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Friday, July 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lenin and the Bolshevik Party

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Too often, Lenin’s ideas on organization have been abstracted from his commitment to working-class emancipation and socialism, from his views on the revolutionary politics, and from the vibrant Russian socialist movement he was part of. This approach gives a cold and lifeless quality to Lenin’s organizational perspectives. Lenin’s organizational approach, contrary to the assertions of many, was not characterized by personal lust for power, pragmatic opportunism, or elitist authoritarianism. Rather, it involved a dynamic blend of practical mindedness and profound concern for political principles, and it was essentially democratic in regard both to ends and means. This presentation, by Paul Le Blanc, author of many books, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party and Unfinished Leninism, will look at the real Lenin—who devoted his politics, heart and soul, to the liberation of the oppressed—and the political party he helped build.

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Paul Le Blanc

Professor of History at La Roche College and active in struggles for social and economic justice since the 1960s. Author of such books as "Lenin and the Revolutionary Party" (1990), "From Marx to Gramsci" (1996), and "A Short History of the US Working Class" (1999) – all rece... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ballroom B