Reed followed many of the prominent Bolshevik leaders, especially Grigory Zinoviev and Karl Radek, closely during his time in Russia. John Reed died in 1920, shortly after the book was finished, and he is one of the few Americans buried at the Kremlin Wall Necropolis in Moscow, a site normally reserved only for the most prominent Soviet leaders.
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The Past is Becoming The Now in The United States
Uncanny how a revolution that transpired so long ago and subsequently failed could be a growing political scheme in the United States today.
The line about the peasant soldier arguing with the crowd and repeatedly saying in his defense " there are only two classes, the proletariat and the bourgeois " smacks of today's Progressives saying their are only two classes " the rich and the poor".
For those Progressives who vituperate the success of the rich are full of their own ordure. To think a political scenario that gives the illiterate masses the power is preferential to capitalism is pure odium.
Lenin lies in his cold grave with his rotting hands wrapped around a gewgaw. Long live Capitalism. And that's not just gasconading.