Well cafel, I'd certainly agree with you that Lenin was wrong about many things. He believed that the socialist party had to take power on behalf of the workers like any bourgeois politician does, which means he hadn't broken from 'parliamentary cretinism' as much as he had supposed. The fusion of the Bolsheviks with the state was a huge accelerator of the degeneration of the revolution. The counter-revolution triumphed (and started murdering revolutionaries) through the agency of the workers' party. That travesty left the term "communist" tainted in many people's minds even to this day.
Even if the revolution and the workers' party in Russia hadn't degenerated (somehow), it would be impossible for socialism to exist in one country. To argue that the Soviet government just needed to adopt 'different policies' is to fall into the logic of Stalinism. "Socialism in one country" is impossible, no matter what policies are adopted. "Handing power over to the people" would have resulted in... capitalist restoration, as a theoretical "people's USSR" would still have had to compete economically and militarily with the west. Either, a group would have arisen inside the USSR to 'seize control of the state in the temporary emergency' (which is effectively what happened) or the Germans, British, Americans, Canadians, Japanese, Poles, Serbians, Italians, and any others I've forgotten about who were occupying the USSR, would have just massacred the revolutionaries and restored the Tsar.
I don't see 'democratic centralism' in itself as being a problem though, as I understand it, it means that if you're in an organisation, in which you have an input into decision making, you need to abide by the decisions of that organisation, even if they go against you. I think that's just basic politeness, apart from anything else.
Still, it's a long way from being wrong to being a liar, which is what SoH accused Lenin, and possibly Marx too, of being.
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Last edited by Red Orc; 04-17-09 at 02:06 PM.