[Marxism] Leninism

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Thu Feb 7 19:20:19 MST 2013

On Feb 7, 2013, at 8:37 PM, Daniel Koechlin wrote:
> This is not to belittle the achievements of Leninism, which after  
> all meant that for the first time the peasant masses of Russia and  
> China were welded into a cohesive force.

This. alas, is not quite the case.  The peasant masses of Russia were  
wielded into a cohesive force, for the first and only time, by the  
Tsar's war.  They remained cohesive as long as they remained armed in  
their military units. Once they had overthrown the Tsar and ended the  
war they had no other aim but to go home and seize the land as  
individual proprietors--which is why the Bolsheviks (at enormous cost)  
had to sign the Brest-Litovsk diktat.  The Chinese masses were never  
wielded into a coherent force by the Chinese Stalinist (the opposite  
of Leninist) Party which used them purely as cannon fodder, deluded  
them with the promise of land, and then forced them into starvation  
collectives called "Great Leap Forward."

   Shane Mage
"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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