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From February to October: The Legacy of the Russian Revolution & Sri Lanka today

By Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda - Tue Mar 14, 12:09 am

Text of the talk to be delivered on March 13, 2017, on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, Colombo.

When we commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the world situation has changed quite dramatically. Capitalism, which those who welcomed the Russian revolution thought would leave the stage of human history, continues to be around, renewing its usual destructive capacities as well. Capitalism has survived many challenges modeled around the Russian revolution. Despite survival and regeneration, capitalism and its legitimacy has also been continuously subjected to relentless questioning and resistance. At the same time, socialism’s attraction as an alternative to capitalism has also declined. When the twentieth century, the century of socialist-oriented revolutions, ended, that attraction has largely diminished. Socialists are still debating how the socialist alternative to capitalism should be re-thought and re-conceptualized.

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