The Meaning of the Russian Revolution - What Was the Soviet Union?
One hundred years ago, the Russian Revolution shook the capitalist world to its foundations when the working class, led by Lenin and the Bolshevik party, took power into its own hands. The world capitalist class has never forgiven this. Despite all the attempts to slander the revolution and its achievements, however, the ruling class cannot hide the fact that capitalism today is in a deep crisis. The relative stability of the past is gone. Poverty is growing every- where, while the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few has never been greater. The world is pregnant with revolution, and capitalist politicians and commentators are coming to realize that their system is at risk.
The capitalists have no interest in historical truth. Their only interest is to hide the real meaning of the Russian Revolution from today’s workers and youth, who are struggling to nd a way out of the present impasse. They lie and distort the truth about what happened in 1917, presenting the revolution as a “coup” by a few individuals, and con ate Bolshevism with Stalinism, claiming that one leads directly to the other.
The International Marxist Tendency has launched a campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. We must answer the lies and slanders of the bourgeois and explain the reality of what happened. The experience of the Russian Revolution is full of lessons that are not merely of historical interest but can be applied to today’s’ situation. This booklet, with works by Leon Trotsky and Ted Grant, is an outstanding introduction to the causes and process of the revolutionary victory of the Russian workers and peasants, as well as a scientific explanation of its eventual—but by no means inevitable—Stalinist degeneration.
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