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POLI 364 - Lecture (Jan. 17th)

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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 364
William Clare Roberts

From Marx to LeninMarx wrote on the basis of an existing workers movement is concerned with whether this movement will be political or apolitical quasireligious moral symptomatic of early utopian socialistsApolitical socialists have a strong tendency towards religious separatists Quakers etcthis is what Marx is mainly concerned about Therefore Marx wrote about how to encourage political socialismhe won this argumentHowever a new question arises should socialism be revolutionary or reformistLeninththIn late 19 century to early 20 the countries at the forefront of socialist debate were England France Germany and RussiaEngland had many socialist theorists working but politically there was no revolutionary zealFrance had a historyand some say penchantfor revolutions and it made a natural environment for the socialist revolutionary militancy movement However after the brutal crushing of the Paris Commune French revolutionary socialism was in dire straits largely because the most prominent revolutionaries were killed or forced into exileGermany was seen by Marx to be
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