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gov 312L, 03.19.08 - POLITICS IN RUSSIA AND THE(FORMER USSR...

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POLITICS IN RUSSIA AND THE (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 tries 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 trying to transform a society (economy, society, people’s minds), and in order to do this they created a totalitarian form of gov’t and forced people to be involved B) Historical origins of Soviet Politics: the Russian revolution and its aftermath 1. The Russian revolution – a Marxist Revolution?
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