: "...Lenin himself and most of his fellow-conspirators never learned anything about the operation of the market economy and never wanted to.
That's not true. Lenin was VERY interested in trading ith the developed, capitalist countries.*
: As a Marxian [Lenin] was unaware of the problems the conduct of production activities has to face under any imaginable system of social organization: the inevitable scarcity of the factors of production, the uncertainty of future conditions for which production has to provide, and the necessity of picking out from the bewildering multitude of technological methods suitable for the attainment of ends already chosen those which obstruct as little as possible the attainment of other ends-i.e.; those with which the cost of production is lowest. ..
Uh... only leaving out the whole CIVIL WAR problem...
How would you like to 'conduct business' while ware raged on FOUR fronts?
: On a side note, Lenin did realize that the revolution had fizzled out when he instituted his first 5 Year Plan.
There were NO 5-year plans while Lenin was alive.
* 'I know of no reason why a socialistic commonwealth like ours cannot do business indefinitely with capitalistic countries. We don't mind taking their capitalistic locomotives and farming machinery, so why should they mind taking our socialistic wheat, flax and platinum.' Lenin, 'Interview with Lincoln Eyre, Correspondent of the American Newspaper The World' , Selected Works, volume 3, International 1975, p. 268.