Culture, the Media and Workers’ Democracy

  • Tariq Ali
Part of the Communications and Culture book series (NCC)


It is very easy, when we look at the cultural and political situation in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe today, to get the impression — particularly for those who are not students of history — that such a situation is the inevitable result of socialist revolution. Therefore a useful starting point to this essay would be a tribute to those revolutionaries in Russia who, after the Revolution, paid a great deal of attention to problems of culture, problems of the development of art, problems of inculcating in the masses an understanding of such questions. They also took up the issues of socialist freedoms very seriously.


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Notes and References

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    Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Commissariat of the Enlightenment(Cambridge University Press, 1970) p. 14.Google Scholar
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    Leon Trotsky, Diego Rivera and André Breton, ‘Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art’( London: Pluto Press, 1978 ) p. 185.Google Scholar
  3. André Breton, What is Surrealism? (London: Pluto Press, 1978) p. 185.Google Scholar
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    Victor Serge, Year One of the Russian Revolution ( London: Allen Lane, 1972 ).Google Scholar
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    D. Stermer, The Art of Revolution ( London: Pall Mall, 1970 ).Google Scholar
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    United Secretariat of the Fourth International, ‘Socialist Democracy and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat’, Inprecor, 7 July 1977.Google Scholar

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© Carl Gardner, Tariq Ali, Dave Bailey, David Glyn, Gary Herman, Ian Hoare, Claire Johnston, Mandy Merck, Roger Protz, Chris Rawlence, Leon Rosselson, Geoffrey Sheridan, Gillian Skirrow, John Thackara, Raymond Williams 1979

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