The Great October Revolution and the Soviet Socialist Experiment: Reassessment and Revivals

Host/Sponsor: 
Journal of Labor and Society, The Anvil
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Abstract: 
The Great October Revolution completed 99 years on October 25, 2016 and entered its centenary. It would not be an exaggeration to argue that this epochal event defined the Twentieth century in more than one ways. One is even tempted to contend that in some ways it defines our times as well. Despite the fact, that bourgeois hacks have read the obituaries of Socialism countless times, the October Revolution continues to inspire the struggling workers and stir the hearts of revolutionaries around the world. Despite the fact that the Socialist experiment in Soviet Union fell in 1956 and the sham "red flag" fell in the Soviet Union in 1990, the bourgeois propaganda machine has never stopped its diatribe against the Soviet Union and the greatness of the marvellous achievements that it succeeded to accomplish in a short life span of around 40 years. The specter of Communism still haunts them. The critical evaluation of the Soviet Socialist experiment is still not a settled question among serious Marxists-Leninists. How do we analyze the successes and failures of the Soviet Socialism? What do we need to learn from the Soviet experiment and what must we not? How do we understand the continuing significance of the October Revolution? And most importantly, what will be 'new' in the new socialist revolutions of the Twenty-first century? These are the questions that Marxist-Leninists must answer. Like any science, Marxism develops through 'redemptive activity'. The critical analysis of the Soviet Socialism is imperative for performing this 'redemptive activity'.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Jackie
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Di Salvo
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
CUNY
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Professor, English, Baruch College; Marxist; feminist; Delegate, PSC-CUNY, and AFT; a founder of Occupy Wall Street and its Labor Outreach Committee; activist since Mississippi Freedom Summer.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Abhinav
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Sinha
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Mazdoor Bigul, India
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Abhinav Sinha is editor of a Marxist-Leninist workers' monthly 'Kaamgaar Bigul' (Workers' Bugle) and a political activist. He writes well-known blog 'Red Polemique' and is also a research scholar at the University of Delhi. He has written books on labour movement, fascism, soviet socialism, caste question as well as other issues.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
August
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Nimtz, Jr
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
University of Minnesota
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
August H. Nimtz is Professor of Political Science and African American and African Studies and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA. He is the author of Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough (2000), Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America: The 'Absolute Democracy' or 'Defiled Republic' (2003), and a number of related articles in edited volumes and journals.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Alexander
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Buzgalin
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Moscow State University
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Alexander Buzgalin is on the Faculty of Economics at Moscow State University[1][2] and editor "Alternatives". He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Russian Social Forums. He is author of numerous books and articles, including "Global Equity", "Limits to Capital", and "Socialism of the 21st century.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Grover
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Furr
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Montclair State University
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Grover Furr is the author of Khrushchev Lied, Trotsky's 'Amalgams', and other books and many articles on the history of the Soviet Unio. His most recent book is Yezhov vs Stalin (2017). He is a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Immanuel
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Ness
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Journal of Labor and Society
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Immanuel
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Ness
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
CUNY
 

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