Permanent revolution in Latin America

Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 13:00 - 14:45
Location: Student Central, room 3E
Speaker: John Roberts and Jorge Martin

Leon Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution explained how the capitalists in the colonial countries could not play a progressive role, but would instead be a barrier in the fight for agrarian reform, parliamentary democracy, and national independence.

In their new book, John Roberts (author of China: from Permanent Revolution to Counter-Revolution) and Jorge Martin (of the International Marxist Tendency) discuss how this theory can be applied to Latin America and the anti-imperialist struggles that have taken place across the continent over the past 50 years.

In particular, John and Jorge look at the cases of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, comparing and contrasting the different revolutionary processes - each of which, in their own way, provide a validation of the correctness of Trotsky’s ideas.

Recommended reading:

Cuba 50 years later - where is the revolution going?
Marxists and the Venezuelan Revolution