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Considerations on Bolshevism Before Stalinism

Sat, January 9, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, January 23, 2021

$40 – $70

with The MEP’s Revolutions Study Group

This group has been organized around the reading of Samuel Farber’s Before Stalinism: The Rise and Fall of Soviet Democracy, (Verso, 1990) that critically looks at the Bolshevik rise to power, their attitude towards the soviets, ideas on bourgeois and proletarian democracy, factory committees and worker control of production. There will also be readings from a wide variety of writes (some very critical of Farber) such as David Mandol, Eric Marot, Alexander Rabinowitch, Paul LeBlanc, Lars Lih, Kevin Murphy, Steve Smith, and if time, participant contemporaries to the Russian Revoution such as Victor Serge.

We will consider questions such as: Were the Bolsheviks inherently authoritarian? What was ‘democratic centralism’? Is the Bolshevik type organization necessary for revolutionary change? What exactly was the role of the Bolsheviks in the revolution? What were the Soviets? How did the soviets come into being? Did soviets represent a higher form of democracy? What was the attitude of the Bolsheviks towards them? Should the left today strive towards building similar institutions? What was dual power? What does worker control of production mean? These and many other questions will be discussed throughout these eight sessions.

8 Sessions: Novembrer 7, 14, 21, December 12, 19, January 9, 16, 23. Admissions are sliding scale. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Write info@marxedproject.org for the zoom link 2-4 days prior to the November 7. Those who prefer a new copy of the book please write to info@marxedproject.org for a discount code from Verso.

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