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Lenin’s Ideas on Revolution: Are they Relevant Today?
This is a special online lecture organised jointly by the MML and SCRSS on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lenin. David Lane considers the strategy which led to the overthrow of the Provisional Government in October 1917.
He shows how Lenin combined political economy, geo-politics, political organisation and a sociology of class structure to form an innovative revolutionary praxis. Consequently, his approach to revolution has been adopted by many parties after his death and has led to success in many countries, notably China. But it has failed in the core capitalist states and the Leninist order has been reversed in his homeland, the Soviet Union. The lecture will consider Lenin’s theoretical and practical strategy, its criticisms and its relevance to current conditions. A ‘return to Lenin’ is not to adopt his policies but a prompt to reinvent a vision of socialism derived from Marx’s analysis of capitalism.