Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:47 PM
Subject: ICFI's Russian Revolution Centenary Series Begins Saturday 5 p.m.
Beginning on Saturday, at 5 p.m. ET, the International Committee of the Fourth International will be presenting a series of online lectures marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.
David North, International Editorial Board Chairperson of the World Socialist Web Site, will present the lecture, "Why Study the Russian Revolution?" It will be streamed live on YouTube beginning at 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, March 11.
I urge you to register for the lecture series and make plans to listen to and participate in the first lecture. The Russian Revolution is the defining event of the 20th century, the "10 days that shook the world" and changed the course of history. For the first time, the working class overthrew the capitalist system, took power and established a workers' state.
One hundred years later, world capitalism is in a state of deep and protracted crisis. What future does it offer mankind? War, inequality, poverty, dictatorship, fascism, environmental collapse. Here in the United States, the Trump administration embodies the degradation of the social and political order, while his critics within the political establishment battle with Trump over where to wage war.
Millions of people are sickened by the brutal assault on immigrant workers, opposed to the ongoing attack on democratic rights, fearful of the consequences of the destruction of public education, health care and environmental regulations. An independent political path for the working class must be forged.
The claims that the fall of the Soviet Union marked the "end of history" have proven bankrupt. The "end of history" has itself ended. We are entering a new period of revolutionary upheavals. All the more critical to study and learn the lessons of the past.
Learn more and register here
Socialist Equality Pary, Boston