Metalworkers and the Russian Revolution

I would like to start by saying what an honor it is to be speaking to you about the Russian Revolution and the metalworkers. As you may know, the metalworkers played a crucial role in the Russian revolutionary movement before 1917 and during the revolutionary year. I will try...

88 Years Without Lenin: Dictatorship of Proletariat and “pure” democracy.

Class struggle involves periods of calm and periods of turbulence, periods of relative peace and periods of insurrection. Those who admit the principle of a division of society by social class and the struggle between them must admit that a civil war is something natural. With this understanding Lenin declared: “The...

The July Days: Preparation and Beginning – Part I

León Trotsky Chapter 24 - The History of the Russian Revolution https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1930/hrr/ch24.htm   Introduction In the introduction to the previous chapter of The History of the Russian Revolution on the demonstration of June of 1917 (according to the former Julian Russian calendar), we said that June and July were an inflection point in the...

88 Years Without Lenin: The State and Revolution

The power of the state is a fundamental issue in every revolution. The fundamental discussion hinging round this issue in the early XX century was between Lenin and Kautsky and reflected two contrary concepts. Kautsky, reflecting the reformist positions, said, “…the task of a general strike can never be the destruction...

Bread, Peace, and Land (1917-2017)

In the past days we presented, in several countries, the documentary Bread, Peace, and Land (1917-2017), in which 8 working, partisan, peasant, and popular leaders show, from their places of struggle, what the Russian Revolution meant to them. The documentary was filmed in Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and Russia (Moscow and...

The Verdict of History – Prologue to Russian Edition

This new edition, now in Russian, of The Verdict of History ,is added to the one in Portuguese (2008), the one in Spanish (2009), and the upcoming one in English. The several editions of this book show the interest it awoke among those who seek to understand what happened with the...

The Red Army of Workers and Peasants of the Soviet Republic

This article was published on the IWL's theoretical magazine Marxism Alive n. 16 in 2007, as part of the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. In military terms, the construction of the Red Army is one of the most spectacular events of the history of mankind. We might sum it up as “The...

1905: the dress rehearsal of the Russian Revolution

In 1905, the Russian proletariat starred in the first great wave of strikes of the twentieth century. for the first time, in the midst of land occupations, union strikes and break of the military hierarchy, the Soviets emerged. In October 1917 the Russian working class starred in the main event...

The Issue of the Party and the Revolutionary Movement

The women in the Bolshevik party and the relevance of the resolutions of the Third International. By Laura Sguazzabia.   Despite the millennial customs that left women in passivity and obedience, in Russia, the contribution of the female proletariat to the revolution was strong and determining. This active participation was expressed in...

The III International: Lenin’s Great Obsession

On the 100-year anniversary of the great Russian Revolution, it is necessary to study and draw all the lessons of its main achievement: the building of the III International - the Communist International - a year and a half after seizing power. It was the most advanced attempt to...

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