Capitalism today

What is to be done?

Print edition : December 22, 2017

Petrograd,1917: Lenin speaking to the workers of the Putilov factory, painting by Isaak Brodsky (1883-1939), National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. The task of carrying forward the democratic revolution in countries coming late into capitalism fell on the working class, which had to form an alliance with the peasantry for this purpose. Photo: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images

Striking Putilov workers on the first day of the February Revolution, 1917. The Putilov plant was a large machine-building factory in St. Petersburg. In 1917, it was the largest employer in the city, and strikes by its workforce played an important role in bringing about the downfall of the tsar’s regime. Photo: Heritage Images/Getty Images

Soviet propaganda poster. “In order to have more, it is necessary to produce more. In order to produce more, it is necessary to know more”. Photo: Getty Images

Soviet propaganda poster. "The benefits brought to the female worker and peasant due to the Russian Revolution." Building inscriptions read ‘kindergarten’, ‘library’, etc. Photo: Getty Images

Paris Commune was the only proletarian revolution that occurred during the lifetime of Marx and Engels. The regular French Army suppressed the Commune during "La semaine sanglante" (The Bloody Week) beginning on May 21, 1871.

World capitalism has entered a period of protracted crisis, pushing the working population into acute distress, unemployment and insecurity. As at the time of the October Revolution, there is once more a historic opportunity before the Left to forge worker-peasant alliances in order to bring about a change in the nature of the state that would lead to socialism.
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