Introduction to Leninism

Here is a little education about what leninism is for some of you ignorant bastards that are to busy to learn anything because you are watching jerry springer.

In his pamphlet What is to be Done? (1902), Lenin argued that the proletariatcan only achieve a successful revolutionary consciousness through the efforts of a vanguard party composed of full-time professional revolutionaries. Lenin further believed that such a party could only achieve its aims through a form of disciplined organization known as democratic centralism, wherein tactical and ideological decisions are made with internal democracy, but once a decision has been made, all party members must externally support and actively promote that decision.

Leninism holds that capitalism can only be overthrown by revolutionary means; that is, any attempts to reform capitalism from within, such as Fabianism and non-revolutionary forms of democratic socialism, are doomed to fail. The goal of a Leninist party is to orchestrate the overthrow of the existing government by force and seize power on behalf of the proletariat (although in the October Revolution of 1917, the Soviets seized power, not the Bolshevik Party), and then implement a dictatorship of the proletariat. The party must then use the powers of government to educate the proletariat, so as to remove the various modes of false consciousness the bourgeois have instilled in them in order to make them more docile and easier to exploit economically, such as religion and nationalism.

The dictatorship of the proletariat is theoretically to be governed by a decentralized system of proletarian direct democracy, in which workers hold political power through local councils known as soviets.  The extent to which the dicatorship of the proletariat is democratic is disputed. Lenin wrote in the fifth chapter of ‘State & Revolution’:

Democracy for the vast majority of the people, and suppression by force, i.e., exclusion from democracy, of the exploiters and oppressors of the people–this is the change democracy undergoes during the transition from capitalism to communism.

The elements of Leninism that include the notion of the disciplined revolutionary, the more dictatorial revolutionary state and of a war between the various social classes is often attributed to the influence of Nechayevschina and of the 19th century narodnik movement (of which Lenin’s older brother was a member) – “The morals of [the Bolshevik] party owed as much to Nechayvasas they did to Marx” writes historian Orlando Figes.  This would help explain the traces of class bigotry (e.g. Lenin’s frequent description of the bourgeoisie as parasites, insects, leeches, bloodsuckers etc  and the creation of the GULAG system of concentration camps for former members of the bourgeois and kulak classes ) detectable in Leninism but foreign in Marxism. Well thats it for this lesson next time I will explain the most hated socialist ideology by communist, Trotskyism.


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