All over again


June 28, 2004 by AK

I’ve been sick since Friday night (timing is everything), and when I’m down with the flu, the world around seems strange and unusual. I tried (re)reading the first part of Vekhi (Landmarks or Signposts, 1909–1910), a classic collection of essays on the Russian intelligentsia by prominent Russian thinkers of the time. It sounds trivial, but I was amazed how well some of the pieces apply to our times–Sergei Bulgakov’s and Semen Frank’s in particular. Bulgakov’s article begins thus:

Russia has survived a revolution. This revolution did not produce what was expected from it.

(Here’s an old post on Bulgakov’s/Schumpeter’s characterization of Marx.)


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