Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder: A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics



Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder: A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and TacticsLeft Wing Communism, An Infantile Disorder A Popular Essay In Marxian Strategy And Tactics Vladimir Ilich Lenin Was The Founder Of The Russian Communist Party Bolsheviks , Inspirer And Leader Of Bolshevik Revolution , And The Architect, Builder, And First Head Of The Soviet State He Was The Founder Of The Organization Known As Comintern Communist International And The Posthumous Source Of Leninism, The Doctrine Codified And Conjoined With Marx S Works By Lenin S Successors To Form Marxism Leninism, Which Became The Communist World View If The Bolshevik Revolution Is As Some People Have Called It The Most Significant Political Event Of The Th Century, Then Lenin Must For Good Or Ill Be Regarded As The Century S Most Significant Political Leader Not Only In The Scholarly Circles Of The Former Soviet Union But Even Among Many Non Communist Scholars, He Has Been Regarded As The Greatest Revolutionary Leader And Revolutionary Statesman In History, As Well As The Greatest Revolutionary Thinker Since Marx

Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich 1870 1924 one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903 Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917 Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar Alexander III In 1891 Lenin passed his Law exam with high honors, whereupon he took to representing the poorest peasantry in Samara After moving to St Petersburg in 1893, Lenin s experience with the oppression of the peasantry in Russia, coupled with the revolutionary teachings of G V Plekhanov, guided Lenin to meet with revolutionary groups In April 1895, his comrades helped send Lenin abroad to get up to speed with the revolutionary movement in Europe, and in particular, to meet the Emancipation of Labour Group, of which Plekhanov head After five months abroad, traveling from Switzerland to France to Germany, working at libraries and newspapers to make his way, Lenin returned to Russia, carrying a brief case with a false bottom, full of Marxist literature.On returning to Russia, Lenin and Martov created the League for the Struggle for the Emancipation of the Working Class, uniting the Marxist circles in Petrograd at the time The group supported strikes and union activity, distributed Marxist literature, and taught in workers education groups In St Petersburg Lenin begins a relationship with Nadezhda Krupskaya In the night of December 8, 1895, Lenin and the members of the party are arrested Lenin sentenced to 15 months in prison By 1897, when the prison sentence expired, the autocracy appended an additional three year sentence, due to Lenin s continual writing and organising while in prison Lenin is exiled to the village of Shushenskoye, in Siberia, where he becomes a leading member of the peasant community Krupskaya is soon also sent into exile for revolutionary activities, and together they work on party organising, the monumental work The Development of Capitalism in Russia, and the translating of Sidney and Beatrice Webb s Industrial Democracy.After his term of exile ends, Lenin emigrates to M nich, and is soon joined by Krupskaya Lenin creates Iskra, in efforts to bring together the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, which had been scattered after the police persecution of the first congress of the party in 1898 After leading the October Revolution, Lenin served as the first and only chairman of the R.S.F.S.R. In 1919 Lenin founded the Communist International In 1921 Lenin instituted the NEP During 1922 Lenin suffered a series of strokes that prevented active work in government While in his final year late 1922 to 1923 Lenin wrote his last articles where he outlined a programme to fight against the bureaucratization of the Commmunist Party and the Soviet state Lenin died on January 21, 1924, as a result of multiple strokes.

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10 thoughts on “Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder: A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics

  1. David M says:

    Einstein once said that by the standards of epistemology, any scientist worth his salt will appear to be an unprincipled opportunist Lenin here saysor less the same thing about revolutionaries The ruthless struggle for power knows nothing of the purity of means.Of course it s also true that Lenin only got to the point of seizing power by taking an extremely principled stance against the First World War and thus breaking with the Second International He was willing to endure years of bei Einstein once said that by the standards of epistemology, any scientist worth his salt will appear to be an unprincipled opportunist Lenin here saysor less the same thing about revolutionaries The ruthless struggle for power knows nothing of the purity of means.Of course it s also true that Lenin only got to the point of seizing power by taking an extremely principled stance against the First World War and thus breaking with the Second International He was willing to endure years of being small and isolated as a result, but, you see, that was never the point.An interesting text Whatever one thinks of Lenin today, we all should be able to agree that the man just ain t ever coming back No sense, then, for comrades to get nostalgic or eschatological While it s true that socialism has been on the rise, obviously at the moment there s nothing like a revolutionary left capable of seizing power 2017 is quite unlikely to repeat 1917 in this respect If we want to find an analogy to Lenin in our current conjuncture, I think we should look not to his moment of triumph but the catastrophe that preceded it.WW1 was total collapse, civilizational suicide, without any right or wrong side For all the comparisons of Trump to Hitler, it seems to me farlikely that we are on the brink of this sort of morally meaningless catastrophe The fact that many liberals are willing to side with Trump precisely when he starts bombing another country suggests we may be so deep in layers of mystification that it s no longer possible to take rational action to avert disaster.As always, the choice is between socialism and barbarism, but unfortunately there s no reason at all to expect the first of these to arrive magically on its own

  2. Ty says:

    Lenin doesn t give arguments for his claims but only calls opposing viewpoints childish, petit bourgeois, and stupid A total jackass.I guess if you re trying to lead a party to dictatorship this is a fair pamphlet against reasonable criticisms.

