The Socialist Register 2017

Rethinking Revolution

Edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo  

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What is the meaning of revolution in the twenty-first century?

One hundred years ago, the events of October 1917 inspired socialists and oppressed peoples around the world, and it became an inevitable point of reference for twentieth-century politics. Today the Left needs to both come to terms with this legacy and to transcend it through a critical reappraisal of its broad effects — those positive and negative — on political, intellectual and cultural life.

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  • “Re-examine revolution, but surely now is not the time to abandon it.”

    — Chris Nineham for Counterfire (full review)


  • New Socialist Strategies – Or Detours? (Greg Albo)
  • Are the Multitudes Communing? Revolutionary Agency and Political Forms Today (Jodi Dean)
  • Are Racial Minorities Revolutionary Agents? (Adolph Reed)
  • Revolutionary Feminisms Today (Zillah Eisenstein)
  • Accelerated Technology, Decelerated Revolution (Nina Power)
  • Beyond Global Warming: Is Solar Communism Possible? (David Schwartzman)
  • Revolution and Counter-Revolution in an Era of Climate Change (Andrea Malm)
  • Ecosocialist Strategy for a New Workers’ Party in South Africa (Patrick Bond)
  • Eurocommunism and Today’s New Parties of the Radical Left (Fabien Escolona)
  • Assessing Syriza in Power (Michalis Spourdalakis)
  • Interrogating 21st Century Revolution in Latin America: The Bolivian Case (Robert Cavooris)
  • The Revolution Disarmed? Cuba and Venezuela (Steve Striffler)
  • Marx and Engels on Revolutionary Power: An Updated Distillation (August Nimtz)
  • Leninism’s Fault Lines: Looking Back to 1917 (Anthony Zurbrugg)
  • China’s Revolutionary Legacy (Wang Hui)
  • The Marxist-Feminist Meaning of Revolution (Frigga Haug)
  • The Revolutionary Party as an ‘Essentially Contested Concept’ in Social Theory (Costas Eleftheriou)
  • Dual Power Yesterday and Today (Richard Fidler)
  • Rethinking Revolution, Rethinking Democracy (Pierre Beaudet)
  • The Distinctive Heritage of 1917: A Critical Appraisal (Bryan Palmer & Joan Sangster)
  • Art and Revolution Today (Walter Ben Michaels)
  • Addressing the Impossible: More Alienation, Please! (Slavoj Zizek)
  • The Meaning of Revolution in the 21st Century (Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin)


  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    Leo Panitch is a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He has been a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He is also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently a supporter of the Socialist Project.

  • Greg Albo

    York University

    Greg Albo is a professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto.

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