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R48G: whitewashing a fantasy Lenin promoted on the left…

April 5th, 2017 · No Comments

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This interesting take on Lenin nonetheless is an ideological defense and they don’t work anymore, not even with the clear evidence of leninist acumen: a leftist revolutionary project has to be from scratch, recast the whole foundation, and consider the special circumstance of Russian history.
We must define communism/socialism in advance, with a blueprint that can address the army of critics/skeptics, ban ‘reigns of terror’, make clear legally the place of covert agencies, police in the process proscribing revolution by secret police, and in general founding the effort in a democratic/economic populism. At this point the Lenin model, what to say of the legacy of Stalinism, is a liability on the left, as is, indeed, the stale aspects of the marxist legaccy.
The model of the Russian revolution is misleading for us now: we must create something entirely new, and we have the means and occasion to do so: we have in the US a basic ‘democratic’ format and history, a developed economy, and a history of constitutional rights, and these make the example of the Russian case completely misleading.

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