What this historic event can tell us about movement-building and political leadership.
Excerpts from two speeches that celebrate what workers and peasants won by making the Russian Revolution and that draw valuable lessons for radicals today.
One hundred years ago Russian insurrectionist Leon Trotsky landed in New York with his wife and two sons. A political refugee for over a decade, Trotsky had been forced out of Germany, France, Switzerland and Spain. The Allied powers in World War I already raging in Europe were afraid Trotsky’s tireless opposition to the war… Read more »
Since retiring as FSP National Secretary, I’ve been auditing classes at nearby University of Washington in order to learn what science has uncovered in the half-century since my student days. I especially want to satisfy an itch to understand the origins of human behaviors. Last quarter, in a class on evolutionary psychology, I was astounded… Read more »
One hundred years later, Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution is still the most compelling narrative of that world-shaking event.
Life and times of the legendary labor leader, assassinated 100 years ago.
The people of Congo have been under the thumb of murderous rulers for over 500 years. The perpetrators have changed over time but the crimes continue.
A century ago, millions of working people were dying so that the richest capitalist countries could carve up the globe among them. In Russia, the people were suffering wartime deaths and starvation on top of suffocating repression by an all-powerful monarchy. On International Women’s Day 1917 (in February by the old Russian calendar), women textile… Read more »
Not a day goes by that U.S. politicians, media pundits and career spies don’t warn of chilling dangers from Russia. Why did Russia again become so despised? Political obfuscation and distraction at home are motivators. So are geopolitical jockeying for power and the economic need to keep the military-industrial complex fully charged up. Democrats, a… Read more »
Bayard Rustin — from teenage civil rights organizer to hero of the historic 1963 March on Washington
With his passionate commitment to civil and labor rights and his outsized organizing talents, Bayard Rustin helped to shape the Civil Rights Movement.