Public meeting in Portland, OR - The Historical Significance and Enduring Political Relevance of the 1917 Russian Revolution

Event Details: 
Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 1:00pm
Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR

The Russian Revolution of 1917 ranks among the seminal events of the twentieth century. The victory of the Bolshevik Party and the establishment of the Soviet Union not only abolished capitalism in the largest country on earth. The example of a victorious socialist revolution politically radicalized the working class throughout the world, inspiring the masses with the possibility of an alternative to capitalism and imperialism.

In the aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, thepropagandists of the ruling class declared that this represented the decisive triumph of capitalism, the so-called “End of History.” However, as capitalism confronts its greatest crisis since the 1930s, the events of 1917 once again acquire immense relevance.