‘Big business and the Tory Cabinet may be divided over Britain’s future relationship with the EU – but neither camp offers a way forward that would benefit the workers and peoples of Britain’, Robert Griffiths told the Communist Party’s political committee on Thursday.


CR85 – Autumn 17

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COVER STORY – 1917: The Socialist Revolution by Andrew Rothstein; All Power to the Soviets! by Alexandra Kollontai; The Greatness and Fall of the USSR by Lars Ulrik Thomsen; Images of a Revolution by Nick Wright; The Wars of Intervention by Dennis Ogden; Paris Commune and October Revolution by Liz Payne; Leninism in the Struggle to Take Power by Steve Johnson; October and the British Empire by C Desmond greaves; Notes written on the 90th Anniversary by Hans Heinz Holz; Soul Food by Mike Quille

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CR84 – Summer 17

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COVER STORY – Marx’s Capital and capitalism today by Robert Griffiths; The Overthrow of Tsardom Part 2, The March Revolution by Andrew Rothstein; Reform and Revolution by Matthew Widdowson; Vietnamese CP Contribution to the 2016 International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties; The Sealed Train by Lars Ulrik Thomsen; Soul Food by Mike Quille

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CR83 – Spring 17

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COVER STORY – The Overthrow of Tsardom, Part 1 The gathering of the storm by Andrew Rothstein; Writers and the Spanish Civil War by John Mason; Space, Time – and Dialectics, Part 4 by Martin Levy; Chinese CP contribution to IMCWP in Vietnam Revolution exhibition review by Nick Wright; The Sealed Train by Lars Ulrik Thomsen; Soul Food by Mike Quille

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Communist Review 81 Autumn 2016

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State Monopoly Capitalism, Ch 4, by Gretchen Binus, Beate Landefeld and Andreas Wehr

The New Life, by Hans Heinz Holz;

Space, Time and Dialectics, Part 2, by Martin Levy

1 October 1931 – The Battle of Bexley Square, by Evan Pritchard

Soul Food, by Mike Quille


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Britain’s Communists have urged full support for the People’s Assembly events in Manchester this week to protest against the Tory Party conference.

Meeting in the city at the weekend, the Communist Party executive committee said that workers and their families had had enough of cuts, low pay and privatisation.



by Martin Levy

October 25 old-style, November 7 on the current calendar. Exactly 100 years ago this autumn the workers, soldiers and sailors of Petrograd overthrew the Russian Provisional Government in the name of the Petrograd Soviet. Following the capture of the Winter Palace, all state power was transferred to the Congress of Soviets.

Is it just a coincidence that the blank shot announcing the assault on the Winter Palace was fired by the cruiser Aurora? The name means dawn, and this was a new dawn, not just for Russia, but for the world. Within a few weeks the revolution had swept Russia, though in Moscow and a number of other places it required fierce fighting.

In this issue of CR we celebrate the significance of the Great October Socialist Revolution. Several articles are taken from communist publications 50 years ago, most of the authors having either directly experienced – like Alexandra Kollontai – or lived through that momentous event. We include some observations written in connection with the 90th anniversary. And then we also have images and poetry from the revolutionary period and some modern-day observations.

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1917: The Socialist Revolution


1917: The Socialist Revolution

Andrew Rothstein



On 8 April 1917, after a week in Russia, Lenin’s trusted comrade Alexandra Kollontai wrote to him and his wife:i

“The people are still intoxicated by the great act. I say the people, because it is not the working class which holds front place but a diffuse and motley mass dressed in soldiers’ greatcoats. At present it is the soldier who dictates the mood, the soldier too who is creating a peculiar atmosphere in which the greatness of the vividly expressed democratic liberties, the awakening of consciousness of equal rights for all citizens and complete failure to understand the complexity of the moment, are all mixed up together. Amidst the feverish activity and striving to build something new, different from the past, there is too loud a sound of triumph already attained, as though the cause has been won completely. Not only is the ‘internal enemy’ underestimated – biding his time, and of course far from finished off – but undoubtedly our people, and particularly the Executive Committee of the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, lack the resolution and political judgement for carrying on what has begun, consolidating power in the hands of democracy. ‘We are already in power’ – that is the complacently mistaken mood of the majority in the Soviet. And of course this intoxication with successes achieved is taken advantage of by the Guchkovii Government, bowing hypocritically before the will and decision of the Soviet in minor details, but naturally in the main – and particularly on the question of the war – keeping the ‘reins’ in its own hands.”

“We want an End to this War”

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