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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Each of these communities received from the city a plot of land chosen by lot. A footnote in Parneti’s chapter dealing with repression, giving what appears to be his sole anx of famine, reads “No doubt, the famines that occurred during the years of Western invasion, counter-revolutionary intervention, White Guard civil war, and landowner resistance to collectivisation took many victims.

This was actually published in a blackhsirts newspaper under the heading “Workers’ Rights in Cuba”.

To have a whole chapter chapter 4 which is a weird bashing of the socialist states and featuring many claims about “disincentives to work” blakshirts even “human nature” is kind of frustrating cause it feels so out of place. Perhaps the fourteen includes the Nad legion – a force of former war prisoners and nationalist activists fighting for Czech independence on the side of Russia in the great war and later to clash with the Bolsheviks. Preview blackshirta Blackshirts and Reds by Michael Parenti.

It compares an ideal against an imperfect realityand the reality comes off a poor second. You would never think it from thatbut these famines to a large degree were caused by the policies of the “Communist” party state, this was the exclusive cause of the latter one.


Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

Wow, that sounded like a really interesting book and I can’t wait to read it. Who knew I vlackshirts read about the whole entire history of State Socialism in a day which is exactly what I did. Nov 17, Sami Eerola rated it liked it Shelves: But I do really appreciate how easy to read his writing style is.

At a rough estimate if you andd 70 dollars into West German marks they are worth about East German marks. The organisation of the militia was similar to that of the Committees: There is also a chapter on the explanatory power of Marxism that I thought was good. Glave, Thomas Goodman, Melvin A.

But the cheapest car on the market, an East German ‘Trabant’ A concise and well articulated polemic against liberal democracy and demonstration of the hypocrisy and violence it purveys. It as be said that the political right and to some extent the centre have it easy. He said the goal was to develop good public transport and discourage the use of costly private vehicles. When I listed the subjects above what page count do you imagine would take to describe all those well.

He affirms the relevance of taboo ideologies like Marxism, demonstrating the importance of class blackshitts in understanding political realities and dealing with the ongoing collision between ecology and global corporatism. So we make a clear profit of nearly 70, zlotys. So if you want andd read some out there perspective on the World, this is it, but read with a grain of salt.

I feel like the title of the book is a little misleading, fascism is really only the focus of the first chapter demonstrating how it is more akin to capitalism than communism demolishing the “twin totalitarian” thesis.

Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism by Michael Parenti

In sharp contrast with the “Communist” partythey advocate “the total submission of the revolutionary army to the masses of the workers and peasants as represented by the worker and peasant organisations common throughout the country ” 11in other words the army is to be subordinate to the sort of organisations described in the above extract on Kronstadt.


To quote Voline, a Russian anarchist sent into exile by both of Russia’s absolutist regimes:. The last chapter was probably the weakest, there are odd jabs at “post-modernism” and using pretty much non-existent terms like “post-deconstructionist”, and a random footnote about the Sokal hoax and a jab at cultural studies. Maybe Parenti is a bit of a Bukharinite. Its domestic budget inwhen all these services were declared freewas higher than that spent on social welfare for the whole of Moscow.

View all 3 comments. In both a critique of Soviet policy and indictment of western capitalism, Parenti provides a riveting, thoroughly-researched, yet accessible text in his trademark rigid subheading style. The last chapter on climate change and incompatibility of capitalism is the best one.

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. That said, he does manage to ignore the long history of uprisings and revolutions against the “Marxist-Leninist” system, which date right back to it’s inception. Erwin Weit, one time interpreter for the fat chieftains of Polish “communism”, relates his insight into “private enrichment” Eastern Bloc style, how privileged State officials were able to use their privilege to enrich themselves:.

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