Tag Archives: Russian Revolution

Review: The Cherry Orchard (in 1982 Wales)

Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict By Scott Jones The Cherry Orchard is set in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1982. Yes, that’s right. It’s a modern retelling of the original written by Anton Chekhov just before the first Russian revolution in 1905. And it’s brilliant. Action revolves around an old manor house on the west Wales ...

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“Finland Station” and the Struggle for Socialism Today

A Response to Bhaskar Sunkara This article was originally published in the left wing American magazine, Counter Punch on the 28th July 2017. The author, Alan Jones, is a member of the Executive Committee of Socialist Alternative, the American sister party of the Socialist Party. At the end of June, in the midst of a growing discussion about socialism in ...

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World socialism: Largest international CWI School culminates in unification congress

“This has been the biggest school the CWI has ever organised”, said Peter Taaffe from the International Secretariat of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), when opening (together with Juan Ignacio Ramos, general secretary of Izquierda Revolucionaria in the Spanish state) the special unification congress which finished a historic week for the CWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria. It was not ...

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July Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution

Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent. Workers, soldiers and peasants were reacting in fury at the failure of the provisional government – installed after the February 1917 revolution – to transform their terrible conditions. They were suffering high food prices, poverty wages, factory lockouts ...

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Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

Michael Johnson, from the Socialist Party’s LGBT group, examines the lessons of the Russian revolution for the struggle for LGBT+ rights today. The Russian Revolution is not typically held up as a significant event in the advancement of the struggle for LGBT+ rights. In fact, it’s often seen as the opposite, given the terrible oppression that LGBT+ people faced under ...

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The Real Lenin

Here we re-publish an article written by Per Åke Westerlund, from Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (Committee for a Workers’ International in Sweden), first published in Socialism Today, magazine of the Socialist Party of England & Wales in 2004.   VLADIMIR LENIN, the main leader of the Russian revolution, made the following insightful observation in mid-1917: “During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing ...

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Lessons of the Russian revolution for women’s struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role. It started with a strike by women textile workers on 8 March (International Women’s Day – 23 February according to the calendar in use in Russia at the time). Not able to take their impoverished conditions and food shortages ...

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Russian February revolution 1917 – what lessons for today?

23 February 1917 (8 March in today’s calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia, which sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world. In the Socialist in 2007, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe analysed the lessons of February for the working class today and how the leadership of the Bolshevik party, particularly Lenin and ...

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