18 April, 2012

Why Socialism IV: Can It Be Established?

The Form of Socialism as a result of Revolution -
can it be Established?

Now, in the early years of the 20th Century, after the failure of the 1905 revolution in Russia, The Social Democrats of the majority tendency – the Bolshevics, were in the political wilderness, but the best of their leaders nevertheless knew what they had to do. Lenin set to work and wrote Materialism and Empirio Criticism, but this was NOT for polemical or agitational use. It was considered an essential, and indeed philosophical theoretical task to equip his Party comrades for the coming new revolution. Such presence of mind did not, in fact, adequately equip his party, and it was not until he joined his colleagues back in Russia in the midst of the 1917 revolution and delivered his April Theses that he managed to get them pointing in the right direction so that they could decisively influence the outcome of this inevitably developing revolution.

As distinct from the majority of Social Democrat Parties worldwide, he knew that the theoretical basis for such interventions was, and always would be, incomplete, but nevertheless absolutely crucial! You could not merely go to the shelf and bring down the appropriate volume. Marxism had to be developed constantly as nothing remains constant, and if you were not equipped to the absolute maximum level, you would be certain to get it wrong and therefore inevitably lead the Working Class to certain defeat.

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