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  • By Carl Davidson
    Nov 2, 2017
    By Harry Targ A Review of The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union: Seeds of 21st Century Socialism A good case can be made that as John Reed put it, “Ten Days That Shook the World” is still going on. And the collection of essays reviewed here passionately makes the case, that as the sub-title suggests, the Russian Revolution may have planted the seeds for a 21st socialism, a socialism whose characteristics will meet the needs of today, not the last century. The essays in this volume are not designed to be an apology for errors and crimes of the Revolution or what followed but rather a description of those building blocs of human liberation that have had their inspiration in the Revolution and what followed. The opening essay moves back and forth historically to describe the workers Soviets, examples of direct democracy, and the variety of movements today Other essays address the influence of the Russian Revolution on the emergence of industrial unionism in the United States,... More > building multi-ethnic, multi-racial working class communist parties, and supporting international anti-colonial and anti-racist solidarity. And for those unfamiliar with the history of 1917, one essay provides an overview of the overthrow of the Tsar, the rise to power of the Mensheviks, and finally the seizure of power and creation of the new Bolshevik regime led by Vladimir Lenin. Additional essays describe the impacts of the counter-revolution, the premature rush to communizing the society, and the adoption of a New Economic Policy, a combination of market and socialist characteristics, needed to survive economic and political crisis. The last three sections of the volume look critically at and honor the Russian Revolution. Part of a 1990 public presentation by Carl Bloice (1939-2014), long-time reporter in Moscow for the People’s World is reprinted. Shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bloice argued that the government was not able to advance technologically and scientifically as its resources and human capital would have allowed. Thus economic stagnation and lack of competitiveness with the West occurred. Why the lack of scientific advance, he asks? Because the Soviet Union drifted toward authoritarianism and declining democracy, and it is in a democratic environment that intellectual creativity is most likely to flourish.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781387244102
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Changemaker Publications via Lulu
Published
September 21, 2017
Language
English
Pages
128
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.54 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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