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A Caricature of Bolshevism

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1909

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Stephen M. Charme, June 2010


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Summary of the Book 'A Caricature of Bolshevism':

Lenin and Trotsky had seen the Russian revolution merely as the prologue to the international revolution. In isolation backward Russia was not ready for socialism. The beginning of socialism meant a higher level of productive forces than even the most developed capitalist economy. This was only possible on a world scale. In the phrase of Lenin capitalism had broken at its weakest link. But the Russian revolution was envisaged as the beginning of a series of revolutions in Europe and on a world scale that would usher in a world socialist federation. Lenins confidence in the possibility of world revolution was justified by the convulsive events of 1918 and particularly 1919 when the ruling class itself believed that it was about to be overthrown. The only thing that saved them were the leaders of the Social Democratic Parties. The isolation of the revolution in turn allowed the growth of a privileged bureaucratic caste in Russia itself. Gradually power was taken from the soviets and concentrated in the hands of millions of officials in the state machine the party and the army. The mass of the working class were elbowed aside and the original democratic and internationalist aspirations of the Russian revolution were suppressed. The Gorbachev regime today despite its recent declarations on democracy is a million miles removed from the Russian revolution in the heroic period of Lenin and Trotsky. There was more democracy in the weak Russian workers state of October 1917 beset by civil war and the 21 armies of imperialism than in Russia today.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Caricature of Bolshevism':


... resolution simply teems with fallacious, un-Marxian arguments. Practically every point in it is evidence of the immaturity of its authors' ideas or ...
... If that is the case, then they admit that present conditions are unfavourable for the direct revolutionary struggle of the masses. But although compelled ...
... reference to the pauperised town petty bourgeoisie. Our opinion that otzovism is opportunism turned inside out has been magnificently borne out. ? ...
... repeating scraps of parrot-phrases and garbling them in the process. ? ? Point 2: The solution of this conflict, in view of the strongly developed ...
... otzovists seem to them differences only about practical matters, disagreements over the ways and means of applying a common line of tactics! In the summer ...
... view of this , i.e., in view of the fact that we are moving towards an upswing, and that the conflict will assume the form of a revolution, in ...
... through to complete victory. . . . First, the scrap of an idea about the means of struggle, then its object! . . . and for this purpose to organise ...
... out those which obscure - now that will be real revolutionary tactics! ? ? Take legal literature, for instance, dear comrades. Does this form ...
... by the present situation, and who are able to display methods of genuine Social-Democratic activity in the most diverse forms. ? ? Down ...
... classes which the otzovists themselves refer to as a bloc and moreover no one is deceived by the deal which has been concluded in the Third Duma. ...
... Russia's first parliament from being a Black-Hundred and Octobrist parliament, but once it became such in spite of our efforts - and history obliged ...
... on this point the otzovists are expounding, not their own ideas, but the ideas of the anti-otzovists who carried the resolutions at the conference. ...
... in correcting their mistakes. ? ? (b) Our Duma group . . . persistently pursuing opportunist tactics, could not and cannot be a staunch and consistent ...
... harmful and fatal effects of taking advice from the petty-bourgeois intelligentsia who, not only in Russia but all over the world, always gain easy access ...
... need not tell us, We have no Bebels in our group. Bebels are not born. They have to be made. Bebels don't spring fully formed like Minerva from the ...
... of whether our otzovist comrades desire it or not), we need only refer to Belousov's speech during the 1909 budget debate. If such speeches are considered ...
... and the revolutionary tactics of the Social-Democrats. ? ? This is a paraphrase of the proposition advanced by the Moscow otzovists, that the ...
... of all these forces on organising direct action. But this leads to disorganisation and to the shouting of slogans which are futile because ...
... with these growing pains, pains which accompanied the expansion of its sphere of influence. Russian Marxism was born at the beginning of the eighties ...
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