Leninism

Lenin's Political Thought

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Neil Harding, Haymarket, £25.99

The great merit of Neil Harding's book is that it takes Lenin's ideas seriously.

This might seem like a modest achievement. After all Lenin was an extraordinarily erudite thinker and a prolific writer whose collected works in English run to 45 volumes. Treating his ideas as central to any understanding of his political practice would seem self-evident.

L is for Lenin

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There have been many revolutionary upheavals in the past century, each one unleashing the huge creative energy of millions of people.

Mostly these revolutions have been beaten back, with the reassertion of class power and a return to the "norm" of exploitation, poverty and war.

The one exception to this is the 1917 Russian Revolution, and the crucial difference was made by Lenin and the Bolshevik Party he built.

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