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Epilogue: After October

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Miéville, C. (2017). Epilogue: After October. In Miéville, C. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution. Verso, pp. 305-368

(adj, theology) (of knowledge of God) obtained through negating concepts that might be applied to him

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A political via negativa, an apophatic revolutionism

—p.305 by China Miéville
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A political via negativa, an apophatic revolutionism

—p.305 by China Miéville
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(adjective) tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy / (adjective) envious / (adjective) of an unpleasant or objectionable nature; obnoxious / (adjective) of a kind to cause harm or resentment

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Lenin has fought a lonely battle insisting that the invidious demands be accepted

—p.309 by China Miéville
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Lenin has fought a lonely battle insisting that the invidious demands be accepted

—p.309 by China Miéville
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the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation; a national policy of economic independence

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The shift is born of despair, as any prospects for international revolution recede. But if it is utopian to hope that international support is around the corner, how much more so is it to wager on the impossible – autarchic socialism?

—p.314 by China Miéville
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The shift is born of despair, as any prospects for international revolution recede. But if it is utopian to hope that international support is around the corner, how much more so is it to wager on the impossible – autarchic socialism?

—p.314 by China Miéville
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(noun) an ultimate end (from Greek)

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did October lead inexorably to Stalin? It is an old question, but one still very much alive. Is the gulag the telos of 1917?

—p.315 by China Miéville
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did October lead inexorably to Stalin? It is an old question, but one still very much alive. Is the gulag the telos of 1917?

—p.315 by China Miéville
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(adjective) extremely loud

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Party activists are hounded in great numbers, forced to betray others, to confess to preposterous crimes with stentorian declarations

—p.315 by China Miéville
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Party activists are hounded in great numbers, forced to betray others, to confess to preposterous crimes with stentorian declarations

—p.315 by China Miéville
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(adjective) deadly or pernicious in influence / (adjective) foreboding or threatening evil

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The party’s shift after Lenin’s death, from that plaintive, embattled sense that there had been little alternative but to strive in imperfect conditions, to the later bad hope of Socialism in One Country, is a baleful result of recasting necessity as virtue.

—p.316 by China Miéville
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The party’s shift after Lenin’s death, from that plaintive, embattled sense that there had been little alternative but to strive in imperfect conditions, to the later bad hope of Socialism in One Country, is a baleful result of recasting necessity as virtue.

—p.316 by China Miéville
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(verb) to expose to shame or blame by means of falsehood and misrepresentation / (verb) violate betray

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And in the traducing and misrepresentation of opponents

—p.316 by China Miéville
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And in the traducing and misrepresentation of opponents

—p.316 by China Miéville
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relating to the writing of the lives of saints; (derogatory) adulatory writing about another person

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Those who count themselves on the side of the revolution must engage with these failures and crimes. To do otherwise is to fall into apologia, special pleading, hagiography – and to run the risk of repeating such mistakes.

—p.317 by China Miéville
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Those who count themselves on the side of the revolution must engage with these failures and crimes. To do otherwise is to fall into apologia, special pleading, hagiography – and to run the risk of repeating such mistakes.

—p.317 by China Miéville
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The specifics of Russia, 1917, are distinct and crucial. It would be absurd, a ridiculous myopia, to hold up October as a simple lens through which to view the struggles of today. But it has been a long century, a long dusk of spite and cruelty, the excrescence and essence of its time. Twilight, even remembered twilight, is better than no light at all. It would be equally absurd to say that there is nothing we can learn from the revolution. To deny that the sumerki of October can be ours, and that it need not always be followed by night.

—p.318 by China Miéville 5 years, 2 months ago

The specifics of Russia, 1917, are distinct and crucial. It would be absurd, a ridiculous myopia, to hold up October as a simple lens through which to view the struggles of today. But it has been a long century, a long dusk of spite and cruelty, the excrescence and essence of its time. Twilight, even remembered twilight, is better than no light at all. It would be equally absurd to say that there is nothing we can learn from the revolution. To deny that the sumerki of October can be ours, and that it need not always be followed by night.

—p.318 by China Miéville 5 years, 2 months ago

(adj) hostile, obstructive

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What could be more inimical to any trace of teleology than those who take account of the sidings of history?

—p.319 by China Miéville
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What could be more inimical to any trace of teleology than those who take account of the sidings of history?

—p.319 by China Miéville
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