemporary "revolutionary socialists" too

I recommend you to quote just the right scientists like you and your sect. But I'm afraid that you do not have scientists ...

Wrong. I do not have a sect smile
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Besides what for I should "quote scientists"? To prove that those idiots cooperate with fascists (if someone need more proofs than tons of nationalist shit on their sites and pages as this page I linked?) Leontiev admitted to that in interview with polish magazine Akai scanned here:
http://www.libcom.org/forums/theory/left-collaborators-23072014?page=1

http://cia.media.pl/fragmenty_artykulu

meerov21
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Aug 15 2014 20:44

I know this guy personaly and he is not fassist at all. He can contact with some nationalists but he is not fassist.

Yaroslav Leontiev is one of the best specialists in the Russian revolution. His work is well known in the scientific world. He sympathized with the left socialist-revolutionaries and maximalists (lebertarians). However, his own views may not be ideal. But they can be anything, it doesn't matter. Even if the historian is a Leninist or right winger but he makes interesting study, which will receive confirmation by other researchers, this study will need to use in order to understand history.

I'm not interested in left idiots who believe that it is necessary to read only the left-wing scientists and everywhere around looking for the Nazis. By their logic, Marx should not use the works of capitalist David Ricardo and Bakunin must not learn and use the ideas of the German philosopher and pro-stateist Hegel.

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I highly recommend you stop looking everywhere fascists and do some useful work.

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Aug 19 2014 08:54

And one more thing. In the works of Bakunin you can find many statements against the Germans and the Jews. In addition, there are many doubts that he so much loved homosexuals as you. So, I think, you will never touch Bakunin's books .