Todd Chretien, editor “Eyewitness to the Russian Revolution”
Megan Behrent, author “Literacy and Revolution” (Education and Capitalism)
Perhaps no event of the 20th Century is more controversial than the Russian Revolution of 1917. Maligned by mainstream historians as a coup, for socialists it stands as the greatest uprising of workers and the oppressed in the history of class society.
For a brief period, the potential of humanity shone above the horror of World War I and capitalism’s many miseries. The new socialist state tore apart class, religious and gender oppression; ended the war; granted land to the peasantry; and democratized the economy. Inspiring a wave of rebellions across Europe, the revolution echoed as far as Asia and America, shifting the direction of the left for generations.
Unfortunately, alone in a sea of imperialist enemies, Russia was starved and isolated. Democracy gave way to bureaucratization, freedom to repression. The Stalinist counter-revolution stole the mantle of the workers’ revolution to pursue it’s own imperial ends.
Join an evening of discussion and celebration as we reclaim the democratic heart of the Russian Revolution