THE INTELLIGENTSIA WHICH STOOD ALOOF.--"THE ISLANDER".--THE
CULTURE-SKIMMERS.--THE Ralliés.--REFORM IN THE CHURCH.
--THE RETAINER-QUALITY IN LITERATURE. --INDIVIDUALISM AND
MYSTICISM.--ROMANTICISM AND ANTHROPOSOPHY.
THE BOLSHEVIST REVOLUTION of October, 1917,* did not overthrow the Kerensky government alone, it overthrew the whole social system that was based on private property. This system had its own culture and its own official literature, and its collapse could not but be the collapse of prerevolutionary literature.
The nightingale of poetry, like that bird of wisdom, the owl, is heard only after the sun is set. The day is a time for action, but at twilight feeling and reason come to take account of what has been accomplished. The idealists and their almost deaf and blind disciples, the Russian subjectivists, thought that mind and critical reason moved the world, or, in other words, that the intelligentsia directed progress. As a matter of fact, all through history, mind limps after reality. Nor does the reactionary stupidity of the professional intelligentsia need to be proven now after our experience of the Russian Revolution. The working of this law can also be seen clearly in the field of art.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Literature and Revolution. Contributors: Leon Trotsky - Author. Publisher: University of Michigan Press. Place of publication: Ann Arbor, MI. Publication year: 1971. Page number: 19.