Vladimir Lenin

Lenin on the national question

The history of capitalism is filled with examples
of nations conquering nations, taking control of
territories, plundering economies, downgrading
language and culture and treating the conquered
peoples as less than equal. Russia under the Tsar
was a "prison-house of nations": the ethnic
Russian majority oppressed other nationalities
within that country mercilessly.

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The background to Lenin's Iskra

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John O'Mahony

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By John O'Mahony

The 'Tsar Liberator', Alexander II, was on the eve of his death ready to make some concessions to the reform-minded liberals. The work of the Narodnaya Volya assassins put an end to reform from above for a generation. In the 1880s and 90s, the Tsarist regime was a frozen ice-cap on top of Russian society.

What happened between the killing of the Tsar and the beginning of the 20th century, when the Iskra-ites - Plekhanov, Axelrod, Zasulich, Lenin, Martov, Potresov - started their work. To introduce these ideas, in this article I will briefly outline what happened between the killing of the Tsar and the beginning of the 20th century, when the Iskra-ites - Plekhanov, Axelrod, Zasulich, Lenin, Martov, Potresov - started their work.

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The origins of Bolshevism: Socialism and the workers’ struggles

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John O'Mahony

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Lenin’s 1902 book, What Is To Be Done, is one of the most important of all the great texts of revolutionary Marxism.

Lenin’s 1902 book, What Is To Be Done, is one of the most important of all the great texts of revolutionary Marxism.

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Lenin and the myth of revolutionary defeatism by Hal Draper

“When Vladimir Ilyitch once observed me glancing through a collection of his articles written in the year 1903, which had just been published, a sly smile crossed his face, and he remarked with a laugh: ‘It is very interesting to read what stupid fellows we were!”’

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Lenin and the Myth of Revolutionary Defeatism by Hal Draper (part 2)

After Lenin: the revival and reinterpretation

The revival of defeatism did not take place while Lenin was alive, that is, during the first five years of the Comintern... A check of the resolutions and theses, major documents, and publications of the Comintern permits the confident statement: if anyone referred to defeatism at all, it certainly played no role in the programme, policy and principles of the Communist International under Lenin.

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Who was Lenin?

Vladimir Lenin (1869-1924) was one of many thousands of young students in Russia who joined revolutionary movements there in the later years of the 19th century.

Russia was a stifling dictatorship ruled by the Tsar (emperor). Aristocratic landlords had virtual power of life or death over the peasants on their land, even after the legal abolition of serfdom in 1861.

<p>Vladimir Lenin (1869-1924) was one of many thousands of young students in Russia who joined revolutionary movements there in the later years of the 19th century.

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The Lies Against Socialism Answered

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Sean Matgamna

For most of the 20th century, the common image of "socialism" was the USSR and the other states modelled on it, China, Cuba, and so on.

For most of the 20th century, the common image of "socialism" was the USSR and the other states modelled on it, China, Cuba, and so on.

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The Voyage of Vladimir Columbus

“And tomorrow I sail far away
O’er the raging foam,
For to seek a home
On the shores of Amerikay”.

(19th century Irish song)

“O my America! my new-found-land”

(John Donne, To His Mistress Going To Bed)

Bold Vladimir Columbus sets his sails due West
Into the stormy deep unknown, much-charted seas
To find Amerikay: he goes at last to quest
For the Unfound Land. Where others hide and bide, he’ll seize

To the shores of Amaerikaiy

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A factory bulletin by Vladimir Lenin - Against our “benefactors”

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Vladimir Lenin

This leaflet was written by Vladimir Lenin after November 7(19) 1895, in connection with a strike of about 500 weavers against bad conditions and new measures introduced by the factory management.

The weavers, by their solid resistance to the employer’s pressure, have proved that at a difficult moment there are still people in our midst who can uphold our common interests as workers, that our worthy employers have not yet succeeded in turning us for all time into the miserable slaves of their bottomless purses.

An 1890s factory bulletin written by Lenin, before his arrest and exile to Siberia

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