George Plekhanov

Why socialists do what we do martin Wed, 09/05/2012 - 20:03

What are we for? For what overall defining purpose do revolutionary socialist organisations labour to raise funds, recruit members, publish and sell literature, organise meetings, and so on?

The Australian socialist group Socialist Alternative tried to answer these questions directly in an article in its July 2012 issue, "The case for a revolutionary socialist party", by Diane Fieldes.

The origins of Bolshevism: Plekhanov's "The Tasks of the Social-Democrats in the Famine" Daniel_Randall Fri, 09/24/2004 - 00:00

The roots of Bolshevism. Plekhanov: father of Russian Marxism

Submitted by Anon on 12 August, 2004 - 2:53 Author: Sean Matgamna

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"The task of our revolutionary intelligentsia therefore comes, in the opinion of the Russian Social Democrats, to the following: they must adopt the views of modern scientific socialism, spread them among the workers and, with the help of the workers, storm the stronghold of autocracy. The revolutionary movement in Russia can triumph only as the revolutionary movement of the workers. There is not and cannot be any other way out for us."

The triumph and defeat of Narodnaya Volya

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:12 Author: John O'Mahony

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"The Russian proletarian is no novice in the revolutionary movement. You know that it was a worker who blew up the imperial palace in February 1880. The very idea for this action was conceived in a workers' group."

G V Plekhanov and Vera Zasulich, Letter to the International Socialist Congress, 1891

The origins of Bolshevism: The workers awaken in Petersburg

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 8:25 Author: John O'Mahony

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Populism "denied a future to Russian capitalism. The proletariat was assigned no independent role at all in the revolution. It happened accidentally, however, that propaganda designed in its content for the villages found a sympathetic response only in the cities... assembling only the intelligentsia and some individual industrial workers".

The origins of Bolshevism: The first workers' unions

Submitted by Anon on 25 February, 2004 - 1:29 Author: John O'Mahony

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"The question of the city workers is one of those that it may be said will be moved forward automatically by life itself to an appropriate place, in spite of the a priori theoretical decision of the revolutionary leaders".
G V Plekhanov, in the journal of Zemlya i Volya

How Russian Marxism began

Submitted by martin on 3 December, 2003 - 10:51 Author: Sean Matgamna

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By Sean Matgamna

The October Revolution of 1917 seemed to many observers to be an attempt to stand Marxism on its head.

Those who said that included George Valentinovich Plekhanov and Pavel Borisovich Axelrod, the founders of the Russian Marxist movement, and Karl Kautsky, the most authoritative Marxist of the Second International (1889-1914).