  3. Hamidur says:

    Most of the content of the book is dated and isn t relevant to today s situation but the principles that led to left deviations in the communist movement still persist among the left today It is because of the same undialectical thinking that ultra leftists today support the imperialist backed salafist rebels in the Syrian conflict against the national bourgeois government of Syria Because for them, nationalism has one and only one character and can only serve a reactionary purpose The fact t Most of the content of the book is dated and isn t relevant to today s situation but the principles that led to left deviations in the communist movement still persist among the left today It is because of the same undialectical thinking that ultra leftists today support the imperialist backed salafist rebels in the Syrian conflict against the national bourgeois government of Syria Because for them, nationalism has one and only one character and can only serve a reactionary purpose The fact that nationalism while situated in a different context can serve a progressive role is beyond their comprehension And the fact that the bourgeoisie can play a progressive role in a specific condition is a thought they would never agree with because bourgeoisie bad This is the kind of excellent analysis these people dazzle us with.In a way, many of the things Lenin criticizes in this book still persist today except only in different forms The anarchists are still opposed to parliamentary actions and party organizations To them, these represent bourgeois forms of organizations that must be avoided at all cost at all times They forget that remnants of old society builds the foundation of the future society That it is is with the advancements made by capitalism that communists want to build communism That we don t abandon everything capitalism has touched because it has become bourgeois but we take the ones that are useful and discard the reactionary elements The Bolsheviks in Russia didn t abandon parliamentarianism in favor of purely insurrectionary work but combined them both To abandon parliamentarianism or any form of party organization is a left deviation from Marxism because it wants to substitute for the present a future already imagined in the heads of the revolutionaries It skips over the real work that must be done under this bourgeois society and under socialist construction and goes straight to what society will be like under communism.It is this left deviation that is also responsible for the left anti communism that exists among the western left, with people like Chomsky being at the forefront of this Ultra leftists are in no short of supply who would criticize the Soviet Union for not abolishing the state or the wage system These people have given up all understanding of Marxism or began with no understanding of it at all that they think it is possible to abolish the state or the wage system simply by will That the Party could ve abolished the state if it wanted to but they perpetuated it because it benefitted them They ve read one book on communism and learned that it is a stateless, classless, moneyless society and now they ll criticize all states that were constructing socialism because they weren t fully communist or because there was a party or hierarchy They have built up a perfect communist society in their heads and ignore the real, existing material conditions of the present to base their criticisms and practices on their imaginations.A socialist revolution can improve the lives of millions of people, feed millions of people, provide housing, education, and health care to millions, aid in national liberation of other countries, fight against imperialism and yet it would not be enough for these people because the workers didn t control the means of production somehow in the Proudhonian, mutualist, petty bourgeois sense of ownership As Parenti said, these pure socialists will support every socialist revolution except the ones that succeed They were a useless section of the left back then when Lenin wrote the book and they are a useless section of the left right now

  4. V. says:

    I just recently reread this book and was blown away by the power and applicability today of Lenin s critique of anarchism and ultra leftism Tactics are not to be raised to the level of principle we assess a particular situation at a given time and relate to it in the manner most likely to advance workers struggle This means aiming to build actions and movements that can have a mass character, wherever possible Where mass organization is impossible, as under Tsarist Russia, different tactics I just recently reread this book and was blown away by the power and applicability today of Lenin s critique of anarchism and ultra leftism Tactics are not to be raised to the level of principle we assess a particular situation at a given time and relate to it in the manner most likely to advance workers struggle This means aiming to build actions and movements that can have a mass character, wherever possible Where mass organization is impossible, as under Tsarist Russia, different tactics are called for, but the impracticability of some particular tactic does not become a pass for abstentionism.Lenin is helpful also in making the argument that anarchism is an expression of the class aspirations of the petty bourgeoisie, and as such, represents a hostile class force with respect to workers.Lenin also argues against the undialectical nature of the politics expressed in slogans we hear today, such as be the change you wish to see, which are used to argue that a movement to change the world must itself be organized along exactly those lines as the whole world would be, once changed To attempt in practice today to anticipate this future result of a fully developed, fully stabilised and formed, fully expanded and mature Communism would be like trying to teach higher mathematics to a four year old child We can and must begin to build Socialism not with imaginary human material, not with human material invented by us, but with the human material bequeathed to us by capitalism That is very difficult, it goes without saying, but no other approach to this task is serious enough to warrant discussion

