Venue: Seminar Room 4, Fulton House, Singleton Campus
In our next discussion, we’ll be asking the question “What is a revolution?”
How do revolutions come about? Are all revolutions violent bloodbaths? Can’t we just reform our way out of this crisis?
The discussion will also look at examples of political revolutions against Stalinist governments, and how working class people organised to overthrow these dictatorial bureaucracies.
Traditionally, you'll be able to browse through our bookshop and finally continue the discussion over a bevvie or two in JCs student bar.
"The presence of a revolutionary party and leadership is no less decisive for the outcome of the class struggle as is the quality of the army and its general staff in the wars between nations. The revolutionary party cannot be improvised on the spur of the moment, any more than a general staff can be improvised on the outbreak of war. It has to be systematically prepared over years and decades. This lesson has been demonstrated by the whole of history, especially the history of the twentieth century. Rosa Luxemburg, that great revolutionary and martyr of the working class, always emphasised the revolutionary initiative of the masses as the motor force of revolution. In this, she was absolutely right. In the course of a revolution the masses learn rapidly. But a revolutionary situation, by its very nature, cannot last for long. Society cannot be kept in a permanent state of ferment, nor the working class in a state of white-hot activism. Either a way out is shown in time, or the moment will be lost. There is not enough time to experiment or for the workers to learn by trial and error. In a life and death situation, errors are paid for very dearly! Therefore, it is necessary to combine the "spontaneous" movement of the masses with organisation, program, perspectives, strategy and tactics - in a word, with a revolutionary party led by experienced cadres." - Alan Woods in Bolshevism: the road to revolution