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100 Years On – October Revolution

On the 7th of November, 1917, Communist forces in the Russian capital of Saint Petersburg seized critical infrastructure and government buildings.   The following day, the Winter Palace, which housed the government installed after the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II earlier that year, fell to the Communists.  Within weeks, the Bolshevik arm of the Communist Party had taken over control of the government, including the military, and the Russian Civil War was underway.  Fighting would continue until  1922, leaving the Bolsheviks in control of the new USSR.  It would be almost 70 years until the USSR and the nations it came to dominate would shake off

Over a century of revolution, oppression, and genocide, more than 100 million people worldwide would fall victim to the quest to establish and support Communism.  Words like ‘gulag‘, ‘holodomor‘, ‘killing fields,’ and ‘cultural revolution‘ have come into our lexicon.  Productive regions of our world have been turned from breadbaskets into basketcases, all in the name of seeking the perfect Communist state.  Over a billion people still live under the yoke of Communism.

I am hard pressed to name a movement that has caused such widespread human misery. We are still haunted by the consequences of the October Revolution, and I am afraid that our children and grandchildren will still have to deal with them.


  1. mrgarabaldi

     /  November 21, 2017

    Hey DB;

    And the sad thing is that many college students in this country think that communism is a good thing and they will find the magical combination with the next incarnation be it Berniesocialism or something more hardcore.


    • The boogieman isn’t very scary when you don’t see him every so often. It’s become quaint to talk about all of the atrocities of Communism, so the supposed benefits are celebrated.


      • mrgarabaldi

         /  November 22, 2017

        Hey DB;

        And in our old line of work, we knew of the atrocities of the communist system, but the new generation won;t listen to us who have seen and know of it, it might trigger them to their “Safe Places” .


      • Yep. I have personally known several Russians and Ukrainians who lived through the terrors of the 1930’s and 1940’s. I went to school with a girl who cried inconsolably when we saw the footage from Tiananmin because her cousins were there.

        But that’s all ancient history. Kumbaya and pass the bowl.


  2. BadFrog

     /  November 22, 2017

    Well observed yet here in Europe we’re continually threatened with the ‘rise of the Far Right’ while communism is treated as something as benign as kittens and candyfloss.
    Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.


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