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Why Study the Russian Revolution?

Across the world, millions of people are asking themselves, “What is socialism?” as they search for solutions to rising poverty, social inequality, and the expansion of the US’s never-ending wars worldwide. Some, including Senator Bernie Sanders, claim socialism is compatible with support for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. But to learn what socialism really is, one must examine the greatest event of the 20th century: the Russian Revolution of 1917.

What was the Russian Revolution? How did it become the dominant event of the 20th century, forever altering history by giving rise to the most powerful and progressive social movements of the last century? Leading members of the Socialist Equality Party, will review the causes, consequences and enduring significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Film Showing: Tsar to Lenin

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) will be hosting a series of film showings of documentary film, Tsar to Lenin to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

First released in 1937, Tsar to Lenin presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, and the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.

Based on archival footage assembled over more than a decade by the documentary filmmaker Herman Axelbank (1900-1979), Tsar to Lenin provides an unparalleled film record of a revolutionary movement, embracing millions, which “shook the world” and changed the course of history.

 

Google: the new face of internet censorship

In an act of political censorship, Google is blocking Internet traffic to a variety of socialist and left-wing websites, including the World Socialist Web Site, Alternet, Wikileaks, Counterpunch, Truth-out, and Common Dreams. Under the guise of combating “fake news,” this corporate giant is collaborating with the US government and the Democratic Party to limit access to political opinions that the ruling class deems “incorrect.” Google’s censorship is part of broader moves to control information on the Internet, involving Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other corporations. The ruling elite fears that the free flow of information online threatens will encourage the growth of opposition to war, inequality and the attack on democratic rights.

This meeting is called by the Socialist Equality Party, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, and the World Socialist Web Site, which is the censors’ primary target. The meeting will present the facts about Google’s attack on left-wing websites and lay out a plan for fighting censorship by placing the Internet under democratic control.

The Centenary of the Russian Revolution
International Online Lecture Series

The International Committee of the Fourth International is continuing its commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 October Revolution with a second series of four weekly online lectures, beginning on October 14 and concluding on November 11.

The first group of lectures, held this past spring, examined the origins and outbreak of the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the bourgeois Provisional Government in February-March 1917. This second series of lectures will examine the critical theoretical issues and political events that arose in the months and weeks leading up to the socialist revolution of October 1917, which established the first workers state in world history. The concluding lecture will focus on the historical legacy of the October Revolution.

The lectures will be streamed live on YouTube. To receive information and updates, register above. If you registered for the first series, you do not need to register again.

How great is the danger of Fascism?
The political lessons of the 1930’s

Throughout the world, far-right movements are on the rise: The Trump administration in the United States, the Alternative for Germany, the UK Independence Party, the National Front in France. Organizations promoting extreme nationalism have benefited from a political vacuum created by the absence of any challenge to the capitalist system from the left.

The growth of fascistic movements has provoked anger and opposition throughout the world. However, workers and young people face critical political questions: Why is the far-right benefiting from the crisis of capitalism? What are the social and political origins of fascism, and how can it be combated? What are the lessons of history?

In this meeting, Johannes Stern will speak on the rise of fascism in Germany in the 1930s and its lessons for today.

About the speaker: Johannes Stern is a member of the National Committee of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, the German section of the International Committee of the Fourth International. He writes for the World Socialist Web Site on German politics and history.

The Catalan Referendum and the Crisis of Capitalism

Forty years after the fall of Spanish General Francisco Franco’s fascist regime, the streets of a major Western European city have once again been turned into a war zone. The world has looked on in shock and horror as riot police beat up peaceful protesters and forcibly repressed a vote on an independence referendum in Catalonia, Spain. Madrid’s barbaric crackdown was not a legal action, but an act of terror against innocent people aimed at whipping an entire region of Spain into line...

Defend Immigrant Rights

The decision of the Trump administration to end the DACA program marks a new stage in the attack on immigrant workers and youth in the United States and internationally. Nearly 800,000 young people who have spent most of their lives in the US will, beginning in six months, be left at the mercy of the apparatus of repression, violence and deportation called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Border Patrol...

The Catastrophe in Puerto Rico: an Indictment of Capitalism

More than 1.5 million people without potable water. Ninety percent of homes damaged. Eighty percent of crops destroyed. Broken sewer and electrical power systems. Food, fuel and medical supplies dwindling rapidly. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, the US territory is facing a social crisis of unprecedented proportions. The leaders of both the Democratic and the Republican Parties in the US have spent the last quarter century mobilizing trillions in manpower and equipment across the globe to pursue wars of aggression and global domination...