Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder: A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics

Left Wing Communism, An Infantile Disorder A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics Vladimir Ilich Lenin 1870 1924 was the founder of the Russian Communist Party Bolsheviks , inspirer and leader of Bolshevik Revolution 1917 , and the architect, builder, and first head 1917 24 of the Soviet State He was the founder of the organization known as Comintern Co Left Wing Communism, An Infantile Disorder A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics Vladimir Ilich Lenin 1870 1924 was the founder of the Russian Communist Party Bolsheviks , inspirer and leader of Bolshevik Revolution 1917 , and the architect, builder, and first head 1917 24 of the Soviet State He was the founder of the organization known as Comintern Communist International and the posthumous source of Leninism, the doctrine codified and conjoined with Marx s works by Lenin s successors to form Marxism Leninism, which became the Communist world view If the Bolshevik Revolution is as some people have called it the most significant political event of the 20th century, then Lenin must for good or ill be regarded as the century s most significant political leader Not only in the scholarly circles of the former Soviet Union but even among many non Communist scholars, he has been regarded as the greatest revolutionary leader and revolutionary statesman in history, as well as the greatest revolutionary thinker since Marx.
Left Wing Communism an Infantile Disorder A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics Left Wing Communism An Infantile Disorder A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics Vladimir Ilich Lenin was the founder of the Russian Communist Party Bolsheviks inspirer and leade

  • Title: Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder: A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics
  • Author: Vladimir Lenin
  • ISBN: 9780898754483
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder: A Popular Essay in Marxian Strategy and Tactics”

    1. Einstein once said that by the standards of epistemology, any scientist worth his salt will appear to be an unprincipled opportunist. Lenin here says more or less the same thing about revolutionaries. The ruthless struggle for power knows nothing of the purity of means.Of course it's also true that Lenin only got to the point of seizing power by taking an extremely principled stance against the First World War and thus breaking with the Second International. He was willing to endure years of bei [...]

    2. I just recently reread this book and was blown away by the power and applicability today of Lenin's critique of anarchism and ultra-leftism. Tactics are not to be raised to the level of principle--we assess a particular situation at a given time and relate to it in the manner most likely to advance workers' struggle. This means aiming to build actions and movements that can have a mass character, wherever possible. Where mass organization is impossible, as under Tsarist Russia, different tactics [...]

    3. Lenin doesn't give arguments for his claims but only calls opposing viewpoints childish, petit-bourgeois, and stupid. A total jackass.I guess if you're trying to lead a party to dictatorship this is a fair pamphlet against reasonable criticisms.

    4. Most of the content of the book is dated and isn't relevant to today's situation but the principles that led to left deviations in the communist movement still persist among the left today. It is because of the same undialectical thinking that ultra-leftists today support the imperialist backed salafist rebels in the Syrian conflict against the national bourgeois government of Syria. Because for them, nationalism has one and only one character and can only serve a reactionary purpose. The fact t [...]

    5. As a text on its own merits it reads with some degree of consistency. But when you actually bother to compare it to the 'ultra-leftists' hes challenging it does not hold all that much water. The methods and the party form he advocates has been tried numerous times and invariably leads to the worse form of substution of the class by the party you can imagine. The arguements within Marxism were there from the start, only for people to be hoodwinked by events in Russia.I would recommend people actu [...]

    6. Definitely Lenin's worst book, and basically his only major misstep. Some really good insights into the role of the vanguard, anti-dogmatism, the necessity of legal as well as illegal work, etc. but I'm not really convinced at all by most of the concrete recommendations, including participation in parliamentary democracy and (to a lesser extent) entry into reactionary trade unions. Despite "anti-dogmatism" being a recurring them here, I find that there's kind of a naive transplanting of Russian [...]

    7. If you've ever wondered why the left is in such disarray, one need go any further than honestly studying Lenin. This is a must-read for the left.This is one of those books that Lenin reveals himself as all tactic and no democratic. By all means read everything you can about Lenin and understand how he prepped us for Stalin. All the important characteristics later called Stalinist (repression, labour camps, the suppression of dissent, the destruction of unions and the peasantry, and an official d [...]

    8. كتاب مهم جداً ، يوضح كثيراً من النقاط المتعلقة بطبيعة العمل الثوري وخطته وتكتيكاته ! والمتوقع حتى مواجهتها مع -حسني النيّة - أو - ضعاف العزيمة - أحياناً من مشاكل فكرية ومنهجية ، تتسم بالحرفية الشديدة والتحويل للنظريات إلى نصوص ذات طبيعة عقائدية تكسبها لوناً باهتاً يفقدها سمته [...]

    9. yeah yeah ultraleftists are dicks. I guess they're the leftwing analog of teabaggers/fascists/objectivists to the extent that they may not want to compromise with the center-left at all in the name of doctrinal perfection. whatever?

    10. Most of the negative criticism of this book I've seen move along two lines:1) Lenin was a dictator, Stalin, purges, 100000000 zillion people killed by communists alone in my village, whatever.2) Lenin is a total dick that only insults his opponents, never giving arguments to support his viewpoint.First criticism is total bullshit and we shall just ignore it. Regarding the second, it is true that, at first, one might have that opinion for a brief time. Those who maintain it either haven't read th [...]

