Lenin's Twist, or the R-Factor of Communication

Soziale Systeme, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 88-100, 2002

13 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 12, 2001

Abstract

A revolution such as the Russian October Revolution may be shown to exhibit as its condition of success such an identity the social system of society agrees upon for some time and then has to watch its substitution and deconstruction by supplements and evolutionary drift. I shall not attempt here to develop new insights into Lenin’s strategies, the design of the Russian revolution and the emergence of the Soviet Union. But rather, drawing on well-established knowledge, I will try to test the indication calculus proposed by George Spencer-Brown's Laws of Form (1969) as a modeling device for social theory. The paper begins by spelling out the mathematics involved and goes on to present a model of the Russian October Revolution, and, finally, to draw a conclusion.

Keywords: laws of form, Lenin, Russian Revolution, Spencer-Brown

Suggested Citation

Baecker, Dirk, Lenin's Twist, or the R-Factor of Communication (January 12, 2001). Soziale Systeme, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 88-100, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200794

Dirk Baecker (Contact Author)

Witten/Herdecke University ( email )

Germany

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