Marx, Lenin, and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in an Age of Globalization

Marx, Lenin, and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in an Age of Globalization

Paul LeBlanc

Language: English

Pages: 337

ISBN: 0415979730

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Marx, Lenin, and the Revolutionary Experience offers a fresh look at Communism, both the bad and good, and also touches on anarchism, Christian theory, conservatism, liberalism, Marxism, and more, to argue for the enduring relevance of Karl Marx, and V.I. Lenin as democratic revolutionaries. It examines the "Red Decade" of the 1930s and the civil rights movement and the New Left of the 1960s in the United States as well.

Studying the past to grapple with issues of war and terrorism, exploitation, hunger, ecological crisis, and trends toward deadening "de-spiritualization", the book shows how the revolutionaries of the past are still relevant to today's struggles. It offers a clearly written and carefully reasoned thematic discussion of globalization, Marxism, Christianity (and religion in general), Communism, the history of the USSR and US radical and social movements.

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bureaucracy and its actions, all could only be met by an increasing terror.”40 Some chose to see a different reality. The bright shining star guiding the Communists was the victorious revolution in Russia, where — they were convinced — socialism was now being created through immense sacrifices. Through “years of revolution, civil war, and blockade [that] must have taken a fearful toll,” in the words of black lawyer William L. Patterson, “one thing stood out: the people led by Communists had taken

part of the ongoing experience and struggles in U.S. society, and learning from that experience, it would be enabled to make the theories more relevant, and also help bring about significant social and political changes. This dialectical interplay would allow RT79730.indb 174 7/12/06 9:05:47 AM The Red Decade  •  175 the revolutionary organization to grow in numbers and influence, impacting powerfully upon the intellectual, cultural, and political life of the United States. Eventually,

world’s own good.” In the same journal in the summer of 1996, William Kristol and Robert Kagan advocated what they called “a neo-Reaganite foreign policy of military supremacy and moral confidence,” in which Americans (or, more precisely, American leaders) would exercise “their responsibility to lead the world,” because “peace and American security depend on American power and the will to use it.” In the wake of September 11, Sebastian Mallaby argued — also in the pages of Foreign Affairs — that

and systematically violated human rights.38 Such things were sometimes reported and struggled against by a number of Bolsheviks — but also were defended by many, sometimes including Lenin and Trotsky. “Lenin’s writings of the time show his military-authoritarian strain,” Robert C. Tucker points out, “despite the fact that his overall legacy to the movement was the idea of the preferability of persuasion in the party’s relations with the masses.”39 In a 1920 address, as Red Army troops were about

Langston Hughes: Proud banners of death, I see them waving There against the sky. Struck deep in Spanish earth Where your dark bodies lie Inert and helpless – So they think Who do not know That from your death New life will grow. For there are those who cannot see The mighty roots of liberty Push upward in the dark To burst in flame – A million stars – And one your name: Man Who fell in Spanish earth: Human seed For freedom’s birth.13 The left-wing cultural impact in the United States of the

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