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💯 Years

So. The 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. We are all children of that revolution because so much of what we do was defined by it. 

It’s more than probable that the Western capitalism would not have embraced the welfare state and would not have accommodated the wishes of organized labor like it did if it remained completely uncontested by any existing state ideology. This possibility is supported by the retreat of the welfare state and the weakening of labor after the collapse of the Soviet system.

On the other hand, the uncontestable failure of the Soviet alternative makes it very hard for the Left to try to articulate any way forward that lies outside seeking cosmetic changes to the dominant capitalist ideology.

The most enthusiastically pro-capitalist and rabidly Ayn-Randian folks don’t come from Wall Street. They come from the ranks of those who stood in 3-hour lines for toilet paper in the USSR. And this is the greatest testimony to the utter failure of the Soviet system to compete with seductive capitalism. Whether the Left will be able to restore itself from the crushing blow of the Soviet failure remains to be seen. But the number one prerequisite for that is knowing and understanding the legacy of the October Revolution.

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14 thoughts on “💯 Years

  1. Ah but still one must say congratulations to all the comrades on that day. My family of course suffered a lot after that but on that day, one must still say congratulations to all the comrades, it was a great achievement.

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  2. Demotrash on said:

    It’s also election day! Woo hoo!

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  3. Stringer Bell on said:

    You following the elections? Northam (D) beats racist asshat Trump-supported Gillispie in Virginia.

    Lee Carter, a DSA (democratic socialists of america) party member beat the GOP whip in the state delegate election. With ZERO support from the Dems.

    This was the mailer that his opponent sent around:

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  4. Stringer Bell on said:

    And this is so sweet:

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  5. Stringer Bell on said:

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  6. Stringer Bell on said:

    The future is single payer/universal healthcare, my friends.

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  7. Stringer Bell on said:

    More a sense of relief than joy, honestly. I just shudder to think how bad it would’ve been if a purple state like Virginia elected a governor who ran on confederate blood-and-soil nationalism. I imagine red states would’ve elected actual Klan members.

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  8. Dreidel on said:

    Of course, let the Democrats rejoice in their isolated victory, a final refreshing drink at the well amid the looming desert waste.

    As the ancient Roman orator Marcus Tullius said circa 73 B.C.: “Where there’s life, there’s hope!”

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