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Lenin/Political theories/Scherrer: Lenin's polemic "What is to be done" hardly arouses any interest in today's Russia, one of the largest Russian search engines today answers the keyword "Lenin, What is to be done" with links to what to do with Lenin's body in the mausoleum.
The rejection of Marxism-Leninism in post-Soviet Russia has not led to any fundamental discussion of how to deal with the legacy - the excesses of the party state. Lenin's goal in What is to be done? to further develop Marxism into a revolutionary doctrine for
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underdeveloped countries has set a precedent. Important countries on our planet are still under the hegemony of the monolithic revolutionary party for which What is to be done? is the model. Lenin's writing enlightens us about the functioning of this type of party and its functionaries to this day - and not least about their fanatical struggle against the "freedom of criticism", which even Lenin himself disparaged as "a variety of opportunism" and "inner mendacity" (Lenin 1986, 342).
1. Lenin, W. I., »Die dringendsten Aufgaben unserer Bewegung«, in: ders., Ausgewählte Werke in sechs Bänden, Bd. 1, Berlin (Ost) 121986 (a), 310-316.
Jutta Scherrer, Wladimir Iljitsch Lenin, Was tun?, (1902) in Brocker, Manfred, Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018