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13 November 2017

Chesterfield Socialist Party: The Bolsheviks take power

The second of our two special discussions looks at the overthrow of the provisional government in 1917 Russia and the coming to power of the Bolsheviks

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13 September 2017

Trotsky's "insightful and frank examination" of revolution out soon

New reprint - Lessons of October: "We met with success in the October revolution, but the October revolution has met with little success in our press."

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9 August 2017

Marx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of capitalism

The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: "You can't understand the capitalist system without reading Marx's Das Kapital."

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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12 July 2017

July Days 1917: battles with counterrevolution

Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent

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6 July 2017

Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act

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5 July 2017

Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Michael Johnson, from the Socialist Party's LGBT group, highlights some of the issues being discussed in this year's Pride celebrations and examines the lessons of the Russian revolution for the struggle for LGBT+ rights today

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29 March 2017

April 1917: how the Bolsheviks reorientated

Lenin's arrival from exile on 3 April 1917 turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history.

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22 March 2017

Salford: International Women's Day meeting

On International Women's Day, Salford Socialist Party hosted a well-attended public meeting with some interesting debates

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15 March 2017

International Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression

International Women's Day (8 March) was celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), including the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

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1 March 2017

Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role

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22 February 2017

February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year

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15 February 2017

No, Trumpism is nothing like Leninism

Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!

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8 February 2017

Tense, lively prologue to events which changed the world

Non-fiction review: Lenin on the Train: When the February revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 and the Tsar was overthrown, Vladimir Lenin was living in exile in Switzerland.

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18 January 2017

1917revolution.org website to launch

The Committee for a Workers' International is to launch a new website celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

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27 September 2016

Leon Trotsky's living legacy

Review by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe of "The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky", published in the latest issue of Socialism Today.

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28 June 2016

What went wrong in Russia?

The degeneration of the Soviet Union into a brutal dictatorship - albeit one based on a distorted form of planned economy - has been used to argue that socialism is doomed to failure...

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8 June 2016

China's 'Cultural Revolution' 1966-67

50 years ago the 'Cultural Revolution' began in China. Here we carry an edited version of article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe for Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in February 1967.

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1 June 2016

France 1936: sit-in strikes

Workers across France are stepping up their action against the country's new labour law, with strikes in various sectors and big demonstrations. The French working class has a long history of struggle, including widespread sit-in strikes in May-June 1936. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of this movement, and to learn its lessons, here we carry an extract from an article written by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and published in Militant (predecessor of the Socialist) in 1978.

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