Estado y revolución by Vladimir Lenin

Estado y revolución

No, democracy is not identical with the subordination of the minority to the majority. Democracy is a state which recogizes the subordination of the minority to the majority, i.e., an organization for the systematic use of violence by one class against the other, by one section of the population against another.


Details Estado y revolución

TitleEstado y revolución
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Release DateMar 19th, 2011
LanguageSpanish
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Philosophy, History
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Reviews Estado y revolución

  • Stuart
    2013-11-04
    If you happen to get the version which has a forward by Richard Pipes, I strongly suggest reading the text of Vladimir Lenin first, maybe Google or Wikipedia some of the historical references, and draw your own conclusion. Richard Pipes is your classical establishment propaganda clerk who's job is to 'help' you see the text the way the State wants you to, that is, defanged of its revolutionary message.Pipes slides in his prejudice hidden by histo...
  • Abeer Abdullah
    2017-02-03
    Extremely thorough and well written, deals with the question of the state after the revolution, makes distinctions between communists, social democrats and anarchists. Argues that anarchists and communists have the common goal of the abolition of the state, it is simply the methods that they disagree on. Wonderful read, I learned a lot!
  • Michael
    2009-04-06
    This is the famous book in which Lenin asserted (quoting Engels) that “the state will wither away” under Communism, and which is therefore sometimes oddly accused of being “utopian” and “anarchist.” It is neither of these, but it does require some work to parse out.Historically, this essay was written at the moment when Lenin was in exile in Switzerland, after the February, 1917 revolution and before the October revolution which ended...
  • Eric
    2008-12-08
    Being a dirty red, I found it amazing (and surprising) that I had never sat down with this piece. I had read sections in Marxism classes years ago, but it was refreshing to get back into it. Excellent. A must.
  • Steve
    2019-02-28
    First, allow me to say Lenin is a much, much better writer than Trotsky.Second, Lenin has provided in this work a roadmap to revolution. And what a naïve roadmap it is in light of subsequent history. Lenin believed in an evolution of the state into a system where the proletariat ruled for themselves and self-policed their affairs. How quickly that thought morphed into dictatorship.Lastly, I wonder very much what Lenin would have to say about the...
  • Theodora
    2007-04-07
    Lenin was the one to put the gulag system in place, not Stalin.
  • Kevin
    2019-07-13
    And the State withers away… how? Preamble:1) I recognize the wealth of scholarship and debates over Lenin, Leninism, Marxism, Marxism-Leninism, Communism, the Russian Revolution, the USSR, etc. 2) However, I still intend to apply my (differing) background to engage with this work by Lenin. (I’ll be revisiting this for sure…)The Good:--Why do we bother with social theory, as opposed to “facts”? True, specific historical accounts and numb...
  • Lynn Beyrouthy
    2014-09-16
    The February Revolution of 1917 goaded the fall of the Romanov dynasty when tsar Nicholas II abdicated, and things started to look surprisingly auspicious for Vladimir Ilich Lenin and his Bolshevik party. However, the Provisional Government of Georgi Lvov, in the midst of the colossal military turmoil of World War I, wasn't particularly sympathetic of Lenin's anti-war stance. After his arrival in Petrograd (to be renamed after him Leningrad), Len...
  • ---
    2018-02-06
    The opening of this book is perhaps the most enlightening thing I’ve ever read on Marxism (I guess technically it’s Marxist-Leninism since here we are reading Lenin). The initial reflection on what the function and the history of the State is in relation to Bourgeois democracy and premodern slave societies is brilliant.I remember reading the Communist Manifesto and being so confused. Everyone had said that Communism was violent, but I had bee...
  • Paul Ataua
    2018-08-16
    ‘The State and Revolution’ is a standout read in which Lenin, confronting a revolution that came too much before advanced capitalism had developed, found himself between a part of the left ready to hand back power to the capitalists in return for concessions, and the anarchists ready to take the fight to the next level without a clear plan. Armed with the theories of Marx and Engels and the lessons gleaned from the 1848 revolutions and the Pa...
  • Yogy TheBear
    2017-12-01
    State and Revolution Lenin Review:The most dangerous lies start with fragments of truth and become full-fledged deceptions.The first thing that striked and shocked me was the initial anti state stance on a correct notion of it as an evil and a monopoly of coercion that today it is found in libertarianism. But here is where the truth stops !!What comes next is a text that resembles the interpretation and explanation of the christian teachings with...
  • Operaista
    2012-06-18
    If one wants to engage with Lenin, it's important to engage with him at his best. Yes, some of his flaws still shine through (mainly that, due to the class nature of the inner core of the Bolshevik party (a class nature encouraged by the Russian material conditions), Bolshevism was always given to bureaucratisation), but Lenin at his best - and what "could have been", had it not been for the isolation of the revolution and the emergence of the co...
  • Johnnie
    2014-04-04
    Essential reading for anyone interested in proletarian revolution and its relation to the state. Very well written, inspiring, and certainly has the fire of immediacy stewing in it. You can tell it was written with great energy, probably quickly. The only issue is that sometimes it's repetitive and sometimes Lenin goes into some very historically-rooted discussions that don't have as much relevance as it did when he wrote the book. For instance, ...
