In preparation for the In Defence of Lenin conference, and to commemorate Lenin’s life and ideas, we publish here a video of a walking tour around London – given by Rob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal, as part of the Red October 2015 festival – of the places where Lenin and the Russian Marxists lived, worked, and organised.
May 1968 was the greatest revolutionary general strike in history. This mighty movement took place at the height of the post-war economic upswing in capitalism. Then, as now, the bourgeois and their apologists were congratulating themselves that revolutions and class struggle were things of the past. Then came the French events of 1968, which seemed to drop like a thunderbolt from a clear blue sky. They took most of the Left completely by surprise, because, they had all written off the European working class as a revolutionary force.