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01 July 2019


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Am I the only one this episode has a pinging ball sound nonstop on? Super annoying.

Steve Sc

I have it as well.

John Wright

Had it as well.
Downloaded it again,seems to be fixed.

Geoff Hunt

I’m using the Apple podcast app. I’ve tried re-downloading it but I’ve still got the pulsing noise.

Joe Smith

Podcast rekted.


Fixed!! Delete fully and unfollow Revolutions. Then redownload and it will work. This is on apple. Thanks for fixing!!

Craig Reardon

I just assumed he’d turned the clock track on in GarageBand by accident. I used it as practice for when I go into the studio later this month to record my album 😂


I must admit, as someone far more interested in Russia and its deeply fascinating (and often deeply tragic) history than in Marxism as an ideology, this is a little disappointing.

Still, got to give you props: this is probably the best introduction to Marxism and anarchism-and not just the dry theory, but putting the men and the ideas in their *times*-you will get outside a true political theory course in college. Hats off to you.

Elena Ivanova

Thank you, Mike, for this programme!
Btw,great Russian socialist and theoretician colonel Piotr Lavrov (Peter Lavroff) took part in Paris Commune himself. He wrote a classical book on Commune, highly appreciated by Lenin among others. In 1919 Bolsheviks republished it. Mid-April 1871 Lavrov was sent by Commune into propaganda mission abroad: as foreigner he could travel outside Paris.
As to russian socialists of 1870s-1880s, their views on Paris Commune were formed neither by Bakunin, nor by Marx, but were very close to those of Marx.

Ron Sparks

Thanks for this episode and your whole sub-series on the backstory to the Russian revolution. Since unlike all of the other revolutions that we have visited, this one was conducted, at least for the most part, by dedicated revolutionaries working from an established ideological basis, this introduction is very important. It’s extremely interesting as well. You have provided the best account of the development of revolutionary ideology I have encountered. It the episodes you have produced so far are any indication, the Russian revolution will be the crowning achievement of Revolutions.


I love how this ties back into previous episodes on the French revolution, the series on 1848, and the Paris commune. Truly, the Russian revolution is the most ambitious crossover event of all time.


It is as if you started the British Revolution/Civil War with a small congregation of Marian exiles in Geneva writing the Geneva Bible with a certain John Knox serving as pastor. Or started the American Revolution with the Mayflower Compact and the essays of John Locke. But those things can be assumed with an English speaking audience. All this background of 19th radicals is necessary because those of us who grew up in the cold war are a stranger to it. Also, one would have thought that the revolutionary potential of rural peasants would have been definitively answered in 1381. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6pZTBxNTMc&t=181s


So you've moved to France?


I'm using Castbox and getting an error message everytime I try to download this episode....


Great episodes introducing Marxism and Anarchism. Much appreciated.

Would you consider doing something similar for capitalism? It might seem redundant since most of the world has embraced capitalism one way or the other, however, many of us don't really understand what the advantages are of capitalism or exactly why it is so prevalent. Why have capitalist societies by-and-large thrived while socialist/communist societies by-and-large stagnated or failed? Why does capitalism seem to "work"? Why is capitalism "the worst economic system, except for all the others"?

It might be getting you a little off track, but at the same time it's a great opportunity to contrast competing economic theories.

All the best Mike.


The rss feed seems to have a broken link for this episode; I'm getting a 404 error when downloading with podkicker.


I agree with many of the other commenters here on the excellent coverage of Marxist philosophy. This was the simplest and most succinct explanation of this complex ideology that I've come across. I would like to see more (when appropriate) of the historical philosophical background of events--or even just covering the history of these ideas for their own sake.


Amusingly, Elon Musk has just tweeted about this podcast:


"Listening to Revolutions by Duncan [Pocket Casts link] Found this on a throw pillow ... [funny image]"

and later "Later in life Bakunin is underappreciated".

Someone replied "Best podcaster out there tied with Dan Carlin, easily.", and Elon replied, "Agreed".

I can't quickly find his earlier political tweets, except one on Chomsky and Piketty. Oh, there it is, at https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1142890265369202688:

"Accelerating Starship development to build the Martian Technocracy" ... "Anarcho-syndicalism FTW!!"


Is Bakunin sort of like a Mexican federalist?

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