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What Is to Be Done? by Vladimir Lenin
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Aug 27, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: political-science
Read in September, 2009

A more or less simple concept can be pulled from this rather esoteric polemical rant; make the economic struggle a political one. Of course, this idea can only be introduced to the working class by a privileged member of the leftist, Russian intelligentsia such as Lenin. And naturally it has to be introduced to these people in the convoluted language of a radical Marxist.

From John Reed's descriptions of him, Lenin sounded like a powerful enough orator, but reading his words is an entirely different story. What Is to Be Done? is a painfully redundant political pamphlet.

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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio "Jimmy wrote: Ugh..."

But how does it make you feel?

message 2: by Jimmy (last edited Sep 15, 2009 12:36AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jimmy It makes me feel like I've read the same sentence about ten-thousand times already. The mere idea of this text making the average Russian, industrial laborer realize that the economic struggle was, at heart, a political struggle, is laughable at best. Seems like ole' Trotsky was possibly a better writer than Lenin was. Reed made it sound like Lenin was a pretty impressive and persuasive orator, which must be true because this is like one of the most insufferable books that I have read since Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class.

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