In a context of rising intolerance and irrationality, German Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht insisted on establishing a rational, scientific attitude between the story on the stage and its viewers, between fiction and reality.
The Comintern’s chosen name for Nehru was ‘The Professor’, an apt description given the breadth of his historical awareness.
As long as the great dream of human freedom remains unextirpated, the spirit of the October Revolution will live on.
To learn from October is to learn from and about its defeat, about why a truly workers’ state never emerged and developed in the years when it should have, and what went wrong to preempt that from happening.
Most Russians are simply indifferent to the 1917 revolution as a topic of interest and as a political event worthy of commemoration.