Tag: Russia100

  • The Revolution Party

    A fresh and compelling new account of the Russian revolution to mark its centenary concludes by paying tribute to the Bolsheviks for acting as history’s switchmen, a term derived from the small booths that dotted the railway tracks across the Russian empire, where local revolutionaries had long gathered for clandestine meetings. Against those so-called ‘legal … Keep reading »

  • 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

    They Dared: The Legacy of the October Revolution

    A hundred years later, the question of the historical legacy of the October Revolution is not an easy one for socialists, given that Stalinism took root within less than a decade after that revolution and the restoration of capitalism seventy years later met little popular resistance. One can, of course, point to the central role … Keep reading »

  • 1917: The October Revolution

    It is now 100 years since the Great October Revolution of 1917, one of the most remarkable events of the 20th century. An autocratic monarchy governing over an emergent capitalist economy was swept aside, in a series of revolutionary ruptures between February and October, and replaced by a socialist state under the leadership of the … Watch video »

  • ‘All Power to the Soviets!’ Biography of a Slogan

    “All power to the Soviets!” is surely one of the most famous slogans in revolutionary history. It is right up there with “Egalité, liberté, fraternité” as a symbol of an entire revolutionary epoch. In this essay and others to follow, I would like to examine the origin of this slogan in its original context of … Keep reading »

  • Dissecting the Failure of Soviet ‘Socialism’

    Review of The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted, by Michael A. Lebowitz, New York: Monthly Review (2012). Excerpt from Lebowitz’s book, see Bullet No. 665: “Overture: The Conductor and the Conducted.” In current discussions of twenty-first century socialism, the work of Michael Lebowitz has a unique merit: it is rooted in … Keep reading »

  • National Liberation and Bolshevism Reexamined

    A View from the Borderlands A view from the Czarist empire’s borderlands obliges us to rethink many long-held assumptions about the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, as well as the development of Marxist approaches to national liberation, peasant struggle, permanent revolution, and the emancipation of women. The following paper analyzes the socialist debates on the national … Keep reading »

  • Lenin and Occupy

    Many socialists have cheered Lars Lih’s demolition of the textbook interpretation of Lenin’s work in Lenin Rediscovered (2008) without examining how many of our own preconceptions on the subject are now part of the same pile of rubble. The fact that Occupy has functioned in practice like the much-sought-after but never replicated vanguard party that … Keep reading »