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in the Russian revolution
A fresh look at Lenin
Lenin knew too much about socialism to simply drop all talk of workers eventually running the economy. As he once said "The liberation of the workers can be achieved only by the workers' own efforts".. He was too little of one to actually allow them to do so.
The Life, Times & Confessions
of Victor Serge
One time anarchist Victor Serge joined the Bolsheviks in 1918 and is often quoted by Leninists today to justify their repression of the left. Dermot Sreenan looks at his later writings and finds a Serge unhappy with many aspects of Bolshevik rule but unable to break with them because of the apparent success of the Russian Revolution.
How Lenin led
Points that many would consider characteristic of Stalinism include, the creation of a one party state, no control by the working class of the economy, the dictatorial rule of individuals over the mass of society, the brutal crushing of all workers' action and the use of slander and historical distortion against other left groups. How many of these policies came into effect under Lenin?
Review: The Russian
This book is a must for anyone who is confused as to why the Russian Revolution went wrong, for anyone who feels that to explain the aberrations and atrocities perpetrated by the Bolsheviks as necessitated by imperialist blockades or 'objective circumstances'
In defence of the Truth
One of the most detailed responses to the anarchists critique of Bolshevism was published in the winter issue of International Socialism. Unfortunately the article fails to seriously address the criticisms of Lenin, preferring instead to repeat more sophisticated versions of old slanders and distortions.
Defending the Bolsheviks or defending the truth?
A privately circulated reply to a piece by the IWG answering Anarchist criticisms of the Bolsheviks
The Two Octobers by Piotr
Reprint of the 1926 essay by an anarchist vetarn of the revolution
Review: The Bolsheviks
and Workers Control
The Bolsheviks and Workers Control is a detailed book that shows firstly how Russian workers took over and managed their workplaces, secondly how they wished to extend this control to the entire economy and thirdly how it was wrested from them by the Russian state.
Stalin didn't fall from the moon
A 12 page pamphlet on the Russian revolution
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The Russian Revolution
The Russian revolution has been a subject of key importance to anarchists for two reasons. The first reason is that for the first time in history a working class revolution succeeded in ousting the old ruling classes. The second reason is that after the old ruling class was ousted a new class came to power. Those of us who want to make a revolution to-day must understand where the successes and failures of the past came from.
Factory committees in the
The factory committees appeared in Petrograd and Moscow around February/March of 1917, and quickly spread. Elected directly by the workers in each enterprise, they appear initially to have formed in a response to theatened closures, and to press for the 8-hour day, though the scope of their demands would son extend.
Four October Myths
Here I am going to look at four myths, widly accepted by the left and right alike on the October revolutiuon and its aftermath
The Cheka during the Russian
Was the Cheka integral to Lenin's doctrine or did it arrive by chance?
paradise or Castro's fiefdom?
Revolutionary Veteran speaks at
Bulgarian anarchist conference
Report on the 8th Congress of the Bulgarian anarchist federation
Anarchists in Russia's far east
The Socialist Workers Party & Socialism from Below