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    The Russian Revolution: when workers took power. Book launch

The Russian Revolution: when workers took power. Book launch

The following article was first published on the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL) website. (more…)

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The ‘coup’, the concept of socialism and the class nature of the Soviet Union

The following article was first published in 1991. We are re-publishing it on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ‘coup’ against Gorbachev.

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By |August 26th, 2016|Europe, Russian Revolution, Socialism, Transition to socialism|Comments Off on The ‘coup’, the concept of socialism and the class nature of the Soviet Union

In Defence Of October

On the 94th anniversary of the Russian Revolution we publish a speech delivered by Trotsky in 1932. In addition to defending staunchly the revolution Trotsky describes the causes, the revolutionary reserves forces backing the proletariat, the pre-requisites and balance sheet of the revolution. He also reaffirms its importance in history and how it can guide future generations of revolutionaries to “leap from the realm of necessity into the realm of freedom”. In a year of many ‘revolutions’ in north Africa we hope that studying Trotsky will help our readers to re-familiarise themselves with the real Marxist concept of revolution. This translation is taken from the Marxist Internet Archive.
Leon Trotsky
In Defence Of October
A speech delivered in Copenhagen, Denmark in November 1932
The first time that I was in Copenhagen was at the International Socialist Congress and I took away with me the kindest recollections of your city. But that was over a quarter of a century ago. Since then, the water in the Ore-Sund and in the fjords has changed over and over again. And not the water alone. The war has broke the backbone of the old European continent. The rivers and seas of Europe have washed down not a little blood. Mankind and particularly European mankind has gone through severe trials, has become more sombre and more brutal. Every kind of conflict has become more bitter. The world has entered into the period of the great change. Its extreme expressions are war and revolution.

Before I pass on to the theme of my lecture, the Revolution, I consider it my duty to express my thanks to the organisers of this meeting, the organisation of social-democratic students. I do this as a political adversary. My lecture, it […]