What does "occasional bursts of blind" in this example mean?

Rosseau, too, must have reinforced the coarse-grained, rough peasant in Tolstoy with his strongly moralistic, puritanical strain, his suspicion of, and antipathy to the rich, the powerful, the happy as such, his streak of genuine vandalism, and occasional bursts of blind, very Russian rage against Western sophistication and refinement, and that adulation of 'virtue' and simple tastes, of the 'healthy' moral life, the militant, anti-liberal barbarism, which is one of Rousseau's specific contributions to the stock of Jacobin ideas.

I've searched that in many dictionaries and haven't found a clear answer.

Is this a phrase or expression?

  • "Butsts" ? Is there a word like that ? Did you mean 'Bursts' ?
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 8:04
  • I am very sorry. You are right. that was "bursts".
    – Amir Irani
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 8:09
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    This is a very strange phrase, could you add a little more content after the phrase ? Maybe it is a "burst of blind something", like "blind rage" or something. Maybe then it'll make sense :)
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 8:11

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occasional bursts of blind, {very Russian} rage against Western sophistication

The expression is blind rage, very Russian is a qualifier inserted between "blind" and "rage", acting as second adjective.

The rage is both "blind" and "very Russian".

A completely different (random) example:

a serving of a sweet, chocolate-laden desert

  • I really appreciate your help.
    – Amir Irani
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 8:59
  • +1 In AmE, we like to say "chocolatey". It's a partial rhyme with "malady".
    – TimR
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 10:29

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