This article is interesting enough but as we have noted here repeatedly we need a new brand of the socialist/communist legacy, one that will free the core ideas to a new and freer realization.
The left must offer a clear platform, not some ad hoc bolshevik-style ‘make it up as you go along’. The older legacy was its own undoing while the core ideas from the starting point in the nineteenth century offered a basic clarity. The left must offer a kind of guarantee that it will not end up in a distorted version of its beginning point. The crisis of capitalism is offering that opportunity again, but the old guard on the left isn’t ready and is still plying a set of worn tenets. We need a radical re-write and a new generation of activists. Whether or not the revolutionary moment will come it will abort if the public suspect any hint of stalinist, or even leninist, recursion.
In that sense the anniversary of 1917 is ambiguous, as it should be.