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Saturday, July 4 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
What is Leninism?

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“Leninism” is widely identified across the political spectrum, either positively or negatively, as a form of “vanguardism” in which a self-selected minority leads the masses—themselves incapable of achieving socialist consciousness—to a new society. Others, on the other hand, deny that Lenin was anything but an “orthodox” Marxist who merely applied Marxism to the specific conditions of Russian society, whose ideas on organization, let alone theory and politics, have little to offer us today. Who, if anyone, is right? Is there anything in the theory and practice of Lenin and the Bolshevik party that socialists can learn from and use today?

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Paul D'Amato

Paul D’Amato is the author of The Meaning of Marxism, which will be published in a revised and updated edition this summer. He is also the managing editor of the quarterly journal International Socialist Review, and a regular columnist for Socialist Worker.

Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Burnham A/B/C

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