    11. على الرغم من بداية لينين في الحديث عن مناقب الحركة البلشفية إلا أن الكتاب موجه بصفة واضحة الى جماهير الشيوعية في العالم و على رأسها الاحزاب الشيوعية الممثلة لها،على اعتبار ان الثورة البلشفية هي الثورة "المثال" و التطبيق العملي التاريخي الاعلى لدكتاتورية البروليتاريا.يوجه ل [...]

    12. كتاب مهم جدا وبيرد على نقط كتير لازم تتفهم بطريقه صحيحه .اانصح بقريته

    13. This is a declaration of victory, a declaration of dominance, a declaration of superiority over all other socialist traditions, forms, particularities and parties. This typical arrogance so common in Lenin is accentuated here by the clear power position of Lenin and his victory in creating the first dictatorship in the name of the proletarian (but ruled by the vanguard) in Russia. Lenin proceeds to denounce, criticize and patronize all the other communist parties. He declares the scientific supe [...]

    14. For the sake of clarification, Lenin is not talking about ALL left-wing variants of communism (for instance, he refers to Rosa Luxemburg as a very keen and skilled communist), but the "Left" in Germany that more resembled anarchists. These are the left wing communists that refuse on principle to ever interact or participate in parliament, to deal with trade unions because they aren't international enough, to enter into a momentary negotiation with the state apparatus, etc. While I also happen to [...]

    15. A baixa qualidade da tradução traz alguma dificuldade à leitura, porém este problema torna-se irrelevante diante da consistência das ideias de Lênin. Nesta obra, o autor reflete sobre a relutância de certos grupos "de esquerda" em atuar dentro de um parlamento reacionário, pois estes julgam que qualquer tipo de acordo ou aliança mancharia a "pureza" dos ideais comunistas. Pregam que seus objetivos devam ser atingidos sem qualquer tipo de desvio. Lênin demonstra o oportunismo e o erro e [...]

    16. It is an interesting read. Whilst he was answering questions present in the early 20th century he in part was answering questions that confront opposition parties in authoritarian countries today. Do we participate in elections or not? His advice was simple, participate in the bourgeoisie parliaments and mobilise on the streets. It has to be a combination of both street protests and participation in parliaments. More importantly, the communist party must educate and re-educate the people.

    17. So many dates, so many acronyms… but the gist of the argument is clear enough, I think. Throughout this work Lenin rails against academic dreamers who let their principles get in the way of true revolution. What we have here is incredibly interesting, and something I’ve thought a lot about as of late—is it not the case that the compulsory “extremism” (as if it were a contest) of today’s self-proclaimed leftists is precisely their obstacle to realizing a better world? Those who make b [...]

    18. I enjoy Lenin's writing but I read this before I knew much about Leninism, its historical context, or Marxist ideas. I should go back to it sometime.

    19. An outstanding work by Comrade Lenin that outlines the fallacy of radical revolution outside of existing political and social structures. For communism to succeed, as he believed it must inevitably do as a simple act of historical necessity, it must be flexible and make use of existing governmental and societal structures to bring it in. Lenin would have been more on the side of Hilary Clinton than Bernie Sanders as, to Lenin, Sanders would have been reaching too far. I can imagine Lenin scoffin [...]

    20. Whatever one thinks of Lenin's tendency towards rhetorical bludgeoning, this retains a forceful clarity on negotiating the difference between tactics and principles -- as such it is difficult to read without recognizing a great degree of usefulness -- the chapter on Great Britain particularly so.

    21. A pesar de no tener una prosa extremadamente brillante, con repeticiones de tinte propagandístico, el presente volumen supone una joyita para todos aquellos que quieran adentrarse en los vericuetos de la estrategia socialista. Lenin desmitifica creencias de corte utópico, imperantes en muchos segmentos del movimiento obrero, incluso hoy en día, y ofrece una nota de pragmatismo para encarar los problemas que todo partido obrero debe encarar antes de hacerse con el poder, entre las cuales, dest [...]

    22. Lenine partindo pressuposto de que vanguarda de intelectuais da classe operária resolveria a prisão da sociedade da mercadorias. Escreve este livro em resposta aos pensadores alemães dos conselhos operários sobre estes criticarem o capitalismo monopolista de estado que estava sendo implantado na União Soviética. Apesar de ambas gerações partirem do mesmo pressuposto chegam a conclusões opostas, referência a geração dos pensadores conselho operários é a primeira geração a meter em [...]

    23. This represents an attack by Nikolai Lenin on those communists to the "left" of the Bolsheviks. His vitriol was often focused on those within the Communist movement with whom he disagreed.Here, he takes on those whom he defines as left-wingers, such as Sylvia Pankhurst in England.A good example of Lenin's efforts to divide his opponents and undermine their legitimacy. Not great analysis, but a good example of Lenin's hardball politics perspective.

    24. Also read this in the 1970s. I enjoyed it. He seemed to be describingAmerican ultra-leftists I knew. Then I read some of the stuff by thepeople he was denouncing and I liked their stuff somewhat. Later at a New American Movement socialist school in Oakland, California, a former top leader of the California Communist Party (who had become a democratic socialist) do a brilliant analysis of the book.

    25. This pamphlet is a quote-factory. Would be very easy to abuse it for that reason. It's a useful read to understand Lenin and the Bolsheviks attitudes towards the early development of the communist movement up until 1921. Probably only useful to read after getting some familiarity with the Russian and German revolutions and the British labor movement in the early twentieth century.

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