Today 96 years ago at Gorki, Moscow Governorate, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, passed away at 53. V.I. Lenin worked tirelessly his whole life in service of not only the Proletariat of Russia, but of the whole world. His philosophy Leninism, which was simply Marxism in the era of Imperialism, argued for uncompromising war with the bourgeoisie and the complete liberation of the working class from the shackles of capitalism.
Using his firm grasp on Marxism, Lenin saw the flaws in the Social Democratic Parties of his time and used his unequaled personality, charisma, intelligence, and drive to split from the more bourgeoisie side of the Russian Social Democratic Party and form the Bolshevik Party. The Bolsheviks led by Lenin waged an uncompromising war not only on capitalism, imperialism, and Russian social chauvinism, but also against all revisionist forms of Marxism. Lenin and the Bolsheviks believed that if distortions of socialism like economism and Bernsteinism became widespread in the workers movement, they would irreparably harm the cause of revolution.
After around two decades of revolutionary work, countless arrests and exiles, and even a failed revolution in 1905, Lenin and the Bolsheviks remained steadfast in their commitment for Revolution. The people would note their dedication.
Finally, in 1917 after the Russian Empire had been ravished by the Great Imperialist War of 1914, and the Tsar abdicated the throne in favor of a weak provisional government that did nothing but continued the failed policies of the tsar, Lenin saw the opportunity. He returned to Russia with the slogan, “No confidence in the Provisional Government whatsoever! And all power to the Soviets!
Once in Petrograd, Lenin directed the Great October Socialist Revolution, with the help of the Military Revolutionary Committee, headed by the Central Committee. This ultimately led to the formation of the first Socialist State, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Lenin’s contribution to the Soviet people and to world Communism did not end there however. After the successful revolution, the Workers and Peasants State headed by the Bolsheviks had the task of defending the country not only from internal reactionary counter revolutionaries, but also from external invasion. International capitalism and imperialism sought to strangle Bolshevism in its cradle and all of the world’s major powers sought to divide the USSR. There were the French in Odessa, the British and Americans in the north, Siberia and Turkestan, and the Japanese and Chinese in the Far East; the Socialist Fatherland was surrounded! Still, despite this, under the leadership of Lenin and the Bolsheviks, the young republic emerged victorious.
This, I believe is Lenin’s greatest legacy. He led a shattered and young country through an almost impossible situation. What he and the Proletariat of Russia worked so hard to achieve was almost snatched from their very hands, and it would have been if it were not for the righteousness of the Bolsheviks’ cause and the unwavering and brilliant leadership of V.I. Lenin.
Below I am including a link to the many articles published in honor of Lenin on this day of mourning. The articles are in Russian but with the use of the google translate tool anyone should be able to read the articles provided.
To the Reader
Even on the anniversary of dark days such as this one, one must remember the famous words of Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky “Lenin Lived, Lenin Lives, Lenin will Always Live!