  5. abclaret says:

    As a text on its own merits it reads with some degree of consistency But when you actually bother to compare it to the ultra leftists hes challenging it does not hold all that much water The methods and the party form he advocates has been tried numerous times and invariably leads to the worse form of substution of the class by the party you can imagine The arguements within Marxism were there from the start, only for people to be hoodwinked by events in Russia.I would recommend people actu As a text on its own merits it reads with some degree of consistency But when you actually bother to compare it to the ultra leftists hes challenging it does not hold all that much water The methods and the party form he advocates has been tried numerous times and invariably leads to the worse form of substution of the class by the party you can imagine The arguements within Marxism were there from the start, only for people to be hoodwinked by events in Russia.I would recommend people actually look at people like Sylvia Pankhurst, Anton Pannekoek and Otto Rhule

  6. Aaliyah Zionov says:

    Definitely Lenin s worst book, and basically his only major misstep Some really good insights into the role of the vanguard, anti dogmatism, the necessity of legal as well as illegal work, etc but I m not really convinced at all by most of the concrete recommendations, including participation in parliamentary democracy and to a lesser extent entry into reactionary trade unions Despite anti dogmatism being a recurring them here, I find that there s kind of a naive transplanting of Russian Definitely Lenin s worst book, and basically his only major misstep Some really good insights into the role of the vanguard, anti dogmatism, the necessity of legal as well as illegal work, etc but I m not really convinced at all by most of the concrete recommendations, including participation in parliamentary democracy and to a lesser extent entry into reactionary trade unions Despite anti dogmatism being a recurring them here, I find that there s kind of a naive transplanting of Russian conditions where they are simply not applicable Lenin seems to forget that the struggle for popular democracy did not arise out of class struggle, as it did in Russia, in the big imperialist countries he addresses throughout the book In these contexts, parliament as an institution thus simply does not play the progressive role Lenin says it does, nor can it constitute the hands on political experience Lenin rightly says is necessary in building towards revolution Lenin s suggestion towards Britain support the Labour Party so people realise it s bad and become communists has been proven wrong a million times by history Not that it s Lenin s fault that people misread him so badly, but it s particular concerning that this recommendation has been turned by so many Marxists into a dogma invoked to uncritically support liberals and social democrats I came out of thisconvinced that parliament sucks than I did going in I still feel like this book could be very very useful in oppressed nations, but since it is addressed mostly to Germany, Britain, Holland, the US, and France, it just doesn t work

  7. Miquixote says:

    If you ve ever wondered why the left is in such disarray, one need go any further than honestly studying Lenin This is a must read for the left.This is one of those books that Lenin reveals himself as all tactic and no democratic By all means read everything you can about Lenin and understand how he prepped us for Stalin All the important characteristics later called Stalinist repression, labour camps, the suppression of dissent, the destruction of unions and the peasantry, and an official d If you ve ever wondered why the left is in such disarray, one need go any further than honestly studying Lenin This is a must read for the left.This is one of those books that Lenin reveals himself as all tactic and no democratic By all means read everything you can about Lenin and understand how he prepped us for Stalin All the important characteristics later called Stalinist repression, labour camps, the suppression of dissent, the destruction of unions and the peasantry, and an official dogma enforced by the state were created from 1917 onwards when Lenin and Trotsky held power.Perhaps the most important thing to remember about Lenin is that he was all for a highly centralized party and rejected the absurdity of a primitive conception of democracy as participatory Lenin s own words.If you believe in participatory democracy, be sure to read Lenin and KNOW THY ENEMY When you re done reading the book, also be sure to read Herman Gorter, Open Letter to Comrade Lenin free online where he proceeds to demolish Lenin s hypocrisy

  8. sologdin says:

    yeah yeah ultraleftists are dicks I guess they re the leftwing analog of teabaggers fascists objectivists to the extent that they may not want to compromise with the center left at all in the name of doctrinal perfection whatever

  9. Steven says:

    I mMarxist than you rants from Lenin.

  10. Luke says:

    Lenin would have supported the Front populaire and opposed Molotov Ribbentrop Fuck off, Stalin.

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