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This discussion will explore the concrete history of the Bolshevik party and the conditions that gave rise to Lenin’s theoretical contributions. The readings delve into questions of economic and political struggle and the purpose of a socialist political organization, agitation and propaganda, and the importance of demarcating oneself in order to win over wider layers of the working class.
* John Molyneux, Marxism and the Party, Ch. 2 “Lenin and the Birth of Bolshevism” (https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/molyneux/1978/party/ch02.htm)
* Paul D’Amato, “The Myth of Lenin’s Elitism” (http://www.isreview.org/issues/60/feat-leninmyth.shtml)
* Paul Le Blanc, Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, Excerpt on Democratic Centralism p. 124-125 (http://pugetsoundsocialists.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Lenin-and-the-Revolutionary-Party-excerpt.pdf)
* Lenin, What is to be done?, Ch. 3 “Trade-Unionist Politics and Social-Democratic Politics” (https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1901/witbd/iii.htm)
* John Molyneux, Marxism and the Party, Ch. 3 “Lenin: From Russian Bolshevism to the Communist International” (https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/molyneux/1978/party/ch03.htm)
Recommended Audio/Video Resources:
* Paul D’Amato, “What Kind of Party Do We Need?” (https://wearemany.org/a/2018/07/what-kind-of-party-do-we-need)
* Todd Chretien, “Vanguard Party, Democratic Centralism, and Workers’ Revolution” (https://wearemany.org/a/2018/07/vanguard-party-democratic-centralism-and-workers-revolution)
This meeting is part of our Summer Education Series. To see the rest of the series, visit http://pugetsoundsocialists.org/2018/07/18/summer-education-series-2018/.