The Great October Revolution: Prison And Punishment

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Countercurrents.org | November 28, 2017

PKT3207 - 225418 PETROGRAD: Soldiers of the Keksgolm Regiment in 1917.

Russia’s tsar regent Boris Godunov exiled, as punishment, a 300-kilogram copper bell to the Siberian town of Tobolsk, in the east, from Uglich in 1591. The exiled bell had to cover a distance of 2,200 kilometers. The bell’s crime: to the tsar regent, the bell appeared as a symbol of political unity of the rebel residents of Uglich. The bell, before its journey to exile, was punished with 12 lashes, and its “tongue” was also tore down. The insurgent Uglich people were ordered to pull the bell across the Ural Mountains to Tobolsk. The military governor of Tobolsk registered the bell as “the first inanimate exile”. The Uglich Bell, by the mid-nineteenth century, emerged as the sovereign’s symbol of supreme authority and vindictive power. Lede of Daniel Beer’s The House of the Dead, Siberian Exile under the Tsars (Allen Lane, London, 2016) describes the incident cited here.Read More »

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‘‘Revolution that saved Russia’’

by Aleksandr Rodgers

Frontier | Vol. 50, No.22, Dec 3 – 9, 2017

In ‘the history of mankind there were many many revolutions. But for all written history, only three of them were officially given the prefix “Great” : Great French revolution, Great American revolution, and Great October socialist revolution.

Even the British bourgeois revolution of Cromwell didn’t receive such a title, despite its scope and value.Read More »

The Great October Revolution: The Peasants Perish

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Countercurrents.org | November 18, 2017

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“[I]n this open step the sheep wander from Asia into Europe, and the Kirgiz shepherd drives them back again into Asia without knowing that he has crossed a geographer’s frontier.”

Thus describes Geroid Tanquary Robinson a part of Russia in Rural Russia under the Old Regime, a History of the Landlord-Peasant World and a Prologue to the Peasant Revolution of 1917. (Chapter I: “Serfdom and the earlier servile wars”, University of California Press, Berkley & Los Angeles, 1960)Read More »

The Great October Revolution: The Languishing Labor

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Countercurrents.org | November 15, 2017

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The tsarist Russia, the empire-system for which a section of today’s intellectuals feel love, was experiencing rapid capitalist expansion and growth till the World War I. Absence of profit wouldn’t have driven capitalists to the expansion. And, labor pushes up growth. And, having profit is impossible without toilers’ strained muscles and wet brows. And, the Great October Revolution is by the toilers.Read More »

The Great October Revolution

The languishing labor

by Farooque Chowdhury

Frontier | November 22, 2017

The tsarist Russia, the empire-system for which a section of today’s intellectuals feel love, was experiencing rapid capitalist expansion and growth till the World War I. Absence of profit wouldn’t have driven capitalists to the expansion. And, labor pushes up growth. And, having profit is impossible without toilers’ strained muscles and wet brows. And, the Great October Revolution is by the toilers.

Thus, toilers’ tale is essential to grasp the Revolution, the political process loved by the commoners while hated by the upper-class-brain. It – the toilers’ transcript – is a fundamental element required to evaluate the original “sin” Lenin and his Bolshevik “band” committed. Ignoring the toilers in the Revolution enables many theoreticians to equip themselves with “enlightened rationality” – bourgeois languorous concepts in the sphere of politics, an area full with conflict. Their purpose is to blind people so that people fail to define the Revolution aimed at achieving advancement in people’s lives.   Read More »

From Russia with love: Lenin’s Letter to American Workers

by JAMES H. WILLIAMS

People’s World | November 21, 2017

From Russia with love: Lenin’s Letter to American Workers

A group of men and a boy carrying groceries during the Seattle general strike, February 7, 1919. | Museum of History and Industry, Seattle.

The Centennial of the Russian Revolution

November 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the world’s first socialist state. To commemorate the occasion, People’s World presents a series of articles providing wide-angled assessments of the revolution’s legacy, the Soviet Union and world communist movement which were born out of it, and the revolution’s relevance to radical politics today. Other articles in the series can be read here.

Just before Christmas, on December 21, 1917, a strange freighter pulled into Elliott Bay in Seattle. This vessel bore an unfamiliar flag—a red flag. This was a Russian ship, the Shilka, out of Vladivostok, Russia. Only a few weeks before, on November 7, a Bolshevik revolution had taken place in Russia and its leader, Vladimir Lenin, proclaimed a workers’ and farmers’ state.Read More »

The Russian Revolution, American repression…and an invasion, too

by MARK GRUENBERG

The Russian Revolution, American repression…and an invasion, too

IWW demonstration in New York in 1914. The Russian Revolution of 1917 was used as an excuse to crack down on labor organizations like the IWW. | George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

The Centennial of the Russian Revolution

November 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the world’s first socialist state. To commemorate the occasion, People’s World presents a series of articles providing wide-angled assessments of the revolution’s legacy, the Soviet Union and world communist movement which were born out of it, and the revolution’s relevance to radical politics today. Other articles in the series can be read here.

The Palmer Raids. Deportation of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman. The roundup of thousands. The federal crackdown on the Socialist Party, the Wobblies, the Communist Party and the nation’s unions. J. Edgar Hoover. And 5,000 U.S. troops invading Murmansk, with 8,000 more in Siberia.Read More »

The Russian Revolution and Pan African revolutionary traditions

by Horace G. Campbell

Pambazuka News | November 16, 2017

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A century after the Bolshevik Revolution: We need a new spectre to haunt the world

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Cuba Celebrates the Great October Socialist Revolution

teleSUR | November 08, 2017

José Ramón Macado Ventura, the Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee speaks in front of a picture of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.

José Ramón Macado Ventura, the Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Central Committee speaks in front of a picture of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. | Photo: Agencia Cubana de Noticias
More than 182 global representatives from the parties participated in the conference in recognition of the importance of the socialist revolution.

Member of the Communist Party of Cuba, PCC, Central Committee Secretariat, Jose Ramon Balaguer, laid a floral wreath on behalf of the Cuban people to commemorate the Great October Socialist Revolution.

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