Wednesday, 10 February 2016
What Is To Be Done?
It's been a week or two since Timothy J. Fairplay graced these pages. Happily he's back with another project, this time a collaboration with Alessandro Parisi under the name Dynamite Winter Palace. Ice cold synths deep into Russia. 80s drum machines set to stun. The song below is called What Is To Be Done, which as I'm sure you know was the title of a political pamphlet written by Lenin in 1901. In this work Lenin argues that dedicated Marxists should form a party to lead the working class towards revolutionary Marxist ideas- to become the vanguard of the proletariat. This short book then led to the split between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. And several other historical events, not least the Russian Revolution of October 1917.
I am going to London today, staying through until Friday, with a group of sixth form students taking in various historic and cultural sites (plus the Westfield shopping centre to ensure their capitalist desires are satisfied). I shall see you all at the weekend.