Living Words from a Dead Russian
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Dec 9 15:40:12 MST 2001
On Sun, 9 Dec 2001 17:17:51 EST, Borba100 at aol.com wrote:
>This is the essence of teaching ordinary people
>that those in power do not deserve to rule.
>Some, lost in abstraction, cannot seem to get
>close to this simple truth: that nobody thinks
>of replacing a ruling class, let alone one that
>heads up an Empire, unless he or she believes,
>in specific (not simply general) ways that
>ruling class conssts of criminals and hence is
>drawn into struggle AGAINST THOSE CRIMES
Lenin's "What is to be Done" was a polemic against the "economist"
current in the Russian social democracy that believed in keeping
struggles limited to the plant gate. They resisted the formation of a
nationwide party on the model of Kautsky's SP. Lenin pushed for a
newspaper that would serve as a pole of attraction for the scattered
circles of the socialist movement.
Nor did it have anything to do with "crimes" as such. It was about
the need for a vanguard to introduce Marxist thinking among the
proletariat. This, by the way, was no innovation of Lenin's. Kautsky
and the Germans had the identical concept.
Perhaps you don't have "What is to be Done" in mind. Could it be Mark
Lane's "Rush to Judgement" instead?
Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 12/09/2001
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