Category Archives: Lenin

Lenin between the revolutions: “Letters on Tactics” April 1917. More on the Democratic Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Peasantry.

The text below gives further elaboration into the roots of the demand for the Democratic Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Peasantry as articulated by the Bolsheviks before both the 1905  and 1917 revolutions in Russia. This text is effectively concurrent … Continue reading

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Why Does the Capitalist Nation Need a Foreign Market? : Lenin 1899

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin The DEVELOPMENT of CAPITALISM in RUSSIA   Written in 1899 Chapter I. The Theoretical Mistakes of the Narodnik Economists VIII. Why Does the Capitalist Nation Need a Foreign Market? “…the necessity of seeking a foreign market by no … Continue reading

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Stalinism and Bolshevism: Leon Trotsky Courtesy of Ross Wolfe

“Philistines may jeer that 20 years after the October victory the revolutionaries are again thrown back to modest propagandist preparation.” Stalinism and Bolshevism click here for complete link to The Charnel-House blog.

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Notes of a Publicist V.I. Lenin (1907)

“After the dissolution of the Second Duma despondency, penitence, and apostasy became the outstanding features of political literature. Beginning with Mr. Struve, continuing with Tovarishch, and ending with, a number of writers supporting the Social-Democratic movement we witness a renunciation … Continue reading

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On Elementary Education: from Lenin’s diary in the last year of his life. 1923

Too little, far too little, is still being done by us to adjust our state budget to satisfy, as a first measure, the requirements of elementary public education. Even in our People’s Commissariat of Education we all too often find … Continue reading

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Working-Class and Bourgeois Democracy: excerpts V.I. Lenin 1905

“The intellectualist wing devises a criterion of a good and kind bourgeoisie, worthy of concluding agreements with. The proletarian wing expects no kindness from the bourgeoisie, but supports any, even the very worst bourgeoisie, to the extent that it actually … Continue reading

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E.A. Preobrazhensky Autobiographical Sketch. Part 1 with link to complete text.

“In summer 1905 I left for Bryansk and there directed the activity of the local committee with two other comrades. With no bed in my room, I slept on newspapers on the floor, lived on smoked sausage and bread, spending … Continue reading

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On the Separation of Liberalism from Democracy: Lenin 1913

Lenin, below writing a year before the start of First World War. During the build up toward the war  most liberal and nominally socialist organizations supported their national governments rather than call for resistance to the war and solidarity of … Continue reading

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State Monopoly under Capitalism : Lenin

The brief quotation below is one of many examples which separate Lenin from the school of ‘socialism’ that sees as its mission to centralize all economic activity in the hands of the state or which, in whatever way, is dependent … Continue reading

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Considerations on the eve of World War III. Lenin at the eve of World War I.

Reading Below, one must be careful not to apply cookie cutter the tactics posed by Lenin at the eve of the First World War, but otherwise to consider the circumstances of the time and to consider the actual circumstances of … Continue reading

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