By Louise Bryant
Louise Bryant (1885-1936) was once an American journalist and author top recognized for her Marxist and anarchist ideals and her essays on radical political and feminist issues. Bryant released articles in numerous radical left journals in the course of her lifestyles. She travelled to Russia together with her husband John Reed in 1917 and 1918. whereas there, they participated in Bolshevik agitation and Communist celebration actions, and wrote articles concerning the pending revolution. Her works contain: Six pink Months in Russia (1918).
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Kollontay is doubly as thorough as Panina. As Ministers of Welfare these two women held one of the highest political positions of any country. Unlike most intellectuals, Kollontay instead of deserting the revolution when it became an ugly class struggle and every one else was running, chose that particular time to give her most valuable assistance. That is one of the traits I admire most about Kollontay. Never an extremist, she believed that in a struggle where the masses are fighting for their freedom against the reactionaries she preferred to stay with the people.
During all this confusion a meeting of the old Executive Committee of the Soviets was taking place at Smolny. The old Central Executive Committee was composed largely of Mensheviki and Left Socialist Revolutionists, and the new delegates were almost solidly Bolshevik. There was nothing to do but speedily elect a new Central Executive Committee. The next afternoon I started out as usual to attend the regular session of the Council of the Russian Republic. One glance around the square before the Marinsky Palace assured me that the long looked for storm of civil war had come.
But no. . he can never be a drawing-room favourite; he is not as cultured as Lenine or Trotsky; he speaks only Russian and a few words of French, while they speak any number of languages, are well up on the classics and even chatter of music. Trotsky looks like Paderevski and Lenine like Beethoven. What chance has he against them? Still–Kerensky is playful, ministers in the Winter Palace claimed that he kept them awake all hours of the night, singing grand opera airs. . I had a tremendous respect for Kerensky when he was head of the Provisional Government.