Did communism really fail?

Consistently we are told that the fall of the Soviet Union was incontrovertible evidence of the failure of communism. This concerted campaign of slanders and lies, which falsely ties communism to the bureaucratic crimes of Stalinism, is spread by the ruling class in order to undermine the struggle to overthrow capitalism today. This talk will explain how and why the USSR collapsed and demonstrate that it was not communism, but a bureaucratic deformation which failed.

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What the Russian Revolution achieved and why it degenerated – Alan Woods

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of Putin


Russia from Revolution to Counter-Revolution – Ted Grant

The Revolution Betrayed – Leon Trotsky

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The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Stalinism –  Marie Frederiksen

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