...What Lenin was obliquely arguing was that a clean sweep must be made of the existing political mechanism in order for the Communist party, of which he was undisputed leader, to take power. And that power was to be unrestrained.
About the Author
Richard Pipes is Professor of History, Emeritus , at Harvard University and was director of Eastern European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council in 1981-82. His introduction to Lenin's State and Revolution examines the context in which it was written as well as the effect it had on the world at large.
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This is a very lucid exposition of the essence of Marxist revolutionary theory and its relation to the bourgeois state. Even if you are a non-Leninist socialist or not a socialist at all, I hope you can appreciate this book for the important status it holds as a classic of political philosophy. Highly recommended.
Obviously The State and Revolution has had major historical impact. But it's the perverse product of an aggressive mind who is speaking without thinking clearly. Lenin misuses and abuses political terms--"dictatorship of the proletariat" comes to mind, since a dictatorship is leadership by one person, usually a military leader in times of crisis, and the proletariat is a class of people--and therefore his argument falls way short.