Today revolutionaries and the working-class from around the world join together to commemorate the anniversary and legacy of the October Revolution (October 25th on the Julian calendar, November 7th on the Gregorian calendar). This was a momentous event in the history of the international working-class movement. It swept away the reactionary provisional government, installed a dictatorship of the proletariat supported by the peasantry, completed the bourgeois-democratic revolution in the countryside by expropriating the land of the great landlords and turned it over to the peasants, and expropriated the large trusts, banks, and capitalists and put them in the hands of the proletariat. Furthermore, the October Revolution broke open the prison house of nations that was the Russian empire, finally allowing national self-determination for oppressed nations within the empire.
Internationally the significance of this revolution was recognized by the working-class and oppressed peoples as the opening salvo to the era of proletarian revolution and the decline of imperialism. From Korea, to China, to Ireland those oppressed by imperialism and capitalism finally saw the road out clearly for the first time. The October Revolution demonstrated in practice the general course for freeing the masses of workers, peasants, and oppressed peoples from domination and exploitation. It is this general course which has retained its importance today, and most importantly, the universality of the experience of the Bolsheviks and the workers and peasants of the Soviet Union in socialist construction should be remembered and studied today. Continue reading “On the Occassion of the 99th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution”