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'Mine, and Engels' model'---I like that!

Posted by: Stoller on October 31, 1999 at 17:45:52:

In Reply to: Fine. posted by Red Deathy on October 29, 1999 at 12:04:00:

: The difference between Engels' model and Lenins is that for Lenin the party seizes power, and rules *for* the workers, building socialism *for* them. Mine, and Engels' model, is that a party agitates and organises among the workers for them to take power themselves, and make their revolution. Lenin was a Jacobin.

What if 'the workers' are confronted by 'the peasants'?

According to Engels:

[I]t will not be difficult to convince them [the peasants] that salvation, for them, can be expected only from the working class...(1)

What if the peasant instead decides to use his or her small patch of land to starve the proletariat, thinking this is how to successfully emulate the bourgeoisie and make a lovely bundle of cash?

Engels never had to confront that problem.

Nor you.

Lenin did.

N.E.P. was a humanitarin approach.

Like most of the knuckleheads on this board, you freely criticize Lenin for Stalin's policies.

It's lazy thinking.


1. Engels, The Peasant War in Germany, International 1926, p. 19.

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