The Lenin Legend

Mattick, Paul

Publisher:  International Council Correspondence
Year Published:  1935  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX8036

For Lenin, socialism was in the last instance merely a kind of state-capitalism.

Abstract:  The power, and nothing but the power: it is to this that the whole political wisdom of Lenin finally reduces. The fact that the paths along which it is attained, the means which lead to it, determine in their turn the manner in which that power is applied, was a matter with which he had very little concern. Socialism, to him, was in the last instance merely a kind of state-capitalism, after the "model of the German postal service." And this state capitalism he overtook on his way, for in fact there was nothing else to be overtaken. It was merely a question of who was to be the beneficiary of the state capitalism.

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