Understanding Socialism: Part Six.


The final, final (no really) installment in our series on socialism looks narrowly at the period between World War One and the Russian Revolution to identify factors that contributed to the Bolshevik departure from Marxist theory and how nationalism squashed any hope for an internationalist movement. We revisit the words of the theorists and activists we covered in the series from Jeremy Bentham to Eugene Debs and raise difficult questions about the future of socialist activity in the United States specifically and whether new ideas are required to battle the ravages of capitalism.

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Leon Trotsky delivering a speech to the 51st Rifle Division atop the train in Crimea, 1921

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  • 1921, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Changes were made.