The Mind and Face of Bolshevism

Siberian War
Siberian War

An old folk legend, which was current among the Russian peasants long before the Revolution, announces the advent of a time when the ” nameless beast” would succeed to the sovereignty of Russia, a beast which is nameless because it will be composed of the innumerable many. Now it is here, the ” nameless beast,” and has set up its kingdom: the impersonal mass is lord of Russia; it is the most important new phenomenon which Bolshevism has produced, a reality which no one can disregard. Whether, like some monstrous creature of fable, it rolls through the streets of the great cities, now growling happily, now roaring with rage, or whether it lies down comfortably on one of the wide squares to enjoy, like an animal, the sun, life, and its own exuberant strength—the many thousand isolated personalities of which it is composed disappear, and we no longer recognize the simple worker in his workaday blouse, the soldier, the typist, the student, or the navvy. A mighty and powerful organism has absorbed them all into itself, and a single rumbling voice, incomprehensible and terrifying as the roar of the elements, has swallowed up all their individual cries, their joyful or angry words.

The Mind and Face of Bolshevism

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