Blackshirts & Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology-terms. Blackshirts & Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy and ecology—terms often bandied about. This essay is written in response to the book “Blackshirts and Reds” by Michael Parenti, a large part of which is taken up with apologetics for, and praise of, the.

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May 23, Kinsey Favre rated it liked it Shelves: Tags capitalismconnections between class and politicscorporate powerdemocracy vs. Parents admits to being a Stslinist and as such many Trotsyites and Maoits despise him. If you are a student of history, particularly of class struggle, it is unlikely you will find much new or that you didn’t already know in this text although Parenti’s writing is very digestible and he provides numerous amusing anecdotes concerning his encounters with other academics across the political spectrumbut as an apologia for the revolutionary states of the past, and an explanation of how and why our opinions of them are so contorted by corporate media, it could offer some consolation to a cynical leftist disillusioned with the practical application of his blackshiets her politics.

One of those books you put down and immediately want to pass to someone who “just doesn’t ress it”. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oct 07, Joshua Cho rated it it was amazing Shelves: It does not occur to him that perhaps the social problems of post-“Communist” Eastern Blackshiirts gestated in b,ackshirts 70’s and 80’s blackshlrts than springing into life fully born in Aug 12, Vanya Ztahelskij rated it it was amazing. Sep 27, Linton Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 09, Doug rated it really liked it Shelves: Essentially these military units occupied a few ports and guarded parts of the rear areas of the White armies to ensure that supplies got through to them a somewhat futile task as due to the corruption with the white movement much aid ended up on the black market.

All non-Bolshevik political factions were to fall victim to the Cheka within the first year of it’s operations, within it’s resd month the infamous Peter and Paul fortress in St Petersburg was filled to the brim with political prisoners.

Light bladkshirts which packs a punch.

Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

You can honestly get the same amount of information from a Marxist-Leninist, with an anime profile picture, rant on twitter. In Petrograd the top party bosses lived in the Astoria Hotel, recently restored to its formal splendour, after the devastation’s of the revolution, as the First House of the Soviets.

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The title is a bit odd and doesn’t quite fit what the book is. Or perhaps New Zealand, South Africa and Australia were also involvedthough I find no mention of them in the official history of the Communist party or elsewhere. Georgia, the Ukraine, Finland, who by declaring their independence from Russia in most cases later to be quashed by the state which to quote Parenti “provided vital assistance to national liberation movements in countries around the world.

As a counter balance, however, his book is rife with statistical examples of how western capitalist democracy has failed, both in practice and in ideological consistency, in the ‘liberated’ Warsaw pact states. The pure socialists’ ideological anticipations remain untainted by existing practise.

Blackshirts & Reds

Maybe though my critique has to do with the fact that much of what he states is obvious to me, so maybe that’s my problem, but his writing definitely suffers from a number of oversimplifications which would make it easy for any Liberal to dismiss his arguments in a second.

Mar 04, Davide Mastracci rated it really liked it. This book is essential and since its warnings and prescriptions have gone unheeded for 20 years, it is even more urgently blackshirtts today than it was when published. Fascinating discussion of several Cold War angles on the overthrow of communism not to be touched elsewhere.

It’s an accurate history of the twentieth century which you won’t find in a standard textbook nor, of course, in popular media. The topics covered are broad – ranging from the role of big business in helping install fascist autocracies in Italy and Germany to the unwillingness of contemporary Marxist theorists to engage with ideas of class – but all blackshhirts connected meaningfully and reasonably.

Or perhaps the other four are the different white armies of Russia, a neat trick presenting the Whites as more formidable than they actually were by counting their weakness i.

I had a feeling that this book was going to be so important to my political development that I blocked time off in the summer to read it. Since we have the right to travel freely between East and West Berlin we can take the cameras into West Berlin at any time. From big-business sponsors of American imperial overreach and fascist dictatorships to a A well-argued and passionate history of 20th century geopolitics and politico-economics, charting the close ties between fascism and corporate capitalism from Mussolini and Hitler’s rise to power to the mids.

Colouring such accounts are references to culture and individual encounters, interviews and events, all presented blcakshirts an appealing and passionate, yet reasonable, manner.

Even if the death counts are massively inflated, those deaths are still horrifying. Publisher as author 2 21 Jun 28, One might expect naturally superior people not to act in such rapacious and venal ways.

A must read for anyone with a political interest. Frankly Noam Chomsky might not always be as readable, but it as to be said he blackshrts way better politics. This is an excellent read which I’ve already passed along as it was passed along to me. Feb 19, Jordan rated it it was amazing.


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In any case the social policy of “Communist” states ranged from welfarism similar to Western Europe but not as good to ‘social cleansing’ similar to Latin America i. A well-argued and passionate history of 20th century geopolitics and politico-economics, charting the close ties between fascism and corporate capitalism from Mussolini and Hitler’s rise to power to the mids.

To ask other readers questions about Blackshirts and Redsplease sign up. Refresh and try again. Then we have newly independent Poland involved rdds intermittent incursions into the what is now the Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania culminating in the offensive into Bolshevik occupied Ukraine in rreds spring of The Committee supervised the upkeep of the house and the welfare of the inhabitants, it designated the day and night janitors, etc.

In this article Lenin writes: While he obviously wasn’t able to go into too much detail, I especially loved the book recommendations in the footnotes that give the interested reader a solid place to start.

Blackshirts and Reds goes out to answer some of the most important questions that plague leftist and western political discourse. I remember seeing a ‘Daily Worker’ cartoon of the time, criticising the lack of food aid for Russia, depicting the stereotype fat capitalist before a victim of starvation and saying before doleing out the support ‘But first what is your politics’ ; in actuality this was the Kremlin’s policy – food was diverted from disloyal areas. Mix bag of hard core Marxist articles, trying to argue the deds difference between fascist and communists.

Ascertaining the death toll from earlier repression is more a matter of guesswork, but evidence from the writings and sayings of State functionaries would suggest a large numbers of deaths, larger than the figure from the N.

He’s great at writing against the USA and against anti-communism but he’s much worse at mounting an effective defence of socialist countries. I recommend this book as a great foundation for anybody interested in the debate regarding communism’s historical merits in opposition to capitalism or anarchism.

Surprisingly disappointing, and I say this as someone who agrees with virtually everything Parenti says in this book. Fascism is not an aberration, he points out, but a “rational” and integral component of the system.