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Interchange – Leon Trotsky, or The Revolution Betrayed

Our show today is another in our series on the Russian Revolution of 1917. This time our focus is on Leon Trotsky. Our music throughout is by the 80s English, socialist, skinhead, soul, punk group, The Redskins. We open with “Lev Bronstein.” The dream of socialism as an organizing principle has been deemed an inevitable failure — and logically undemocratic …

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Interchange – Understanding Stalin: The Russian Revolution (Part Two)

In the conclusion of Hiroaki Kuromiya’s 1991 short biography of Stalin, he tells us what might be all we need to know of Stalin’s worldview: first, Stalin underlined the following passage in Trotsky’s 1920 Terrorism and Communism, “If human life in general is sacred and inviolable, we must deny ourselves not only the use of terror, not only war, but …

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Interchange – The Past Is Uncertain: The Russian Revolution (Part One)

It’s October 24th 2017, nearly 100 years ago to the day in 1917*, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov became Chairman of the Council of People’s Commisars in Russia. Ulanov is better known to us as Lenin. Michel Foucault said in 1977 that “It is the desirability of the revolution which causes a problem today.” Well, that today being 40 years ago, and …

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Interchange – Red Rosa: Eagle of the Revolution

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day (originally called International Working Women’s Day) and who better to honor on this day than Rosa Luxemburg? A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To quote Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich, Luxemburg was A courageous leader of the …

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