Philip Pomper


On his book Lenin's Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution

Cover Interview of January 21, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Bringing to light what Trotsky could only adumbrate in his biography of the young Lenin.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Many gifted marginal people came to the fore in the 1860s and 1870s Russia, and many of their progeny became important revolutionaries.”

On the second:

“Marxism downplayed ethics, to a point where one has to work hard to understand how it inspired young people. Some of Sasha’s comrades who chose terrorism did so because of an ethical foundation that they didn’t find in Marxism.”