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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Parenti doesn’t mention this. Written with argumentative clarity and devoid of theoretical jargon, this book responds to both the anti-communist left and right. One of the key points Parenti makes is that western governments have a long track record of inserting capitalism into third-world and FSB countries–and causing antidemocratic ruin. The rest of this review will probably sound weird In chapter 4, Parenti describes problems of the USSR economy post-WW2 and it sounds like an ultra leftist’s dream society “Not surprisingly, work discipline left much to be desired.

It is primarily in this way that the Bolsheviks explain the strength and success of some of the white movements. Tags capitalismconnections between class and politicscorporate powerdemocracy vs. May 06, Thomas Hale rated it really liked it. Or perhaps all is not as it seems and this ‘Allied intervention’ was not all it was cracked up to be. One of those books you put down and immediately want to pass to someone who “just doesn’t get it”.

Note the building of socialism requires “thousands subordinating their will to the will of one” in other words submission to authority is an inherent prerequisite of socialism not a temporary expedient employed to win the civil war or to maintain ‘socialism in one country’.


Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

Written with lucid and compelling style, this book goes beyond truncated modes of thought, inviting us to entertain iconoclastic views, and to ask why things are as they are. This book is essential and since its warnings and prescriptions have gone unheeded for 20 years, it is even more urgently essential today than it was when published.

Return to Book Page. It does not occur to him that perhaps the social problems of post-“Communist” Eastern Europe gestated in the 70’s and 80’s rather than springing into life fully born in From big-business sponsors of American imperial overreach and fascist dictatorships to anti-communist liberals, there are few who escape his criticism and in some cases, personal grudges, as laid out in some particularly fun footnotes.

How can strict unity of will be ensured? Then we have the famous fourteen Bladkshirts armies or the “fourteen capitalist nations” as Parenti calls them. Recommended read for those that are interested in the end of Communism in the Soviet Union. May 10, Jayden gonzalez rated it it was amazing.

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

May 20, Manuel rated it liked it. It is a gross exaggeration.

blackshkrts It’s more three shorter books cleverly blended into one. Groups of city people, consisting of about 50 persons living in the same district or working in the same shop, undertook to work the land in common. Since the average wage in Poland is about boackshirts, zlotys per month they could make as much from a single transaction of this kind as an ordinary Polish worker would earn in two and a half years.


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Long-forgotten luxuries, such as champagne and caviar, perfume and toothbrushes, were supplied in abundance. Frankly Noam Chomsky might not always be as readable, but it as to be said he has way better politics. This was actually published in a pro-Castro newspaper under the heading “Workers’ Rights in Cuba”.

Then the whole chapter defending the Soviet union, even the Stalinist era is ridiculous. May 23, Kinsey Favre rated it liked it Shelves: Big claims don’t get cited even when they’re ajd.

Those areas which blacksihrts independent from the Russian Empire, or attempted to, during the Revolution, for example, the Ukraine or the Baltic states, and which were later incorporated into the USSR at gunpoint, had their entire economies, all the land, all the natural resources, etc.

Glave, Thomas Goodman, Melvin A. There was a low level of violence prior to this, consisting of very small armies and very small casualty figures, for example the famous ‘ice march’ carried out by the White ‘volunteer abd in the extreme south of Russia involved only 4, soldiers.

Essential reading especially in an era where conservatives and centrists accuse Antifa of being “just as bad” as the Nazis they oppose.

Blackshirts & Reds

Parenti consistently writes top-notch work. Lists with This Book. Looking for a critique of communism and the Soviet Union?