"In all revolutions there comes a moment when the high ideals of the revolutionaries crash onto the hard rocks of reality," writes Orlando Figes in his essay for LQ's Revolutions issue. "That moment came for Russia in March 1921," he says. Figes and Aidan Flax-Clark discuss the retreat from the communist utopia that happened in 1920s USSR, a period known as the New Economic Policy. His essay is adapted from his most recent book, Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991.
Intro and outro music by Ui. “Drive Until He Sleeps,” from the album Lifelike. Buy it here.