What is to be done?

by Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Other authorsRobert Service
Paper Book, 1989


2013 Reprint of 1929 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In "What Is to Be Done?", Lenin argues that the working class will not spontaneously become political simply by fighting economic battles with employers over wages, working hours and the like. To convert the working class to Marxism, Lenin insists that Marxists should form a political party, or "vanguard", of dedicated revolutionaries to spread Marxist political ideas among the workers. The pamphlet partly precipitated the split of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party (RSDLP) between Lenin's Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks and is perhaps the hallmark of Leninism.


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London, England ; New York, N.Y., USA : Penguin Books, 1989.

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LibraryThing member Hanuman2
The book that introduced me to Leninism.
LibraryThing member Urbandale
At this point this is more of a window into a slice of history, specifically inside the Social-Democratic Party, than it is a theoretical work that speaks to the current conditions. Still, I would recommend it to people interested in discussions around the topic of illegal work, something
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that(foolishly) doesn't receive much consideration inside the centers of global capitalism.
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