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

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"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

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Paperback, 108 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by University Press of the Pacific (first published April 1918)
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Ty
Feb 24, 2012 Ty rated it did not like it
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.
abclaret
Aug 19, 2012 abclaret rated it it was ok
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
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V.
Mar 06, 2008 V. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marxists and other proponents of working class struggle
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 ...more
Lio
Nov 23, 2010 Lio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 سمتها الأساسية أي التطور الدائم والنضوج المستمر !


كتاب مهم بالفعل ، كالعادة يسحرني أسلوب لينين =)
Yaser Maadat
Sep 01, 2015 Yaser Maadat rated it liked it
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 لينين في هذا الكتاب انتقادات واضحة ضمن البيت الداخلي الشيوعي لما اسماه مرض اليسارية الطفولي لدى الشيوعيين في عدد من الدول الصاعدة فيها حركة شيوعية مضطردة كألمانيا و بريطانيا و هولندا،إذ يأخذ لينين على شيوعيي هذه الدول ضعف تكتيكا
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Steven
Sep 07, 2014 Steven rated it it was ok
I'm more Marxist than you rants from Lenin.
Paulo Rocha
Feb 19, 2016 Paulo Rocha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 estratégico ...more
Don
Mar 02, 2008 Don rated it did not like it
Lenin at his most craven -- the perfect preface to his NEP and Stalin's purges.
Mohamed
Jun 03, 2013 Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب مهم جدا وبيرد على نقط كتير لازم تتفهم بطريقه صحيحه .اانصح بقريته
Miquixote
Aug 01, 2016 Miquixote rated it did not like it
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
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Frederick
Jun 13, 2016 Frederick rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Neal
Apr 14, 2016 Neal rated it really liked it
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.
sologdin
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?
Willow Firstbrook
Jul 17, 2012 Willow Firstbrook rated it liked it
Shelves: marxism
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.
Liam Kofi
May 13, 2013 Liam Kofi rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, socialism
More leftists need to read this!
C
Dec 26, 2012 C rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mahmoud Ghoz
طيب انا حبيت اعمل فيها مثقف وشفت الكتاب ده قدامي فاشتريتة وعلى غير المتوقع مفهمتش حاجة. انا أصلا عمري ما قريت حاجة عن الشيوعية والكتاب ده بينقض بعض الأفكار والاتجاهات الشيوعية واليسارية فالدول الأوروبية ده لو انا فهمته صح. فأنا دخلت فالموضوع من نصة. حولت ادور على حاجات بس كوني جاهل بالفترة دية ومش فاهم هو بيتكلم عن إيه مقارنة بمين فقفلت الكتاب من نصة.
الثلاث نجوم لمحافظة على تقييم الكتاب.
Amr Assaad
الكتاب بيناقش فكرة بديهية بسيطة وسليمة حتى ولو لم يكن هناك أية عبقرية فيها. مشكلته الوحيدة هي التكالب الكلاسيكي التاريخي لأحقر من في النشاط السياسي على فكرته ومحاولتهم توظيفه لخدمة عملهم لدى كل الأنظمة الرديئة الي ممكن يحلموا بيها أو يشتغلوا خدامين عندها
Jose Gaona
Jun 26, 2014 Jose Gaona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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, destaca ...more
Guilherme Martins
Aug 15, 2012 Guilherme Martins rated it liked it
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 causa a forma d ...more
Steven Peterson
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.
David
Apr 21, 2010 David rated it liked it
Also read this in the 1970s. I enjoyed it. He seemed to be describing
American ultra-leftists I knew. Then I read some of the stuff by the
people 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.
James
Jul 31, 2014 James rated it liked it
Interesting historical pamphlet from 1920. Here Lenin explains why compromising with an enemy, for a maneuver, is sometimes the better tactic than block-headedly staying the course, when new information has arisen. It's pretty well written, but it lacks the cohesion of State and Revolution, and the force of the Zizek-edited Revolution at the Gates: Writings from 1917.
Nan
Dec 07, 2014 Nan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read in 20 years. I have never been a fan of Lenin~
Julian_vamp
May 09, 2013 Julian_vamp rated it it was amazing
Wonderful show of the role of a revolutionary party and some of the ways it should conduct itself, depending on the national situation of where the party is located.
Karlo Mikhail
A powerful critique of left opportunism and anarchism and introduction to the basic strategies and tactics of the Marxist party.
Roger Cottrell
Oct 21, 2008 Roger Cottrell rated it it was amazing
I have a lot of sympathy for the global anti-capitalist movement but they really need to read this one.
Rodrigo Muñoz b
Jul 06, 2013 Rodrigo Muñoz b rated it it was amazing
El mejor libro para la izquierda auto-complaciente
Riskismygamerachelismyname
Jun 18, 2008 Riskismygamerachelismyname rated it it was amazing
pretty freaking relevant right now.
Dani
Dani rated it it was ok
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Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich (1870-1924) - one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903. Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917. Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.

Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age - his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar Alexande
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