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Reform or Revolution? A Debate (II)

What lessons can we draw for today from the Russian Revolution of 1917—the first socialist revolution and one of the most important events in modern human history? The Bolshevik Party, which led that revolution, viewed it as the beginning of the worldwide struggle to overturn capitalism and open the door to the socialist transformation of society by working people.
This is the topic of a recent debate between Eric Blanc, a socialist historian and activist, and Mike Taber, editor of a number of books related to the history of revolutionary and working-class movements. The magazine Jacobin published Blanc’s original article, “Socialists Should Take the Right Lessons from the Russian Revolution.” The website “Marxist Essays and Commentary,” edited by John Riddell, subsequently republished it along with a response by Taber, titled, “What Are the ‘Right Lessons’ for Socialists?”
This second part of the debate includes the article by Mike Taber.

Reform or Revolution? A Debate (I)

What lessons can we draw for today from the Russian Revolution of 1917—the first socialist revolution and one of the most important events in modern human history? The Bolshevik Party, which led that revolution, viewed it as the beginning of the worldwide struggle to overturn capitalism and open the door to the socialist transformation of society by working people.
This is the topic of a recent debate between Eric Blanc, a socialist historian and activist, and Mike Taber, editor of a number of books related to the history of revolutionary and working-class movements. The magazine Jacobin published Blanc’s original article, “Socialists Should Take the Right Lessons from the Russian Revolution.” The website “Marxist Essays and Commentary,” edited by John Riddell, subsequently republished it along with a response by Taber, titled, “What Are the ‘Right Lessons’ for Socialists?”
This first part of the debate includes the article by Eric Blanc.

Defend a Woman’s Right to Choose Abortion!

A national campaign of mass action to defend a woman’s right to choose abortion is now necessary. This has been true for some time. But the September 1 U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision that refused to block a Texas law prohibiting abortion after cardiac activity is detected—which can be as early as six weeks after the onset of pregnancy—underlined the urgency of the moment. Many women are not even aware they are pregnant at that time.

Chicago Abortion Rights Activists Outraged by SCOTUS’ Refusal to Enjoin Unconstitutional Texas Abortion Ban

alling it a blow to women and all abortion rights supporters nationwide, coalition calls for reversal of the Texas Law SB8, and demands “No Abortion Bans Anywhere: Not Now; Not Ever! Defend Roe!”
Several Chicago groups that have recently begun mobilizing to defend abortion rights are outraged by the extreme Texas abortion ban that just went into effect, banning abortions after the 6th week, when most women do not even know they are pregnant. Approximately 85% of abortions performed in Texas take place after 6 weeks.