Three Problems of the Revolution — Daniel Guérin | The Anarchist Library | Robert Graham’s Anarchism Weblog

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Daniel Guérin

Three Problems of the Revolution

  1. Spontaneity and consciousness
  2. The Problem of Power
  3. Management of the economy

Voline, libertarian chronicler of the Russian revolution, after having been an actor in and an eye-witness to it, writes:

“We have been bequeathed a fundamental problem by preceding revolutions: I am thinking of the one in 1789 and the one in 1917 especially: largely mounted against oppression, animated by a mighty breath of freedom and proclaiming freedom as their essential objective, how come these revolutions slid into a new dictatorship wielded by other ruling, privileged strata, into fresh slavery for the popular masses? What might the conditions be that would enable a revolution to avoid that dismal fate? Might that fate be due to ephemeral factors and even quite simply to mistakes and shortcomings which might from now on be averted? And…

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