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Unformatted text preview: POL I T ICS I N RUSSIA AND T HE (FORMER) USSR I I-One of the most ambitious empiraments in human history-Trying to abolish private property, the market and insititute a very new type of political system that never existed besides the paris commune in 1917-Marxian council system t ries to bring about a community type of political organization where there is no strife-Turned into a dictatorship-The very idea of abolishing conflict made them disregard the need for checks -The idea that conflict had no right to reemerge gave them the right (in their mind) to repress dissenters-They did not base rule on empirical consent, but on imputed consent false consciousness-the small group of leaders was t rying to transform a society (economy, society, peoples minds), and in order to do this they created a totalitarian form of govt and forced people to be involved B) H istorical origins of Soviet Politics: the Russian revolution and its aftermath 1. The Russian revolution a Marxist Revolution?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course GOV 312L taught by Professor Madrid during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring '07