The Russian Revolution and Its Fate

What does Kronstadt mean?

Author: 
Martyn Hudson

The debate in Solidarity about Kronstadt has been between those who utterly condemn the suppression and see it as the beginning of the Stalinist Thermidor and the end of workers’ self rule in Russia; those who absolutely defend the suppression and see it as guaranteeing the survival of the workers’ revolution for a little longer; and those who see it as a tragic mistake and in retrospect the first signs of an “emergent totalitarianism” whilst still defending the good intentions of the Bolsheviks and asserting their fallibility.

Stalinism and the defeat of the workers - North London AWL branch meeting

Date: 
11 March, 2008 - 19:30 - 21:30
Location: 

Red Rose, 127 Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park tube (Picc/Victoria)

Description: 

North London's AWL branch meetings are open to all. At the moment we are doing a series on the life and work of Leon Trotsky. This week the focus is on the defeat of the Russian Revolution by Stalinism.

Trotsky argues that Stalinism was not the logical product of Bolshevism, but represented a bureaucratic counter-revolution against the Russian working class - separated from Bolshevism by "a river of blood"

Suggested reading: The Revolution Betrayed (1936) - http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/index.htm. Short reading: chapter 11: Whither the Soviet Union?

For more info contact David Broder - 07828 844695/davidthetrot@googlemail.com

Trotsky's New Course - North London AWL branch meeting

Date: 
26 February, 2008 - 19:30 - 21:30
Location: 

Red Rose, 127 Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park tube (Picc/Victoria)

Description: 

North London's AWL branch meetings are open to all. At the moment we are doing a series on the life and work of Leon Trotsky. This week the focus is on The Soviet Union after the Revolution and 'The New Course.'

“The struggle against the bureaucratism of the state apparatus is an exceptionally important but prolonged task, one that runs more or less parallel to our other fundamental tasks: economic reconstruction and the elevation of the cultural level of the masses. The most important historical instrument for the accomplishment of all these tasks is the party. Naturally, not even the party can tear itself away from the social and cultural conditions of the country. But as the voluntary organization of the vanguard, of the best, the most active and the most conscious elements of the working class, it is able to preserve itself much better than can the state apparatus from the tendencies of bureaucratism. For that, it must see the danger clearly and combat it without let up.”

Reading: The New Course (1923) -
http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1923/newcourse/index.htm.

Short Reading: Chapter 1: the question of party generations.

For more info contact David Broder - 07828 844695/davidthetrot@googlemail.com

AWL day school on the Russian Revolution

Date: 
1 September, 2007 - 14:00 - 19:30
Location: 

Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross

Description: 

A dayschool for new activists

12-5.30pm, Saturday 1 September, The (Kings Cross rail or tube)

This year is the 90th anniversary of the Russian revolution. But why take the Russian revolution as a model? Isn't it irrelevant nowadays, or worse, proof that revolution can't work? Didn't the Bolsheviks lead to Stalin's dictatorship?

We will be discussing the idea that understanding the experience of the Russian workers in 1917 and after is crucial to fighting for a society without exploitation or oppression today.

The agenda will include

â–  A workers' revolution? What happened in 1917?
â–  The state and revolution: bourgeois democracy and workers' democracy
â–  A festival of the oppressed: what the revolution meant for national minorities and women
â–  The Stalinist counter-revolution and what it means to be "Trotskyist"
â–  A model for the 21st century?

For more information including reading, or to pre-register, please email Robin or ring 07974 331 053

description:

A dayschool for new activists

12-5.30pm, Saturday 1 September, The (Kings Cross rail or tube)

This year is the 90th anniversary of the Russian revolution. But why take the Russian revolution as a model? Isn't it irrelevant nowadays, or worse, proof that revolution can't work? Didn't the Bolsheviks lead to Stalin's dictatorship?

Location:
Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross