The July Days: How the Bolsheviks narrowly avoided disaster

The following article was written on the 70th anniversary of the July days by Dave Hughes (1948-1991) and appears as a chapter in the Road to Red October The July Days - 3rd to the 7th according to the Julian calendar (16th to 20th according to the Gregorian one) were a critical point in the Russian … Continue reading The July Days: How the Bolsheviks narrowly avoided disaster

Spotlight on communist policy: Democratic Centralism

In the last year or two a major debate has been taking place over Lenin’s model of the revolutionary party. Given that over a century has elapsed since it was developed why has it returned with a vengeance? Quite simply because the Bolsheviks alone managed to lead a real workers’ revolution, based on the democracy … Continue reading Spotlight on communist policy: Democratic Centralism

Party and Programme: Lenin and Luxemburg against Opportunism and Centrism – Part 3

Dave Hughes concludes the series by looking at Lenin and Luxemburg's fights for the revolutionary programme within the Second International In the last article we examined the struggle waged by Lenin and the Bolsheviks within the shattered framework of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party between 1903 and 1912. We showed that this was a struggle against opportunism … Continue reading Party and Programme: Lenin and Luxemburg against Opportunism and Centrism – Part 3