Choices confront revolutionary socialist movements

On the other hand, for her part, Salazar has spoken clearly and powerfully about the need to empower workers and fight for socialism.

Choices confront revolutionary socialist movements

History[ edit ] Prior to the Russian Revolution[ edit ] The party's ideology was built upon the philosophical foundation of Russia's Narodnik — populist movement of the s—s and its worldview developed primarily by Alexander Herzen and Pyotr Lavrov.

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After a period of decline and marginalization in the s, the Narodnik—populist school of thought about social change in Russia was revived and substantially modified by a group of writers and activists known as neonarodniki neo-populistsparticularly Viktor Chernov.

Their main innovation was a renewed dialogue with Marxism and integration of some of the key Marxist concepts into their thinking and practice.

In this way, with the economic spurt and industrialization in Russia in the s, they attempted to broaden their appeal in order to attract the rapidly growing urban workforce to their traditionally peasant-oriented programme.

The intention was to widen the concept of the people so that it encompassed all elements in society that opposed the Tsarist regime. The party was established in out of the Northern Union of Socialist Revolutionaries founded inbringing together many local socialist revolutionary groups established in the s, notably the Workers' Party of Political Liberation of Russia created by Catherine Breshkovsky and Grigory Gershuni in As primary party theorist emerged Viktor Chernovthe editor of the first party organ, Revolutsionnaya Rossiya Revolutionary Russia.

The party's program was democratic socialist and agrarian socialist —it garnered much support among Russia's rural peasantrywho in particular supported their program of land-socialization as opposed to the Bolshevik programme of land-nationalisation—division of land to peasant tenants rather than the collectivization in state management.

The SRs believed that the labouring peasantry as well as the industrial proletariat would be the revolutionary class in Russia. Whereas RSLDP defined class membership in terms of ownership of the means of production, Chernov and other SR theorists defined class membership in terms of extraction of surplus value from labour.

On the first definition, small-holding subsistence farmers who do not employ wage labour are—as owners of their land—members of the petty bourgeoisie whereas on the second definition they can be grouped with all who provide, rather than purchase, labour-power and hence with the proletariat as part of the labouring class.

Nevertheless, Chernov considered the proletariat as vanguard and the peasantry as the main body of the revolutionary army. Although the party officially boycotted the first State Duma in34 SRs were elected while 37 were elected to the second Duma in The party also boycotted both the third and fourth Dumas in — In this period, party membership drastically declined and most of its leaders emigrated from Russia.

A distinctive feature of party tactics until about was its heavy reliance on assassinations of individual government officials. These tactics were inherited from SRs' predecessor in the populist movement, People's Will, a conspiratorial organization of the s.

They were intended to embolden the "masses" and intimidate "terrorize" the Tsarist government into political concessions. The SR Combat Organization SRCOresponsible for assassinating government officials, was initially led by Gershuni and operated separately from the party so as not to jeopardize its political actions.

Bogdanovich and many other high-ranking officials. InGershuni was betrayed by his deputy, Yevno Azefan agent of the Okhrana secret police, arrested, convicted of terrorism and sentenced to life at hard labor, managing to escape, flee overseas and go into exile.

Boris Savinkov ran many of the actual operations, notably the assassination attempt on Admiral Fyodor Dubasov. However, terrorism was controversial for the party from the beginning.Any serious revolutionary movement must have principles to confront the serious problems and drift toward fascism we are confronting.

Choices confront revolutionary socialist movements

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