‘In our hearts the needle of the seismograph has already stirred’

Let’s hope that the UK never gets this bad, even though the commies in the UK are pushing it that way:

From Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution 1899-1919, London: Harvill, 1990. p. 194:

To the historian of this period, the most striking — and most ominous — impression is the prevalence and intensity of hatred: ideological, ethnic, social. The monarchists despised the liberals and socialists. The radicals hated the ‘bourgeoisie.’  The peasants loathed those who had left the commune to set up private farms. Ukrainians hated Jews, Muslims hated Armenians and the Kazakh nomads hated and wanted to expel the Russians who had settled in their midst… Latvians were ready to pounce on their German landlords… Since political institutions capable of resolving these conflicts had failed to emerge, the chances were that sooner or later resort would again be had to violence…

It was common in those days to speak of Russia living on a “volcano.” In 1908, the poet Alexander Blok used another metaphor when he spoke of a “bomb” ticking in the heart of Russia. Some tried to ignore it, some tried to run away from it, other yet to disarm it. To no avail: “whether we remember or forget, in all of us sit sensations of malaise, fear catastrophe, explosion… We do not know precisely what events await us, but in our hearts the needle of the seismograph has already stirred”.

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