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A Fly in the Ointment

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1898

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Dr. Bojan Tunguz, May 2009


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Fly in the Ointment':

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 Fly in the Ointment':


... I. Lenin A FLY IN THE OINTMENT Written after September 10, 1922 First published in 1928 Published ...
... from the Russian Edited by David Skvirsky and George Hanna Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2000). You may freely copy, distribute, display ...
... derivative and commercial works. Please credit Marxists Internet Archive as your source. Creative Commons License ...
... A FLY IN THE OINTMENT     Citizen O. A. Yermansky has written a very good, useful book: The Taylor System and the Scientific Organisation ...
... Taylor System, which first appeared in 1918. The book has been substantially enlarged very important supplements have been added: I. Productive Labour ...
... of Fatigue. One of the most important sections, earlier entitled Labour and Leisure, only 16 pages long, has now been enlarged to 70 pages (Chapter ...
... The book gives a detailed exposition of the Taylor system and, this is especially important, both its positive and negative aspects, and also ...
... intake and output in the human machine. On the whole the book is quite suitable, I think, as a standard textbook for all trade union schools and for ...
... general. To learn how to work is now the main, the truly national task of the Soviet Republic. Our primary and most important task is to attain universal ...
... ourselves to this target. We must at all costs go beyond it and adopt everything that is truly valuable in European and American science.     ...
... it unacceptable as a textbook. It is the author's verbosity. He repeats the same thing again and again without any conceivable need. I suppose the author ...
... be vindicated to some extent by the fact that he was not trying to write a textbook. However, he says on p. VIII that he regards the popular exposition ...
... of his book. He is right. But popular exposition should also shun repetition. The people have no time to waste on bulky volumes. Without good reason, ...
... is what prevents it from being a popular book. . . .*     * Here the manuscript breaks off. -Ed. Recommended ReadingLoved ...
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