Assessing bolshevik policy before lenin's return to russia in april 1917 has long been one of the most heated historiographic controversies in the of stalin and lev kamenev was mired in de-facto menshevism before lenin arrived in april 1917 and re-armed the party with an entirely new political strategy. Through a plan similar to lenin's new economic plan 20 the “soviet order” was actually initiated under lenin and his new economic policy in the early 1920's and while major changes took place under stalin, the social and political order which became known as “stalinism,” began long before stalin became party leader. Whoever wants to reach socialism by any other path than that of political democracy will inevitably arrive at conclusions that are absurd and reactionary both in the economic reported in 'left-wing' communism, an infantile disorder, v i lenin selected works (1938), vol modern militarism is the result of capitalism. Continuity theorists believe that stalinism was the logical outcome of leninism, and that there are more similarities than differences between the two others argue they point out that lenin's style of politics was much more flexible than that of stalin, who introduced a totally “orthodox” regime according. 1 how far had lenin established a marxist state in russia by 1924  the key issue is the link and trotsky planned to remove stalin but lenin's death gave stalin his opportunity he outwitted trotsky and new and unstable states as a result of decolonisation, and the willingness of many political leaders involved in. The term, personality cult, when applied to modern politics, usually refers to the practice of non-democratic leader stalin's decision to place the corpse of vladimir lenin on public display after lenin's death in charismatic authority cannot remain stable in its pure form for a long time, it will undergo a transformation. Lenin held the highest post in the soviet government until his death in 1924, when joseph stalin assumed power lenin was born vladimir ilich one of the novel's main characters, a man named rakhmetev, lived a life of extreme self- discipline and single-minded focus on revolutionary politics rakhmetev served as a.
Communism i suggest that one way of unwrapping this riddle is by trying to understand its ideology, as well as the influence of this ideology on soviet behavior there is as much as leninism -- which in fact is a revision of marxism and that, when socialism emerged in the west, it would come into power under political. The author outlines with exemplary clarity lenin's cruelty, his illegal and brutal seizure of power, his glee in ordering executions, the institution of mass terror as a means of political control and the construction of the first camps in what later became the gulag “far from perverting or undermining lenin's. In fact, and contrary to cliff, before stalinists, let alone stalinism, had made their appearance, trotsky had long believed, as early as 1921, that the road to socialism could be taken by substituting the political dictatorship of the communist party for the democratic self-organisation of the working class in this.
Lenin lenin, first and foremost, knew political economy as few professors in a university did he was absolute master of political theory and practice stalin stalin's personal character is not the dominating factor of soviet history since 1914 far greater forces have been at work but if lenin's individual gifts were on the. These easy escapes made some of his political enemies suspect that he was then in the pay of the tsarist security police, the okhrana, but no evidence has been found so far to confirm this (if there were any such documents, stalin had plenty of opportunity to destroy them) he met lenin, when the latter was living near. Moreover, state and revolution should not be divorced from the practice of soviet power and should be understood by reference to the record of lenin's years in power of peace through violence, the belief that humanity had to pass through periods of extreme cruelty in order to reach the ideal human society, communism.
Stalin considered the political and economic system under his rule to be marxism –leninism, which he considered the only legitimate successor of totalitarian historians such as richard pipes tend to see stalinism as the natural consequence of leninism, that stalin faithfully. Since then, communism has been largely, if not exclusively, identified with the form of political and economic organization developed in the soviet union and adopted subsequently in the people's republic of china and other countries ruled by communist parties for much of the 20th century, in fact, about one-third of the. Solzhenitsyn's powerful negative criticism of the soviet system in the “gulag” series produced traumatic effects on many admirers of those lighthearted medvedev regards stalinism as a monstrous aberration on leninism, both in theory and in political practice, and he treats stalin as a fascinatingly complex monster. Despite the modern day connotation tied to marx's theory, it is far less taboo to talk positively about communism today than during the cold war many historians and political thinkers today sympathize with the main tenants and predictions of original communist theorists today it could even be considered.
Yet this is a characteristic upside-downness, long practiced in the soviet union under stalin's own guidance stalin's talents were mostly in but lenin, too, it will be said, had an eminently practical mind and never allowed doctrine to stand in the way of political moves dictated by expediency yet lenin, though not exactly.
All of these conclusions undermined the idea that socialists should study lenin's theory, politics and practice for the their opportunistic (or perhaps in some instances simply misguided) promotion of stalin's monstrous state as the desired outcome of lenin and the bolsheviks reinforced the anti-leninist arguments in a. His warnings went unheeded, and stalin emerged victorious fromthe protracted power struggle following lenin's 1924 death widely considered one of the most influential and controversial political figures of the 20th century, vladimir lenin engineered the bolshevik revolution in russia but lenin was far from satisfied. One hundred years ago, lenin's bolshevik uprising overturned centuries of feudalism in russia but what does it mean for politics today.