Radical Heroes: V.I. Lenin

Lenin_giving a speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Russian: Владимир Ильич Ленин; 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1870 – 21 January 1924) was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917. As leader of the Bolsheviks, he headed the Soviet state during its initial years (1917–1924), as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War and worked to create a socialist economic system.

As a politician, Lenin was a persuasive orator, as a political scientist his extensive theoretic and philosophical developments of Marxism produced Marxism–Leninism, the pragmatic Russian application of Marxism.[1]

(Source: Wikipedia)

Quotes:

  • People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.
  • Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in the ancient Greek republics: freedom for the slave-owners.
  • Pacifism, the preaching of peace in the abstract, is one of the means of duping the working class.
  • We must not depict socialism as if socialists will bring it to us on a plate all nicely dressed. That will never happen. Not a single problem of the class struggle has ever been solved in history except by violence. When violence is exercised by the working people, by the mass of exploited against the exploiters — then we are for it!

(Source: Wikiquote)

 

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2 Responses to Radical Heroes: V.I. Lenin

  1. dave says:

    ML as a “pragmatic Russian application of Marxism,” I’ve never looked at that way before.

    This post was way too long and exhaustive…

    • Prole Center says:

      This post is part of our “Real Heroes” series. The point is simply to draw attention away from the so-called “heroes” and celebrities the authorities would like us to revere, and instead introduce heroes more fitting for the Working Class. By the way, we’re not suggesting that Proles should worship or bend a knee to these figures; rather, they are folks who stand out from among the crowd in the ongoing class struggle. Their ideas are worthy of study and their actions are worthy of emulation.

      Yes, these are lazy posts. As you can see, we just copy and paste the introduction from Wikipedia and provide a link to the full entry. We always check it out first, but Wikipedia rarely lets us down. Why reinvent the wheel? Again, the main point is just to introduce these figures to Proles who may have never heard of them in the first place. It’s up to you to read and study more if you’d like.

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