One of our own from the Pacific Northwest (Portland, OR) of the United States of America covered the revolutionary events in Russia as an eye-witness for American workers. Like most all of his reports immediately after the successful conclusion of the revolution, this article was published in 1918 in The Liberator (not to be confused with the abolitionist newspaper leading up to, and during, the American Civil War) which was a radical newspaper for American workers.
Through all the chorus of abuse and misrepresentation directed against the Russian Soviets by the capitalist press there runs a voice shrill with a sort of panic, which cries: ‘There is no government in Russia! There is no organisation among the Russian workers! It will not work! It will not work!’
There is method in the slander.
As all real socialists know, and as we who have seen the Russian Revolution can testify, there is today in Moscow and throughout all the cities and towns of the Russian land a highly complex political structure, which is upheld by the vast majority of the people and which is functioning as well as any newborn popular government ever functioned. Also the workers of Russia have fashioned from their necessities and the demands of life an economic organisation which is evolving into a true industrial democracy.