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Lecture 13

Lecture 13 Jan 8 What was Communism

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

Lecture #13 jan 8, 08 SLIDE 1: What was Communism? Lenin: Party as an organizational Weapon Stalinism: Making the Profane Sacred Stalinism and the Theory of Totalitarianism (arbitrary power, police over party) Theory of military state VS. developmental state. Stalinist politics and policies: industrialization and terror Lenin realized that the working class was intensely corruptible. Full time revolutionaries (identity). Organizational weapon. Party is the charismatic organization. Ideal instrument for making the revolution. Building a modern society Vs making a revolution, seize power and transforming the society. Stalin, Lenins successor was brutal and terrorize the society. He defined new combat task. Stalin was able to define new task for party, making a revolution by transforming a society. Steel, electricity, military, creating a city. Stalin commanded the party to do this. All social organization became subordinated to that goal. Art, culture, science involved in making modern soviet society. The building of industrial society was successful. Justice VS Injustice. A type of rule, relied on modern technolo
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