The Russian Experiment

The Russian Experiment

The Russian Experiment

The Russian Experiment

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The experiment of Bolshevism has today reached a crucial stage. The consequences of the war and of the civil war have been practically overcome. The experiment has now to be tested.

Much time has elapsed. Twelve years of revolution after three years of war--in such a state of violent and continuous tension has a people of 150 millions lived since August 1914. A new generation, remoulded from top to toe, is growing up. The gigantic task of reconstruction has yet to be undertaken.

Whether the nation and whether the rest of the world will give the régime time to attempt it is doubtful. At any rate, the lines upon which this attempt is to be made are now sufficiently perceptible. For the protracted struggle within Bolshevism itself is again settled for the time being. Trotskyism is overthrown. The opposition from the Right is momentarily silenced. The course is set. The five-year plan is its expression. The new agrarian communism now being ushered in reflects it in the first stage of its application, as do the methods, now emphasized more clearly, of industrial, political, and labour policy, and of Bolshevist aims generally. Perhaps it is now possible to see daylight through all the chaotic medley of this colossal episode, and from a comprehension of the economic, the political, and the intellectual bases and aims, to frame a diagnosis.

In this spirit I have tried to understand Bolshevist . . .

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