POLI 364 - Lenin: The State and Revolution, Ch. 5

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Engels appeared to see no need whatsoever in retaining a state, while marx appeared to have considered the need for a state in post-revolutionary society. Yet, in reality both thinkers had the same views: both believed that the state will wither away in the developmental path towards communism. The development of communism is based on its development from capitalism. Therefore, in this linear path of development there will be a transitional stage from capitalism to communism: transition from capitalism to communism. Transitional state is a revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat. Bourgeois democracy is hemmed in by capitalist exploitation, and results in. Democracy for the minority. freedom in capitalist society always remains bout the same as it was in the ancient greek republics: freedom for the slave-owners. Believes that need and poverty crushes the proletariat, who is debarred from participation in public and political life.

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