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John Riddell – The Art of Socialist Strategy: A 21st Century Reading of the Comintern
April 18 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Founded in 1919, the Communist International sought to extend the example of the Russian revolution to the entire world. The most ambitious attempt to give organizational form to Marxist internationalism, the Comintern declined during the Stalin era and dissolved in 1943. This session of The Capitalism Workshop showcases and engages with John Riddell’s archival research on the Comintern. Since 1983, John has translated nine volumes of documents on the Comintern, totaling some 6,500 pages. He is now preparing a book entitled Comintern Revisited: Studies in Global Revolutionary Politics. This session will revisit the Comintern’s formation and assess its record of success and failure, of policy and experience, with regard to socialist strategies and struggles today. The Comintern debates are old, but they may help us find a new strategies for present. Please RSVP to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org