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Brocker I 38
Revolution/Lenin: in his opinion, the revolution can only be brought about by such revolutionaries whose revolutionary work has become their profession and whose only occupation is conspiratorial political activity.
Brocker I 39
"Give us an organization of revolutionaries and we will lift Russia off its hinges!" (1) Such a not very extensive organization of professional revolutionaries makes no distinction between workers and intellectuals, nor between professions. However, Lenin makes a substantial distinction between the organization of the revolutionary social democratic party - the professional revolutionaries - and the organizations of the workers. A unified all-Russian organization of revolutionaries is also to take over the leadership of the trade union federations of workers throughout Russia.
1.VsLenin: Lenin is criticized for wanting - in contrast to German social democracy - a centralized figting organization in which no electoral offices are planned.
LeninVsVs: fighting organization. A revolutionary organization, as Lenin fends off alleged critics here, cannot carry out comprehensive democratism.
2.VsLenin: he sees power only in the hands of a few.
LeninVsVs: this does not mean, however, that the professional revolutionaries will "think for everyone". (2)


1. Lenin, W. I., »Die dringendsten Aufgaben unserer Bewegung«, in: ders., Ausgewählte Werke in sechs Bänden, Bd. 1, Berlin 1986 (a) S. 469.
2. Ebenda S. 467.


Jutta Scherrer, Wladimir Iljitsch Lenin, Was tun?, (1902) in: Brocker, Manfred, Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.


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Lenin I
Wladimir Iljitsch Lenin
Die dringendsten Aufgaben unserer Bewegung Berlin 1986

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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