Sunday 2:15pm

Has socialism been tried and failed?

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Introduced by Melbourne socialist activist Liam Parry.

Every socialist has been asked this question. What about Stalin’s Russia or Mao’s China - don’t these examples prove socialism doesn’t work? For much of the 20th century, authoritarian dictatorships clouded and confused ideas about what an alternative to capitalism could look like - this talk will address what happened in these countries, why they should not be meaningfully considered ‘socialist’, and what we can do today to reclaim and rebuild a vision of socialism that is based on liberation and freedom.

Readings

Russia 1917 a radical workers democracy comes to life, Sandra Bloodworth

https://redflag.org.au/index.php/node/5723

Tyranies ruling in the name of socialism, Paul D’Amato

https://socialistworker.org/2008/08/28/in-the-name-of-socialism

How stalinism distorted Marxism, Daniel Taylor

https://redflag.org.au/node/6885

What would socialism look like, Sarah Garnham

https://redflag.org.au/node/6761

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