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Fire in the Minds of Men

Recently, we marked the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, an event sparked by the revolutionary fire in the minds of men that has burned for as long as there have been men on the earth.  In the modern era, revolution ignited in France in the 18th century.  It caught fire again in 1848, inspiring anarchists and Marxist revolutionaries intent on remaking the world.

Today’s Russian authorities seem not quite able or willing to deal with the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik “Red October” Revolution head-on, fraught as it is with painful memories that many would rather not revisit, while a significant contingent of Russians continues to take pride in the Soviet past, or at least in the parts of it they care to recall.

In the United States, members of the “Resistance,” comprising hipster would-be Bolsheviks and their minority allies, are live-action role-playing the imagined glories of the revolutionary past, wrapping themselves in the red banner, while the embers of what James H. Billington called “the revolutionary faith” continue to glow in the no longer secret dreams of our elites.  Thus, the New York Times, our “newspaper of record,” is indulging itself in Bolshevik nostalgia, publishing articles “exploring the history and legacy of Communism” in a series entitled “The Red Century.”  The series has...

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