New publication: Lessons of October by Leon Trotsky – order your copy now!

New publication: Lessons of October by Leon Trotsky – order your copy now!

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Lessons of October by Leon Trotsky

Coventry Socialist Party are proud to announce the publication of Lessons of October by one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky.

The book, which is being produced by our new publishing house Socialist Books is vital reading for all those looking to change society. One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, it is critical we learn from our history to be able to apply the lessons to today’s struggle to get rid of capitalism. There is a new introduction included with the book written by Socialist Party Executive Committee member Judy Beishon.

The book costs just £5, and if you are in the Coventry area we can arrange to get a copy to you. If you are outside of Coventry, please order through the Socialist Books website here.  To read more about Lessons of October, see the information below the form.

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About Lessons of October

The Russian revolution of 1917 removed the brutal tsarist dictatorship and saw workers and peasants take charge of their destiny. The impact was felt around the world, inspiring a wave of revolutionary movements throughout Europe and beyond.

While the new workers’ state successfully defended itself from the invading armies, bent on snuffing out workers’ rule, the western revolutionary movements tragically failed and Russia was left isolated.

In Lessons of October, Leon Trotsky – together with Lenin a leader of the revolution – sought to draw out why the Russian revolution had succeeded, while other revolutionary moments had been missed. In particular, Trotsky looks at the role of the Bolshevik party and offers an insightful and frank examination of the difficulties and successes of developing a political programme offering a way forwards in the midst of the tumultuous and fast-moving events of 1917.

Writing to aid the fight for international socialism, Lessons of October provoked a series of attacks from the developing bureaucracy around Stalin, whose past mistakes Trotsky was exploring. Lessons of October is essential reading to understand the real history of the Bolsheviks and the October revolution, as well as the first-hand experience vital for the fight for socialism today.

Xmas greetings from Coventry Socialist Party

Xmas greetings from Coventry Socialist Party

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Coventry Socialist Party would like to send Xmas greetings to all members and supporters in what has been a busy 2016. We would like to thank all those who have helped us during the year, whether you were one of the 3108 people who voted for us in the Local elections in May, donated to our fighting fund, supported one of our many campaigns or who helped in any other way.

Working class people are continuing to pay the price for the capitalist crisis. The ongoing carnage in the Middle East shows that capitalism is failing people not just in this country, but across the world.

However 2016 has seen alternatives to austerity and the idea of fighting back become more prominent. The re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader and the rise of Bernie Sanders in the US shows there is an appetite for anti-corporate policies and anti-establishment movements – as does the rejection of the establishment in the EU referendum.

2017 in Coventry will see continued and deeper threats to our jobs and services. The Socialist Party will be part of the campaigns to defend our services and communities, whilst putting forward the need for a socialist alternative to end the nightmare of capitalism. A key date will be the national demonstration to defend the NHS on 4th March, make sure you are there!

Next year we will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which saw working class people come to power and spark a revolutionary wave across Europe. We will be publishing articles on coventrysocialists.com as well as holding meetings and rallies to celebrate this earth shattering historical event and to learn the lessons for the struggles of today.

So we hope all our members and supporters can take a well earned rest over Christmas and we urge those of you not yet involved with the Socialist Party to make 2017 the year that you take the step to get active!

Help us build the forces of socialism by donating to our fighting fund or by joining the struggle for Socialism!