unknown asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 months ago

What is this quote saying about Democracy/liberalism?

'Everywhere people are thinking, working, combining, making scientific discoveries and industrial inventions... Nothing like it; nothing approaching it in variety, intensity, the tenacity of purpose has ever yet been witnessed. Revolutionary endeavor is melting colossal obstacles and fusing heterogeneous elements into one great people; not indeed a nation in the old-world meaning but a strong people cemented by quasi-religious enthusiasm... The Bolsheviks then have accomplished much of what they aimed at, and more than seemed attainable by any human organization under the adverse conditions with which they had to cope. They have mobilized well over 150,000,000 of listless dead-and-alive human beings, and infused into them a new spirit.' E.J Dillon

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  • Marli
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    9 months ago
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    Nothing. E.J. Dillon was praising the Russian Bolsheviks after their takeover of that nation. Compared to the autocratic rule of the Tsars, the Bolsheviks were like adrenaline to Russia. But Russian Communism was not democratic because the people had to obey their new rulers without complaint or die. And it was not liberal, since liberalism tolerates opposing views, and even weird ones. It was a different autocracy - one by a party instead of a dynasty - disguised by propaganda. The Nazi party said the same things when it ruled their Reich, and it was ultra-right.

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  • Joseph
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    9 months ago

    What E.J. Dillon is describing what is called a Potemkin Village and he himself had become, wittingly or unwittingly, what Lenin called a Useful Idiot. If anything, the passage speaks of the US industrial might.

    Few people realize that it was actually the United States engineering firms that in the 1930s designed and built the Soviet industrial infrastructure. That's where the ". . .nothing approaching it in variety, intensity, the tenacity of purpose. . ." comes from, not from the Bolsheviks.

    In total the US firms built over 1,500 factories and power plants in the Soviet Union in just 10 years. Cooper Engineering, a US Engineering Company, built the DneproGES Hydroelectric Power Station using GE turbines.

    Albert Khan Associates, a Detroit-based industrial architecture firm alone designed and built over 500 factories in the USSR. Among these is the the Stalingrad Tractor Plant, scene of some of the bloodiest fighting during the Battle of Stalingrad, for example. Albert Khan prepared the drawings, oversaw the fabrication of the structural steel and procured all the electrical and manufacturing equipment and machinery. The entire plant was then shipped across the ocean and erected in Stalingrad using convict forced labor. To pay for all that Stalin hocked the country's natural resources: gold, diamonds, timber, wheat. USSR was exporting the Ukrainian wheat abroad for hard currency while people in the Ukraine were literally starving to death.

    Tens of thousands of US engineers worked in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. They trained over 300,000 Soviet engineers and technicians. That's where the ". . . accomplished much of what they aimed at. . ." comes from, not from the ". . .quasi-religious enthusiasm. . ." The ". . .150,000,000 of listless dead-and-alive human beings. . ." who labored to build the Soviet industry were actually GULAG prisoners; those who weren't prisoners yet woke up at night in cold sweat whenever they heard a truck pass on the street. (The NKVD made their arrests at night, transporting prisoners in special trucks. Some of those prisoners never saw daylight again.)

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  • 9 months ago


    It seems to be a very wordy account of the death or failing of communism. Its also anti-atheistic in its point of view, implying that non-religious people are likely not to be "enthusiastic", probably economic wise. These people where "Taken" out of one ziegiest and put into another, capitalism as well as being altered by Christianization.

    I have never heard of E.J. Dillion, and thought at first glance this was a quote by Adam Smith. But that is horribly wrong because there was no communism in Smith's age.

    To answer what it has to do with democracy, his position is democratic, and quasi-liberal as he is quasi-related to his nation's quasi-religiousness. (I dare you to use that in your report. Redundancy failure). >_<

    • Tina
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      9 months agoReport

      I think you have totally misread the passage. It's talking about the success of communism and doesn't mention religion at all.

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