Poetic Justice


There has been some controversy since last November over the possible role foreign journalists may have played in influencing the last US presidential election. The election of November 8, 2016 caused a major change in the direction of government here in the USA. Some writers have called it a revolution by the electorate.

The man in the photo is John Reed, an American journalist from Portland, Oregon. Reed was a larger than life figure who arrived in Petrograd, Russia a few months in advance of the Great October Revolution. The October Revolution concluded on November 7, 1917 according the Gregorian Calendar. It’s centennial is tomorrow.

Reed was a vocal advocate of proletarian revolution in both Russia and in the USA. In addition to writing about the events of November 1917, he even picked up a rifle, and joined Red Guards in securing parts of Petrograd for the Bolsheviks. The Bolshevik victory succeeded in overthrowing the Russian Provisional Government which then ushered in 74 years of Soviet rule.

Reed’s best known work is “10 Days That Shook The World,” a book which described the events leading up to Russia’s October Revolution. It impressed Vladimir Lenin enough that he later wrote an enthusiastic forward which was included in subsequent editions. The book is still in print.

For his service to revolution and international socialism, John Reed is one of three Americans given the honor of burial at the Kremlin Wall right next to Lenin’s Tomb on Red Square. If anything really happened to sway the outcome of last November, certain parties might consider it to be poetic justice.

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