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Friday, July 3 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Disability and the Russian Revolution

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Following from a Marxist understanding of disability oppression as a social construction and consequence of capitalist conditions of production and distribution, any socialist revolution based on the working class will inevitably have profound implications for the question of disability. Indeed, the Russian revolution of 1917, which remains the world's greatest example of a successful workers' revolution guided by a Marxist revolutionary party, provides us a definite and inspiring outline of what disability liberation would look like in the context of a united mass struggle of the oppressed and exploited to overthrow the ruthless imperatives of capitalism.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Disabled in the Soviet Union: Past and Present, Theory and Practice edited by William O. McCagg

Recommended Readings:
V. I. Lenin, The Law on Compensation Payable to Workers Injured in Accidents (1903)

Leon Trotsky, “More Care For The Disabled Of The Civil War!” (1921).

"Principles of social education for deaf and dumb children in Russia", Lev Vygotsky (1925).

"There Are No Invalids in the USSR!": A Missing Soviet Chapter in the New Disability History, Disability Studies Quarterly, 2009.

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Keith Rosenthal

Keith Rosenthal lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. http://isreview.org/person/keith-rosenthal

Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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