Marxism Alive - Lenin

88 years without Lenin: Insurrection and organizations of workers’ power

During World War 1, while the parties of the Second International were all busy “defending their fatherland”, Lenin and the Bolsheviks were trying to transform the imperialist war into a civil war. This was the position of the Second International but it was there on paper only. But the...

The foundation of the IV International is a historic victory of the working class

Copyright: Romerito Pontes This article was first published on the IWL-FI’s theoretical magazine, Marxism Alive n. 19, in 2009. Seventy years after the IV International was founded, the debate as to whether it was or was not a wise decision is still as vivid as before. Not only because after all...

88 years without Lenin: Imperialism opens an epoch of wars and revolutions

Marx studied capitalism thoroughly but he did not live to see its transformation into imperialism. Lenin’s greatest contribution to Marxist theory is the research into and characterization of this particular, higher stage of capitalism. Practically all the great strategies of Leninism derive from this analysis of reality. Lenin synthesises his...

88 Years after Lenin’s death, his message is still as operational as ever

Beginning with the introduction below, we will be presenting in the next few weeks a dossier on Lenin's work, published in the ninth issue of the theoretical magazine of IWL-FI, Marxism Alive, in 2004, when it was completed 80 years of Lenin's death. The original title of this...

88 Years Without Lenin: A revolutionary Leninist Party or a party of affiliated sympathizers?

The topic of construction of a revolutionary party and the discussion hinging round this pivot abound among socialists. The character of a Leninist party has been attacked from all kinds of angles. It has even been said – and not altogether wrong – that Lenin’s main contribution to Marxism...

On the Ninetieth Anniversary of Lenin’s death: new aspects of his Testament

Lenin’s last struggle, the first battle against Stalinism In the Central Committee of October 6, 1922 Lenin was absent. Stalin presents a text that strongly limits the state monopoly on foreign trade, which is approved. A few days later Lenin sends a letter to the CC with a hard criticism...

88 Years Without Lenin: Dictatorship of Proletariat and “pure” democracy.

Class struggle involves periods of calm and periods of turbulence, periods of relative peace and periods of insurrection. Those who admit the principle of a division of society by social class and the struggle between them must admit that a civil war is something natural. With this understanding Lenin declared: “The...

88 Years Without Lenin: The State and Revolution

The power of the state is a fundamental issue in every revolution. The fundamental discussion hinging round this issue in the early XX century was between Lenin and Kautsky and reflected two contrary concepts. Kautsky, reflecting the reformist positions, said, “…the task of a general strike can never be the destruction...

90 Years Without Lenin

On January 21, 1924 Lenin, the great leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917, died. We present a text of Leon Trotsky, his comrade and co-leader of the Revolution, written in homage to Lenin a day after his death. ______________________ Lenin Dead Lenin is no more. We have lost Lenin. The...

88 Years Without Lenin: The Workers’ Movement Is Naturally International

The Bolshevik party was born as part of “only one entity”, the II International. In 1902 Lenin wrote: “Social democratic movement is naturally international… That means also that a budding movement in a young country can develop successfully provided it can put into use the experience of other countries…”1 Right...

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