The Marxist Classes: Labor’s largest defeats (part 2)

BY:Communist Party USA| August 5, 2018
The Marxist Classes: Labor’s largest defeats (part 2)


Almost 75 years after the greatest step forward in human history, the Soviet Union collapsed as if termites had silently eaten its foundations. Twelve states in all fell to counter-revolution in the 1980s and early 1990s, from Albania to Yugoslavia, Poland to Mongolia. Part 1 of this webinar placed these defeats in the context of capitalist crisis, which escalated in the 1970s and exploded in the 1980s.

Part 2 draws insights from the survival of the Cuban state, comparing it with the Soviet Union in 1988, a year before the latter’s collapse. The presenter discusses the strength and weaknesses of the governments, communist parties, trade unions, and civil society institutions undergirding the Soviet Union and Cuba. Q&A follows.

Presenter: Wah’di Halabi

Image: Vladimir, Varfolomeev, Communist rally against pension reform. Creative Commons (BY-NC 2.0).



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