Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings (Get Political)
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Part of Pluto's 21st birthday series Get Political, which brings essential political writing in a range of fields to a new audience.
This is an entirely new collection of Lenin's writing. For the first time it brings together crucial shorter works, to show that Lenin held a life-long commitment to freedom and democracy. Le Blanc has written a comprehensive introduction, which gives an accessible overview of Lenin's life and work, and explains his relevance to political thought today.
Lenin has been much maligned in the mainstream, accused of viewing 'man as modeling clay' and of 'social engineering of the most radical kind.' However, in contrast to today's world leaders, who happily turn to violence to achieve their objectives, Lenin believed it impossible to reach his goals 'by any other path than that of political democracy.'
This collection will be of immense value to students encountering Lenin for the first time, and those looking for a new interpretation of one of the 20th century's most inspiring figures.
We desperately need the resurrection and revival of the kind of strategic thinking and principled commitment that Lenin epitomised in the era of 1917, and all that it promised. For those interested in this rebirth of the politics of alternative to capitalism, Paul Le Blanc's account of the democratic, socialist, and revolutionary Lenin will prove indispensable. Reading it is a reminder that what is, need not be, and that what has, seemingly, failed, can be reconstituted anew. -- Professor Bryan Palmer, Trent University, author of E. P. Thompson: Objections and Oppositions and James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left
Taken together, these points indicate the way that a revolutionary vanguard organisation would function according to the principle of democratic centralism as elaborated by Lenin. It also describes, more or less, the way the Bolsheviks functioned until the early 1920s.31 It remains for us to trace the contexts in which the actual Leninist orientation triumphed and in which it was defeated and distorted, and also to ponder ways in which it may be relevant so many decades later. His Time and Ours
idealisation of Athenian democracy, see 11/7/08 16:19:54 78 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. Lenin 01 part1 78 I NTRO DUC TO RY ES SAY Richard N. Hunt, The Political Ideas of Marx and Engels, vol. I (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1974), 82–4, and vol. II (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984), 253–6, and also C.L.R. James, Any Cook Can Govern (Detroit: Bewick, 1988). See, for example: John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World (New York: International
payments made to the Treasury. 2. Return to the peasants of their lands cut off in 1861. 3. Complete equality of taxation of the peasants’ and landlords’ lands. 4. Abolition of collective responsibility and of all laws that prevent the peasants from doing as they will with their lands. Explanation of the Programme … B. 1. This is the most important, the paramount, point of the programme, because it indicates what should constitute the activity of the Party in defending the interests of the
in Munich from 1900 to 1902, in London from 1902 to 1903, and in Geneva from 1903 to 1905. Lenin and Krupskaya played an essential role in co-ordinating the work of the underground Bolshevik organisation of the RSDLP, also facilitating the production and distribution of such revolutionary newspapers as Vperyod (‘Forward’) and Proletary (‘The Proletarian’). From the 1905 Revolution to 1914 In 1905 a revolutionary upsurge sparked by a spontaneous uprising among the workers, after the tsar’s troops
Party while totally ignoring our Congress, which was what really laid our Party’s foundation. A rash enterprise, it has to be said! Particularly since I point out a hundred times in Lenin 02 part2a 154 11/7/08 16:43:59 B IRTH O F B O LSH EVISM 155 my book that my opponents ignore our Party Congress and by so doing leave all their assertions devoid of all foundation of fact. Comrade Luxemburg commits exactly the same basic error. She repeats naked words without troubling to grasp their