From Marx to Lenin: An evaluation of Marx's responsibility for Soviet authoritarianism

From Marx to Lenin: An evaluation of Marx's responsibility for Soviet authoritarianism

David W. Lovell


This learn is a contribution to the talk, started simply after the October Revolution, in regards to the dating among Marx's undertaking and Soviet society. It focuses, besides the fact that, purely at the political points of the problem: to what quantity was once early Soviet authoritarianism the required consequence of Marx's works? due to the fact that Lenin's perform and idea mostly decided and justified the early political personality of the Soviet kingdom, we might ask no matter if Lenin was once imposing Marx's venture or a undertaking of his personal layout. Lenin, stimulated via debates inside of Social Democracy and by way of the adventure of the Russian innovative culture, used a one-sided interpretation of Marx's paintings to construct and safeguard a 'transition' which used to be essentially authoritarian. Marx used to be no longer causally accountable for the theoretical beginning of Soviet authoritarianism.

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