Casual Notes Vladimir Ilich Lenin

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Casual Notes  by  Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Casual Notes by Vladimir Ilich Lenin
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Every revolution begins at the top as the ruling class, with no clear way forward, split over what course of action to take. In January 1916 a strike wave developed against food shortages and speculators. Feeling the movement building up from below,MoreEvery revolution begins at the top as the ruling class, with no clear way forward, split over what course of action to take.

In January 1916 a strike wave developed against food shortages and speculators. Feeling the movement building up from below, a section of the ruling class favored making limited concessions.During late 1916, the mystic monk Rasputin was murdered and plots were laid for a palace coup to remove the Tsar and the Tsarina.

The signs of splits in the ruling class opened the floodgates of revolution. The tensions brought about by the war, of five million dead or wounded, of the armys bread ration being cut by a third between December 1916 and February 1917, of the shortages of food in the towns, burst to the surface.The February Revolution began on the 23rd (dates are on the old Russian calendar- add 13 days for the modern calendar) with a strike by women textile workers in Petrograd.

On International Womens Day, 90,000 were on strike, including many soldiers wives. They marched to the Duma (a truncated parliament) demanding bread, which as Trotsky commented was like demanding milk from a he-goat. On the following day half of the industrial workers of Petrograd joined the strike.As the strikes grew, the slogans rapidly changed to directly political challenges to the regime: Down with the aristocracy!

Down with the war!Yet none of the workers organizations initially called for the strikes. Indeed, the most brilliant Bolshevik organization, the committee in the industrial Vyborg area, feeling the tension, but not believing the time was right for an insurrection which they saw could develop from the strikes, initially opposed the call for strikes on February 23. Thus one of the most oppressed and least organized layers, perhaps not as burdened by consideration of where their strike could lead, but burning with desire to take action, opened the floodgates of revolution.The police tried to break up the crowds, aided by Cossacks (cavalry), some mounted police, and occasionally by infantry.

The crowds fought the police, but tried to neutralize the Cossacks and win over the soldiers in action.On the 25th, cadet officers fired on demonstrating workers, killing 16. On the 27th there were further demonstrations and troops were called out to suppress them.After clashed with the workers, the troops began to mutiny.

In some places the workers had succeeded in uniting with the soldiers, penetrating the barracks and receiving rifles.



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