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by Joe Fineberg,George Hanna,Robert Service,Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

eBook What Is to Be Done? (Twentieth Century Classics) epub
  • ISBN: 0140181261
  • Author: Joe Fineberg,George Hanna,Robert Service,Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (January 18, 1990)
  • Pages: 272 pages
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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Author), Joe Fineberg (Translator), George Hanna (Translator), Robert Service (Introduction) & 1 more

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Author), Joe Fineberg (Translator), George Hanna (Translator), Robert Service (Introduction) & 1 more. But Lenin as yet had no idea how opportunist most of the leadership of the Social Democracy was (to trace his development on this, see Lenin's Struggle for a Revolutionary International: Documents: 1907-1916: The Preparatory Years. His model of a party was still the German Social Democrats (unlike the Russians able to function legally, although they hadn't always been).

Lenin-s work What Is To Be Done? was written at the end of 1901 and early in 1902. He wrote the Preface to the book in February 1902 and early in March the book was published by Dietz in Stuttgart

Lenin-s work What Is To Be Done? was written at the end of 1901 and early in 1902. In -Where To Begin-, published in Iskra, No. 4 (May 1901), Lenin said that the article represented -a skeleton plan to be developed in greater detail in a pamphlet now in preparation for print-. Lenin began the actual writing of the book in the autumn of 1901. He wrote the Preface to the book in February 1902 and early in March the book was published by Dietz in Stuttgart. An announcement of its publication was printed in Iskra, No. 18, March 10, 1902.

Robert Service (Introduction). Joe Fineberg (Translation)

Robert Service (Introduction). Joe Fineberg (Translation). George Hanna (Translation). Although this is a political book about how to foment revolution, it is not a treatise like Locke, Hobbe’s or Rousseau, it does not pretend to be ahistorical or maximizing universal rights. What really bothers Lenin is not simply RD's lack of willingness to lead on principle, but the fact that they "sought to justify their backwardness by all manner of high-flown arguments. The RD turned a half measures into a principled stance insisting on the necessary "practicality" of measures taken.

Lenin said that the article represented "a skeleton plan to be developed in greater detail in a pamphlet now in preparation for print". Its title is inspired by the novel of the same name by the 19th century Russian revolutionary Nikolai Chernyshevsky.

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Translated: by Joe Fineberg and George Hanna Original Transcription & Markup: Tim Delaney (1999) . He wrote the Preface to the book in February 1902 and early in March the book was published by Dietz in Stuttgart

Translated: by Joe Fineberg and George Hanna Original Transcription & Markup: Tim Delaney (1999) Re-Marked up & Proofread by: K. Goins (2008) Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (1999). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Lenin’s work What Is To Be Done? was written at the end of 1901 and early in 1902.

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by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Among the most influential political and social forces of the twentieth century, modern communism rests firmly on philosophical, political, and economic underpinnings developed by Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later known as Lenin.

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Reviser of translations and author of introduction and glossary) Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, What Is to Be Done?, translated by Joe Fineberg and George Hanna, Penguin (New York, NY), 1988. Lenin: A Political Life, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), Volume 1: The Strengths of Contradiction, 1985, Volume 2: Worlds in Collision, 1991, Volume 3: The Iron Ring, 1995.

What is to be Done?
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Fhois
This classical Communist short book deals mainly with disagreements in the Russian revolutionary camp, of interest only to historians of Communist Russia and Marxist scholastics. But it includes some very important observations on revolutionary leadership, which apply with adjustments o what I call "foundational political leaders" in a period of turmoil, such as outs.
By way of background let me mention, for the benefits of readers not familiar with the biography of Lenin, that he was in many respects the most important future-impacting leader of the 20th century. He was also one of the very few intellectual rulers who tried to base policies and activities on theories, largely developed by him, however mistaken.
These ideas on leadership are repeated throughout the book in different formulations. I pick typical statements illustrating their main thrust:
1. Leadership should be guided by a genuine "theory" (p. 105), instead of "bowing to spontaneity" (p. 46).
2. Long-range perspectives and holistic plans are essential, with "tactics-as-process" (p. 168) to be rejected.
3. Leadership is a kind of "profession" which has to be learned (p. 97) and requires self-training (p. 122). Leaders should get rid of "wretched" (p. 124) "amateurism" (p. 98). They should also learn and teach "how to live and how to die" (p. 88). Lack of such leaders causes crises (p. 119).
4. Leaders should be a "vanguard" and not "readguard" (p. 84), avoiding "tail-ism, in the sense of following publics from behind. Instead, leaders should lead the multitude while enlightening and educating the public.
5. Essential are holistic understanding, aiming to "transform radically the conditions of life of the whole of mankind" (p. 171).
6. While flexibility is necessary (p. 171), "primitivism" (p. 162) and "opportunism, with "subservience to spontaneity" (p. 74) should be avoided.
7. "Forward march of the drab everyday struggle" (p. 150), "actual concern with trivialities" (p. 145) and so on are counterproductive. Instead of such "incrementalism" and simple pragmatism (to use my own terminology), essential is coordinated large-scale action which can bring about massive results.
The following statement of Lenin succinctly sums up the lessons which this book provides for foundational political leaders: It is "the duty of the leaders to gain an ever clearer insights into all theoretic questions, to free themselves more and more from the influence of traditional phrases inherited from the old world outlook" (p. 28). I will quote it in my writings on the novel genre of political leaders urgently needed for assuring the future of humanity.
It is only on the leadership discourse that I give the book a five star rating, not its obsolete polemics.

Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Molace
Several problems. Most significant may be peculiar to the Kindle edition that I purchased. Frequently words seemed to have been dropped between page breaks. Second, lots of gaps--blank spaces--which were disconcerting. The flow across these gaps was ok, but one worried that something might be missing. Translation seemed a bit stilted, to the point where it was sometimes difficult to figure out exactly what Comrade Lenin was trying to say; but perhaps the original was ambiguous. Finally, a personal preference. I like footnotes much better than end notes. There are footnotes, but mostly end notes, which are difficult to access, especially in a Kindle edition.
Pad
Too bad I can’t give it five hammer/sickles
Kata
Democratic Centralism, the whys and wherefores along with history and positions detailing the split within the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. Some of the references that Lenin makes would have been easily known in his time though for us, checking the writings of Karl Kautsky and Plekhanov are recommended as with most of Lenin's works. If one cannot find the works of the above mentioned see [...]
Usaxma
The quality of this book is absolutely amazing. I suggest to anyone wanting this book, order this copy. You won't be disappointed.
Oghmaghma
Not a book! Just a front page with no words printed inside. Please amazon, take this off the kindle store.
Kipabi
sexy book must read
“…the Social-Democrat’s ideal should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people, who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression, no matter where it appears, no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects; who is able to generalize all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence and capitalist exploitation; who is able to take advantage of every event, however small, in order to set forth before all his socialist convictions and his democratic demands, in order to clarify for all and everyone the world-historic significance of the struggle for the emancipation of the proletariat.”
--From What Is to be Done?

As other reviewers have pointed out, it’s quite incredible what some people manage to read into this book written in 1902, which simply isn’t here. Lenin was a strong opponent of opportunism within the Socialist International, and that is part of what this work is about. He singles out Eduard Bernstein (Germany) and Alexandre Millerand (France), as well as the “Economist” current in Russia.

Some of the best political writings against the first two of these opportunists were by Rosa Luxemburg: “Reform or Revolution,” and “Socialist Crisis in France” (Rosa Luxemburg Speaks contains all of the first, also available as a small book Reform or Revolution, and much of the second).

But Lenin as yet had no idea how opportunist most of the leadership of the Social Democracy was (to trace his development on this, see Lenin's Struggle for a Revolutionary International: Documents: 1907-1916: The Preparatory Years. His model of a party was still the German Social Democrats (unlike the Russians able to function legally, although they hadn't always been). And he still viewed Karl Kautsky as the leader of the left wing of that party and of the International. The spectacle of socialist leaders voting for war credits of “their” governments in the First World War created the need for a new International.

But the next book by Lenin that has a significant amount of attention paid to organization is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (The Crisis in Our Party), Lenin’s evaluation of the famous 1903 congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, which started out with a broad majority, but which split into two hostile factions (this was not the final split though, that only happened in 1917).

A good introduction to the importance of Leninist organizational practices is a small pamphlet The Revolutionary Party: Its Role in the Struggle for Socialism by James P. Cannon, a founding leader of the US Communist Party, and later the founder of what was then called American “Trotskyism.” But Cannon's greatest written contribution to party building is The Struggle for a Proletarian Party, which should be read along with In Defense of Marxism: The Social and Political Contradictions of the Soviet Union.
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