Yesterday while I was re-reading Bertrand Russell’s the Practice and Theory of Bolshevism, I encountered a passage I forgot was there, it reads:

What Mohammedanism did for the Arabs, Bolshevism may do for the Russians. As Ali went down before the politicians who only rallied to the Prophet after his success, so the genuine Communists may go down before those who are now rallying to the ranks of the Bolsheviks.

 I don’t know how much Bertrand Russell knew about Islam – and I strongly disagree with the sentences that precede and proceed this–, but it is interesting to note what he wrote here.