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14 March 2018
The Mexican communist and artist Frida Kahlo is to be immortalised as... a Barbie doll. This farcical, tone-deaf plan is part of US multinational Mattel's 'celebration' of International Women's Day.
18 October 2017
The October revolution showed countless millions that workers have the power to stop exploitation and oppression. It's no surprise these events inspired marvellous documentary and artistic works. The Socialist revisits some of the classic accounts of 1917 - and comments on some more recent efforts to smear it...
18 October 2017
The centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile - not mainly aimed at the February revolution, but at October
4 October 2017
Many people identify with the legacy left by Che as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a socialist world.
27 September 2017
A new edition of Lessons of October, by Leon Trotsky, is out now from Socialist Books!
13 September 2017
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."
9 August 2017
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."
26 July 2017
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
12 July 2017
Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Scrap the pay cap; keep guards on trains; responses to the 1 July anti-Tory demo, Homeland's poor politics; sickness stats; Poland and Trotskyism
12 July 2017
Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million people erupted in Petrograd on 2-3 July 1917, in a colossal outburst of anger and discontent
6 July 2017
When the Soviet Criminal Code was established in 1922, male homosexuality was not included as a criminal act
17 May 2017
This month marks the 80th anniversary of the 'May Days' in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Below is a reply to an article in the Observer on 7 May (both this and a shorter version were unpublished) by Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe.
12 April 2017
The continuing battle over Ken Livingstone's Labour Party membership has shown how the issue of anti-Semitism has become an important part of the party's internal struggle.
29 March 2017
Lenin's arrival from exile on 3 April 1917 turned the Bolshevik party upside down and changed the course of history.
8 March 2017
I first heard about socialism from my mum when I was about 7 or 8. I remember being in the car and she had a Billy Bragg album playing. The Red Flag was on it and I asked her what it was about and what it meant and she sort of explained what socialism was.
1 March 2017
Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Worse-off women; farm fiends; Trotsky and Poland.
1 March 2017
The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role
22 February 2017
The February 1917 revolution in Russia marked the beginning of the socialist revolution later that year
15 February 2017
Steve Bannon, investment banker and chief strategist to US president Donald Trump, once called himself "a Leninist"!
8 February 2017
The Russian revolution a hundred years ago is still a terrifying calamity - for billionaire thieves, warmongers and their political defenders. But for the working class, it meant a boom in living standards, freedom and imagination.
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