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Lenin/leninism

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

http://rs21.org.uk/2014/08/02/leninism/

Louis Proyect comments: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/14/goodbye-leninism/ I need to study these two pieces before commenting….

I have been consistently critical of bolshevism, thence leninism, on my way to the proposal for a new communism. But my ire has waned to some degree: Lenin is really a unique case in a unique situation, so any attempt at imitation is going to be futile. The situation created by WWI was such that the real work of revolution was accomplished before even the bourgeois revolution of feb 1917. Lenin quite shrewdly exploited that windfall, allowing a communist revolution to arrive almost serendipitously.
We can’t see the future and there is certainly a chance chaos will once again prepare the way for a rapid communist transition, but short of that the canon of revolution has to review leninism pretty carefully and move on.
The real problem is marxism before leninism: there are a lot of issues marxism has fumbled the ball on: a cogent series of upgrades is needed, irregardless of the issues of leninism.

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