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The Russian Revolution's centennial this year coincides with the Trump Revolution in the United States, which itself followed the Brexit Revolution in the United Kingdom. Like the Bolsheviks in 1917, the political movements behind Trump and Brexit consider themselves to be the vanguard of an international revolt – or what former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage calls a "great global revolution". As with all revolutionary programs, Trump and Bannon's approach is fundamentally about rethinking the state and state power.Regardless of how one categorizes Trump's domestic agenda, it is clearly a response to a world in which a principle of openness – to foreign goods, capital and people – coexists with a complex system for regulating these flows. As the former Justice Minister and Conservative Party Brexit leader Michael Gove famously put it, "People in this country have had enough of experts," and "big changes" are needed to change how the government and civil service go about their business.Once revolutionaries are in power, they quickly come to believe that a conservative "deep state," intent on obstructing the will of the "people," is undermining them. Civil servants – chinovniks – were the declared enemy, and concern that the bureaucracy would prevent the revolution from being fully realized fueled radicalization, and reinforced the idea that a revolutionary party must supplant the state altogether.
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