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Post by Coach on Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:14 am

http://www.troubledkashmir.com/index.php/marxism-litreraturebookssites/1321-lenin-and-us-into-the-past-back-to-the-future-paul-le-blanc

A very interesting review and critique.

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Re: Review of Lars Lih's Book 'Lenin Revisited' by Paul Le Blanc

Post by Isakenaz on Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:27 am

For Lenin and his co-thinkers, there was a need for the creation of a revolutionary workers’ party, guided by a serious-minded utilisation of socialist theory and scientific analysis, drawing increasing numbers of working people into a highly conscious struggle against all forms of oppression, and this could not be expected to arise easily or spontaneously. It had to be created through the most persistent, serious, consistent efforts of revolutionary socialists. The working class would not automatically become a force for socialist revolution, but it could develop into such a force with the assistance of a serious revolutionary workers’ party. Such a party – making past lessons, the most advanced social theory, and a broad social vision accessible to increasing numbers of workers – would be a vital component in the self-education and self-organisation of the working class, helping to develop spontaneous working-class impulses toward democracy and socialism into a cohesive, well-organised and powerful social force.[22]

If we shift our attention back to the future, it seems to me that this is the kind of organisation we need to be developing today – a democratic collectivity of activists, sharing a common revolutionary socialist perspective and program, democratic and critical minded but also functioning as a coherent political entity that is engaged in building mass social struggles and mass socialist consciousness among the broad working-class majority. I want to conclude with some thoughts on “what is to be done” to advance this process.

Rather than creating our own little universes inside left-wing groups and networks (which is just the kind of thing we see Lenin arguing against), we need to become part of, and help develop, a broader radical working-class subculture that would be necessary for a broad vanguard layer of the working class to have a revolutionary consciousness or even a clear class-consciousness in the Marxist. http://www.troubledkashmir.com/index.php/marxism-litreraturebookssites/1321-lenin-and-us-into-the-past-back-to-the-future-paul-le-blanc

This bit is of special interest, and something we need to be debating.
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