Published in 1988 this work by Ron Taber takes a critical look at Lenin and the early Bolshevik parties ideology dubbed "Leninism".
Originally published as series of articles in Torch/La Antorcha a publication for the Revolutionary Socialist League in 1987 this book was inspired by some unanswered questions in and early investigation and critique (Trotskyism and the dilemma of Socialism) of Trotsky's explanation for the Soviet Union's transformation into Totalitarianism. Specifically the laying of full blame at the hands of Stalin whilst taking pains to exonerate Lenin.
Starting with the core question "What role did Bolshevik party founder and leader V.I. Lenin and his theories and practical activity play in the establishment of that oppressive society (Which we call state capitalism)?" Taber underwent an extensive rereading of the October Revolution and the Civil War and there aftermath. As well as a re-examination of Lenin's own words which uncovered a pronounced tendency towards Authoritarianism from the start.