Anthology – Peoples’ Plan for Life, Now and Forever …


Posted on August 25th, by A. Robert Johnson in Foreign Policy. Comments Off on Anthology – Peoples’ Plan for Life, Now and Forever …

Leonard Woolf would later excoriate the Communist system every bit as forcefully as this denunciation of the Romanovs. Before the full impact of the “democracy” embodied in first Lenin, Trotsky, and Dzerzhinsky, and later Stalin, he attended conferences in England that enthusiastically approved the revolution in its earliest days. I include his description of a speaker at one, at Leeds in 1917, for its superb description of a speaker, a Frenchman whose name he does not remember, and which was the only thing he remembered about the conference.

“[He] was an amazing orator. He was a short bearded man, unimpressive to look at; he would stand absolutely motionless on the rostrum, his right hand held out in front of him with the first finger pointing straight up to the roof. Then for five minutes a liquid fountain of words would issue from him ceaselessly, but rising a little and falling a little in a kind of rhythm, and one was hypnotized into the optical and oral delusion that this fountain of words was issuing not from his mouth, but from the tip of that first finger of his right hand. Nobody knew what he was saying – I don’t know that he himself knew – but we were all carried away by it; it reminded me of a canary singing in a cage or even sometimes of a Chopin mazurka.”





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