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Why Study the Russian Revolution?

The Russian Revolution of 1917 marked a new stage in world history. It proved that an alternative to capitalism was not a utopian dream, but a real possibility that could be achieved through the conscious political struggle of the working class.

The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) marked the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 2017 with an extensive series of lectures examining the significance and lessons of the revolution, and its impact around the world.

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Tsar to Lenin

First released in 1937, Tsar to Lenin is the definitive documentary film of the Russian Revolution. It presents an extraordinary cinematic account—from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later that established the first socialist workers’ state, and the final victory in 1921 of the new Soviet regime over counter-revolutionary forces after a three-year-long civil war.

Produced by Herman Axelbank and narrated by Max Eastman.

The DVD from Mehring has subtitles in: Afrikaans, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish.

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Security and the Fourth International

Launched in 1975, the Security and the Fourth International investigation was a significant milestone in the history of the Trotskyist movement. It marked the first time that Trotskyists fought to expose the infiltration of their movement by the Stalinist GPU and FBI.

Watch this 2018 lecture by Socialist Equality Party (US) National Committee member Eric London, 'The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation.'

Eric London's book Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement is available at Mehring books.

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The Security and the Fourth International investigation embodied the fight to maintain the historical continuity of Bolshevism and the legacy of the October Revolution against the betrayals of Stalinism and its allies.

In October 2015, the World Socialist Web Site held a two-part interview series with David North on the subject, “Why and How the GPU Murdered Leon Trotsky.”

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US History

The World Socialist Web Site celebrated the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by hosting a discussion with five eminent historians: Victoria Bynum, Clayborne Carson, Richard Carwardine, James Oakes and Gordon Wood.

Moderated by Tom Mackaman and David North.

International May Day - Workers of the world, unite!

Every year since 2014, the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), the worldwide Trotskyist movement, has marked May Day with an international online rally.

In 2020, the livestreamed rally featured speakers from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil, Costa Rica and Canada, and was watched by thousands around the world.

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Interviews with David North

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