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Russian Intellectuals

Ever wondered why Benjamin was so cynical? I will explain his character in relation to the figure he represents in history.

Iman Ahmed

on 4 January 2013

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Transcript of Russian Intellectuals

Foundation Common traits History Benjamin Examples Picture Three leaders of the Menshevik Intelligentsia party in Stockholm, Sweden, May 1917:
Pavel Axelrod, Julius Martov and Alexander Martinov Animal Farm Page 30:
"About the Rebellion and its results he would express no opinion. When asked whether he was not happier now that Jones was gone, he would say only "Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey" and the others would have to be content with this cryptic answer. >> The Russian intellectuals and Benjamin both understand what is happening but do nothing about it.

>> They both don't act until it is too late -In Benjamin's case, the exact same thing was happening, including the fact that he could see the very rules of their society on Animal Farm changing (like the pigs saying they needed special privileges to do brain work, and the Commandments constantly changing, etc.) but didn't involve himself in a way that his own safety was endangered. This clip is from the Animal Farm animated movie made in 1954. The scene you will watch will show how Benjamin suddenly takes action when he realizes that Boxer is being taken away to be killed.
{59:06 -> 1:03:04} Benjamin represents the Menshevik intellengtsia. Menshevik -A member of the liberal faction of the Social Democratic Party that struggled against the Bolsheviks before and during the Russian Revolution. -They were the people who believed Communism wouldn't help the people of Russia but didn't criticize it -During and after the Russian revolution, these people understood what was happening (Stalin controlling everyone by fear, etc.) but did nothing about it, because they were too smart to say anything that would get them killed Intelligentsia
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