The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a historic period. The overthrow of tsarism and the erection for the first time of a society with workers on top and bosses on the botto gave inspiration to workers and the oppressed the world over. It sparked revolutionary upheavals from Europe to the Middle East to Asia. For the world’s national ruling classes, Russia’s “red specter” cast a dark shadow, striking fear into their hearts. The revolution’s victory over the forcces of reaction convinced millions that ordinary people could rise up and seize control of society in their own interests. Socialists the world over strove to emulate what Russia had done.
However, the revolution’s defeat at the hands of the Stalinist bureaucracy in the 1920s has been one of the largest blows to the international socialist movement. Stalin’s top-down control, murderous purges, and imperialist pursuits betrayed everything the revolution first stood for.
In the fight today for socialism, there is much to learn from these historic years. Join us for a two-part discussion on the Russian Revolution: How It Was Won and How It Was Lost.
80 Years since the Russian Revolution: http://www.isreview.org/issues/03/russian_revolution.shtml
Russia’s Revolutionary Process: 1905-1917
Each week the Madison Branch of the International Socialist Organization meets to discuss the issues of the moment and the ongoing project of building a fighting left that can resist and overcome the atrocities of Capitalism.
Join us for education, activism, and politics!
Sterling Hall Rm 1313
475 N Charter St
Madison, WI 53706
UW Madison Campus
The long history of sexism and transphobia in the United States, perpetrated by both political parties, is reaching new heights under Trump’s overt misogyny. They plan to defund Planned Parenthood and return to a time of back-alley abortions while we battle an outrageous culture of violence against women where sexual assault is rampant and trans women are murdered weekly. Millions of people came out for the Women’s March in January to say that enough is enough. What are the next steps for this movement?.
Join us for a meeting and discussion on sexism, capitalism, and the need for revolution.
Speaker: Nicole Colson, a reporter for Socialist Worker and a member of the International Socialist Organization.
1313 Sterling Hall, UW Madison