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VLADIMIR I. LENIN On Imperialism

Marx knew, and so did Lenin, that the rule of capitalism was not affecting positively the people it was intended to serve-the masses. The masses never appeared on the social-political scene as an independent entity in revolution. In fact, Lenin saw them more transformed as a counter-revolutionary force, one that was more reactionary than revolutionary thanks to Marxís views on the negative effects of capitalistic rule:

For the masses of the working population the slogans of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity revealed themselves as an empty pretense, covering only the substitution of the rule of one class by that of another; the masses remained in conditions of grinding toil, poverty and servitude. The anarchy of production and distribution; the recurrent crises; the limitless extremes and ever-widening gulf of wealth and poverty; the wild scramble of commercialism and profit-seeking; all were revealing the inner contradictions of capitalism.

This analysis will illustrate Leninís views on imperialism which inspired him to leadership and totalitarianism. The enlightenment views of thinkers like Jean Jacques Rousseau will then be offered in contrast to Leninís counter-enlightened viewpoint. A conclusion will address how the groundwork laid down on imperialism by Lenin was the very ground Joseph Stalin would use to stand up


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