Russian revolution

The Idea of Equality and the Bolsheviks- Nestor Makhno

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Eight years after the Russian Revolution rival leaders of the Bolshevik party attack the very idea of equality, this prompted renewed criticism from Nestor Makhno.

Kronstadt 1917-21: The fate of a soviet democracy - Israel Getzler

This is the first major study of revolutionary Kronstadt to span the period from February 1917 to the uprising of March 1921. This book focuses attention on Kronstadt's forgotten golden age, between March 1917 and July 1918, when Soviet power and democracy flourished there.

The Russian revolution in Ukraine (March 1917 - April 1918) - Nestor Makhno

Meeting of the Makhnovists

Ukrainian anarcho-communist revolutionary Nestor Makhno's history of the revolution in Ukraine and the role of the Makhnovist movement.

From the Russian revolution of 1917 to Stalinist totalitarianism - Agustín Guillamón

A historical essay on the transition from Russian Revolution of the Soviets to bureaucratic dictatorship under Stalin, with special emphasis on the period extending from the February Revolution to the period of War Communism.

The soviets: their origin, development and functions - Andreu Nin

An essay on the Soviets published in 1932 by the co-founder of the Spanish POUM, sympathetic to Lenin and critical of the “profound errors committed, after the death of Lenin, by the leadership of the Communist Party”, that characterizes the Soviets as “a system of government that is infinitely more democratic than the freest bourgeois republic”.

Democratic centralism in practice and idea: A critical evaluation

An exhaustive article by Scott Nappalos on the Leninist conception of 'democratic centralism'. In this piece, Nappalos examines everything from what Lenin and Gransci said on the subject, to what it looked like in practice in organizations such as the Communist Party USA and Socialist Workers Party UK, among others.

From theory to practice, taking a critical look at Leninism

Adam Weaver reviews Ron Taber's 1988 book, A Look At Leninism, which is available in PDF format here.

Bolsheviks shooting anarchists - Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman

Letter from Emma Goldman and Alex Berkman written to warn workers of the persecution of revolutionaries in Russia by the Bolsheviks, originally published in Freedom in 1922.

Animal Farm, a fairy story - George Orwell

Erroneously considered a damning of collectivism, Orwell's allegorical fantasy is a critique of the Bolshevist and Stalinist regimes set on a farm as animals attempt to create a society.