Sunday, May 10, 2009

Russian revolution: Radical yet wealthy intellectuals

Lenin, Moscow Metro

The Russians dealt with the phenomenon of philosophy in an unusual way. Every doctrine was embraced as the absolute truth, a religion that allowed no room for even the slightest doubt. These religiously tinted feelings were, without exception, mingled with a sense of guilt. Almost all of the radical intellectuals, after all, came from wealthy families; even Lenin lived for years from the proceeds from his grandfather’s estate in Kazan, the whole time damning the practices of "rural capitalism".

Geert Mak [In Europe, 2004]

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