Leninism Under Lenin has 47 ratings and 8 reviews. Paul said: Narrates the terrain of Leninist politics in a refreshingly undogmatic fashion. Liebman is. Marcel Liebman was a historian of socialism and of communism. Reviews “ From Leninism Under Lenin there emerges a living and eminently. Leninism Under Lenin [1] is a serious and useful work. By dismantling these myths Liebman renders a service to the cause of historical truth, and, Marcel Liebman, Leninisme sous Lenine, 2 vols., Paris, Seuil,

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Whenever the working class and its parties are lirbman with historically new problems, differentiation and regrouping inevitably occur within them. Reads like an unintentional polemic in favor of Bonnano’s opposition to formal organization.

Was victory for the proletarian revolution — in Germany, say — objectively possible? Now, the masses become conscious through their experience in action. At that time the Party appears as a synthesis in which we see, merged and interacting, features from the original Bolshevism — with its discipline, will to coherence, tendency to centralism, concern for efficiency — and the characteristics that accompany great popular movements, defying all lnein from without, undre from the top, and even the forecasts of the most revolutionary of strategists.

Nor would he reject the ,arcel Marxist definition of the bureaucracy: John rated it really liked it Mar 14, More often than not, he offers no answers at all. Whenever the proletariat was unable to lead the revolution, this force always followed the leadership of the bourgeoisie.

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Why was the Bolshevik Party in no longer this revolutionary party? Adam rated it it was amazing Feb 23, But this does not happen automatically or under any old conditions. But it is one thing to say that Lenin and Trotsky erred in and another to claim that, marcsl taking these exceptional measures which were largely inevitable, and the consequences of which were at that time unpredictablethey caused the entire subsequent series of events.

Or could it be that 4 the delay in the coming of proletarian revolutions in the West is indeed due to subjective causes, meaning, very largely, the delay in the application of Leninismthrough the degeneration of the Communist International?

As the author notes: See, lenih, Liebman, op. What we have here are events that changed the destiny of entire classes and of entire peoples. They have had to follow the leibman either of the proletariat, or the capitalists — there is no middle way open to them.


The other answer, put forward in by the leaders of liebma Communist International, with Lenin and Trotsky at their head, and improved upon subsequently by Trotsky and the Fourth International, distinguishes between the epoch opened by the First World War, marked by the beginning of the historical decline of the capitalist mode of production, which makes the international socialist revolution objectively possible and necessary, and the revolutionary situations which are not permanently present as such in every continent or every country afterbut do occur periodically in one country or another.

A truly wonderful work which presents one of the most detailed analyses of Leninism under Vladimir Ilych himself that I’ve read to date. Hence the need proclaimed by Lenin for redoubling discipline and closing the ranks during the retreat on the economic front. Stalinism, however, is the ideology of a privileged bureaucratic stratum whose very existence requires exclusion of the proletariat from direct exercise of power.

In the proletariat was still in a state of complete disintegration — numerical, economic and social: It is impossible for an advanced, liberal, democratic capitalism to develop in Russia. Secondly, that the agrarian revolution would lead to the rise of modern capitalism in country and town alike: Takami rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Generally speaking, this task is carried out with success. The solving mwrcel the bourgeois-democratic tasks and of the socialist tasks of the Russiao revolution turn out to be indissolubly bound up together.

But class-consciousness results, precisely, from the transcending of everything that is corporatist, narrow, partial and fragmentary in the consciousness of the working people. I doubt whether he would choose any of the first leninsm.

But a subjective factor of capital importance needs to be added. A revolutionary period is characterised precisely by the fact that, now, collective action against the regime becomes an immediate aim for unedr masses.

For those who haven’t, undee will definitely be an excellent prequel before getting stuck into it. It follows from this that the activity of the proletariat, and especially its political activity, will also be cyclical in character. Lenin sensed most of these dangerous possibilities in the course of his last struggle, but he did not have at his command the only instrument by means of which he could have conquered in this struggle, namely, a Leninist Party equal to its task.

Michael rated it it was ok May 08, Andrew rated it it was amazing Jan 18, This could have been done at the expense of the Nepmen and the kulaks; that is, without reducing the standard of living of the workers and poor peasants but, on the contrary, raising it.


Such an economic policy could quite well have been combined leninlsm concrete political measures tending to revive the self-activity of the proletariat and impart a real content to Soviet democracy.

Liebman and Leninism

Dave Gaughran rated it it was amazing Mar 09, A strong analysis of the Bolshevik party through, over, and under Lenin from the initial pre days until Lenin’s death. The modern proletariat is homogeneous neither in its origins nor in its functions, nor in its remuneration standard of livingnor in the degree to which it is permeated by bourgeois ideology.

Mar 31, Paul rated it it was amazing. All these questions are either formulated explicitly by Liebman or else are implicit in the successive chapters of his book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Lists with This Book. From tohe was editor of the weekly journal La Gauche The Left and in founded the journal Mai May which existed until His intellectual methodology was engaged, critical and rigorous. Lenin’s ultimate triumph is his receptivity to the revolutionary masses–one which undoes the body it constructs for itself under situations and relations that no longer hold.

The concept of a vanguard organisation corresponds, moreover, to a materialist analysis of the structure of the working class and the course followed by its snuggles.

Fragmented action can engender only fragmented consciousness. But, in that case, we ask ourselves how it was that the Spanish proletariat, ablaze with spontaneity, failed to take power in July-Augustat a time when both the real Leninists and those who disguised themselves as such the Communists possessed quite negligible influence among them.

It would have been better if he had grasped, once and for all, the turn made by Lenin inand understood the profound theoretical reasons for this turn. In Decemberthe foundation was converted into the Marcel Liebman Institute. I t was in this spirit that the Communist International was established. That a revolutionary working-class party cannot attain a high level of effectiveness in a period when the revolution is on the ebb and the masses are passive is almost self-evident.

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