Recently, I’ve been swamped by school work. Having at long last completed my midterms, I’m now having to write several academic papers taking up a lot of my time, one of which is a long research paper that I won’t be finished with until the end of the semester.
Hence why I haven’t been able to update my blog, which has been on hiatus for awhile. This is also a consequence of me being a perfectionist, meaning that I don’t enjoy updating my blog as much as I should owing to my need to put quality before quantity. Hence the lack of posts in recent weeks.
So what am I planning on working on when school’s out for summer?
One project, being as this is a left-wing blog with a Marxist perspective, is a research paper on the Russian Constituent Assembly – chiefly, an account of the fateful elections and their aftermath, an article which will utilize works by Alexander Rabinowitch, Rex A. Wade, among others and a handful of relevant primary sources. Since attending college, as a history major, I’ve learned how to write academic-level writing assignments. The piece will be entitled Hue and Cry Over the Russian Constituent Assembly, a reference to a similar work by Leon Trotsky on the Kronstadt naval rebellion.
That being said, my argument will run counter to the views held both by Rex A. Wade and Alexander Rabinowitch that the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly represented the revolution’s end (Rex A. Wade more or less puts forth this notion in the last few pages of his book, The Russian Revolution, 1917, which I’d highly recommend nonetheless), as it is their belief that the Constituent Assembly was the last hope for Russia’s modernization along western democratic lines – ignoring, for a moment, the existence of multiparty soviets and the accompanying Soviet Congresses which were equally if not more democratic than the 1918 Constituent Assembly.
The second article is called Remembering Clara Zetkin, which will serve as an overview of Clara Zetkin and her work originally meant for International Working Women’s Day consequently put aside. I’m planning on reading through all of her archived writings and, after drawing several conclusions, outlining her views on Marxism, feminism, the Russian Revolution, etc.
Thirdly, I’m going to be working on yet another article, The Cuban Revolution and Dual Power, which will examine the revolution in Cuba with a Marxist slant while focusing on just how the Cuban revolutionaries utilized the concept of dual power to win power.
A fourth article, still without a proper name, will cover the Kronstadt Rebellion and probably will be finished sometime this year or the next when I have time to do so.
Finally, I’m going to be posting chapters to a novelization of Fallout: New Vegas. I’ve been pointed to a fan fiction, Tiberium Wars, by a friend that inspired me as a fellow writer and gamer.
That’s that. Wish me luck