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A Contribution to the History of the Question of the Dictatorship

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1896

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Joanna Daneman, October 2008


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Summary of the Book 'A Contribution to the History of the Question of the Dictatorship':

The Russian Revolution was the greatest step forward in history. The working class though a minority led all oppressed and exploited people in smashing the Tsarist dictatorship. Taking state power through their Soviets (councils) the armed workers overthrew landlordism and capitalism laying the first foundations for a state owned and planned economy. Tragically the workers democracy established in October 1917 became isolated and was later destroyed by the rise of Stalinist dictatorship. The way to genuine socialism has been barred by a new bureaucratic elite. Nevertheless the Russian Revolution itself remains a lighthouse to the black working class of World and to struggling workers and youth everywhere. Seventy years on its lessons are no less vital for us today.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Contribution to the History of the Question of the Dictatorship':


... of organising the proletariat for direct struggle against the autocracy by means of the armed uprising was one of the major and most urgent tasks ...
... form at the end of 1905. While such outstanding representatives of the revolutionary proletariat and of unfalsified Marxism as Rosa Luxemburg, immediately ...
... summer of 1905) to the example of the Russian liberals, who remained constitutional monarchists. At present, in 1920, one might add that in Germany and ...
... Mehring tells us that one of the reproaches levelled at this newspaper by bourgeois publications was that it had allegedly demanded 'the immediate ...
... by force. The reactionary classes themselves are usually the first to resort to violence, to civil war they are the first to 'place the bayonet on ...
... the Cadets or to the Mensheviks. Generally speaking, this pamphlet was directed against the Cadets, and partly also against the non-party liberals, ...
... the advanced class in every revolution, is the proletariat. The question is then: has the revolutionary whirlwind uprooted this 'pillar' of the Social-Democratic ...
... insurrection and it is this combination that characterises the whole period of the 'revolutionary whirl wind', the whole of the last quarter of 1905. ...
... They acted as a government, when, for example, they seized printing plants (in St. Petersburg), and arrested police officials who were preventing ...
... not be a police dictatorship, seems strange to them. You say that millions need not resort to force against thousands? You are mistaken and your ...
... spot, itself appears on the scene, exercises justice and metes out punishment, exercises power and creates a new, revolutionary law. Lastly, it is the ...
... the state, but in governing it too, and indeed in organising the state.     Thus our simple analogy contains all the elements ...
... and interests of the petty bourgeoisie. The ideologists of 'purified' bourgeois society agree with all the methods used by the Social Democrats in ...
... the bourgeoisie says to the proletariat, but do not touch the old organs of state power, for I need them. Fight in a 'parliamentary' way, that ...
... united the proletariat with the revolutionary democrats. Nachalo inclined towards the dictatorship of the proletariat. Novaya Zhizn advocated the democratic ...
... in analysing the characteristics of this or that period (quite apart from our preferences or sympathies), the Blanks shamelessly distort the truth. ...
... ? ?[p.341] ? [108] See present edition, Vol. 16, pp. 374-92 and 393-421. ? ?[p.341] ? [109] Die Neue Rheinische Zeitung was a ...
...   Despite police persecution, the newspaper boldly championed the interests of revolutionary democracy and the proletariat. Publication of the ...
... (Without a Title ) - political weekly published in St. Petersburg from January 24 (February 6) to May 14 (27), 1906. It was edited by Prokopovich, ...
... was edited by P. B. Struve and appeared in St. Petersburg in 1905-06.     Nasha Zhizn (Our Life ) - a daily newspaper that was close to ...