THE GUILLOTINE AT WORK. Vol. 2: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (Data and Documents) by Gregory Petrovich Maximoff. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

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THE GUILLOTINE AT WORK. Vol. 2: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (Data and Documents), Gregory Petrovich Maximoff.

THE GUILLOTINE AT WORK. Vol. 2: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (Data and Documents), Gregory Petrovich Maximoff. ISBN 978-0-904564-22-8 (347 pages – estimated) First edition published Chicago, 1940, by the Alexander Berkman Fund under the title: The Guillotine At Work: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (Data and Documents). This, second (revised and corrected) Kindle eBook edition, published in 2013 by ChristieBooks. Cover illustration by the late Flavio Costantini. Jacket design by Simon Stern. 

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(See Vol. 1: The Leninist Counter-Revolution)

A searing indictment of Marxist-Leninist practice and the ‘slaveholding democracy’ that was Soviet Russia from April 12 1918 when the Communist Party* patricians launched their well-prepared and sustained bloody pogrom against anarchists and anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist organisations nationwide; a campaign beside which the deeds of the Tsar’s secret police pale into insignificance. This is a gut-wrenching, anger-inducing account of the blatant, power-led, betrayal of socialist principles and ideals by Lenin, Trotsky, Bukharin, and all the other organisation- and party-building apologists for Marxist-Leninism and ‘democratic centralism’. The next time someone stops you to purchase a copy of Socialist Worker or any other similar title damn their eyes and refer them to this ‘book of destinies’. With a bit of luck the angel Jesrad might be lurking nearby ready to poke out their eyes with a tightly-rolled-up copy of The Big Issue and cast them into the gorge…

* The Bolsheviks changed the name to the Communist Party on 6-8 March 1918. According to anarcho-syndicalist Tom Brown, Lenin had a job persuading the faithful to like it, as the term “communism” at that period was associated only with anarchism. His reply to the objectors was, “Which would you rather wear, the soiled shirt of socialism or the clean one of anarchism?” — he was referring to the social-democrat debacle over WWI. The following month, he set about giving the Bolsheviks the monopoly of the term …

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