The Russian Revolution: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Campbell
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Al
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
S&S and URPE
Host/Sponsor: 
Science & Society, and the Union for Radical Political Economics
Abstract: 
In October, Science&Society will publish a special issue commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Among its thoughtful and thought-provoking articles are the four offered in this panel. August Nimtz takes a close look at Lenin's analysis and use of electoral politics. Alexander Buzgalin reveals the Revolution's deep cultural awakening of activism and consciousness among the downtrodden and traces the contribution of "mutant socialism" to continuing human progress. Gerald Meyer reconsiders the complexity of Stalin as responsible for many of socialism's greatest achievements while brutally repressing those who opposed his policies. David Laibman evaluates the revolution's lasting effects on political thinking beyond romantic idealism and ritualistic pessimism.