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    7 November 1917 - Revolution in Russia - 100 years ago today

    (Seeing as Catalpast is going on a run of 'today in history' - this one deserves a mention)

    Today 100 years ago was one of the most momentous events in history - the Russian Revolution.

    A mass movement by the working class and the peasantry in Russia overthrew the Tsarist regime and created the first workers state. In response the monarchists in Russia and the imperialist powers of the West launched a counter-revolutionary invasion to overthrow the workers state, leading to the bloodiest civil war in human history.

    An important retrospective look at the Russian Revolution and its legacy today from the Socialist Party - The Living Legacy of the October Revolution

    The Living Legacy of the October Revolution
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    There is no doubt the revolution was justified and represented a moment of hope for the world. We can't shy away from the catastrophes that followed which have undermined the credibility of the left in the eyes of workers ever since. The Trotskyist parties can claim to have stood up against the abuses of power in the USSR and elsewhere but they haven't really come up with an alternative to the very flawed model of Democratic Centralism which was the cause of the abuses. The left needs to repudiate Lenin, not just Stalin.
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    Why was it called the October Revolution?
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    Quote Originally Posted by making waves View Post
    (Seeing as Catalpast is going on a run of 'today in history' - this one deserves a mention)

    Today 100 years ago was one of the most momentous events in history - the Russian Revolution.

    A mass movement by the working class and the peasantry in Russia overthrew the Tsarist regime and created the first workers state. In response the monarchists in Russia and the imperialist powers of the West launched a counter-revolutionary invasion to overthrow the workers state, leading to the bloodiest civil war in human history.

    An important retrospective look at the Russian Revolution and its legacy today from the Socialist Party - The Living Legacy of the October Revolution

    The Living Legacy of the October Revolution
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    But of course this was a momentous day in European and World History

    It ushered in one of the most brutal and tyrannous Regimes of the 20th century or indeed in the History of Mankind
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry94. View Post
    There is no doubt the revolution was justified and represented a moment of hope for the world. We can't shy away from the catastrophes that followed which have undermined the credibility of the left in the eyes of workers ever since. The Trotskyist parties can claim to have stood up against the abuses of power in the USSR and elsewhere but they haven't really come up with an alternative to the very flawed model of Democratic Centralism which was the cause of the abuses. The left needs to repudiate Lenin, not just Stalin.
    Justified? yes.
    Was it the right approach?
    Are they not still living with the consequences? (no democracy)
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    Quote Originally Posted by making waves View Post
    (Seeing as Catalpast is going on a run of 'today in history' - this one deserves a mention)

    Today 100 years ago was one of the most momentous events in history - the Russian Revolution.

    A mass movement by the working class and the peasantry in Russia overthrew the Tsarist regime and created the first workers state. In response the monarchists in Russia and the imperialist powers of the West launched a counter-revolutionary invasion to overthrow the workers state, leading to the bloodiest civil war in human history.

    An important retrospective look at the Russian Revolution and its legacy today from the Socialist Party - The Living Legacy of the October Revolution

    The Living Legacy of the October Revolution

    The legacy?


    100 million dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry94. View Post
    There is no doubt the revolution was justified and represented a moment of hope for the world. We can't shy away from the catastrophes that followed which have undermined the credibility of the left in the eyes of workers ever since. The Trotskyist parties can claim to have stood up against the abuses of power in the USSR and elsewhere but they haven't really come up with an alternative to the very flawed model of Democratic Centralism which was the cause of the abuses. The left needs to repudiate Lenin, not just Stalin.
    Trotsky was every bit as ruthless and murderous as Lenin or Stalin

    - he wouldn't have batted an eyelid at putting you up against a wall if you were against the Soviets

    - or even been suspected of such
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    Millions perished from the tyranny that followed but the left love that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpast View Post
    Trotsky was every bit as ruthless and murderous as Lenin or Stalin

    - he wouldn't have batted an eyelid at putting you up against a wall if you were against the Soviets

    - or even been suspected of such
    The communists were brutal full stop in many cases even surpassing the nazis but the looney left don't seem to have a problem with them.
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    This should be a day of Commemoration

    - and not Celebration.

    If the Soviet Union is the model that the self styled 'Socialist Party' wish to impose on Ireland

    - then please don't vote for them

    - because they clearly are not democrats
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