Political Revolution and Social Revolution
What's the Difference?

Socialism 2016

July 01, 2016

Bernie Sanders has said that he wants to ignite a “political revolution.” But what is a political revolution? In the Marxist tradition, it usually refers to the popular toppling of a government, but without any change in the economic and social structures of society—whereas a social revolution involves these more fundamental changes. This talk will explore the relationship between political and social revolution in the Marxist tradition.

Suggested Readings:
Class Struggles in France by Karl Marx (1850)

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Karl Marx (1852)

The Civil War in France by Karl Marx (1870-1871)

Revolution and Counterrevolution in Germany by Friedrich Engels (1851-1852)

Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, Vol. 2: The Politics of Social Classes by Hal Draper (1978)

How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? by Neil Davidson (Haymarket 2012)

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