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NBK Night School Session 19 — The Lenin Controversy

  • Mayday Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

After Marx, Lenin is arguably the most well known and controversial figure of socialism. If any thinker answered the socialist demand for political theory rooted in real world politics, it was Vladimir Lenin. Though best known as a revolutionary leader, Lenin was also a prolific writer who carefully studied law, philosophy, and history. Today, many socialist organizations still proudly brand themselves with Lenin’s name. Even so, his thought remains a matter of controversy. For some people, Lenin’s writing endures as a model for how to organize against impossible odds. For others, this work lays the foundation for the most oppressive orthodoxies of the USSR.This meeting focuses on two of Lenin’s most influential works, ultimately asking what can be learned from his theoretical revolution.

Readings
- Lenin, "The State and Revolution": https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzjxALKy78OGaExmUGVLXzlWUWs/view
- Lenin, "What Is to Be Done?": https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzjxALKy78OGRHZYOTI4cFktN1U/view
- Lih, "Scotching the Myths": https://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/838/scotching-the-myths/

Recommended
- Lenin for Beginners: http://www.mediafire.com/file/m9h72nf0swd1bac/leninforbeginners1978.pdf
- Chibber: Our road to power — reflection on lenin’s legacy and relevance for today: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/12/our-road-to-power

Earlier Event: June 30
DSA Queer Libration March