On 21 January 1924, the world said goodbye and good riddance to Comrade Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov - aka 'Lenin' – a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary and ruthless Marxist, Socialist and Communist dictator. Lenin's authoritarian regime of the early Soviet Union was responsible for political repression, starvation and mass killings. Yet for most modern-day Marxists, he’s a sage and an exemplar, with the Australian National University hosting a site containing Lenin's writings.
After a number of strokes, followed then by a visit from “a friend” at his Gorki mansion, Lenin fell into a coma and died later that day, aged 53.
Guided by his “superior” conscience, morality and intellect – a 'gift' common to all Marxist activists and revolutionaries – he precipitated Russia’s “October Revolution” of 1917 and ruled Russia and the Soviet Union (USSR) with an iron fist until his death.
Lenin is considered the inspiring father of most Marxist, Socialist and Communist movements, revolutions and dictatorships that followed. He believed that society could not transform directly from its present state to communism – which Marxists see as the “ideal” socio-economic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money and the state – without entering a period of socialism.
Lenin saw socialism as a “dictatorship of the proletariat” (the working class) where the “means of production are socially owned”. With socialism, all production, distribution and thought had to be controlled by an all-encompassing network of state-controlled government business enterprises (GBEs) – society had to be centralised, planned, and statist with all citizens becoming “hired employees of the state”. Once these GBEs became established and profitable (state monopoly capitalism), Lenin dreamed that the need for the state would dissolve away, leaving a fantasy communist utopia of worker ownership, liberty and prosperity, spreading to neighbouring nations as their workers saw communist virtue and rose up against the established order.
In effect, the goal of socialism was to be the necessary transitory step to communism. To get there, Lenin thought one could not be weak or squeamish. Lenin was the first Marxist that not only spoke and taught the doctrine, but actually translated its words into deeds. He was more absolutist and doctrinaire than previous Marxists and elevated the role of violence, and the spilling of blood, as a revolutionary instrument – in case the necessary steps and transformations couldn’t get started or became stalled. “You cannot make a revolution in white gloves” he is often quoted as saying. Also, “It is true that liberty is precious — so precious that it must be rationed.”
Mark the death of this appalling individual by:
- raising a glass and celebrate Lenin's departure and pray that the inspiration he provides to Marxist activists and revolutionaries ceases
- learn more about the dangers of communism with our Action Plans about Stalin, Marx, Marx's infamous publication 'Das Kapital' and communism's brush with Australia, the Petrov Affair
- consider this 2018 The Australian newspaper story about a Labor aspirant's fondness for Lenin and communism, or this peculiar 2018 story from Peru of a modern day Lenin's brush with an old foe
- noting this observation Lenin made in 1913 about Australia, namely that "the liberal Labour Party .. will make way for a socialist Labour Party" and "The Labour Party has to concern itself with developing and strengthening the country and with creating a central government."
- further looking at the steady removal of statues of Lenin across the former reach of the Soviet Union, with the removal of over 1,000 statues in the Ukraine and as far afield as Mongolia and India yet, curiously, the head of the statue of Lenin torn down from 'Lenin Square' in East Berlin was unearthed in 2015, to be displayed in the same square re-named 'United Nations Square'
- learning more about the Australian Conservatives' policies and principles, which represent a strong stand for conservatism against the ideals of Lenin, Marx, Stalin, socialists and communists around the world
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