  • Steffi
    2016-11-12
    Another pre 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution (October not February!) read. More to come.Written in the summer of 1917 in exile, 'State and Revolution' is one of Lenin's key works on state power , class and capitalism. And very timely as we slowly recover from 3 decades of neoliberal paralysis and are hopefully getting real re: organizing a socialist left and state of the 21st century!Obviously, Lenin is a little too strong for the gent...
  • Nick
    2010-12-11
    Well...I can see why Rothbard liked it, and reading it gave me new insights into Rothbardian political strategy. However, it also made me feel as though the Soviet Union as it existed was more or less what Lenin was aiming for, and what he describes in this book as the first stage of Communism. It just seems like the results were much different from those he envisioned, and that Communism never progressed to the "higher" stage. Also, lots of craz...
  • Aaron Crofut
    2011-04-23
    Lenin's books are not worth reading. Calling upon people to destroy the state is easy enough; building up something after that, not so easy. Claiming that people will magically fall in love with laboring for others doesn't actually solve the problem, even if Marx (the great prophet) declared it so. Also, I can't help but mock the "scientific" nature of Lenin's plans. As we all know, Russia was indeed ripe for communism. If only we could all live ...
  • Koen Crolla
    2019-04-22
    Shockingly lucid and surprisingly accessible. In an extremely short book of very limited scope (to examine the nature of the state before, during, and after the revolution), Lenin accomplishes what much more ambitious works can only dream of: he lays out a credible, concrete roadmap for the development of a society on its way to full communism.Lenin argues like a disingenuous dipshit (indeed, a scoundrel—if he hadn't gone on to put his ideas in...
  • Chris Radjenovich
    2017-09-03
    There are points where I diverge with Lenin and points where I agree with him. The need for some kind of "discipline" and the transitory nature of a state, if it even is transitory (positions opposed by anarchists) are points I have come to recognize, although it makes me uncomfortable. However, I oppose more than ever his unwavering belief in centralism. Although he says the centralization of the proletariat comes from the bottom and not from a ...
  • Mack Hayden
    2017-11-30
    It was really interesting getting a glimpse into Lenin's head right around the time of the Russian Revolution. His criticisms of Kautsky were pretty illuminating; it helped clarify what delineated Bolshevism / Leninism from other Marxist ideologies of the time. It's also tragic to think of how much the Soviet Union deviated from the course outlined in this book: there was no withering away of the state as predicted and one wonders how much Lenin ...
  • Ross
    2019-03-18
    Reads about how you’d expect: disdainful towards different takes on socialism and interpretations of Marx and Engels, labeling rival groups pejorative terms, extreme confidence in his route forward, etc. I found it quite interesting to hear such a detailed case against parliamentarism, though a lot of it is taken up in internecine turn of the century socialist doctrinal battles for which YMMV unless you’re really curious. I can catch a whiff ...
  • Matvey xd
    2018-06-12
    very good
  • Alice Farmer
    2018-09-25
    It was ok. Lenin block quotes like a bitch
  • Martin Hare Michno
    2018-07-28
    A thorough dissection of Marx and those who have distorted Marx's work regarding the relation between the state and revolution. Lenin delivers a clear and basic understanding of what the state is, what it is for, and what to do with it.
  • Loránd
    2016-04-12
    Something, somewhere went incredibly wrong. Not only does Lenin espouse a viable socialism, but also a very libertarian one—obviously not as libertarian as the anarchists he is so eager to criticize.He advocates for the freedom of the proletariat to self-determine, and organize in a state-like form to push back against all bourgeois, counter-revolutionary tendencies: [...] "the socialists demand the strictest control by society and by the state...
  • Renato Rojas
    2018-03-13
    This historic book is Lenin's intervention in the realm of history against what is today known as "Democratic Socialism" and even some strains of "Marxism-Leninism". Throughout the passages we see parallels to today's opportunists, although today they have cast aside all illusions of Marxism. Most of the reading consists of quotes from Marx and Engels themselves which contradict the opportunists of Lenin's Day the main one being Karl Kautsky. Kau...
  • Michael
    2008-01-05
    drawing heavily on the works of marx and engels, lessons drawn from the paris commune of 1871, and his own experiences from 1905 and 1917, lenin sums up the armed workers' revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat, and then outlines the eventual withering away of the state in the higher phase of communism. throughout he berates the anarchists and social democrats for their opportunism, philistinism, and vulgarism. for lenin, there was a ...
  • Eric Phetteplace
    2010-04-15
    I always find it a bit preposterous when supposed "historical materialists" use fidelity to Marx and Engels as proof of truth. Isn't that exactly the sort of textual game reserved for postmodernists and literary critics, not historians? Lenin goes about refuting his opponents by repeatedly quoting M&E at length and calling them "philistine" which strikes me as an abject method of argumentation. Similarly, attacking Kautsky and other opportunists ...