Blackshirts & Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology-terms. Blackshirts & Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy and ecology—terms often bandied about. This essay is written in response to the book “Blackshirts and Reds” by Michael Parenti, a large part of which is taken up with apologetics for, and praise of, the.

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Who knew I could read about the whole entire history of State Socialism in a day which is exactly what I did. Paperbackpages. Return to Book Page. The book is pretty good, but there’s a fairly sizeable section that pretty abru The most interesting parts to read are the first few chapters which detail how fascism grew with the support of US and other Western capitalist nations’ corporations it took the Trading With The Enemy Act to get US corporations to stop doing business with Nazi Germany and how the end of socialism represented a step backwards, how people in former socialist countries realized that restoring capitalism was a mistake.

Leninism minus military threat ; all the more so given that on March 14th Lenin said “The Soviet Government has triumphed in the Civil War” and again on April 23rd he said “One can say with certainty that the Civil War in its main phases has been brought to an end”.

Naturally, this, which was obviously coupled with the suppression of private trade, was not conducive to agricultural productivity. Then we have the famous blackshirtz Imperialist armies or the “fourteen capitalist nations” as Parenti calls them. The community members were helped by specialists, surveyors and agronomists.

Essentially these military units occupied a few ports and guarded parts of the rear areas of the White armies to ensure that supplies got through to them a somewhat futile task as due to the corruption with the white movement much aid ended up on the black market. These three books, or topics, are of varying lengths–a succinct look at fascism and how it was supported by capitalists, a fairly lengthy discussion blackshirfs the pros and cons of the Eastern bloc governments with an explanation of how and why they were toppled, and an redss of blac,shirts post-Soviet world and the rising tide geds unabashed capitalism in the wake of it being the only surviving economic ideology with any real political power.


Just because you politically agree with a book doesn’t mean it’s well written and researched. He explains the class interests of fascists, discusses the nuances of the USSR and gives an iconoclastic defense of revolution. Title First Published 01 June Maybe though my critique has to do with the fact that much of what he states is obvious to me, so maybe that’s my problem, but his writing definitely suffers from a number of oversimplifications which would make it easy for any Liberal to dismiss his arguments in a second.

Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

There are some good points in this book, but the lack of citations or primary sources do not make some other arguments of this book believable. Frankly Noam Chomsky might not always be as readable, but it as to blackshirhs said he has way better politics. Title Blackshirts and Reds.

Blcakshirts also maps out the external and internal forces that destroyed communism, and the disastrous impact of the “free-market” victory on eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

A good critique of anarchism blavkshirts in here and of people bpackshirts criticize the revolutions he calls them pure socialists and how a strong central state is necessary to repel the inevitable counterrevolution. He affirms the relevance of taboo ideologies like Marxism, demonstrating the importance of class analysis in understanding political realities and dealing with the ongoing collision between ecology and global corporatism.

Rather than localised partisan units they advocate “unity in the plan of operations and unity of common command”.

His explanation for this discontent in utopia is priceless: Their “naturally superior talents” include unprincipled and illegal subterfuge such as price-fixing, stock manipulation, insider training, fraud, tax evasion, the legal enforcement of unfair competition, ecological spoliation, harmful products and unsafe work conditions.

On the night of April the 11th again during our ‘control’ period Cheka units raided 26 anarchist centres in Moscowkilling 40 in the initial fighting and arresting over Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Colouring such accounts are references to culture and individual encounters, interviews and events, all presented in an appealing and passionate, yet reasonable, manner.

According to Parenti “communist countries did not pursue the capital penetration of other countries. Lacking a profit motive as their driving force and therefore having no need to constantly find new investment opportunities, they did not expropriate the lands, labor, markets, and natural resources of weaker nations, that is, they did not practise economic imperialism.

Blackshirts and Reds, Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism

Likewise the leaders of Poland’s Solidarity party are attacked for various anti-Semitic outbursts, another eeds innovation of ‘capitalist restoration’? He’s great at writing against the USA and against anti-communism but he’s much worse at mounting an effective defence of socialist countries.

The terror was not just a means of disposing of dissidents but also a means of labour discipline, to quote Lenin again, this time writing in December ,: Its domestic budget inwhen all these services were declared freewas higher than that spent on social blacksbirts for the whole of Moscow. According hlackshirts Parenti, in what he calls communist countries “priority was placed on human services” the evidence for this is “guaranteed education, employment, housing, and medical assistance” representing “something different from what existed in the profit-driven capitalist world” this is an “organising principle for every communist system to one degree or the other” and does not “apply to free market countries”.

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If this was a lab blackxhirts we would have a ‘subject’ that is to say Bolshevism plus civil war and a ‘control’ that is to say Bolshevism minus civil war and by looking at the difference between the two we can ascertain the effect of the civil war. Parenti points to archival documentation suggesting that between and a total ofexecutions were carried out by the N. May 21, Jana rated it it was amazing.