Just finished chap 2 and it sure seems like lenin genuinely had the best intentions and just didn't know that his preferred organizational structure was doomed to become a replica of the very structure it was meant to replace

so like if the leadership of even this ideal champion of the proletariat turned against the workers, how the hell does anyone expect any leader ever to succeed in transitioning to a classless society

the dictatorship of the proletariat being a literal dictatorship was an interesting idea, but we tested it multiple times and it clearly goes downhill fast. maybe we should test another idea that's still inconclusive now


its anarchism im talking about anarchism

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he tears libs to shreds tho and it's funny bc they're exactly the same now:
"The ill-famed Russian renegade from Marxism, Plekhanov, who in November 1905 cried, in liberal fashion: 'They should not have taken up arms'"

The "state" he's described so far sounds a lot like a stateless society

He keeps lumping anarchism in with social democracy without any explanation and it's a yikes from me

okay it was cool at first but vladimir, we get it, liberals are philistines and charlatans, can we please get to the theory now

"We are not utopians, we do not "dream" of dispensing at once with all administration, with all subordination. These anarchist dreams, based upon the incomprehension of the tasks of the proletarian dictatorship, are totally alien to Marxism" oh boy here we go

noooo you can't establish a classless society without first establishing new classes, how will we organize society without subordination????!!!

But he then goes on to describe this "subordination" as.... having foremen and accountants overseeing production in industrial workplaces. He emphasizes that these positions should be paid the same as other workers and be democratically revokable.

What the fuck is with this pattern of using authoritarian language when speaking abstractly ("dictatorship of the proletariat") when the specific articulation of those terms is just common sense ("post-revolutionary society is organized around the will of the working class")

Whether or not this was the intention, this authoritarian phrasing allowed actual authoritarians to take power.

"We're establishing a dictatorship of the proletariat"
"Sounds good, I read your book and the concepts you call a 'dictatorship of the proletariat' appeal to me! Establish it!"
"Alright cool here's a dictatorship and I'm in charge"
"Hey that's not what I- *gets shot by red army*

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