November 6, 2017
Sky News allowed a Leftist filmmaker to declare the Bolshevik takeover of Russia a triumph for ‘ordinary people’ unchallenged for the centenary of the Red October coup d’état.
“After the Tsarist autocracy was dismantled, socialism was born under the lead of Vladimir Lenin,” says the Sky anchor in her introduction to the segment — an unusual way to describe the armed, moonlight takeover by the Communist leader’s Red Guards in October 1917, which displaced the provisional government installed by a genuine popular uprising in February.
Ceri Dingle, director of the crowdfunded film 1917: Why the Russian Revolution Matters, is then given free rein to assert that the Bolshevik coup “[E]ncouraged people to fight back against colonialism [and] helped women get equality and the right to vote”.
Dingle also claims that the Western reaction to the coup — “because Western elites at the time were so freaked” — ushered in “preventative measures that we don’t relate to the Russian Revolution, like the development of welfarism or state intervention in the economy, simply to prevent a repeat of what they saw as the lurid doings in Petrograd [St Petersburg].
This article was posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:26 am