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The purpose of this web site is to provide an overall view of the ideas and struggles of Leon Trotsky. Trotsky played a leading role, together with Lenin, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. It was Trotsky who organised the Red Army as well as the fightback against all the forces of reaction that were attempting to strangle the revolution in blood.The Revolution Betrayed - a Marxist masterpiece - a review by Alan Woods After the Civil War and the death of Lenin, unfortunately the Soviet Union remained isolated. One revolution after another (Germany 1918, Hungary 1919, Italy 1920 and so on...) was defeated. The economy the Bolsheviks had inherited from Tsarism was extremely underdeveloped.

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Ten Days That Shook the World, Table of Contents John Reed Ten Days that Shook the World Transcribed from a 1919, 1st Edition, published by BONI & Liveright, Inc. for International Publishers, the publishing house of the Communist Party, USA, of which John Reed was a founding member. Transcribed and marked up for the John Reed Internet Archive, sub-Archive of the Marxists Internet Archive, by David Walters in 2001. Table of Contents

Antonio Gramsci Antonio Gramsci Gramsci's Life and Thought Gramsci's political and social writings occur in two periods, pre-prison (1910-1926) and prison (1929-35). His pre-prison writings tend to be politically specific, while his prison writings tend to be more historical and theoretical. For a brief overview of Gramsci's life and thought see:

Politics Explained FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk. PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. Marxist Internet Subject Archive Famous Quotes Famous quotes from Hegel, Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Mao and other communists with links to the context on the Marxists Internet Archive. The only source on the internet of genuine, sourced Marxist quotations.

The Russian Revolution: The Meaning of October Today is the 98th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an event which altered the entire course of human history. For the first time - if we exclude the brief but glorious episode of the Paris Commune - the working people took power into their own hands and began the gigantic task of the socialist re-construction of society. Here we republish an article written in 1992 by Alan Woods. The article gives an excellent overview of the revolution as well as highlighting its main lessons. "The October revolution laid the foundation of a new culture, taking everybody into consideration, and for that very reason immediately acquiring international significance.

Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein [Note: This list of Einstein quotes was being forwarded around the Internet in e-mail, so I decided to put it on my web page. I'm afraid I can't vouch for its authenticity, tell you where it came from, who compiled the list, who Kevin Harris is, or anything like that. Still, the quotes are interesting and enlightening.] "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Communism in Washington State Communism made a larger impact on Washington than almost any other state. “There are forty-seven states in the Union, and the Soviet of Washington,” Postmaster General James Farley joked in 1936. The remark, for all its exaggeration, had some foundation. Lenin Vladimir Illich Ulyanov (later known as Lenin) was born in Simbirsk, Russia, on 10th April, 1870. His father, Ilya Ulyanov, a local schools inspector, held conservative views and was a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church. According to Adam B. Ulam, the author of Lenin and the Bolsheviks (1965): "The family life of the Ulyanovs is usually described in terms of cloying sweetness. The parents loved but did not spoil their children. The children in turn loved their parents; each child had a special affection for the brother or sister closest in age, but he also loved the rest...the Ulyanovs were taught at an early age to be self-reliant and that they helped around the house."

U.S. Constitution Test Questions are followed with Answers: 1. What are the colors of our flag? 2. How many stars are there on our flag? 3. The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies - UW Friday, April 251:00pm - 5:30pm, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Husky Union Building, Room 250University of Washington, Seattle On Friday, April 25, 2014 the Bridges Center will convene Working Democracy, a conference discussing labor's response to growing inequality and the contemporary crisis of democracy.

Russian Revolution historiography To what extent was the Russian Revolution a ‘revolution of the people’? Russian Revolution historiography is a fertile field, filled with almost a century of research and countless different ideas and interpretations. Though the revolution was comparatively recent in historical terms, it has stimulated and provoked more debate and discussion than most other historical events. Some of this can be attributed to the impact of Marxism and the revolution on modern political ideologies and attitudes. The Cold War soured attitudes towards Marx and socialism in the West, while the revolution’s catastrophic death toll has also incited strong feelings and divided opinions about how and why it unfolded.