Disability and the Russian Revolution

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015

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.

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