Tag: Russian Revolution

  • Lessons from the Past: Markets, Plans, Bureaucracy

    Wilder Pérez Varona interviews Eric Toussaint on a range of issues dealing with the Russian Revolution, conducted on 8 May 2019 during the International Colloquium dedicated to Leon Trotsky. 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 »

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution

    Toronto — 12 January 2017. The main purpose of the 2017 edition of the Socialist Register (SR) – one century after “Red October” – is to look forward, to what might happen next. Moderated by Greg Albo. Panel discussion featuring: Joan Sangster and Bryan Palmer: “The Distinctive Heritage of 1917: Resuscitating Revolution’s Longue Durée” Leo … Watch video »

  • 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 »

  • The Left and Labour in Russia Under Putin

    With Boris Kagarlitsky, Institute For Globalization and Social Movements, Moscow. Since the collapse of the old Soviet Union in the 1990s and the end of the politically bankrupt regime of Boris Yeltsin in 2000, Vladimir Putin has consolidated power in Russia. He has ruled over an economy growing at about 7% per year, and, in … Watch video »