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Essential Works of Lenin: "What Is to Be Done?" and Other Writings Paperback – March 23, 2009
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That aside, let us turn to a critique of Lenin's thought. Lenin was a very intelligent critic of capitalism, with many penetrating insights into the function and abuses of a capitalist economy. It is not that Marxism was based on a complete illusion, but that it was based on a partially-true, compelling illusion that perhaps makes it so seductive, and so dangerous. I dissent, for example, in thinking that only the "dictatorship of the proletariat" can supplant the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, and that somehow a freer, fuller democracy will result from a worker-managed society in which the state will subsequently "wither away." History demonstrated that instead of withering away, the Communists party only solidified its tyranny over the masses, and substituted one dictatorship for another. That Lenin or Marx possessed a real historical "science" of political-economy I think has been disproved.Read more ›
Lenin cannot be understood outside of the world he lived in, nor can he be understood without also reading the writings of his collaborators and other contemporary revolutionaries like Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg.
"The Development of Capitalism in Russia" is not given in full, but it's basic for understanding how Lenin viewed Russia; it still had a feudal structure, but the economy was more and more becoming capitalist.
If you read "What Is To Be Done?" convinced that it's a handbook for a monolithic party, you will manage to find it even though it's not there. Yes, it's for greater centralization, but what you had was scattered groups around Russia with no central organization and no national underground newspaper. At the time Lenin wrote this, his model of a party was still the German Social Democratic Party, which once had to function underground, and still was able to make enormous gains during that period. But most of "What Is To be Done?Read more ›
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What I love about this version of the book is that the translation from the original Russian text is magnificent! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan Haskins
This is good because it is a collection of Lenin works, although the editor is an anti-communist and interprets and teaches Lenin dogmatically.Published 15 months ago by Communism
This book requires a excess amount of knowledge of Russia circa 1880-1900ish. If you know nothing of Russi around the time of Lenin, this book will be confusing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Blake Krawczuk
I had been interested in Vladimir Lenin since High School but never had a chance to read more on about him. Unfortunately most books on him are biased. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Zane Hasan
The book was in incredible shape and it came well before the estimated delivery time. This is also an updated version of the book and frankly, it just looks more appealing to me.Published on February 17, 2012 by Kassad
The Essential Works of Lenin published by Dover Publications is an excellent book. To begin, the book begins within an introduction and does explain that Lenin's "The Development... Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Joseph
I would like to refer readers of this estimable essay to the platforms of Arlette Laguiller in 1997 and 2005 as she ran for the Presidency in France on the Workers Struggle... Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by moby pablo