An essay on the Soviets published in 1932 by the co-founder of the Spanish POUM, sympathetic to Lenin and critical of the “profound errors committed, after the death of Lenin, by the leadership of the Communist Party”, that characterizes the Soviets as “a system of government that is infinitely more democratic than the freest bourgeois republic”.
A debate at the 2nd World Congress of the Comintern from July 19 to August 7, 1920 between Jack Tanner, Lenin and Trotsky over the specific position and point of the party and the role of the revolutionary minority. Raising left-wing objections to parties, and the problems it causes, especially in relation to ideological unity and leadership. Including a discussion of syndicalism and trade union relations with politics.
A no-holds-barred, insult-laden attack on Leninism, featuring Lenin as the Virgin Mary, an extraterrestrial civilization in a distant galaxy that sends UFOs to the planet Earth to spread the gospel of socialism, “a bourgeois revolution without the bourgeoisie” (the Russian Revolution), Manichaean fairy tales, sacred scriptures, split personalities, Freemasons, zombies, and even Hardt and Negri, who, just like their predecessors in this hardly glorious tradition, have “always defended interests contrary to those of the proletariat”.
Translator's introduction to the 1948 Chilean edition of Anton Pannekoek's Lenin as Philosopher - Lain Diez
A brief introduction to Pannekoek’s book on Lenin that defines the council communist tendency of Marxism as the long awaited bridge between Marxism and anarchism that promises to heal the rift of the Bakunin-Marx split in the First International. Written in the form of short “theses”, the text begins with a critical assessment of Trotsky’s opposition to Stalinism, supports Luxemburg’s and Mattick’s anti-Leninist critiques with regard to spontaneity and ends by agreeing with Karl Korsch’s negative identification of Leninism with social democracy as both being opposed to emancipatory socialism.
David Adam replies to an article by Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society (http://platypus1917.org/2011/09/26/lenin-the-liberal/). This reply questions Cutrone's characterization of Lenin's liberalism, focusing on the themes of socialist transition and single-party rule. The Platypus Review published this article, along with a response from Chris Cutrone, in their October 2011 issue: http://platypus1917.org/category/pr/issue-40.
It is from Lenin's Imperialism and State and Revolution that the modern left derives much of its understanding. While stressing the strengths of these works, the authors indicate how acceptance of the various weaknesses obstructs the left in its attempt to comprehend the various forms of administrative practice that have been established in the name of the working class. Unable to understand the real basis of working class opposition to such forms, the left slides into various kinds of contempt for the working class. From Radical Chains no.3.
The Russian revolution in retreat, 1920-24: Soviet workers and the new communist elite - Simon Pirani
This critically acclaimed book, published in 2008, focuses on the retreat from the revolution’s aims in 1920-24, after the end of the civil war – and specifically, on the turbulent relationship between the working class and the Communist Party in those years.