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Issue 212 October 2017

Socialism Today 212 - October 2017


The legacy of October

To mark the centenary of the Russian revolution, Izquierda Revolucionaria (CWI Spain) has translated into Spanish John Reed’s classic Ten Days that Shook the World. In this introduction to the book, PETER TAAFFE explains the significance of Reed’s account, the importance of the revolution, and its relevance today.

October: the transfer of power

Extracts from speeches made by LEON TROTSKY to the extraordinary session of the Petrograd Soviet on the eve of the second All-Russia Congress of Soviets of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies. Presented. They are a defence of the transfer of power to the new Soviet government. This is the first translation into English – by Pete Dickenson.

Venezuela: a socialist failure?

The deep crisis in Venezuela is the latest pretext for a capitalist ideological offensive against socialism. In the face of this reactionary propaganda overdrive, it is important for the workers’ movement to understand what has been taking place, to learn the lessons, and to defend a programme for democratic socialist change. TONY SAUNOIS writes.

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Index 1-100: Click here for a complete index of articles from the first issue of Socialism Today to issue 100

Russian revolution 1917
October timeline

Bolshevik women
How women stormed the stage of history, by Heather Rawling

Electric vehicles
A green energy solution?

The David King collection
Visualising revolution

Savage Ink
Satirical cartoons