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It Takes Organizers to Make a Revolution

It Takes Organizers to Make a Revolution

This text will pro­pose that we approach Lenin not as a titan, but as an equal. Not the all-con­quer­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary, the mas­ter tac­ti­cian who always made the right deci­sion, let alone the mighty par­ty- or state-builder, but some­thing more pro­sa­ic and relat­able, though no less impor­tant: an orga­niz­er.

Dictatorship Dies in Darkness

Dictatorship Dies in Darkness

This trou­ble­some phrase “dic­ta­tor­ship of the pro­le­tari­at” is a messy lump of sev­er­al poor­ly defined con­cepts. To under­stand the word “dic­ta­tor­ship” as we do now – as the oppo­site of democ­ra­cy, an author­i­tar­i­an regime in which an indi­vid­ual or minor­i­ty group exerts vio­lent and absolute pow­er – is an anachro­nis­tic pro­jec­tion which total­ly dis­torts Marx’s usage.

The Lenin Question: Organization and Mass Struggle

The Lenin Question: Organization and Mass Struggle

If we want to call the “Lenin ques­tion” the prob­lem of orga­ni­za­tion opened in the 1970s and today new­ly again before us, we can cer­tain­ly do so, pro­vid­ed that it is under­stood that the watch­word of Lenin does not mean nos­tal­gia or orga­ni­za­tion­al fetishism, but is rather a new solu­tion for the prob­lems that he had posed and vic­to­ri­ous­ly resolved.  

Lenin's Slogans

Lenin’s Slogans

What might “All Pow­er to the Sovi­ets” mean in the present moment? I sense that it means: to build a move­ment, to unite forces where we find them, to form coali­tions, elab­o­rate mate­r­i­al goals to orga­nize all those who work and are exploit­ed, to con­sti­tute pow­er, to artic­u­late a hege­mon­ic strat­e­gy.