Bolshevism vs Menshevism?

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Jun 6 07:13:16 MDT 1996

On Thu, 6 Jun 1996, Adam Rose wrote:

> >From this difference of perspective flowed the different methods of organising.
> It may not have been absolutely clear at the time, [ obviously, it wasn't to
> Trotsky, who saw both parties as slow to react to the outbreak of revolution
> in 1905, and when they did react, they BOTH took part in the workers uprising,
> despite BOTH parties thinking that the revolution was a bourgeois one ]
> but the two tendencies developed in different directions because one saw the
> working class as the primary agent of change, and the other didn't.

Louis: A party that sees the "working class as the primary agent of
change" is simply a party based on Marxism. When Lenin helped to create a
party that acted on this principle, he wasn't inventing anything new. He
was simply acting in a manner consonant with the constitutions of 2nd
International parties. They, on the other, had abandoned this approach for
reasons that obviously grew out of the bourgeoisification of Social
Democratic parliamentarians and trade union officials. Lenin's
revolutionary consistency has nothing to do with the "democratic
centralism" of modern era "Leninist" sects.

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